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Diocese of the Midwest

The Church Catechism XV: The Incarnation Part One

Catechist. Rehearse the Articles of thy Belief. 
Answer. I believe in… Jesus Christ… Who was conceived by the Holy Ghost….
We have examined the truth that Jesus Christ is the Word of God, the only Son of the Father, and, therefore, our Lord. In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God.(St John 1:1-2) The eternal Son of God is pure Spirit, like His Father. (St John 4:24) Yet, as St John tells us, the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us. (St John 1:14) Thus God the Son is said to have become incarnate, which is to say, .............

Heroes of the Faith: Cosmas & Damian

Cosmas & Damian were twins, who lived in the town of Aegeae in the former Roman province of Cilicia, which is also know by the Armenian name Ayas, now in the district of Adana in modern Turkey. The brothers were physicians, as was St Luke the Evangelist. The two practiced their healing arts without charge; and so they were known as anargaroi, which means either “silver-less” or “un-mercenary.” Their generosity of spirit won many converts to Christ. When Jesus commissioned the Twelve Apostles to proclaim to the towns of Judea that the Kingdom of God had come, He charged them: as ye go, preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand.....................

The Church Catechism XIV: Jesus Christ our Lord

Though perhaps less frequently today than in years past, one often sees the words JESUS IS LORD on billboards, bumper stickers, tee-shirts, and lapel pins, and even on such mundane household items as coffee cups and refrigerator magnets. Of course, the words are perfectly true; though perhaps a full & proper understanding of what they mean is often lacking on the part of those who display them. 
The Hebrew word for Lord is Adonay. Because the name of God revealed to Moses on Mt Sinai (Exodus 3:13-14 6:2-9), YHWH (Jehovah/Yahweh), was deemed so holy that sinful men would not dare utter it for fear of profaning the sacred Name, the word Adonay or Lord was pronounced........

Church Catechism XIII: God the Son

Catechist. Rehearse the Articles of thy Belief. 
Answer. I believe in… Jesus Christ, his only Son….
We have examined the Article in the Apostles’ Creed that speaks of God as Father. We now will examine the article affirming that Jesus Christ is God’s only Son. We noted than that as Creator, God is often referred to as Father. (See Malachi 2:10a; Acts 17:26-28)God created Adam from the dust of the earth in His own image; and so Adam and all who descend from him are referred to as the son of God as distinct from the rest of Creation. (See Genesis 1:26-27; St Luke 3:38) When the Lord chose Israel,....

Independence Day

I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour. (1 Timothy 2:1-3)........

Church Catechism XII: Jesus Christ

Catechist. Rehearse the Articles of thy Belief. 
Answer. I believe in… Jesus Christ….
 In talking about God as Father & Creator we distinguish Christianity from the various Eastern religions that identify God with the cosmos or some part of it. The Person of Jesus Christ distinguishes our religion from that of Jews (modern) and Muslims. It is significant that the second and longest section of both the Apostles’ and the Nicene Creeds is devoted to Jesus Christ. This is no surprise, because for the Christian, this is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent.(St John 6:29).................

Saint Irenaeus on Pentecost

The following is an excerpt from St Irenaeus’ Against the Heresies (Book 3, chapter 17.1-3) dealing with the work of the Holy Ghost, poured out in a marvelous fashion on Pentecost after Christ’s Ascension, in the life of the Church.
The Lord promised to send the Holy Spirit to make us fit for God’s purposes. Just as dry flour cannot coalesce into a lump of dough, still less a loaf, without moisture, so too we, being many, could not become one in Christ Jesus without the water which comes from heaven. And just as dry soil cannot bear fruit unless it receives moisture, so we,.........

Church Catechism XI: The Creator

Catechist. Rehearse the Articles of thy Belief. 
Answer. I believe in God the… maker of heaven and earth….

 We have examined the scriptural & creedal affirmation that God the Father is Almighty. Closely connected is the teaching that God is the Creator of heaven & earth. As the Prophet Jeremiah proclaimed: Ah Lord GOD! behold, thou hast made the heaven and the earth by thy great power and stretched out arm, and there is nothing too hard for thee. (Jeremiah 32:17) When we affirm that God is the Creator of heaven & earth we are saying that everything, ..............

Heroes of the Faith: Saint Boniface

The Church celebrates the feast of St Boniface, bishop & martyr, on June 5th. An Anglo-Saxon originally named Winfrid, he was born in Crediton in the Kingdom of Wessex circa 675AD. Contrary to his father’s wishes, Winfrid entered the monastic life at an early age; and he studied & taught at the monastery at Nursling near Winchester. Though expected to succeed as abbot of Nursling, Winfrid instead went to Frisia in the Low Countries in 716, working alongside St Willibrord of Utrecht to convert the pagans living there; though the Frisians proved tough nuts to crack. Winfrid later travelled to Rome, where Pope Gregory II............................

Church Catchism X: God Almighy

Catechist. Rehearse the Articles of thy Belief.
Answer. I believe in God the… Almighty….
 Based upon the record of Holy Scripture, we know that God has revealed Himself to us to the extent that permits us to say that He possesses a number of attributes or qualities. God is a pure spiritual substance or essence (St John 4:24), existing in and of Himself through all eternity (Psalm 90:2). God is unchangeable or immutable (St James 1:17). God is invisible, yet He is everywhere present (omnipresent) (1 Timothy 1:17; 6:16; Jeremiah 23:3). God’s wisdom and knowledge are limitless ......

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