The Church. Carrying on Christ’s Mission. The Seed of the Church. Did Jesus found a Church to carry on His mission? Indeed, Scripture confirms that He did, “And, I tell you, you are Peter and on this rock I will build my Church” Mt. 16:18.
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Carrying on Christ’s Mission
“And, I tell you, you are Peter and on this rock I will build my Church and the powers of death will not prevail against it. I will give to you the keys of the Kingdom of Heaven, and whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in Heaven.”
“…and I will clothe him with your robe, and bind your girdle upon him, and will commit your authority to his hands … And I will place on his shoulder the key to the house of David, he shall open and none shall shut; and he shall shut and none shall open.
Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom
“From the rising of the sun to its setting may the Name of the Lord be blessed.”
Confirmation – laying on of hands, anointing with Chrism, and the words, “Be sealed…”
Matrimony – the mutual consent of the couple through the exchange of vows.
Baptism = water & the words, “I baptize you in the Name of the Father …”
Reconciliation – the words of absolution, “I absolve you of your sins …”
Holy Orders – laying on of hands and the prayer of consecration.
Eucharist – wheat bread, grape wine and the words of consecration.
Anointing of the Sick – anointing w/ the oil of the sick and the prayer of the priest.
The 1st Ecumenical Council of Nicaea