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Prince of Peace Orthodox Church
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Christ Orthodox Catholic Church of the

Americas and Europe

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Below is a photo
of the Sanctuary
of the Pro-Cathedral of the Prince of Peace
(Prince of Peace Parish)
as it appeared until September of 2010
(Since that date, the Pro-Cathedral Parish has taken on temporary quarters)
Prince of Peace Orthodox Church
Christ  Orthodox  Catholic Church
of the Americas and Europe

Beliefs and Faith

Prince of Peace  Orthodox Church 

Holy Orthodox Church of USA

We believe in the Holy Bible. We believe that it is the Inspired Word of God unto mankind. It is equally inspired in all of its 73 Books. We receive those Books commonly known as the Old Testament, and those books known as the Deutero-Canical (or Second Canon); and also the New Testament of Our Lord Jesus Christ.

We accept the Historic Faith of the Holy Orthodox Church as faithfully continued, especially by the Churches in fellowship and doctrinal agreement with the Ancient Patriarchal Sees of  Constantinople; Jerusalem; Antioch; and Alexandria. We believe that the Lord has used both Scripture and the Sacred Tradition to preserve the Faith of Jesus Christ unto, and through the Church and its Divine Authority to constitute the Magisterium of the Church. The historic Orthodox Faith cannot be alterred, by either Synod nor by Pope, nor by Patriarch, or by any Bishop.The truth of the Orthodox Faith does not change.


We are people of the Holy Trinity. We believe without compromise; the Doctrine of the One God present in the Three Persons of the Holy Trinity. God the Father created heaven and earth; and is the Father of the only begotten Son. Jesus Christ is the Eternal Son of God; God the Son; the Second Person of the Blessed Trinity. He exists uncreated from all eternity, and He came to earth, begottne of the Virgin Mary, as the sinless sacrifice for sin; acceptable unto the Father. He died Once for Sin; upon the Cross of Calvary. He was buried, and on the Third Day, He arose from the dead and ascended into heaven, where He sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from whence He shall comagain in Glory to judge both the Living and the Dead, and His Kingdom shall have no end. We believe in the Holy Spirit; or Hoy Ghost. He is the third Person of the Blessed Trinity. He convicts and convinces men of their sinful state, and their separation from God due to sin. He leads men to Christ, and renews them during Holy Baptism with the Gift of regeneration; by which man is recreated after the image of Our Lord Jesus Christ, and receives the remission of sins; both Original and actual.He fills and sanctified the believer, to mold us into the image of Christ as we yield orselves to His Will.

We believe, and preserve, and practice the Seven Mysterion or Sacraments of the Church, the fountains of Grace flowing from the throne of God in the Authority of Jesus Christ, through the unction of the Holy Spirit.

We hold to the Seven Councils of the Historic and Undivided Church of Orthodoxy.

We endeavour, thrugh the Grace of Christ, to live pleasing unto Him day by day, for He is Our Master, and Our Saviour.

We recognize in the Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist, in the Divine Liturgy, the Real and abiding Prescence of Our Lord Jesus under the appearances of bread and wine, which really and truly are changed by transmutation of the Holy Spirit at the Epiclesis; into His Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity, during the awesome Sacrifice of Calvary made present upo the Altar of God during the Divine Liturgy.

We maintain an educated clergy, replete with Canonical, Valid Holy Orders, which is necessary to the continuance of the Church and its sacramental Ministry.

We stand for traditional Biblical Morality. We condemn the current notion of so-called "Same Sex Marriages" and will never allow it, for it cannot be. The very concept is condemned by the Bible as abomination unto the Lord. We cannot endorse what God condemns.

We believe that the 12 Apostles were all men, and that all Bishops (in succession of them) have always been men, and therefore, as persons ordained to act "In Persona Christi", there cannot be such a thing as female priests or bishops etc.

Today, most of the so-called Independent Movement has fallen away from these principles, and in doing so, they have fallen away from Christ. It is not for us to judge and say that they are "severed" from grace in Christ, but it can be safely said that they remove themselves from Christ's Church (which they profess to represent). We continue on in the Historic Faith that the Lord has called us and given us the command to proclaim of the Gospel of Christ unto the ends of the earth. Let His will be done.

