The Ecumenical Catholic Church of Christ (ECCC) is a denomination, based on the concept of Christian ecumenism.
ECCC is a legal entity according to the Law of Religions.
The name of the denomination written out in Cyrillic is as follows: Вселенска Съборна Църква на Христос; it translates into English as follows: Ecumenical Catholic Church of Christ.
ECCC is a Christian one, because it professes faith in the Holy Consubstantial and Inseparable Trinity. It accepts for its only Savior Jesus Christ, the Son of God, and God’s Word Incarnate.
ECCC is catholic, or ecumenical, because it accepts all spiritual truths (phenomena), revealed by the Holy Spirit in the world.
ECCC is apostolic, because it is led directly by the Holy Spirit, just as the apostles were after the day of Pentecost.
ECCC preserves the idea of direct election by God in all its manifestations, which can be observed in the New Testament and in the history of the Church, as well as of the election principle of Christian communities. ECCC is a successor to Christ’s churches through ordination by Christ’s apostles.
It accepts the New Testament as a foundation of Christian dogmas and a thorough explanation of the Divine Revelation.
It takes for a foundation of its faith the Nicene Creed (The Creed of Constantinople) and the Apostles’ Creed.
The Nicene Creed:
We believe in one God,
the Father, the Almighty
maker of heaven and earth,
of all that is, seen and unseen.
We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ,
the only Son of God,
eternally begotten of the Father,
God from God, Light from Light,
true God from true God,
begotten, not made,
of one Being with the Father.
Through him all things were made.
For us and for our salvation
he came down from heaven:
by the power of the Holy Spirit
he became incarnate from the Virgin Mary, and was made man.
For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate;
he suffered death and was buried.
On the third day he rose again
in accordance with the Scriptures;
he ascended into heaven
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead,
and his kingdom will have no end.
We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of Life,
who proceeds from the Father and the Son.
With the Father and the Son he is worshipped and glorified.
He has spoken through the Prophets.
We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church.
We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.
We look for the resurrection of the dead,
and the life of the world to come. Amen.
The Apostles’ Creed:
I believe in God the Father almighty, Maker of heaven and earth.
And in Christ Jesus, his only begotten Son, our Lord
Who was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary
Who suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified and was buried,
Who descended into hell
And the third day rose from the dead
Who ascended into heaven
And sits on the right hand of God the Father almighty
Who will come again to judge the living and the dead.
And in the Holy Spirit,
The holy catholic church, the fellowship of the saints,
The remission of sins,
The resurrection of the flesh,
The life everlasting.
Public worship practices
ECCC gives priority to the Gospel over the canons and the tradition of the Church. It allows these to be used and interpreted solely in accordance with Christ’s teaching, according to the New Testament in the context of modern Christian humanism.
ECCC is an ecclesiastical community of believers in Jesus Christ, who fellowship with each other of their own free will and who preserve the inviolability of their personal freedom, dignity and way of communicating with God.
ECCC does not require its members to abide by the teaching of a particular Christian tradition and gives them freedom to choose the type of liturgy and church community (CC) which they want to attend.
ECCC grants the bishop, the priest or the pastor the freedom to choose when determining the type and the order of the public worship service in the CC, of which he is a part, in accordance with the will and the spiritual needs of its members.
Any Eastern Orthodox, Catholic or Protestant Christian, or a Christian from any other branch of Christianity can become a member of ECCC without having to give up or change their usual public worship practice and way of fellowshipping with God, as well as being under no obligation to break their ties with the religious community where he/she has confessed his/her faith.
ECCC encourages ecumenical church services in common and reserves the right to use all the established liturgical practices, as well as create new ones according to the needs of Christians for a fuller communion with the Holy Spirit.
ECCC accepts a maximum of 7 ordinances, named and used according to the various established Christian practices.