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Transcript of the creed
Determine how to love authentically as Christians
Give reason for our service and worship as Catholics
Grow in our relation to the Christian and one another, and so build up the Christian community.
“By obedience to the truth you have purified yourselves for a genuine love of your Catholic Doctrine is the expression of the truth which Christian brings us, addressed to our minds (what really is) our wills (how to do the truth, act in truth) and our hearts (true love and worship). “Let us lone in dead and in truth, and not merely talk about it.”
1Jn. 3:18 It is not enough to love one another, without knowing our Catholic doctrine. We need to know our Catholic doctrine to be able to:
Determine how to love authentically as Christians
Give reason for our service and worship as Catholics
Grow in our relation to the Christian and one another, and so build up the Christian community.
“By obedience to the truth you have purified yourselves for a genuine love of your Catholic Doctrine is the expression of the truth which Christian brings us, addressed to our minds (what really is) our wills (how to do the truth, act in truth) and our hearts (true love and worship). “Let us lone in dead and in truth, and not merely talk about it.” 1Jn. 3:18 The basic Catholic Doctrine is summarized in the Creed which grounded in the Sacred Scripture, presents God as Father, Creator, who sent His son Jesus Christ. To redeem us, and the Holy Spirit in the Church to draw us to life everlasting. Creeds have an important role in evangelizing “all nations” in the Faith, as the New Testaments and Church liturgy and Catechesis clearly testify. All Creeds manifest the same Trinitarian pattern and Christocentric focus.
At Baptism, the Creed is used to express the new life of Commitment to Christ in the Holy Spirit, within the Christian community, the Church. The Creed proclaims the truth upon which our lives as sons and daughters of the Father depend. The Creed presents the Blessed Trinity, Father, Son and Holy Spirit from a Christocentric perspective. It highlights Christian saving Paschal Mystery as the key to understand God’s total relationship with us, from creation to our final destiny.
The Creed functions in three principal ways:
As a summary of Catholic truths needed to communicate and instruct in the Gospel;
As profession of loyalty to God and to the Church; As s declaration of our own self-identity as Disciples of Christ, reborn in his Spirit within his body, the Church.
The Creed Foster Christian living, the Creed provides the basic doctrinal ground for authentic Christian living. This includes:
Our loving service of one another in building up the Christian community and
Our Sacramental worship of God in spirit and truth.
I BELIEVE IN GOD
To believe means to surrender completely to God our intelligence and will. To believe in God means to listen to his word and to put it into practice.
To believe in God means to love him. As Scriptures says: listen Israel: Yahweh our God is the one Yahweh. You shall love Yahweh your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength (Deuteronomy 6:4-5)
Abraham- 72 years old is the father of all the believers
The Virgin Mary is the most perfect realization of Faith THE FATHER ALMIGHTY
God is the Father because he created the world, and because he generated(not created), he bring it into existence from eternity his Son Jesus Christ- the Son was “generated” from eternity
Not created in time, because God is eternal and cannot be created. The Father is the First person of the Blessed Trinity. The Dogma of the Blesses Trinity says that God is one Divine Nature in three Divine persons. The Trinity is like a family, where there is the father, the mother and the Son. They are different persons, but united in one family by their mutual love.
The proof of the existence of the Trinity is in the Gospel as Jesus said; Go, therefore, make disciples of all nations, baptize them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.
Gods is almighty because nothing is impossible to him.
God is the Creator because he created heaven and earth out of nothing. As scripture says; in the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.(Gen. 1:1)
Everything in the universe speaks of the love of God.
The Divine Providence is the instrument used by God to preserve creation and to guide it to its final goal. The goal of creation – God created the world to share his glory with us creative.
God created all things good, evil is only the absence of good. We can now with certainly the existence of good as the creator of heaven and earth, upon looking at the beauty and at the harmony of the universe
The Father created everything through the Son, and it was the Holy Spirit who gave it life. THE HEAVEN AND THE EARTH
The heaven signifies the world of the spirit and of the Angels; the earth signifies the material world.
