Our profession of faith begins with God, for God is the First and the Last, the beginning and the end of everything. The Credo (or Creed) begins with God the Father, for the Father is the first divine person of the Most Holy Trinity; our Creed begins with the creation of heaven and earth, for creation is the beginning and the foundation of all God's works.
Catholic belief is succinctly expressed in the profession of faith or credo called the Nicene Creed:
The Nicene Creed
We believe in one God,
the Father, the Almighty,
maker of heaven and earth,
of all that is, seen and unseen.
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,
of one Being with the Father.
Through him all things were made.
For us and for our salvation
he came down from heaven:
by the power of the Holy Spirit
he became incarnate from the Virgin Mary,
and was made man.
For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate;
he suffered death and was buried.
On the third day he rose again
in accordance with the Scriptures;
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,
and his kingdom will have no end.
We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life,
who proceeds from the Father.
With the Father and the Son is worshiped and glorified.
Has spoken through the Prophets.
We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church.
We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.
We look for the resurrection of the dead,
and the life of the world to come. Amen.
Short explanation of what we believe.
The Holy Bible is the inspired Word of God. Through it we learn the history of our faith. The saving acts of Jesus and the founding of the Christian Church.
2 Timothy 3:16 + 2 Peter 1:20-21 + Proverbs 30:5 + Romans 16:25-26
There is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. These three are co-equal and co-eternal.
1 John 5:7 + Genesis 1:26 + Matthew 3:16-17, 28:19 + Luke 1:35 + Isaiah 9:6 + Hebrews 3:7-11
Jesus Christ is God the Son, the second person of the Trinity. On earth, Jesus was 100% God and 100% man. He is the only man ever to have lived a sinless life. He was born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, taught the way to salvation and lived out that teaching, performed miracles, and died on the cross for mankind. He rose from the dead on the third day according to the Scriptures, ascended to the right hand of the Father, and will return again in power and glory.
John 1:1, 14, 20:28 + 1 Timothy 3:16 + Isaiah 9:6 + Philippians 2:5-6 + 1 Timothy 2:5
Humans were created by God with free will in a perfect paradise. Due to our own desire to be like God we sinned and damaged the covenant with God.
Genesis 1:26-31, 3:1-7 + Romans 5:12-21
We are saved by grace through faith in Jesus Christ; His death, burial, and resurrection. Salvation is a gift freely offered by God, not a result of our good works or of any human efforts. However, true faith is manifested by the fruits of that faith which are good works.
Ephesians 2:8-9 + Galatians 2:16, 3:8 + Titus 3:5 + Romans 10:9-10 + Acts 16:31 + Hebrews 9:22
Repentance is the commitment to turn away from sin in every area of our lives and to follow Christ, which allows us to receive His redemption and to be regenerated by the Holy Spirit. Thus, through repentance we receive forgiveness of sins and appropriate salvation.
Acts 2:21, 3:19 + 1 John 1:9
Sanctification is the ongoing process of yielding to God's Word and His Spirit in order to complete the development of Christ's character in us. It is through the present ministry of the Holy Spirit and the Word of God that the Christian is enabled to live a godly life.
1 Thessalonians 4:3, 5:23 + 2 Corinthians 3:18, 6:14-18 + 2 Thessalonians 2:1-3 + Romans 8:29, 12:1-2 + Hebrews 2:11
THE WORK OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
The baptism of the Holy Spirit, given at Pentecost, is the promise of the Father, sent by Jesus after His Ascension, to empower the church to preach the Gospel throughout the whole earth. The Holy Spirit is manifested through a variety of spiritual gifts to build and sanctify the church, demonstrate the validity of the resurrection, and confirm the power of the Gospel. The Bible lists of these gifts are not necessarily exhaustive, and the gifts may occur in various combinations. All believers are commanded to earnestly desire the manifestation of the gifts in their lives. These gifts always operate in harmony with the Scriptures and should never be used in violation of Biblical parameters.
Joel 2:28-29 + Matthew 3:11 + Mark 16:17 + Acts 1:5, 2:1-4, 17, 38-39, 8:14-17, 10:38, 44-47, 11:15-17, 19:1-6 + Hebrews 2:4 + Romans 1:11, 12 :4-8 + Ephesians 4:16 + 2 Timothy 1:5-16, 4:14 + 1 Corinthians 12:1-31, 14:1-40 + 1 Peter 4:10
The church is the Body of Christ, the habitation of God through the Spirit, with divine appointments for the fulfillment of Jesus' great commission. Every person who is born of the Spirit is an integral part of the church as a member of the body of believers. There is a spiritual unity of all believers in our Lord Jesus Christ.
