Our Beliefs 

The Apostle's Creed

I Believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth:

And in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord: Who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, Born of the Virgin Mary: Suffered under Pontius Pilate, Was crucified, dead, and buried: He descended into hell; The third day he rose again from the dead: He ascended into heaven, And sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty: From thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Ghost: The holy Catholic Church; The Communion of Saints: The Forgiveness of sins: The Resurrection of the body: And the Life everlasting. Amen.


The Lord's Prayer
Our Father, who art in heaven, Hallowed be thy Name.
Thy kingdom come.
Thy will be done, On earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses, As we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation, But deliver us from evil. Amen.


The Ten Commandments

GOD spake these words, and said:

I am the LORD thy God; Thou shalt have none other gods but me.

Thou shalt not make to thyself any graven image, nor the likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or in the earth beneath, or in the water under the earth; thou shalt not bow down to them, nor worship them;

for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, and visit the sins of the fathers upon the children, unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me; and show mercy unto thousands in them that love me and keep my commandments.

Thou shalt not take the Name of the LORD thy God in vain

for the LORD will not hold him guiltless, that taketh his Name in vain.

Remember that thou keep holy the Sabbath-day.

Six days shalt thou labour, and do all that thou hast to do; but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the LORD thy God. In it thou shalt do no manner of work; thou, and thy son, and thy daughter, thy man-servant, and thy maid-servant, thy cattle, and the stranger that is within thy gates. For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD

Honour thy father and thy mother;

that thy days may be long in the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee.

Thou shalt do no murder.

Thou shalt not commit adultery.

Thou shalt not steal.

Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour.

Thou shalt not covet.

thy neighbour's house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's wife, nor his servant, nor his maid, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is his.

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 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.


The Athanasian Creed

Whosoever will be saved : before all things it is necessary that he hold the Catholic faith.
    Which Faith except everyone doe keep whole and undefiled : without doubt he shall perish everlastingly.
    And the Catholic faith is this : that we worship one God in Trinity, and Trinity in Unity.
    Neither confounding the persons : nor dividing the substance.
    For there is one person of the Father, another of the Son : and another of the holy Ghost.
    But the Godhead of the Father, of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost is all one : the glory equal, the majesty coeternal.
    Such as the Father is, such is the Son : and such is the holy Ghost.
    The Father uncreate, the Son uncreate : and the holy Ghost uncreate.
    The Father incomprehensible, the Son incomprehensible e: and the holy Ghost incomprehensible.
    The Father eternal, the Son eternal: and the holy Ghost eternal.
    And yet they are not three eternals : but one eternal.
    As also there be not three incomprehensibles, nor three uncreated : but one uncreated, and one incomprehensible.
    So likewise the Father is almighty, the Son almighty : and the holy Ghost almighty.
    And yet they are not three Almighties : but one Almighty.
    So the Father is God, the Son is God : and the holy Ghost is God.

    And yet are they not three Gods : but one God.
    So likewise the Father is Lord, the Son Lord : and the holy Ghost Lord.
    And yet not three Lords : but one Lord.
    For like as wee be compelled by the Christian verity : to acknowledge every person by himself to be God and Lord;
    So are we forbidden by the Catholic Religion : to say, there be three Gods or three Lords.
    The Father is made of none : neither created nor begotten.
    The Son is of the Father alone : not made, nor created, but begotten.
    The holy Ghost is of the Father, and of the Son : neither made, nor created, nor begotten, but proceeding.
    So there is one Father, not three Fathers, one Son, not three Sons : one holy Ghost, not three holy Ghosts.
    And in this Trinity, none is afore or after other : none is greater, nor less then another.
    But the whole three persons : bee coeternal together : and coequal.
   So that in all things, as is aforesaid : the Unity in Trinity, and the Trinity in Unity, is to be worshiped.
    He therefore that would be saved : let him thus think of the Trinity.
    Furthermore, it is necessary to everlasting salvation : that he also believe rightly in the incarnation of our Lord Jesus Christ.
    For the right faith is, that we believe and confess : that our Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God, is God and man.
    God of the substance of the Father, begotten before the worlds : and man of the substance of his mother, born in the world.
    Perfect God, and perfect man : of a reasonable soul, and human flesh subsisting.
    Squall to the Father, as touching his Godhead : and inferior to the Father, touching his manhood.
    Who although he be God and man : yet he is not two, but one Christ.
    One, not by conversion of the Godhead into flesh : but by taking of the manhood into God.
    One altogether, not by confusion of substance : but by unity of person.
    For as the reasonable soul and flesh is one man : so is he who is God and man is one Christ.

    Who suffered for our salvation, descended into hell : rose again the third day from the dead.
    He ascended into heaven, he sitteth on the right hand of the Father, God Almighty : from whence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead.
    At whose coming all men shall rise again with their bodies : and shall give account for their own works.
    And they that have done good, shall go into life everlasting : and they that have done evil, into everlasting fire.
    This is the Catholic faith : which except a man believe faithfully, he cannot be saved.

    Glory be to the Father, and to the Son : and to the holy Ghost.
    As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be: world without end. Amen.

The Seven Ecumenical Councils

The Apostolic Constitutions

The Apostolic Canons

The Thirty-Nine Articles of Religion
The Book of Homilies

Tracts For Our Times

The 1928 Book of Common Prayer

The Affirmation of St. Louis of 1977

The Allentown Tracts

The Tree of Faith Letters

The Relation of Sacred Scripture to Sacred Tradition and Church Authority

"What Scripture doth plainly deliver, to that first place both of credit and obedience is due; the next whereunto is whatsoever any man can necessarily conclude by force of reason; after these the voice of the Church succeedeth.  That which the Church by her ecclesiastical authority shall probably think and define to be true or good, must in congruity of reason over-rule all other inferior judgments whatsoever." ( Richard Hooker, Laws, Book V, 8:2; Folger Edition 2:39,8-14).

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