We hold and endorse all of the Pious Traditions of the Historic Church, and all of the liturgies and Canonical Hours thereof.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit; now and ever, and unto the ages of ages; Amen.


Defense of Traditional Marriage

Prince of Peace Church adamantly affirms and continues to reaffirm its commitment to the Defense of Traditional Marriage, as being the lawful union of one man with one woman only. We stand side by side with the Holy Orthodox Church and the Holy See of Rome in defending the sanctity of the traditional Marriage and the traditional Sacrament of Holy Matrimony. We will never allow any other interpretation or practice thereof, and we will never allow any of our pastors to perform any ceremony other than the traditional Sacrament of Holy Matrimony, as being the union of a man and a woman only.

Info About Christ Orthodox Catholic Church; now known as HOLY ORTHODOX CHURCH OF USA

Greetings in the Name of Our Wonderful Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
Welcome to Christ Catholic Church. Christ Orthodox Catholic Church is an Orthodox  Church which has had an abiding prescence in the USA since 1920, and has been self-governing since 1937.
Despite derision from those on the outside, and attacks from within over the ears, Our Lord Jesus Christ has marvelously and miraculously protected this Communion from every adversary and through every adversity.
We continue on...smaller, yet stronger, and Blessed by the Anointing of the Holy Spirit, to continue the work of Our Lord Jesus in proclaiming the historic Faith unto the ends of the Earth.
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One Lord, One Faith, One Baptism, and One Church
Churches that remain united to the Catholic Church
by means of the closest bonds of Apostolic Succession
and a valid Eucharist are true particular Churches.
Dominus Jesus, Declaration of the Holy See by
Josef Card. Ratzinger (Benedict XVI) and Tarcisio Card. Bertone
under the Pontificate of John Paul II
The Former Cathedral of the Prince of Peace, 1983-2007 in Highlandville Missouri (right)


The Late Bishop Patrick M. Cronin Oct. 1989 Excelsior Springs Missouri (Former Superior General

of the Order of the Servants of the Jerusalem Covenant)

The Holy Synod of Christ Orthodox Catholic Church is now the Holy Synod of The Holy Orthodox Church of USA

The Holy Synod of Christ Orthodox Catholic Church, has been autocephalous in government in the USA since 1937, and is currently formed and composed of those clergy, churches, and ministries; which having been with Christ Orthodox Catholic Church continuously; did not secede from the original Body of the Church after the death of the Archbishop in 2007; but rather have stayed together outside of any other ecclesial organization; and have maintained the original organization of the Church.

Defense of Traditional Marriage

Christ Orthodox Catholic Church adamantly affirms and continues to reaffirm its commitment to the Defense of Traditional Marriage, as being the lawful union of one man with one woman only. We stand side by side with the Holy See of Rome in defending the sanctity of the traditional Marriage and the traditional Sacrament of Holy Matrimony. We will never allow any other interpretation or practice thereof, and we will never allow any of our pastors to perform any ceremony other than the traditioonal Sacrament of Holy Matrimony, as being the union of a man and a woman only.


The Religious Order of the Servants of the Jerusalem Covenant is now under the Patronage and Spiritual Protection

of Christ Orthodox Catholic Church Archdiocese of the Eastern United States. he Order was originally by the ecclesiastical

approbation of Late ICAB Patriarch Bishop Dom Luis Fernando Castillo Mendez, who appointed the late Bishop Patrick M. Cronin as first Superior General of the Order. (Update November 4, 2012)

Importance of the actions of the Holy Synod of 1994 echo today

In 1994, the dissolution of the relationship between Christ Catholic Church (America) and Christ Catholic Church International (Canada) had the result of the meeeting of the Holy Synod of Christ Catholic Church in Highlandville Mo. that year. I have thought often about this because the definitions spelled out then are still very , especially relevant to us, the clergy of Christ Orthodox Catholic Church today.

