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The Church Catechism: He Shall Come Again

The seventh article of the Apostles’ Creed deals with the Second Coming of Christ in terms of both its certainty and its purpose. On the day our Lord ascended into heaven to resume His rightful place at the Father’s right hand, two angels said to the disciples standing by: Why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven. (Acts 1:11) There are some three hundred references to the Second Coming in the New Testament.....

The Church Catechism: He Ascended into Heaven

The sixth article of the Apostles Creed affirms that Jesus ascended into heaven forty days after His Resurrection. St Luke describes the Ascension in this way: And he led them out as far as to Bethany, and he lifted up his hands, and blessed them. And it came to pass, while he blessed them, he was parted from them, and carried up into heaven. (St Luke 24:50-51) It was same body that was born of the Virgin Mary, nailed to the cross, and transformed and raised from the dead that was received into a cloud representing God’s heavenly glory and removed from their sight. (See St Mark 16:19; Acts 1:9-11) When we say Christ....

The Church Catechism: He Rose Again

As has been noted repeatedly, there are no dispensable articles of the Creed. However, there is one article upon which all the others rest in terms of their truth & significance; and that is the second clause of the fifth article of the Apostles’ Creed, “The third day He rose again from the dead.” By this we mean that the soul of Jesus Christ that descended to the place of departed spirits at His death was reunited with the body that lay in Joseph’s tomb. But, Christ’s body was not merely reanimated; it was also transformed into a spiritual body fit for eternal life in heaven.................

The Church Catechism: He Descended into Hell

The fifth article of the Creed consists of two clauses. “He descended into hell; the third day he rose again from the dead.” The first clause concerning Christ’s descent into the lowest parts of the earth (Ephesians 4:9) was added in the 4th century; and it has been the source of some confusion & controversy. Some churches omit the clause altogether. Part of the confusion is a problem with translation. The Old Testament Hebrew word for the place of departed spirits is sheol; while the Greek word used in the New Testament is hades. Early English translated these words using the English word hell.............

Heroes of the Faith: Perpetua & Her Companions

A group of Christian men and women were martyred under the Emperor Severus in the Roman province of Africa (modern Tunisia) by order of the governor Hilarianus in 203AD. Among them were a noblewoman, Perpetua, and a slave-woman, Felicity. Their story is preserved in The Passion of Saints Perpetua & Feleicity, which was likely written by Perpetua herself. The martyrs were tortured and mutilated by various wild beasts, according to their sex; and then executed. These methods of execution were designed both to humiliate the victims, and to demonstrate the Roman Empire’s power over life and death.  Perpetua, whose family were Roman citizens and of the nobility, had many advantages.......

The Church Catechism: Crucified, Dead , and Buried

Catechist. Rehearse the Articles of thy Belief. 
Answer. I believe in… Jesus Christ… crucified, dead, and buried….
In our examination of the fourth article of the Apostles Creed begun last month we examined the sufferings of Christ in general. Now we will examine the latter part of the article in some detail. The things Christ suffered, up to and including His death on the cross, are referred to as His passion. This term derives from the Latin passus, indicating that our Lord was passive in that He suffered at the hands of others. His betrayal (St John 13:21); His agony and bloody sweat (St Luke 22:44);...............

The Church Catechism XVII: The Sufferings of Christ

Catechist. Rehearse the Articles of thy Belief. 
Answer. I believe in… Jesus Christ… who… Suffered under Pontius Pilate….
In our examination of the third article of the Apostles’ Creed we examined the Incarnation of our Lord Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of God. With the fourth article of the Creed we affirm why God the eternal Son was “made flesh.” (St John 1:14) “He suffered under Pontius Pilate.” This refers primarily to the Passion of Christ—those sufferings He endured from His agony in the Garden of Gethsemane to His last breath on the cross on Golgotha. Other that the Three Persons of the Holy Trinity.............

Images of the Nativity of our Lord

The Second Commandment deals not only with "graven images" but also with problems associated with how we imagine or conceive of God in our minds. This is certainly true of God Incarnate, Jesus Christ, as well. The most beloved images we have of our Lord relate to His nativity or birth-story. That image is held in contempt in much of this dark world. It is also abused by believers as well. We associate comfort and joy with the picture of the babe in the manger; but we are much less at ease with some of the images of God His Father in the Old Testament. We also have trouble with scenes from the life of that son of man born at Bethlehem after He grew to manhood...............

The Church Catechism XVI: The Incarnation Part Two

Catechist. Rehearse the Articles of thy Belief. 
Answer. I believe in… Jesus Christ… Born of the Virgin Mary….
The third article of the Apostles’ Creed affirms that the Son of God came into the world through the two-fold miracle of the Virgin Birth; for Jesus Christ was “conceived of the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary.” Last month we examined our Lord’s conception by the Holy Ghost. The second part of the two-part miracle of the Incarnation is His birth to the Virgin Mary from whom He derived His fully human nature, body, soul (or mind), and spirit. .........

Heroes of the Faith: Catherine of Alexandria, Virgin & Martyr

The Anglican Calendar observes the feast of St Catherine on November 25th. According to tradition, Catherine was born to King Costus & Queen Sabinella, who rule the city of Alexandria. She was well-educated from childhood; and she made a vow that she would never marry anyone unless he matched her in beauty, intelligence, wealth, and dignity. Then at the age of fourteen she met Jesus Christ. “His beauty was more radiant than the shining of the sun, His wisdom governed all creation, His riches were spread throughout all the world." Catherine refused to marry any one else. Many were converted to Christ because of her faith & witness..........

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