The Angels are spiritual beings, immortal and created by God. Angel in Greek means messenger, because their mission is to announce the word of God. The greatest angels are called archangel: they are – Michael which means “who is like God: Raphael, which means “medicine of God”, and Gabriel, which means “Power of God.” They serve God by praising him in heaven and by announcing his word on earth. They guard man by protecting him from all evil and by interceding for him in front of God. Every man has a Guardian Angel at his side. Who guards him from all dangers, and who leads him towards the eternal life. As scripture says: He will put you in his angels change to guard you wherever you go.(Psalm 91:11) MAN
It means that he has a spiritual soul, endowed intelligence and will. Man is a unity of body and soul. The purpose of man on earth is to know and to love God.
Man and woman have the same dignity because they are both in the image of God. However, they are different in their body and in their function. They are not antagonistic but complementary Antagonistic-opponent
Complementary- an expression of approval or admiration
They were in perfect harmony between themselves, with creation and with God. They were not to suffer or to die. Because of the original sin, they lost all of these. THE ORIGINAL SIN
Lucifer- which means bearer of light was the most beautiful among the angels. He became so proud of his beauty that he wanted to be like God. So God ordered the archangel Michael to draw him out of paradise, and to cast him down on earth. God said to Adam and Eve that they could eat the fruits from all the trees in the Garden of Eden, except from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Least they would die. Lucifer, with the appearance of a serpent tempted eve to eat the fruit of the tree. He said to her; no, you will not die! Gods knows in fact that on the day you eat it your eyes will be opened and you will be like gods.(Gen. 3:4-5) eve said that the true was good to eat and pleasing to the eye. So she took some of its fruits and ate it. Because of this sin, which we call Original sin; God expected them from the Garden of Eden. It is a Sin of Pride. Man abused his freedom and disobeyed God. The consequences of the Original Sin are the following; 1) Man lost his Original harmony and justice; death entered into the world; and all the descendants of Adam would be conceived with the Original Sin. Only the Virgin Mary is Immaculate, which means she was conceived without the Original Sin. Because from her would come the Messiah, who will restore in man his Original holiness. Lucifer is also called Satan, which means Accuser, because he accuses the Sins of man in front of God. Beelzebul, which means God of Devil, which means Divider. The Sin of the Devil is irrevocable; he cannot be convicted anymore, just as man cannot repent after death so the Devil cannot repent after his falling. Article 2
AND IN JESUS CHRIST, HIS ONLY SON OUR LORD
In him there are two nature; Human and Divine, but only one divine person. His divine nature is eternal, and was never created. His human nature is mortal, and was conceived in the womb of the Virgin Mary by the power of the Holy Spirit. As scriptures says: the word was made flesh, he lived among us.
Jesus – the mission of Jesus is to save men from their sins, and to give them eternal life, in order to be saved, we must believe in the name of Jesus. As Scripture says: of all the names in the world given to men, this is the only one by which we can be saved. (Acts 4:12) Christ – Christ and Messiah signify the same person. A.) God the Father revealed Jesus as the Messiah at the Baptism in Jordan, when he said: you are my Son, the Beloved; my favour rest in you. B.) at the beginning also Peter taught that Jesus was a political liberator, but Jesus gave him a better lesson. Jesus said to him, get behind me, Satan! You are an obstacle in my path because the way you think is not God’s way but man’s. (Mt. 16:23) Jesus reveals his power on the Messiah in the resurrection, but there is no resurrection without the cross. That’s why if we believe in Jesus Christ, we must accept our daily cross. THE ONLY BEGOTTEN SON OF GOD
He did it as the Baptism in the Jordan (Mt. 3:17) and at the Transfiguration, when he said, this is my Son the Beloved; he enjoys my favour, listen to him(Mt. 17: 5)
In Baptism we became adopted children of God, because we receive the Holy Spirit. As Scriptures says: the Spirit you received is not the Spirit of slaves bringing fear into your lives again; it is the Spirit of Sons and it makes us cry out; Abba, Father! (Rom. 8:15) OUR LORD
As Saint Thomas the Apostle said to Jesus after his resurrection: My lord and my God. (Jn. 20:28)
The Holy Scripture ends with this prayer: Amen, come Lord Jesus (Rev. 22:20) Article 3
HE WAS CONCEIVED BY THE POWER OF THE HOLY SPIRIT, BORN OF THE VIRGIN MARY
As the Archangel Gabriel had said: the Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the most high will cover you with its shadow, and so the child will be holy and will be called Son of God (Lk. 1:35). Saint Joseph is not the real father of Jesus, but his foster father.
