Who we are - what we stand for
The Anglican Catholic Diocese of Christ the Redeemer is part of the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church and stands for traditional Episcopalianism in the Anglican tradition (Affirmation of St. Louis 1977). Our roots lie in the so-called „Continuing movement", and our bishops are in direct apostolic succession to Archbishop Arthur Albert Chambers, the 7th Bishop of the Diocese of Springfield. We belong to the Anglican Province of Christ the Saviour and are focused upon the proclamation of the gospel message of redemption through Christ Jesus our Lord. Primate of the Province is the Most Revd. Dom Theodoro A. C. de Oliveira. Diocesan Bishop of the Anglican Catholic Diocese of Christ the Redeemer is the Rt. Revd. Dr. Frederick Haas. He is also the Superior General of the Anglican Fraternity of the Oratory, an religious Order based in Italy.
We represent traditional Episcopalianism in the Anglican tradition. With our heart, mind and soul always connected to the sacramental worship of Almighty God, we know that the gospel message of salvation through Jesus Christ must and can be faithfully preached by His Church throughout all ages.
OUR BELIEFS are based on the teaching of the Bible and the ancient creeds of the Church.
We use the 1928 Book of Common Prayer as the basis for our worship.
OUR MISSION is to worship God, serve Jesus Christ, and to bring mankind to Jesus and His Church by:
1. Proclaiming biblical truth through Catholic order as it is embodied in the historic Book of Common Prayer;
2. preaching God's Word and administrating His Holy Sacraments;
3. showing the love of Christ by reaching out to others through works of charity; and
4. upholding Christian family values and teaching the faith and New Testament morality to our children.
OUR GOALS are:
1. To grow in understanding of and participation in the corporate worship services of the Church;
2. to read Holy Scripture daily; and
3. to love God and our Neighbor more fully.
THE APOSTOLIC FAITH IN THE ANGLO-CATHOLIC TRADITION
First and foremost: We firmly adhere to the old Church principle and rule of faith, laid down by St. Vincent of Lerins in these terms: „Id teneamus, quod ubique, quod semper, quod ab omnibus creditum est; hoc est etenim vere proprieque catholicum.“ (That let us hold fast, which has been believed everywhere, always and by all. For that is truly and properly „Catholic“.)
WE are Anglicans however Catholics. The word „Catholic" is often understood in opposition to the word „Protestant." However, in the early church, the word catholic stood in opposition to the word, „heretic." Those who held to the catholic or universal faith stood in opposition to those who rejected some essential aspect of that faith.
WE affirm that the Church of our fathers, sustained by the most Holy Trinity, lives yet, and that we, being moved by the Holy Spirit to walk only in that way, are determined to continue in the Catholic Faith, Apostolic Order, Orthodox Worship and Evangelical Witness of the Traditional Anglican Church.
WE repudiate all deviation or departure from the Faith, in whole or in part, and bear witness to these essential principles of Evangelical Truth and Apostolic Order.
THE Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments are the authentic record of God's revelation of himself, his saving activity, and moral demands; a revelation valid for all men and all time.
WE further affirm that no Church body may require as necessary for salvation anything that is not contained within Holy Scripture, nor may it require of its members allegiance to any doctrine, discipline, or practice that is contrary to the same.
PRINCIPLES OF DOCTRINE
THE NATURE OF THE CHURCH
True religion is revealed to man by God. We cannot decide what is truth, but rather (in obedience) ought to receive, accept, cherish, defend and teach what God has given us. The Church is created by God, and is beyond the ultimate control of man.
The Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments (are) the authentic record of God's revelation of Himself, His saving activity, and moral demands - a revelation valid for all men and all time.
INCOMPETENCE OF CHURCH BODIES TO ALTER TRUTH
We disclaim any right or competence to suppress, alter or amend any of the ancient Ecumenical Creeds and definitions of Faith, to set aside or depart from Holy Scripture, or to alter or deviate from the essential pre-requisites of any Sacrament.