After affirming the end of the relationship with the Canadian body, Christ Catholic Church retained jurisdiction over all (previous) affiliated parishes in the USA and in other domains over which prior jurisdiction had existed. To this purpose, Bishop Karl ruled that the common use of the term “Diocese of Boston” would therefore cease; that the use of the simple term Christ Catholic Church alone, would reflect better the geographical reality, and extent of jurisdiction of the Church. In addition to this, it was (re)declared that the voting constituency of the Church would be those who are in possession of major Holy Orders and faculties within the Church, and these shall be known as the Holy Synod of Christ Catholic Church. The majority consensus of this body shall vote on and affirm legislation as brought to it by the presiding bishop, and shall verify mergers, and appointments of bshops and srchbishops in the Church (as it in reality had already been doing). And then as to dogmatic practice, it was announced that Christ Catholic Church is a haven for those who celebrate the Marian feasts of the Church calendar.

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We are in continuous direct continuation of the Church since 1937′s declaration of autocephaly when the Church declared it’s independence from The Union of Utrecht; The Mariavite Church of Poland, and the jurisdiction of Archbishop W. H. F. Brothers in the United States. The Churchwas, at that time renamed The Polish Old Catholic Church. Previous to that time, it was an amalgamation of Polish Parishes still tecnically affiliated with the Mariavites of Poland. During that time, Bishop Jozef Zielonka produced a prodigious volume of publications, but all of them were written and published in the Polish language. He was very determined to try to unite all the Independent Polish in both the United States and in Poland. Zielonka was a deposed Roman Catholic priest, born in Poland, who was elevated to the Episcopacy by Bishop Guolotti, who himself had been a Roman (Italian) priest consecrated by Archbishop Vilatte (for the purpose of establishing an Independent Italian Church. The point here is that the Early years of this Communion in America were decidely traditional Catholic in atmosphere, and decidely and overwhelmingly Polish in ethnic orientation, and in the form of the vernacular mass.
Christ Catholic Church currently uses the style of ” The Holy Synod of Christ Catholic Church” to distinguish us from other ecclesiastical bodies currently using some form of the Name CCC.
The composition of the Church is, at this time, composed of those Clergy, Parishes, and Ministries; which having continued with Christ Catholic Church both before and after the death of the Archbishop in 2007; have remained within the Autocephalous Body known as CCC, and have not left it to become part of a “diocese” of any Reformationist denomination. But rather, we have continued to hold the Synodical principles explicitly delegated to the members of the Holy Synod in 1994 at the Missouri Highlandville Synod, and having done so, continue to operate the organization to perpetuate the Holy Catholic Faith which comes to us from the Apostles.
(taken from the Church Canon of the Same Name)
The Holy Synod of Christ Orthodox Catholic Church; hereafter referred to as CCC in this document; is, and shall remain an Autonomous and Autocephalous Church (as it has since 1937 continuously) composed of it’s own Dioceses, Parishes, Local Churches, Chapels, Missions, and all other such Ministries and Outreaches as the Church gives approbation for their establishment. CCC itself is not a “Diocese” or “Division” of any other other Church Body or “denomination”.

Knowing that there are former members, currently using the Name (CCC) or portions of the Name (CCC) for use as their Diocesan sobriquets within their own current respective denominations; we wish them Good Will in their ministry for Our Lord, and we endorse and decree our Full Ecclesiastical Approbation unto then for the free and lawful use of the Name AETERNUM IN PERPETUUM, or portions of the Church Name; yet acknowledging that “The Holy Synod of Christ Orthodox Catholic Church”/Christ Catholic Church/Christ Orthodox Catholic Church of the Americas and Europe is itself not actually or officially affiliated with these other ecclesiastical bodies.

The Holy Synod of Christ Orthodox  Catholic Church is (at this time) composed of those CCC clergy, who; having been with the Church continuously since the 1980′s, have remained with and within it; and did not leave it after the death of the late Archbishop, to join either the SECUSA or the Canadian diocese of the ECCC, nor any other Apostolic organization. These clergy, who constiute the Holy Synod, continue to function, along with their Parishes and outreach Ministries, under the provisions of the decree for the Holy Synod given to them at the Missouri Synod in 1994. The Holy Synod has provided for the creation of, and election of candidates for,an Archdiocese of the Eastern United States, which shall reach geogaphically from a line of longitude in the west corresponding with the western border of the State of Missouri and extend eastward to the eastern borders of the United States. The Holy Synod shall likewise provide for the creation of more Dioceses of different regions as that need happily arises, to better perform the Glad work of evangelization with the Saving Message of Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.

