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  • BIBLE WAS NOT PRINTED UNTIL - 16 TH CENTURY – FAITH WAS DISSEMINATED THROUGH SACRED TRADITIONS AND SCRIPTURES OF THE CHURCH
  • How can Sola Sciptura Stand?
  • The word "tradition" is taken from the Latin 'trado, tradere' meaning to hand over, to deliver, or to bequeath. The teachings of Scripture are written down in the Bible, and are handed on, not only in writing, but also in the lives of those who live according to its teachings. The teachings of Tradition are not written down, but are lived and are handed on by the lives of those who lived according to its teachings, according to the example of Christ and the Apostles (1 Corinthians 11:2, 2 Thessalonians 2:15). This perpetual handing on of the teachings of Tradition is called a living Tradition; it is the transmission of the teachings of Tradition from one generation to the next.
  • The profession is in 3 parts cos - about our Trinitarian God Triune God – 3 persons-One God.Blessed Trinty.
  • The profession is in 3 parts cos - about our Trinitarian God Triune God – 3 persons-One God.Blessed Trinty.
  • The profession is in 3 parts cos - about our Trinitarian God Triune God – 3 persons-One God.Blessed Trinty.
  • A creed is a summary or statement of what one believes. The word …. I believe, I accept or hold true something on the word of another. The AC is a collection of all the truths the Apostles believed. It’s so called because it has come down (handed down to us as part of the deposit of faith) to us from the time of the apostles. The apostles were the 12 men that Jesus chose to be his first bishops- Peter being the first. They lived with him, followed him and learnt from him during his public ministry. These apostles taught and preached, following Jesus command “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you; …(Matthew 28:19)..(as what Martin spoke about last week). What so important about the Creed, you may ask? When we recite the Creed, we make an act of faith. I believe in the God I cannot see, in the Trinity which is beyond my understanding and I put our trust in God’s word. This is what the C is about. The way your sessions designed – threads the entire Creed. That’s how important. Naturally a big part is devoted to JC- He the man. In the ancient days the Creed was used as a summary of Christian doctrines for baptismal candidates in the Roman churches. It is still used in the Rite of Baptism. During your baptism, each of you will be asked to profess your faith in the form of questions..Sunday Mass – Nicene Mass-longer version
  • A creed is a summary or statement of what one believes. The word …. I believe, I accept or hold true something on the word of another. The AC is a collection of all the truths the Apostles believed. It’s so called because it has come down (handed down to us as part of the deposit of faith) to us from the time of the apostles. The apostles were the 12 men that Jesus chose to be his first bishops- Peter being the first. They lived with him, followed him and learnt from him during his public ministry. These apostles taught and preached, following Jesus command “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you; …(Matthew 28:19)..(as what Martin spoke about last week). What so important about the Creed, you may ask? When we recite the Creed, we make an act of faith. I believe in the God I cannot see, in the Trinity which is beyond my understanding and I put our trust in God’s word. This is what the C is about. The way your sessions designed – threads the entire Creed. That’s how important. Naturally a big part is devoted to JC- He the man. In the ancient days the Creed was used as a summary of Christian doctrines for baptismal candidates in the Roman churches. It is still used in the Rite of Baptism. During your baptism, each of you will be asked to profess your faith in the form of questions..Sunday Mass – Nicene Mass-longer version
  • Day of Prayer - The apostles' Creed

    1. 1.
    2. 3. Everything in the Bible?
