Saint Matthew the Apostle Orthodox Church
Cultivating the Ancient Faith in the Heart of Louisiana
8775 Jefferson Hwy, Suite E / Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70809
"Are You Saved?" An Orthodox Christian Answer
The Symbol of Faith, or Nicene Creed
I believe in one God, the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, and of all things visible and invisible. And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God, the Only-begotten, Begotten of the Father before all ages, Light of Light, True God of True God, Begotten, not made; of one essence with the Father, by whom all things were made: Who for us men and for our salvation came down from heaven, and was incarnate of the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary, and became man; And was crucified for us under Pontius Pilate, and suffered and was buried; And rose again on the third day, according to the Scriptures; And ascended into heaven, and sitteth at the right hand of the Father; And shall come again, with glory, to judge both the living and the dead, Whose kingdom shall have no end. And in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the Giver of Life, Who proceedeth from the Father, Who with the Father and the Son together is worshiped and glorified, Who spake by the Prophets; In One Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church. I acknowledge one Baptism for the remission of sins. I look for the Resurrection of the dead, And the life of the age to come. Amen.
A "Family Tree" for Christians
This diagram, published over 20 years ago in U.S. News & World Report, depicts the continuity of the Orthodox Church from the Day of Pentecost through to the present day, and also shows the tragic divisions of Roman Catholicism and Protestantism through the ages.  For a larger view, click the image.
Especially for Inquirers and Visitors

The Doctrine of Christ - Archbishop Dmitri's Introduction to Christology

The Eternal Liturgy - Metropolitan Jonah on Worship and the Orthodox Life

Twelve Things I Wish I'd Known Before My First Visit to an Orthodox Church - tips from Khouria Frederica Mathewes-Green

The Shocking Truth about Christian Orthodoxy - a talk by Archpriest John Behr, Dean of St. Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary

The Orthodox Faith - a comprehensive four volume introduction by Protopresbyter Thomas Hopko

The Mystery of Faith - an online adaptation of a catechism by Metropolitan Hilarion Alfeyev

How to Read the Bible - an essay by Metropolitan Kallistos Ware

Icons Explained
- a guide to Holy Icons, featuring the Iconostasis of St. Seraphim Orthodox Cathedral in Dallas, Texas

The Catechism of St. Philaret of Moscow
- one of the great statements of the Orthodox Faith

A Glimpse of Monastic Life - The Monastery of St John in Manton, CA

Meditations on Monasticism from SEEfilms on Vimeo.

The Revival of Orthodoxy in Russia
Orthodoxy in the American South - a Culinary perspective!
Christmas Sermon by His Beatitude, Metropolitan Jonah
His Beatitude, Metropolitan Jonah was the Archbishop of Washington and Metropolitan of All America and Canada from December 2008 until July 2012.  This sermon was his first as Metropolitan of the Orthodox Church in America.  For a biography of Metropolitan Jonah, click here.
"60 Minutes" Interview with Patriarch Bartholomew
In the spring of 2010, the TV news magazine "60 Minutes" aired an extensive interview with His All Holiness, Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople.  Despite a few inaccuracies*, the segment provides a fascinating glimpse of Orthodox Life in modern Turkey.

Part 1 of the Interview with Patriarch Bartholomew

Part 2 of the Interview with Patriarch Bartholomew

* - for example, the interviewer describes the Patriarch of Constantinople as a Christian leader in importance "second only to the Pope." In the Orthodox view, this hasn't been the case since the Great Schism in the 11th Century AD.  The role of the Patriarch of Constantinople is not that of an "Orthodox Pope," inasmuch as he does not exercise universal jurisdiction over all the world's Orthodox Christians. His All Holiness is accorded a primacy of honor, presiding in love among his fellow Orthodox Patriarchs and Bishops. 
Saints and Commemorations

Saints of the Day - from the Orthodox Church in America

The Prologue of Ochrid - edited by St. Nikolai Velimirovic

Online Orthodox Chapel - from the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese in the United States

Missions, Evangelism, Works of Mercy
Saturday, January 20th
5:00 Great Vespers, followed by Confessions
Sunday, January 21st
9:40 3rd & 6th Hours
10:00 Divine Liturgy

Christ is risen!

Indeed He is risen!


Come join us celebrate our Lord's resurrection during this Paschal season


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Saint Matthew the Apostle Orthodox Church
8775 Jefferson Hwy, Suite E; Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70809
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The Mission of The Orthodox Church in America, the local autocephalous Orthodox Christian Church, is to be faithful in fulfilling the commandment of Christ to “Go into all the world and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit…”

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St. Matthew Orthodox Church is part of the Diocese of the South, which is presided over by The Most Reverend Alexander (Golitzin) Archbishop of Dallas, the South and the Bulgarian Diocese. Our mission is bringing the joy of Christ's resurrection to those who have never heard the Good News, and to strengthen and encourage the faithful who reside within Baton Rouge and the local area. 

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The Holy Scripture is a collection of books written over multiple centuries by those inspired by God to do so. It is the primary witness to the Orthodox Christian faith, within Holy Tradition and often described as its highest point. It was written by the prophets and apostles in human language, inspired by the Holy Spirit, and collected, edited, and canonized by the Church.

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Holiness or sainthood is a gift (charisma) given by God to man, through the Holy Spirit. Man's effort to become a participant in the life of divine holiness is indispensable, but sanctification itself is the work of the Holy Trinity, especially through the sanctifying power of Jesus Christ, who was incarnate, suffered crucifixion, and rose from the dead, in order to lead us to the life of holiness, through the communion with the Holy Spirit.

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