It means that Jesus Christ is true God and true Man. The divine nature of Jesus Christ was not revealed, but generated from the eternity by the Father. His human nature was conceived in the womb of the Virgin Mary by the power of the Holy Spirit. In the divine person of Jesus Christ, there are two intellects and two wills, human and divine. However, the human intellect and will are totally subdued to the divine ones. Mary is the Immaculate Conception because she was conceived without the Original Sin. God did not allow her soul to be stained by sin, because she was to be the Mother of Jesus Christ. Mary is the Mother of God, because Jesus Christ, who is God, was conceived in her womb by the power of the Holy Spirit. She is also the perfect Virgin, before, during and after the birth of Jesus because she was totally consecrated to God. Finally, Mary is the glorious Assumption, because at the end of her life, she was taken up into heaven in her body and soul. THE LIFE OF JESUS
Jesus was conceived in the womb of the Virgin Mary by the power of the Holy Spirit (Lk. 1: 26-28)
Jesus Christ was born in the poor manger of Bethlehem, surrounded by the love of Mary and Joseph. There the angels and the Shepherds adored him. (Lk. 7:1-20)
Jesus was circumcised eight days after his birth, because this was the prescription of the Law of Moses. (Lk. 2:21) The three kings followed the star till they reached Bethlehem. There they worshiped the newly born Jesus, and offered him gold, frankincense and Myrrh. (Mt. 2:2-12)
Mary and Joseph brought Jesus to the temple, to offer him to the Lord. Jesus was only 40 days old. It was in obedience to the Law of Moses which prescribed. Every 1st born male must be consecrated to the Lord. (Lk. 2:23) A short time later, Herod decided to kill all the children of Bethlehem and the Holy Family had to flee into Egypt. After 3 years. Herod died, and they went back to Nazareth (Mt. 2:13-18)
At the age of 12, Jesus was lost. Mary and Joseph found him after 3 days, while he was discussing in the temple with the doctors of the Law. Jesus said to them: why were you looking for me? Did you not know that I must be busy with my Father’s affair’s(Lk. 2:49 Jesus stayed in Nazareth for 30 years working as carpenter. He increases in wisdom, age and grace with God and men. (Lk 2:51-52)
At the age of 30, Jesus was baptized by the John the Baptist in the Jordan. It was the beginning of his public life. (Lk. 3:21-22) Jesus was tempted by the Devil in the desert for 40 days, but he succeed against all his temptations.(Lk. 4:1-13)
Jesus preached that we must repent and believe the gospel if we want to enter into the Kingdom of God. As the Gospel says: Jesus made a tour through all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the Good News of the Kingdom and curing all kinds of diseases and sickness. (Mt. 9:35) Although Jesus knew he would be killed, he went towards Jerusalem. Jesus did not escape from the cross, because he knew that without the cross there is neither resurrection nor eternal life. As the Gospel says: as the time drew hear for him to be taken up to heaven, he resolutely took the road for Jerusalem (Lk. 9:51).
Jesus entered Jerusalem riding a humble donkey, while people acclaimed Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessing to him who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest heavens. (Mt. 21:9) Article 4
HE SUFFERED UNDER PONTIUS PILATE WAS CRUCIFIED, DIED, ANS WAS BURIED
The last Supper
The treachery of Judas
The prayer of Jesus at Gethsemane
The denial of Peter
Jesus before Pilate HE WAS CRUCIFIED, DIED
The crucifixion HE WAS BURIED
Jesus in the tomb WHO KILLED JESUS? The scribes and the Pharisees killed Jesus.
We sinners are the ones who killed Jesus Christ.
Christ died on the Cross to free us from our sins, and to reconcile us with the Father.
