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The Church Catechism: The Holy Catholic Church--Part II

There are several marks or characteristics of the Church of Christ, His Body. The Nicene Creed gives four—one, holy, Catholic, Apostolic. As noted earlier, The Church is holy first & foremost because Jesus Christ, the Head of the Church, is holy. Christ’s Church is also called catholic. The word catholic comes into English via Latin from the Greek word katholikos, meaning “universal,” itself based on the word katholou, meaning “on the whole” or “in general.” When applied to the Christian Church the term means that Christ’s Church...............

The Church Catechism: The Holy Catholic Church—Part I

The ninth article of the Apostles’ Creed consists of two clauses. The first affirms belief on the Holy Catholic Church. It is appropriate that this article follows directly the article concerning the Holy Ghost; for the Church is the work of the Holy Spirit of God.
The Greek word for church used in the New Testament is ecclesia, which is an assembly of persons called out for a particular purpose. But the Church/Ecclesia referred to here is no ordinary or merely human institution................

Heroes of the Faith: The Martyrs of Africa

The calendar for the Church in South Africa commemorates the martyrs of Africa on February 20th. Africa is a large, culturally and ethnically diverse continent. According to tradition, the Evangelist St Mark brought the Gospel to Africa and established a church in Alexandria as its first bishop or patriarch. Mark was also martyred for the faith in 74AD. The Gospel spread south through Egypt, the Sudan and to Ethiopia, and moved westward...........

Thou shalt call his name JESUS--St Matthew 1:21

It seems appropriate to look at the significance of Jesus’ Name as Chri [Annunciation to Joseph] stmas approaches; and coincidentally, the Church Catechism series examines the first petition of the Lord’s Prayer, Hallowed be Thy Name. In ancient times, a name was more than just a label chosen for aesthetic or sentimental reasons. A name said something about a person’s character or destiny. It was also the prerogative of the father to bestow the name he had chosen for his son and heir. 
When the Angel Gabriel appeared to the Virgin Mary he declared to her: ................

The Church Catechism: I Believe in the Holy Ghost Part III--The Filioque

The third paragraph of the Apostles’ Creed begins with the affirmation of belief in the Third Person of the Trinity, the Holy Ghost. This eighth article was to counteract those in the early Church who  denied the divinity and/or personhood of the Holy Spirit, a heresy that was called either Macedonianism (after the 4th century founder of this sect, Macedonius) or Phnematomachianism (for they were “combaters of the Spirit”). The articles of the Creed that follow each deal with some aspect of God’s Spirit’s work..............

Heroes of the Faith: William Tyndale and the English Bible

At the turn of the sixteenth century, the Bible was not available in English. There had been fragmentary translations since the seventh century, but these were based on the Latin version rather than on the original Hebrew and Greek. The fourteenth-century English translation known as the Wycliffe or Lollard Bible, had been suppressed in the early fifteenth century; and possession of the Bible in English was punishable by death. During the period known as the Renaissance, the study of Greek and Hebrew led to a revival of Biblical studies. 
William Tyndale (c1494-1536) studied at both Oxford and Cambridge. In addition to English, Tyndale was fluent in six languages, ancient and modern, including Hebrew and Greek.........

The Church Catechism: I Believe in the Holy Ghost--Part II

Though the Old Testament speaks of the wo [Pentecost 3] rk of the Holy Ghost in numerous places, it is only with the advent of the Son of God, the Second Person of the Most Holy Trinity, as described in the New Testament, that the Spirit of God is made manifest as the Third Person of the Trinity. He seen as is God’s personal agent, executing of the Father’s eternal purpose to bring glory to His Son.
This is manifest throughout the Life of Christ. Christ was conceived by the Holy Ghost. (St Matthew 1:20) The Spirit was seen descending on Jesus at His Baptism in the Jordan River, which showed that the Son...................

Heroes of the Faith: Saint Aidan of Lindisfarne

All that we know of St Aiden is found in the Venerable Bede’s Ecclesiastical History of the English People (EH). Aiden was born sometime around 590AD; and he was a monk on the Isle of Iona off the west coast of Scotland. Though the Gospel first came to Britain with the Roman Empire, in the early seventh century, Christianity in England was at a low point, much of the nation having fallen to pagan Anglo-Saxon invaders. King Oswald, who forged together the Kingdom of Northumbria in the north of England, was converted to the faith while in exile in Scotland; and he asked the Celtic Church there to send him a bishop to help convert his people................

The Church Catechism: I Believe in the Holy Ghost—Part I

The Apostles’ Creed consists of twelve articles of faith. These articles are divided into three paragraphs corresponding to the Three Persons of the Holy Trinity. The first paragraph (the briefest) deals with the Father; the second (the longest) deals with the Son; the third, which we now begin to examine, deals with the Holy Ghost and His work. The eighth article of the Apostles’ Creed merely affirms our belief in the Holy Ghost; while the Nicene Creed (“commonly so called”) provides more detail relative the Third Person of the Holy Ghost.This is an issue of terminology (at least for some)....

Independence Day: Dr William Smith, DD

William Smith was born in Aberdeen, Scotland, and was ordained a clergyman of the Church of England. In 1753 Smith published a book on principles of education; and Benjamin Franklin invited him to teach at the College of Philadelphia; and he became its first provost in 1755. Smith presided over the first Convention of the American (Anglican) Priesthood in 1760; and he worked tirelessly for a resident bishop for the colonies. All ministers of the Church of England took an oath of allegiance to the King at their ordination. Thus, when tensions emerged between the British government at Westminster.......

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