St. Mary's Anglican Catholic Church

Diocese of the Midwest

The Church Catechism VI: Obligation

Question. Dost thou not think that thou art bound to believe, and to do, as they have promised for thee?
Answer. Yes, verily; and by God's help so I will. And I heartily thank our heavenly Father, that he hath called me to this state of salvation, through Jesus Christ our Saviour. And I pray unto God to give me his grace, that I may continue in the same unto my life's end.
The question all we who have received the Sacrament of Holy Baptism,............

Advent

This year the month of December begins with the First Sunday in Advent. The themes of the season reflect upon the ways in which God prepared the world to receive His Son before Jesus Christ was born in Bethlehem two millennia ago, the First Advent. Now God provides us a season of opportunity in the current age to prepare to receive His Son again at the Second Advent..................

Heroes of the Faith: Clement, Bishop of Rome

Clemens Romanus was one of the “Apostolic Fathers,” a group of early Christian writers who were active in the latter half of the 1st century through the first half of the 2nd century. They all had personal contact, or at least connections, with one or more of the original Apostles of Jesus Christ. He traditionally is thought to be the Clement who was a fellow-laborer in the Gospel with St Paul mentioned in Philippians 4:3. According to the 2nd-centruy writer Tertullian, Clement was consecrated as a bishop by the Apostle Peter himself as his apostolic successor,.......................

The Church Catechism V: Obedience

Q. What did your sponsors [at Baptism] then for you? A. They did promise and vow three things in my name… Thirdly, that I should keep God’s holy Will and Commandments, and walk in the same all the days of my life.
We have examined the first and second of the three vows or promises made on our behalf by our sponsors or godparents when we were baptized as infants or small children. This month we will examine the third promise. The second promise deals with faith or right belief. The third deals with obedience or right conduct in keeping with God’s will and commandments....

The Church Catechism IV: Belief

Q. What did your sponsors [at Baptism] then for you? A. They did promise and vow three things in my name… Secondly, that I should believe all the Articles of the Christian Faith…. 
Last time we examined the first of the three vows or promises made on our behalf by our sponsors of godparents when we were baptized as infants or small children. This month we will examine the second promise. 
The second promise relates to faith or right belief. Our faith is Christian.............

Heroes of the Faith: Saints Denys, Rusticus, & Eleutherius

St Denys, an Italian bishop & missionary, established a Christian church on an island on the Seine River in Gaul (modern France), which is the site of city of Paris today, in the first half of the third century. Denys was assisted in his work by Rusticus, a priest, and Eleutherius, a deacon, representing the three orders of sacred ministry. The trio made many converts; but they also met intense resistance to the Gospel. They were all beheaded on what became known as “Martyrs Hill” during the persecution of the saints.........

HEROES OF FAITH: CYPRIAN OF CARTHAGE

For many centuries, most Christians have lived in relative peace & safety, if not to say affluence. However, increasingly, many of our brothers & sisters suffer for the Name of Christ, particularly in places like Northern Africa. Persecution certainly was common in the earliest centuries of the Church’s existence.
Thascius Caecilius Cyprianus, commonly called Cyprian, was born in or near the North African city of Carthage around 200AD to pagan parents. He was learned man, prominent as a .........

The Church Catechism Part III

Q. What did your sponsors [at Baptism] then for you? A. They did promise and vow three things in my name: First, that I should renounce the devil and all his works, the pomps and vanity of this wicked world, and all the sinful lusts of the flesh…. 
Those who are Baptized are regenerate or born-again as children of God. Infants are presented by their sponsors or godparents, who then undertake certain obligations associated with Baptism in the name of their godchild..............

The Church Catechism Part II

The Catechism of traditional churches rooted in the Church of England begins this way: Question. What is your Name? Answer. N. or N. N. Question. Who gave you this Name? Answer. My Godfathers and Godmothers in my Baptism; wherein I was made a member of Christ, the child of God, and an inheritor of the kingdom of heaven. The Catechism of the Presbyterian Church of Scotland begins differently. “Q. 1. What is the chief and highest end of man? A. Man's chief and highest end is to glorify God,................

The Church Catechism Part I

The term ‘catechism’ comes from the Greek word meaning ‘to instruct by word of mouth.’ In the early centuries of the church’s history, converts to Christ went through a lengthy period of instruction in the form of lectures in preparation for Baptism, usually on Easter Eve. This instructional regimen fell into disuse as infant Baptism and confirmation at a young age became the norm. But for centuries, church reformers sought to insure that God’s people were well grounded in the fundamentals of the faith as........

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