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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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Teachings of Christ

“My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father's hand. I and the Father are one.” (John 10:27-30 ESV)

Exaltation of the Cross

Save Your people, O Lord, and bless Your inheritance; * grant victory to Your Church over her enemies * and protect Your commonwealth by Your Cross. (Troparion - Tone 1)

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever, and to the ages of ages. Amen.

Willingly lifted up on the Cross, O Christ God, * bestow Your compassions upon the new commonwealth that bears Your name. * By your power grant joy to Your Church, * granting her victory over her enemies. * May she have your Cross as the weapon of peace * and the invincible ensign of victory. (Kontakion - Tone 4)

The Church celebrates the Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross on September 14th.

Random Proverb

"Take my instruction instead of silver, and knowledge rather than choice gold, for wisdom is better than jewels, and all that you may desire cannot compare with her." (Proverbs 8:10,11 ESV)

Pray Without Ceasing

Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner.

Wisdom from the Church Fathers

Even a pious person is not immune to spiritual sickness if he does not have a wise guide -- either a living person or a spiritual writer. This sickness is called _prelest_, or spiritual delusion, imagining oneself to be near to God and to the realm of the divine and supernatural. Even zealous ascetics in monasteries are sometimes subject to this delusion, but of course, laymen who are zealous in external struggles (podvigi) undergo it much more frequently. Surpassing their acquaintances in struggles of prayer and fasting, they imagine that they are seers of divine visions, or at least of dreams inspired by grace. In every event of their lives, they see special intentional directions from God or their guardian angel. And then they start imagining that they are God's elect, and often try to foretell the future. The Holy Fathers armed themselves against nothing so fiercely as against this sickness -- prelest.

Metropolitan Anthony Khrapovitsky