The Anglican Faith
The Christian profession of Faith is the Nicene Creed (see below).
The following elements are characteristic of the Anglican Tradition:
- We believe that the canonical books of the Old and New Testaments are the inspired Word of God
- We believe in the Episcopal nature of the Church (consisting of Bishops, Priests, and Deacons) as an inherent element of apostolic faith and practice
- We believe in the Sacraments of the Church
- We believe in the Catholic Creeds: the Apostles’, the Nicene, and the Athanasian
- We believe in the Councils of the undivided Church
- We receive the Liturgical Tradition of the Book of Common Prayer as the standard for Anglican faith and practice
- We receive the Thirty-Nine Articles of Religion of 1571 as a legitimate expression of Anglican belief regarding doctrinal controversies of that time.
The Nicene Creed
We believe in one God,
the Father, the Almighty,
maker of heaven and earth,
of all that is, visible and invisible.
We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ,
the only Son of God,
eternally begotten of the Father,
God from God, Light from Light,
true God from true God,
begotten, not made,
of one Being with the Father;
through him all things were made.
For us and for our salvation he came down from heaven,
was incarnate from the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary,
and was made man.
For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate;
he suffered death and was buried.
On the third day he rose again in accordance with the Scriptures;
he ascended into heaven
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead,
and his kingdom will have no end.
We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life,
who proceeds from the Father [and the Son],
who with the Father and the Son is worshiped and glorified,
who has spoken through the prophets.
We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church.
We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.
We look for the resurrection of the dead,
and the life of the world to come. Amen.