Canons of the Orthodox Church
Taken by themselves, the canon laws of the Church can be misleading and frustrating, and therefore superficial. People will say 'either enforce them all or discard them completely.' But taken as a whole within the wholeness of Orthodox life — theological, historical, canonical, and spiritual — these canons do assume their proper place and purpose and show themselves to be a rich source for discovering the living Truth of God in the Church. In viewing the canons of the Church, the key factors are Christian knowledge and wisdom which are borne from technical study and spiritual depth. There is no other 'key' to their usage; and any other way would be according to the Orthodox faith both unorthodox and unchristian.” 
— From An Explanation of Canon Law - Orthodox Church in America

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Articles The Canonical Tradition of the Orthodox Church - Origins and characteristics of Orthodox Canon Law. 

The Didache, or Teaching of the Twelve Apostles - From the web site of the St. Pachomius Orthodox Library. Translated by Charles H. Hoole. 

The Early Church Fathers - Christian Classics Ethereal Library at Calvin College, Grand Rapids, MI. 

Canons and Canonical Consciousness - By Fr. Nicholas Afanasiev.

The Canons 
of the Holy Orthodox
(Also known as “The Rudder”) - From the Christian Classics Ethereal LLLibrrary at Calvin College, a Protestant institution at Grand Rapid, MI. Other sources are as noted.
The 85 Canons of the Holy and Altogether August Apostles, plus the Canons of the First through Fourth Ecumenical Councils (see links further down this page) constitute what is known as “The Rudder.” 

Ecumenical Councils - To navigate, use the “forward” and “back” buttons at the top and bottom of each page, or return to the Table of Contents with the “TOC” button at the top of each page. 

  • The First Ecumenical Council -  The First Council of Nice A.D. 325, called by Emperor Constantine, Pope Silvester. The council met to deal with the schism created by Arianism. The Arians wished to avoid the heresy of Sabellius who believed in a divine monad which, by expansion, projected itself as Father, Son and Holy Spirit—a form of Modalism. The Arians separated the Son from God entirely so that they believed he was a creature having a beginning. "There was when he was not." The Son was but God's first creation, yet out of nothing and hence has preeminence over the rest of creation.  The symbol answers the question, "Who is Jesus Christ"? Its answer: God. 

  • The Second Ecumenical Council - The First Council of Constantinople A.D. 381, Emperor Theodosius, Pope Damasus. 
The Anathemas of the Second Council of Constantinople - 553 A.D. Also known as the The Capitula of the Council. 
The Canons of the Council in Trullo - Often Called the Quinisext Council, A.D. 692  Another Site - The 102 Canons, from the Fordham University (Roman Catholic) web site. 
The Canons of the Synods of Sardica, Carthage, Constantinople, and Carthage - These canons were received by the counnncill in Trullo and ratified by the Seventh Ecumenical Council. 
Historical Note on the So-Called “Eighth General Council” and Subsequent Councils 

Appendix - Containing Canons and Rulings Not Haviiing Conciliar Origin but approved by name in Canon II of the Synod in Trullo. Prefatory Note

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