CREED. I BELIEVE Faith is a free, responsible, non-transferable decision of the individual. I am an adopted child of God WE BELIEVE The choice for Faith must be passed on One Christian alone is no Christian We are the “community of believers”. “I believe” can be seen to mean,
Faith is a free, responsible,
non-transferable decision of the individual.
I am an adopted child of God
The choice for Faith must be passed on
One Christian alone is no Christian
We are the “community of believers”
can be seen to mean,
“I join in that which
This joining in the common faith is the confession of faith.
It is “the rock’ of our foundation.
Jude 3 &
Encounter, communion, and friendship with GOD
The Old Testament brought no clear and distinct Revelation of the existence of a plurality of persons in God but rather provided hints to be fully realized in Jesus.
Divine Plurals of Genesis and Isaiah
God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit
The New Testament speaks to us of;
“profession of faith”
is made during Baptism.
Since Baptism is given:
“in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.”
St. Gregory of Nyssa, (557):
“It is not possible to exchange money, to buy bread or to go to the baths without getting involved in discussions on the problem of whether one can or cannot speak of generation in the Trinity.”
The Trinity is the object par excellence of a reflection that puts all the resources of an historical and rational investigation at the service of faith and revelation.
J. Danielou, S.J. (1968):
“I maintain that I have the right to demand of any atheist today not only that he believe in man, not only that he believe in God, but that he believe in the Trinity, because the trinity is the truth.
It is the absolute itself, the abyss of being, the ultimate ground which is revealed to us in Jesus Christ, so that on the day when opacities are dispelled, the opacities that go with this present existence, all without exception, the Mohammeds, the Confuciuses, the Karl Marxes, all whoever they may be, will be confronted ultimately with the Trinity.”
a presence of the indivisible Trinity in the totality of human history,
but an analysis of the manifestation of the Trinity
to the Church in the course of its history
and to the world through the history of the Church.
Such manifestation continues today and will continue into the future until the Trinity’s perfect revelation at the time of its Parousia.
No Study Will Ever Exhaust the Object
The reason for the Church’s existence, like that of Jesus himself, is to announce the Three, to become steeped in the Three, to consecrate the ensemble of men and of human relations to the Three and to their mutual relations.
St. Augustine, De Trinitate
“for the Son, to be sent is to be known by his origin from the Father…
for the Holy Spirit, to be sent is to be known in his procession from the Father.”
the origin and source of our sanctification
These are the three chapters of our Baptismal seal
THE APOSTLES CREED
A faithful summary of the apostles’ faith, it is the most ancient symbol of the Church of Rome, the See of Peter.
THE NICENE CREED
Developed during the first two ecumenical councils (325 and 381), it remains common to all the great churches of both the East and the West even today.
We believe in one God, the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth,
of all that is seen and unseen.
The importance of believing in one God
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, one in Being with the Father.
Through him all things were made.
For us men and our salvation he came down from heaven:
by the power of the Holy Spirit he was born of the Virgin Mary,
and became man.
The mission of the Holy Spirit is always conjoined and ordered to the Son’s.
For our sake He was crucified under Pontius Pilot;
he suffered died and was buried.
On the third day he rose again in fulfillment of the scriptures;
I Corinthians 15:3-4
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,
2 Timothy 4:1
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 Son he is worshipped and glorified.
He has spoken through the prophets.
I Peter 1:10-11
We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.
“The holy Roman Church firmly believes and confesses that on the Day of Judgement all men will appear in their own bodies before Christ’s tribunal to render an account of their own deeds.”
At the end of time, the Kingdom of God will come in its fullness. Then the just will reign with Christ forever, glorified in body and soul, and the material universe itself will be transformed.
God will then be
“all in all”
(1 Cor 15:28),
in eternal life.
We believe in one God, the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth, (Genesis 14:19)
of all that is seen and unseen. (Colossians 1:16)
We believe in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only Son of God, eternally begotten of the Father, (Luke 1:35)
God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten not made, one in Being with the Father. (Hebrews 1:3)
Through him all things were made. (John 1:1-4)
For us men and for our salvation he came down from heaven: (John 3:13)
by the power of the Holy Spirit he was born of the Virgin Mary, and became man. (Matthew 1:18)
For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate; (John 19:16)
he suffered, died and was buried. On the third day he rose again in fulfillment of the Scriptures; (I Corinthians 15:3-4)
he ascended into heaven (Luke 24:51)
and is seated at the right hand of the Father. (Colossians 3:1)
He will come again in glory top judge the living and the dead, (2 Timothy 4:1)
and his kingdom will have no end. (Luke 1:33)
We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, (Acts 2:17)
who proceeds from the Father and the Son. With the Father and the Son he is worshipped and glorified. (John 14:16)
He has spoken through the Prophets. (I Peter 1:10-11)
We believe in the one holy catholic and apostolic Church. (Romans 12:5)
We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins. (Acts 2:38)
We look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. (Romans 6:5)