We Believe . . .
- We believe in One God who eternally exists in three persons, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost.
- We believe that Christ, the eternal Word who assumed human nature in the man Jesus Christ, made one atoning sacrifice for the sins of the whole world and that on the third day his body rose again.
- We believe the Bible to be God’s Word written, containing all things necessary for salvation.
- We hold the Apostles, Nicene, and Athanasian Creed to be the normative standard for Christian belief.
- We believe in two Gospel Sacraments – Holy Baptism and Holy Communion – as necessary for salvation.
- We hold the Catholic Church to be that Body of faithful Christians where the Word – Jesus Christ our Lord – is faithfully proclaimed both in Preaching and Celebration of the Gospel Sacraments.
- We believe that the Anglican tradition represents the most balanced union of the Catholic and Reformed traditions.
- We hold the historic prayer book tradition to be normative for our worship and belief. The 1928 Book of Common Prayer is especially important to us as Episcopalians because it is the last American revision in the Anglican tradition of common prayer.
- We hold the Thirty-Nine Articles of Religion to be an abiding source of authority for doctrine and belief.
- The Catchechism in the Book of Common Prayer summarizes our faith, and is especially useful for basic instruction in the fundamentals of Christianity for children and converts.
THE NICENE CREED
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 Ghost of the Virgin Mary, And was made man: And was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate; He suffered and was buried: And 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 Ghost, the Lord, and Giver of Life, Who proceedeth from the Father and the Son; Who with the Father and the Son together is worshipped and glorified; Who spake by the prophets: And I believe one Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church: I 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.