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Our Faith

We worship God in Trinity, glorifying equally the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ is Son of God, begotten of the Father before all ages; that He is truly God, of one essence with the Father and the Holy Spirit.

We believe that Christ Incarnate is also truly man, like us in all respects except sin.

We worship the Holy Spirit as Lord and Giver of Life Who proceeds from the Father.

What We Believe

The 12 articles of the Creed

[1] I believe in One God, the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, and of all things visible and invisible.

[2] And in One Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God, the Only-begotten, begotten of the Father before all ages.

[3] Light of Light, true God of true God, begotten not made, of one essence with the Father, by Whom all things were made.

[4] Who for us and for our salvation came down from heaven, and was incarnate of the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary, and became man.

[5] And He was crucified for us under Pontius Pilate, and suffered, and was buried.

[6] And the third day He rose again, according to the Scriptures,

[7] and ascended into heaven, and sits at the right hand of the Father,

[8] and He will come again with glory to judge the living and the dead, Whose Kingdom will have no end.

[9] And in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the Giver of Life, Who proceeds from the Father, Who with the Father and the Son together is worshipped and glorified, Who spoke by the Prophets.

[10] In One, Holy, Catholic*, and Apostolic Church.

[11] I acknowledge one baptism for the remission of sins.

[12] I look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen.

* Means "full," "complete," "whole," "with nothing lacking," and "universal," "all-encompassing," pertaining to the whole Christian body. This is not a reference to the Roman Catholic church

The Creed was formally drawn up at the First Ecumenical Council in Nicea (325 AD) and at the Second Ecumenical Council in Constantinople (381 AD).

7 Sacraments

1. Baptism by triple immersion is participation in the Death and Resurrection of Christ, purification in the washing away of sin, and birth into the life of the Holy Trinity.

2. Chrismation, following Baptism, anoints one with the "Gift of the Holy Spirit." Through the Holy Spirit we are able to live the fullness of the Christian life. We are regenerated and given the Grace by which we are able to keep the commandments of Christ and attain unto the Kingdom of Heaven.

Baptism and Chrismation are usually administered together.

3. In Holy Confession the Christian, when truly repentant, receives from Christ,through the confessor, the forgiveness of sins committed after baptism.

4. In Holy Communion is received the very Body and Blood of Christ for remission of sins, the sanctification of soul and body, and for life eternal.

5. Ordination of deacons, priests, and bishops by the laying on of hands. , linking him to the uninterrupted succession of Orthodox clergy from the time of Christ to the present.

6. Matrimony. Divine Grace sanctifies the union of man and woman in matrimony. Orthodox parish priests are usually married but the marriage must precede ordination.

7. Holy Unction. Anointing of the Sick. The Sacrament of Holy Unction brings healing to the infirmities of both body and soul, as God sees fit, through the anointing of oil.