A Time Line of History

Year
The Church in History
33After the death and resurrection of Christ, the Church is established through the descent of the Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost.
101
The death of the last of the Apostles, St. John the Evangelist, occurs after his having written the book of Revelation.
312
The establishment of the first Christian society, the Byzantine Empire, under the direction of St. Constantine the Great.
356
With the death of St. Anthony the Great, monasticism begins to be spread throughout the world.
787
The last of the Seven Ecumenical Councils, which identified all heresies and articulated the beliefs of the Christian Faith.
988
The conversion of Russia begins with the missionary labor of Saints Cyril and Methodius.
1054
The Great Schism occurs with the breaking off of the Western Roman Church from the Eastern Orthodox Church.
1095
The first of the Crusades begins, which weakens the Byzantine Empire and contributes to its eventual fall.
1453
The Turks overrun Constantinople and the Byzantine Empire ends.
1517
The Protestant Reformation begins, which is a reaction against all of the changes that took place in the Western Church after its breaking away from the Eastern Church.
1794
The Russian mission establishes the Orthodox Christian Faith on American soil.