Deisis (Novogorod)

The Symbol of Faith

Descent into Hades

 

I believe in one God,
the Father Almighty,
creator of heaven and earth,
of all things visible and invisible.  
 
And in one Lord Jesus Christ,
the Only-Begotten Son of God,
born of the Father before all ages.
Light of Light, true God of true God,
begotten, not made, of one essence with the Father,
through Whom all things were made.
Who for us men and for our salvation,
came down from heaven,
and was incarnate from the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary,
and became man.
He was crucified for us under Pontius Pilate,
and suffered, and was buried.
And He rose on the third day, according to the Scriptures.
And He ascended into heaven,
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
And He will come again with glory,
to judge the living and the dead,
and of His kingdom there will be no end.
 
And in the Holy Spirit, the Lord,  and Creator of Life,  
Who proceeds from the Father,  
Who together with the Father and the Son
is worshipped and glorified,
Who has spoken through the prophets.
 
And in one, holy, catholic, and apostolic Church.
I confess one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.
I look forward to the resurrection of the dead;
and the life of the age to come. Amen. 

The Faith-N-Worship section is still under development. But the best statement of our faith in God - Father, Son and Holy Spirit - is summarized in the Symbol of Faith which we commonly call the Creed. The first part of the Creed was written during the First Ecumenical Council held in Nicea, Asia Minor, in A.D. 325.The second part of the Creed (beginning with "I believe in the Holy Spirit....") was written during the Second Ecumenical Council held in Constantinople in A.D. 381. The Creed is proclaimed during every Divine Liturgy.

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Troparion of the Resurrection

When You descended to death, O Immortal Life, * You slew Hades with the lightning of Your divinity. * And when You raised the dead from the depths of the earth, * all the heavenly Powers cried out: * “O Giver of Life, Christ our God, glory to You!” (Troparion)

Wisdom from the Church Fathers

The Holy Eucharist is the first, most important, and greatest miracle of Christ. All the other Gospel miracles are secondary. How could we not call the greatest miracle the fact that simple bread and wine were once transformed by the Lord into His very Body and His very Blood, and then have continued to be transformed for nearly two thousand years by the prayers of priests, who are but simple human beings? And what is more, this mystery has continued to effect a miraculous change in those people who communicate of the Divine Mysteries with faith and humility. 

St. Ambrose of Optina