Welcome to "The Holy Orthodox Synod of Christ Orthodox Catholic Church." of Christ Catholic Church of the Americas and Europe We are an Autocephalous (means self-governing) Orthodox Catholic Church(which has been self-governing since the late 1930s), and has been in America since 1920, when the first national Synod met at Detroit Michigan under Polish-American Bishop Jozef Zielonka. This Holy Church, no longer mostly Polish, and very small in numbers, is decidely Orthodox in doctrine, conservative by and large, and known for being “on fire for the Lord”. The name CHRIST CATHOLIC CHURCH, borrowed verbatiim from the Swiss Old Catholic body of the same name, is used to imply just that…we are a body run by, owned by, and under the Lordship of Our Saviour, Jesus Christ. He is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. In Him was (and is) Life, and this Life is the Light unto us, by whom we are delivered from darkness into His marvelous Light, by means of New Birth, of water and Spirit, by believing in Him and receiving the waters of regeneration in Holy Baptism. Jesus gave His earthly Life that we might have life through His Blood and resurrection. He demands that we give our whole selves unto Him, by which He actively becomes Lord of our life, through the unction of the Holy Spirit, the third person of the Holy Trinity. Follow with us in these blogs, as we proclaim and celebrate the GOSPEL, the Good News of JESUS, and convey news of the Church also.

Pictured above is the Former Cathedral of the Prince of Peace (1983-2007) in Highlandville Missouri, which
was associated with the denomination until 2007, under the leadership of the Late Bishop Karl (Hugo R.)
Pruter, who passed away in 2007. His successors to the See of Boston, translated their diocese into the
Southern Episcopal Church, and although still retaining the Name of Christ Catholic Church as part of the
designation of their diocese, they are no longer a part of the autocephalous organization, and are in fact now a part
of the protestant Southern Episcopal Church. We will always claim the Orthodox leadership which Bishop Pruter brought
to the organization, and the general influence he had upon the entire Independent Movement, for years before
there was an internet. Bishop Karl was THE person to contact for news and views of the movement. We who remained within Christ Catholic Church, organized the New Archdiocese of the Eastern United States, and continue on as Christ Catholic Church of the Americas and Europe, autocephalous in the USA since 1937.

From History of Christ Catholic Church

Present day: The orders of the Christ Catholic Church are regarded as valid by the Vatican and by other Catholic and Orthodox communions. The Church has been unaffected by recent fads in theology, and while its outlook is definitely liberal, it continues to maintain the historic Catholic faith and order. The Church is an ideal home for those who want the historic faith and liturgy, in fellowship that allows the widest personal liberty consistent with good order.

The Constitution and Canons establishing Christ Catholic Church as an independent and autocephalous (self-governing) jurisdiction were approved the following year. The consecrators of Bishop Karl were Archbishops Peter Zurawetzky and Uladyslau Ryzi-Riski. These Bishops held valid apostolic orders stemming from Russian and Greek Orthodox jurisdictions.

Although still a small communion, Christ Catholic Church has experienced steady growth. It has been very attractive to many Christians unhappy with modern aberrations in faith and practice, and who long for the traditional, Apostolic Faith. Because its heritage is from the undivided Church, Christ Catholic Church considers itself to be Orthodox-Catholic. The hyphen is used to differentiate this communion from other Churches which may use one or both terms in their names.

The Faith and the Church are inseparable. But Christ Catholic Church does not believe a Church should be judged by the beauty of its edifices and the weight of its bricks and mortar. The Church is, first of all, a family, a support group in which each member must help other Christians work toward that perfection which our Lord set as a goal for our lives in his Sermon on the Mount. Therefore, the Church approves and blesses small groups of Christians working together, and often worshiping together at an altar in a private home.
-from History of Christ Catholic Church, by Karl Pruter (d) originally published by St. Willibrord Press, Goffstown NJ

``Where the Bishop is, there let the multitude of believers be;
even as where Jesus is, there is the Catholic Church'' Ignatius of Antioch, 1st c. A.D