Individually, and corporately we
accept as faithful expositions of the Faith of the Church, the Nicene and
Apostles' Creeds, without alteration, inclusion or interpretation. The Nicene
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 only begotten Son of God; begotten of his Father before all worlds; God of God; Light of Light; very God of very God; begotten, not made; being of one substance with the Father, by whom all things were made. Who for us men and for our salvation, came down from heaven, and was incarnate by the Holy Spirit of the Virgin Mary, and was made man: And was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate, he suffered and was buried: the third day he rose again according to the scriptures: and ascended into heaven, and sitteth on the right hand of the Father: and he shall come again, with glory, to judge both the quick and the dead; whose kingdom shall have no end.
And I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord and giver of life, who proceedeth from the Father; who with the Father and the Son together is worshipped and glorified; who spake by the prophets:
And I believe in One Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church: acknowledge one Baptism for the remission of sins: And I look for the Resurrection of the dead: and the life of the world to come. Amen.
We accept the Bible as the Holy Spirit inspired written Word of God, composed by and rightly interpreted within the context of The Church. We accept the Doctrinal Decrees of the Seven Ecumenical Councils of the Undivided Church. We believe in, accept, and celebrate Christ's redemptive love in the traditional Holy Mysteries which some have codified in limited form to that which is today called the Seven Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation (Chrismation), Holy Communion, Anointing of the Sick, Reconciliation (Confession), Marriage, and Holy Orders. In each of these Seven Sacraments we encounter the Risen Lord, and are given specific Graces to live our lives as members of His Mystical Body, even though the fullness of the Holy Mysteries are not limited just to seven but represent the base or beginning.
In Baptism, we are "born again of water and the Spirit", forgiven of sin, and incorporated into The Church.
In Confirmation (Chrismation), we are sealed by the Holy Spirit, and empowered to live the new Life in Christ.
In Holy Communion, in which we partake of Christ's Real Body and Blood, we are forgiven, restored, and fed for the journey, and then are sent into the world to continue His work.
In Anointing of the Sick we encounter the One Who raises the dead, heals the Sick, and bids us to take up our beds and walk.
In Reconciliation (Confession) we receive forgiveness for sins and restoration to fellowship with the whole Church.
In Marriage we receive Grace to live faithfully and honourably within the most intimate of human relationships.
In Holy Orders, those who are called by God to Sacramental ministry are empowered and given Grace to represent and re-present Christ to the world
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