ANGLICAN CATHOLIC CHURCH
Profession of Faith
I believe the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments to be the inspired Word of God. They are the authentic record of God’s revelation of Himself to man and contain all things necessary to salvation.
Firmly I believe and truly in the Doctrine of the Holy Trinity as put forth by the Holy Catholic Church. I believe the Trinity is One God, and that within the indivisible Godhead there are three co-equal, consubstantial, and co-eternal Persons.
I believe that God became man by the special operation of the Holy Ghost. I believe Jesus Christ was born of a Virgin Mother, and was truly God and man, and that both of these natures were perfectly united in His One Person. I believe that He suffered and died upon the Cross as a redemption for man’s sins. After three days He rose from the grave, and, after a period of time, He ascended into Heaven to take His rightful place on His Heavenly throne. I believe that He will return again, as He has promised, to judge both the quick and the dead. I believe the Apostles’ Creed, the Nicene Creed, and that which is called the Athanasian Creed, to be authoritative summaries of the Christian Faith, and that each article contained therein is supported by the Holy Scriptures. I believe that members of the One Catholic Holy and Apostolic Church must accept all the articles of these three Creeds.
I accept the Doctrine and Decrees of the Seven Oecumenical Councils, being Nicaea I in anno Domini 325; Constantinople I in a.D. 381; Ephesus in a.D. 431; Chalcedon in a.D. 451; Constantinople II in a.D. 553; Constantinople II in a.D. 680-1; and Nicaea II in a.D. 787; as they have been approved by the undivided Catholic Church.
I believe the Sacramental System to be the means willed by God to give us grace and to raise us to His own glorious life. I believe there to be seven Sacraments in the Church: Baptism, Confirmation, the Holy Eucharist, Holy Matrimony, Holy Orders, Penance, and Holy Unction. I believe that there two greater Sacraments, instituted by Christ Himself, which are generally necessary for salvation: Holy Baptism, by which we are born again and made living members of Christ, and the Holy Eucharist, which provides us spiritual nourishment through the reception of His precious Body and Blood. I do solemnly believe that Christ is truly present at and upon the Altar and in the elements of the Blessed Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist.
I believe in the three-fold ministry of Bishops, Priests, and Deacons as the continuation of Christ’s Apostolic Ministry. I believe Ordination to be the bestowal of a Divine Gift which can only be given to male baptized persons. Never has any part of the true Church of God opened Holy Orders to women, and such an attempt is contrary to Holy Scripture and the Holy Tradition, presumes to do what Christ did not do, and casts doubt upon the body so presuming, and upon all of its Sacraments.
I solemnly believe that by its adherence to Holy Scriptures, the Oecumenical Councils, and teaching of the Church Fathers, the Anglican Catholic Church is a true part of the One, True, Holy Catholic, Apostolic, and Orthodox Church.