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

“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you." (Matthew 7:7,8 ESV)

Pentecost

Blessed are You, O Christ our God, * Who has shown the fishermen to be all wise, * by sending down to them the Holy Spirit, * and through them You have caught the whole world in Your net. * O Lover of Mankind, glory to You. (Troparion - Tone 8)

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

When the Most High descended, confusing tongues, * He divided the nations; * but when He distributed the tongues of fire, * He called all to unity; * and, with one voice, * we glorify the Most Holy Spirit. (Kontakion - Tone 8)

Saints and Martyrs

Adorned with the blood of Your Martyrs throughout the world, * as with purple and fine linen, * Your Church cries out to You through them: * "Send down Your compassions upon Your people. * Grant peace to Your commonwealth and great mercy to our souls." (Troparion - Tone 4)

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

As the first-fruits of nature to the Planter of Creation, * the whole world offers to You, O Lord, the God-bearing martyrs. * Through their prayers and the intercession of the Mother of God * preserve Your commonwealth, the Church, in profound peace, O Most Merciful One. (Kontakion - Tone 8)

Random Proverb

"Let your heart hold fast my words; keep my commandments, and live." (Proverbs 4:4 ESV)

Pray Without Ceasing

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

Wisdom from the Church Fathers

The soul has followed Moses and the cloud, both of these serving as guides for those who would advance in virtue; Moses here represents the commandments of the Law; and the cloud that leads the way, its spiritual meaning. The soul has been purified by crossing the Sea; it has removed from itself and destroyed the enemy army. It has tasted of the waters of Marah, that is, of life deprived of all sinful pleasure; and this at first had seemed bitter and unpleasant to the taste but offered a sensation of sweetness to those who accepted the wood. Next it enjoyed the beauty of the palm trees of the gospel and the springs; it filled itself with the living water, that is, the rock. It took within itself the bread of heaven. It overwhelmed the foreign host - a victory due to the extended arms of the Lawgiver, which thus foreshadowed the mystery of the Cross. Only then can the soul go on to the contemplation of transcendent Being.

St. Gregory of Nyssa