Ephesians 1:22, 2:19-22 + Hebrews 12:23 + John 17:11, 20-23
We celebrate the Seven Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, Eucharist, Reconciliation, Holy Matrimony, Holy Orders, and Holy Anointing.
Holy Baptism is full initiation by water and the Holy Spirit into Christ’s Body the Church. The bond which God establishes in Baptism is indissoluble.
Matthew 28:19 + Acts 2:38
Confirmation is the mature acceptance of the Baptismal promises. In the course of their Christian development, those baptized at an early age are expected, when they are ready and have been duly prepared, to make a mature public affirmation of their faith and commitment to the responsibilities of their Baptism and to receive the laying on of hands by the bishop.
Those baptized as adults, unless baptized with laying on of hands by a bishop, are also expected to make a public affirmation of their faith and commitment to the responsibilities of their Baptism in the presence of a bishop and to receive the laying on of hands.
Acts 8:15-17; 19:5-6 + Hebrews 6:2
The Eucharist or Lord’s Supper is our supreme act of communal worship. It was given its form by Jesus to the Apostles, and continued by the universal Church. From the earliest beginnings of the Christian Church there were variations in the manner in which the Eucharist was celebrated in the regional churches. Within these churches, with their mixed populations and differing historical developments, local traditions, cultures and languages, it was inevitable that a large number of different types of Eucharistic prayers should emerge.
The unity of the Church and the unity of the Eucharistic Sacrifice did not require uniformity in the celebration of that Sacrifice. Therefore, The Old Catholic Church utilizes various liturgies in its worship. At. St. Francis Old Catholic Church, we use a mixture of The Old Catholic Mass of Germany and the Episcopal Book of Common Prayer.
Old Catholics celebrate an open Communion and welcome all Baptized Christians who believe in the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist to participate.
Matthew 26:26-29 + Mark 16:16 + Acts 8:12, 36-38; 10:47-48 + 1 Corinthians 10:16, 11:23-25
Reconciliation of a Penitent or Confession as it is commonly called is available but not required as in the Roman Catholic Church. It is a much underused Sacrament. As part of our Mass, General Absolution is offered to all gathered as part of the penitential rite. If, however, one finds that after prayer and the general absolution their conscience can not be quietened they can seek the council of a priest and make their confession.
1 Corinthians 6:11 + 2 Corinthians 5:18
Marriage is a lifelong covenant relationship between two people. We welcome gay and lesbian couples into the fullness of marriage through the Sacrament of Matrimony.
Genesis 2:18 + Matthew 19:6
Anointing of the Sick
The Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick is an ancient practice dating to Jesus’ time. It bestows a grace of healing to the person anointed. It is not just for those near death but for any time you are sick, preparing for surgery, or other medical procedure.
James 5:14-16 + Romans 8:17 + Colossians 1:24 + 2 Timothy 2:11-12 + 1 Peter 4:13
Holy Orders refers to the ordination of bishops, priests, and deacons.
Hebrews 5:1 + Exodus 29:1-30 + Leviticus 8
Jesus Christ was physically resurrected from the dead in a glorified body three days after His death on the cross. In addition, both the saved and the lost will be resurrected; they that are saved to the resurrection of life and they that are lost to the resurrection of eternal damnation.
Luke 24:16, 36, 39 + John 2:19-21, 20:26-28, 21:4 + Acts 24:15 + 1 Corinthians 15:42, 44 + Philippians 1:21-23, 3:21
Heaven is the eternal dwelling place for all believers in the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Matthew 5:3, 12, 20, 6:20, 19:21, 25:34 + John 17:24 + 2 Corinthians 5:1 + Hebrews 11:16 + 1 Peter 1:4
Hell is removal from God's presence.
Matthew 25:41 + Mark 9:43-48 + Hebrews 9:27 + Revelation 14:9-11, 20:12-15, 21:8
Jesus Christ will physically and visibly return to earth for the second time to establish His Kingdom. This will occur at a date undisclosed by the Scriptures.
Matthew 24:30, 26:63-64 + Acts 1:9-11 + 1 Thessalonians 4:15-17 + 2 Thessalonians 1:7-8 + Revelation 1:7