Through the Order of Corporate Reunion, a holy order established by Pope Pius in the late 1800's,(and recognized as valid by the Vatican today), the line of Apostolic Succession has been extended through the Lutheran Orthodox Church. Apostolic Succession is the laying on of hands, one to another in an unbroken line of succession from the original Apostles down through history to today. This lineage is recognized as a mark of a true church, one recognized by both Eastern(Orthodox) and Western(Roman)Catholic churches, as well as others. Through these various lineages, The Lutheran Orthodox Church is in direct Apostolic Succession of St Peter, St James, St Mark, StPaul,St John and St Andrew. Copies of the Apostolic Succession lineage of The Lutheran Orthodox Church are available upon legitimate request by contacting our office.