Jesus on the Cross is the symbol of the love of God for us.
Christ died on the Cross to do the will of the Father. Article 5
HE DESCENDED INTO THE DEAD – ON THE THIRD DAY HE ROSE AGAIN
HE DESCENDED INTO THE DEAD
The body of Jesus was reposed into the tomb, while his soul descended into the Sheol.
The souls of the just entered in paradise, while the souls of the evil ones went to hell.
The Sheol, or the Kingdom of the dead, is the place where the souls of the dead stayed before the resurrection of Christ. ON THE THIRD DAY HE ROSE AGAIN
At dawn, on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and other woman went to the tomb.
Upon hearing the news, Peter and John ran to the tomb.
Meanwhile, Mary Magdalene stayed near the tomb, weeping.
The guards of the tomb went off into the city to tell the chief priest all that had happened. Later, Jesus appeared to the apostles gathered in the Cenacle.
Then, Jesus appeared to the two disciples of Emmaus.
Again, Jesus appeared to the apostles.
Finally, before the ascension into heaven, Jesus appeared to the apostles for the last time.
The Resurrection of Christ is the center of our Faith. Article 6
HE ASCENDED INTO HEAVEN, AND IS SEATED AT THE RIGHT HAND OF THE FATHER
HE ASCENDED INTO HEAVEN
Jesus ascended into heaven 40 days after his resurrection.
They were still staring into the sky when suddenly two angels were standing hear them. HE IS SEATED AT THE RIGHT
HAND OF THE FATHER
We believe that the Lord Jesus ascended into heaven, and is now seated at the right hand of the father.
To sit at the right hand of the Father means to have the power to carry out all his commands.
Jesus from heaven helps all men to be saved and to enter in the eternal life. Article 7
HE WILL COME AGAIN TO JUDGE THE LIVING, THE LIVING AND THE DEAD
HE WILL COME AGAIN
Nobody knows the day in which Christian. Will come to judge the living and the dead.
Which is the best day for our conversion? TO JUDGE THE LIVING AND THE DEAD
At the end of the world, Jesus Christ will come again to judge the living and the dead.
Jesus Christ will judge all men according to their deeds.
At the coming of Jesus the world will vanish. Article 8
THE HOLY SPIRIT
The Holy Spirit is the third Person of the Blessed Trinity
Jesus himself revealed the existence of the Holy Spirit SYMBOLS OF
THE HOLY SPIRIT Water.
It signifies the new and eternal life we receive in Baptism. Oil.
It signifies our consecration to Chris Fire.
It signifies the burning love of God for his creatures. Dove.
It signifies the purity of our soul at the day of our Baptism THE GIFTS OF THE HOLY SPIRIT Fear of the Lord Helps our soul maintain a childlike
fear of displeasing God and fear of
being separated from Him. FORTITUDE Helps the body and soul to bear
the crushing trials. PIETY Make us look upon God as our Heavenly
Father, and helps us fulfill our duties to him
out of love and grateful loyalty. COUNSEL Helps us to do or say the right thing KNOWLEDGE Helps us grasp the truths, facts of creation, and our duties in
reference to God. UNDERSTANDING Helps the soul penetrate the
significance or importance of revealed truths. WISDOM Helps us direct our goals
and our lives according to correct values. Article 9
THE HOLY CATHOLIC CHURCH, THE COMMUNION OF SAINTS
THE MISSION OF THE CHURCH
The Church is the assembly of those who believes in Jesus Christ, who are baptized, and who are in communion with the Pope.
The Church is governed by the Pope, the Bishops and the priests.
The mission of the Church is to announce and to establish among all peoples the Kingdom of Christ. THE SYMBOLS OF THE CHURCH People of God Body of Christ Bride of Christ Flock of Christ THE FOUR CHARACTERISTICS OF THE TRUE CHURCH ONE HOLY CATHOLIC APOSTOLIC The Church of Jesus Christ is also called Roman. THE COMMUNION OF SAINTS
The communion of the saints is the community of all Christians who are in the grace of God.
The saints are those who are in the grace of God, both on earth or in heaven.