PRINCIPLES OF MORALITY
MAN’S DUTY TO GOD
All people are bound by the dictates of the Natural Law and by the revealed Will of God, insofar as they can discern them.
The sacramental bond in marriage between one man and one woman is God's loving provision for procreation and family life.
CHRISTIAN’S DUTY TO BE MORAL
We believe, therefore, it is the duty of the Church and her members to bear witness to Christian Morality, to follow it in their lives, and to reject the false standards of the world.
Although in our times has seen an increasing trend towards „church as entertainment". We as catholic Anglicans share the view of Lancelot Andrews, Bishop of Winchester (1617-1626), who believed that there should be a „sense of holy decency" in the worship of the Church. From the grandeur of the Solemn High Mass to the sturdy simplicity of the said Daily Office, Anglican worship is characterized by a sense of reverence. And while our worship is not always formal, we take care to ensure that is it carried out with a respect for „the beauty of holiness."
The center of our worship is the Holy Eucharist. Other traditional names for this service are: the Holy Communion, the Mass, the Lord's Supper, and the Divine Liturgy. It is the worship-service specifically commanded by Jesus in the New Testament. The Eucharist joins our offering of worship to Christ's offering of Himself upon the altar of the cross. As He promised (Matthew 26; Mark 14; Luke 22; John 6; I Corinthians 11) Jesus is truly present under the outward forms of the consecrated Bread and Wine, to infuse our lives with the spiritual strength of His life.
In worship, we use the Book of Common Prayer in its 1928 edition. This edition contains prayers and affirmations of faith dating to the beginning of Christianity, as well as the traditional Anglican Episcopal liturgy. This liturgy has been in continuous use since it was first published in 1549. When we gather together in services of worship, our „common prayers" are liturgical, that is, they are structured. Only in this way can we truly share our worship of God. Our liturgical worship involves the whole person, body, mind and spirit. We are active participants rather than just listeners.
By receiving Holy Communion, we give our Solemn Assent, our „Amen," to the entire Anglican Eucharistic Service. We express our belief that the Eucharist is a sacrifice which must be administered by a bishop or a priest whose ministry derives in succession from the Apostles themselves. We express also our faith in Christ's Real Presence in the Eucharist. Because of the seriousness of these affirmations, our Churches does not presume to invite those who in good faith cannot yet accept these beliefs to compromise their conscience by receiving the Holy Eucharist at our Altar. It is for these reasons that we are not an „open Communion" Church. Those who do so believe, and who have been confirmed by a Bishop in Apostolic Succession, and who are spiritually prepared, are welcome to receive Holy Communion.
The Daily Offices of Morning and Evening Prayer are prayer services derived in many ways from the Synagogue worship of the Old Testament. They consist of readings from the Psalms, Bible readings, canticles and prayers. They are provided in the Book of Common Prayer in a manner which makes their discipline of prayer, psalmody, and Holy Scripture the daily spiritual diet of the Church, clergy and laity alike.
The Daily Offices are the ancient way to pray and read the Bible throughout the week. Modeled on the daily rhythms of sunrise and sunset, this simple and flexible schedule of Bible readings and prayers follows the Church’s annual calendar, from Advent to Pentecost and beyond.
If you are new to Anglican worship you may find some of the customs in our services unfamiliar. You will also find some variation of customs from parish to parish. The priest in your local parish will be happy to explain to you the symbolism of our worship. One general rule of thumb for Anglicans is that we stand to praise God, sit for listening to instruction, and kneel humbly to pray. Worship is the prime responsibility for all Christians. Anglicans believe that the life of Christian service is possible only through a full life of worship, through which we receive God's love and express our love to Him. Hence, we believe it is our obligation not only to worship God together every Lord's Day (Sunday) but also to have a daily life of prayer. Different parishes are able to offer the Daily Offices and the Holy Eucharist during the week, as well as on Sunday.
Pastoral care in the diocese is the responsibility of the Anglican Fraternity
of the Oratory
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