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Statement of Faith



WE believe and vow with a firm faith each and every single article of Faith, which is found in the Collection of the Articles of Faith, which the Holy Catholic Church uses, which are:
 
WE believe in one God, the Father Almighty, the Creator of Heaven and earth, and 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; God from God, light from light, true God from true God; begotten, not made, consubstantial with the Father, through Whom all things were made; Who for the sake of us men and for our salvation descended from Heaven and was made Incarnate by the Holy Ghost of the Virgin Mary, and became Man.
 
He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and was buried.  He rose from the dead the third day according to the Scriptures and ascended into heaven.
 
He sits at the right hand of the Father.  WE do believe, also, that He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead; and of His Kingdom there will be no end.
 
And WE believe in the Holy Ghost, the Lord and Giver of Life, Who proceeds from the Father and the Son; Who equally with the Father and the Son is adored and glorified; Who spoke through the Prophets.
 
And WE believe in the One, Holy Catholic, Apostolic Church.  WE confess one Baptism for the remission of sins; and WE wait eagerly for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come.  Amen.
 
WE resolutely accept and firmly embrace the Apostolic and ecclesiastical traditions and the other observances and constitutions of the same Church.
 
In like manner, WE accept Sacred Scripture according to the meaning which has been held by Holy Mother the Church and which she now holds.  It is her privilege and duty to judge the true meaning and interpretation of Sacred Scripture.  And, WE will never accept or interpret Sacred Scripture in a manner different from the unanimous consensus of the Fathers of the Church.
 
WE also acknowledge that there are truly and properly seven sacraments of the New Testament, instituted by our Lord Jesus Christ, for the salvation of the human race, although it is not necessary for each individual to receive them each and every one. 

WE acknowledge that the seven Sacraments are:  Baptism, Confirmation, Holy Eucharist, Penance, Extreme Unction, Holy Orders, and Matrimony; and that these confer grace; and that of the seven, Baptism, Confirmation and Holy Orders cannot be given more than once without committing sacrilege.  WE also accept and acknowledge the customary and approved rites of the Catholic Church in the solemn administration of the aforesaid Sacraments.
 
WE embrace and accept each and every article defined by the most Holy Roman Catholic Council of Trent in regard to Original Sin and Justification.
 
WE likewise declare publicly that in the Mass is offered to God a true, proper and propitiatory sacrifice, for the living and the dead, and also WE do equally profess that in the Sacrament of the Most Holy Eucharist there is really and truly and substantially present the Body and Blood, together with the Soul and Divinity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, and that there is a change of the whole substance of the bread into the Body and of the whole substance of the wine into the Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ and that this change is called Transubstantiation by the Catholic Church. 

WE also profess that under each separate species, the whole and entire Christ and the true Sacrament is received.
 
WE consistently hold that there is a Purgatory and that the souls detained therein are helped by the prayers of the faithful.  In the same way WE firmly hold that the Saints reigning together with Christ are to be venerated and invoked and that they offer prayers to God on our behalf, and that their relics must be venerated.
 
WE firmly assert that images of Christ and the ever Virgin Mother of God, and of the other saints we must have and keep and that they must be duly honored and venerated.
 
WE affirm also that the power of granting indulgences was left with the Church by Christ and that their use is of great benefit to the Christian people.
 
WE acknowledge the Holy, Catholic, Apostolic, Roman Church to be the Mother and Teacher of all the churches.
 
And, WE promise and vow true obedience to the Bishop of Rome, the Vicar of Jesus Christ, the successor of Blessed Peter the Apostle, who is the Chief of the Apostles.
 
Further, without doubting, WE accept and profess all of the Doctrines (especially those concerning the primacy of the Roman Pontiff and his infallible teaching authority) defined, handed down, and promulgated by the Sacred Canons and General Councils, especially by the most Holy Roman Catholic Council of Trent (and by the General Vatican Council).  And, at the same time, WE condemn, reject and anathematize everything which is contrary to these propositions and all heresies without exception which have been condemned, rejected and anathematized by the Church.
 
WE, by this present’ promise, vow and swear that, with the help of God, WE shall most constantly hold and profess this true Catholic Faith, without which no one can be saved and which WE now freely profess and truly hold.  With the help of God, WE shall profess it whole and inviolate to my dying breath; and, with all the power and ability in me, WE will see to it that those under me and any others who come under my care by virtue of my office, to hold, to teach, and to preach all of the above mentioned Truths.  To this end, so help me God and these Holy Gospels of God.