The most outstanding of all the saints is the Blessed Virgin Mary. Article 10
I BELIEVE THE FORGIVENESS OF SINS
God alone can forgive sins.
Jesus Christ entrusted to the apostles and the power to forgive sins.
The Church forgives sins through the sacraments of Baptism and penance.
The Lord forgives all our sins, so we must forgive those who sin against us. Article 11
I BELIEVE THE RESURRECTION OF THE BODY
At the end of the world, our mortal body will be resurrected, transformed into a glorious body, and united again with its soul.
When we die, our body is buried, while our soul passes immediately through the particular judgement. Then, it goes straight to hell, purgatory, or paradise.
The resurrection is the act by which God gives eternal life to our mortal bodies, making them glorious bodies, and uniting them again with our soul.
All men will rise at the end of the world.
I BELIEVE THE LIFE EVERLASTING
The everlasting life is the perfect and eternal communion of love with God in paradise. DEATH
Death is the separation of the body from the soul JUDGEMENT
There are two judgements after death: the particular judgement and the universal judgement.
The particular judgement is immediately after our death.
The final judgement will take place at the end of the world, when Jesus will come again to judge the living and the dead.
Hell is the state of self-separation from the communion of God. PARADISE
Paradise is the state of perfect communion of love with the Blessed Trinity, the Virgin Mary, the angels and the saints.
After the final judgement there will be a new heaven and a new earth.
Amen is a Hebrew word, which means “Yes, I approve”.
We end all our prayers with Amen, because we want to put in practice what we profess with our words. THE LITURGICAL YEAR
The liturgical years starts the first week of advent and ends on the solemnity of Christ the King. It is divided as follows Advent Season: the tone of joyful preparation for the twofold coming of the Lord: the first in Bethlehem; the second at the end of times. Christmas Season: the time of celebration of the birth of Jesus Lenten Season: the time of conversion and preparation for Easter be means of 40 days of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. Easter Triduum: the time of celebration of the passion, death, resurrection of our Lord. It begins on Holy Thursday Mass, continues with the Good Friday celebration of the passion of the Lord, culminates on Saturday night Easter Vigil, and concludes with the Easter Mass on Sunday. Easter Season: the time of celebration of the resurrection and ascension of the Lord, as well as the coming of the Holy Spirit and the beginning of the Church. The season lasts for 50 days, from Easter Sunday till Pentecost. Ordinary time: the time of the Liturgical Year that lies outside the seasons of Lent-Easter and Advent-Christmas. The ordinary time, composed of 34 weeks, begins with the Baptism of the Lord and ends with Feast of Christ the King. LITURGICAL COLORS White: the symbol of innocence and triumph, it is used on Christmas and Easter Seasons, the feasts of our Lord, of our Blessed Mother, of the angels and all saints who were not martyrs. Red: the symbol of blood, it is used on the feasts of our Lord’s Cross and Passion, on the feasts of the apostles and all the martyrs. Red is also used on Pentecost and in Masses of the Holy Spirit. Violet: the symbol of penance and mourning, it is used during advent and Lent, or during funeral Masses. Green: the symbol of hope and living vegetation, it is used during ordinary time. Gold: the symbol of the kingship of Christ, it is permitted in special occasions in place of white, red and green vestments. Rose: the symbol of joy and moderation in penance, it replaces the violet on the third Sunday of Advent (gaudete) and on the Fourth Sunday of Lent (laetare). Seven Sacraments Baptism
Water – Love
Candle – Faith
Chi-rho – (Christ) Baptismal Seal Confirmation
Dove – Holy Spirit
Flowers - the seven gifts and all his gifts Reconciliation
Cross – Redemption
Keys – the priest’s power to unbinned Holy Eucharist
Fish – Christ
Loaves – the bread of life- the Eucharist Holy Order
Host and Chalice – power to offer mass
Book (Bible) _ mission of proclaiming God’s Word Anointing of the Sick
Container – oil of the sick
Candle – Faith
Palm – heavenly reward Matrimony
Rings – man and wife binned together
Chi-rho – Christ to whom the married partner are joined