OUR FAITH
We acknowledge the Rule of Faith laid down by St. Vincent of Lerins: “Let us hold that which has been believed everywhere, always and by all, for that is truly and properly Catholic”. The Church is the Body of Christ at work “in the world, but not of it.” As Christ’s Faithful Bride, she is different from the world, and must not be conformed to it. We repudiate all deviation or departure from the Faith in whole or in part and bear witness to these essential principles of evangelical Truth and Apostolic Order.

 

THE SCRIPTURES
The Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments are the authentic record of God’s revelation of Himself. We acknowledge this revelation of His dealings throughout history and His moral demands upon us; a complete plan for his "convented people". The fruition and fulfillment which was formed before the foundations of world were created manifested itself when, "the Word became flesh and dwelt among us". This moral law and all revealed truth contained herein are a full and valid expression of the Divine Will, for all men and all time.

 

THE CREEDS
The Nicene Creed as the authoritative summary of the chief articles of the Christian Faith, together with the Apostles’ Creed and that known as the Creed of St. Athanasius to be “thoroughly received and believed” in the plainest sense they have always been understood by Mater Orthodoxa Ecclesia Anglicana.

 

TRADITION
The received Tradition of the Church and its teachings as set forth by “the ancient Catholic Bishops and Doctors”, as defined by the Ecumenical Councils of the undivided Church, especially the first four, to exclusion of all errors, ancient and modern.

 

THE SACRAMENTS
The 7 Sacraments namely; Baptism, Confirmation, the Holy Eucharist, Penance, Matrimony, Holy Orders and Holy (Extreme) Unction are the objective signs of the continued Presence and saving activity of Christ-God among His people. They are the chosen Vessels of His abiding love He has left to the Church for the sanctification and Blessing of His redeemed. These channels of grace are our guarantee of His Covenant to "be with us; even until the end of the age" made in the name of the Comforter. In particular, we affirm the necessity of Baptism and Holy Communion in God’s plan for the spiritual well being of His people. Baptism as generating and incorporating us into Christ, with its completion in Confirmation as the Seal of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Eucharist unites us to the all sufficient sacrifice of Christ on the Cross. The Sacrament of the Altar is the central act of Christian worship in which He spiritually feeds us with His Body and Blood.

 

SACRED MINISTRY
The Holy Orders of Bishops, Priests, and Deacons are the perpetuation of Christ’s gift of apostolic ministry to His Church. We acknowledge the necessity of a Bishop in Apostolic Succession (or a Priest ordained by such) as celebrant of the Eucharist. This Sacred Ministry consisting exclusively of men being in accordance with Christ’s will, institution and the Universal practice of the Church.


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