    3. 4. <ul><li>&quot;But the word of the Lord abides for ever.’ That word is the good news which was preached to you&quot; (1 Pet. 1:25) St. Peter </li></ul><ul><li>&quot;So faith comes from what is </li></ul><ul><li>heard, and what is heard comes by the preaching of Christ&quot; </li></ul><ul><li>(Rom. 10:17). </li></ul>
    4. 5. <ul><li>“ And what you have heard from me through many witnesses entrust to faithful people who will be able to teach others as well” </li></ul><ul><li>( 2 Tim 2:2) </li></ul><ul><li>&quot;stand firm and hold to the traditions which you were taught by us, either by word of mouth or by letter&quot; (2 Thess. 2:15). </li></ul>
    5. 6. First of all you must understand this, that no prophecy of scripture is a matter of one's own interpretation. ( 2 Peter 1:20) There are some things in them hard to understand, which the ignorant and unstable twist to their own destruction, as they do the other scriptures. (2 Peter 3 :16)
    6. 7. So Philip ran to him, and heard him reading Isaiah the prophet, and asked, &quot;Do you understand what you are reading?&quot; And he said, &quot;How can I, unless some one guides me?&quot; And he invited Philip to come up and sit with him. Acts 8:31-31 Council of Jerusalem – Acts 15
    7. 8. The Apostles’ Creed <ul><li>Who are the apostles? </li></ul><ul><li>What is a creed? </li></ul>
    8. 9. <ul><li>The Christian Apostles were Jewish men chosen from among the disciples, who were &quot;sent forth&quot; by Jesus to preach the Gospel to both Jews and Gentiles, across the world. </li></ul><ul><li>(Greek word &quot;απόστολος&quot; apostolos = 'one who is sent forth as a messenger') </li></ul><ul><li>&quot;He called unto him his disciples, and of them he chose twelve, whom also he named apostles.&quot; — Luke 6:13 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>, </li></ul></ul>The Apostles
    9. 10. <ul><ul><li>What is a creed? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Analogies to help us understand… </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Exams – </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Creed = Summary of chapter. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>2) Baptism – </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Creed = Summary of essential elements of the Church’s faith. </li></ul></ul>The Creeds
    10. 11. CCC 186 This synthesis of faith … … what was of the greatest importance was gathered from all the Scriptures, … mustard seed contains a great number of branches in a tiny grain, … this summary of faith encompassed … the whole knowledge of the true religion contained in the Old and New Testaments. The Creeds
    11. 12. CCC 187 … called &quot; professions of faith “ … summarize the faith that Christians profess. … called &quot;creeds&quot; on account of what is usually their first word in Latin: credo (&quot;I believe&quot;). The Creeds
    12. 13. The Development of the Creeds <ul><li>After Jesus ascended into heaven, the deposit of faith was left in the hands of the apostles to be handed on to other believers. </li></ul><ul><li>The Deposit of Faith is the body of saving truth or the entirety of Jesus Christ's revelation entrusted by Him to the Apostles and handed on by them to be preserved and proclaimed. </li></ul>
    13. 14. The Development of the Creeds <ul><li>In the Church’s beginning, the apostles would summarize the saving events of Jesus’ life, often in short, skeletal sermon summaries of the gospel that came to be known as the &quot; rule of faith ”. </li></ul>
    14. 15. The Development of the Creeds <ul><li>As Christianity spread, this “ rule of faith ” or standard of teaching ensured that the preaching and teaching being heard was an authentic expression of the deposit of faith . </li></ul><ul><li>Also, the need was felt to have summaries of Christian beliefs to be &quot;confessed&quot; or professed by Converts or the Faithful. </li></ul>
    15. 16. The Development of the Creeds <ul><li>Soon, the deposit of faith was expressed in a collection of short formula expressions called a creed . </li></ul><ul><li>The word “CREED” comes from the Latin word “Credo” which means “I believe” </li></ul><ul><li>The faith could be easily committed to memory and passed on orally to the next generation. </li></ul>
    16. 17. The Creeds <ul><li>There were various creeds that emerged and developed over time . </li></ul><ul><li>As the Church faced misunderstandings, dissensions and threats, it became necessary to respond with ever-clearer teaching . </li></ul><ul><li>The creeds help to clarify orthodox teaching and combat against heresies or “ false gospels ”. </li></ul>
    17. 18. The Creeds <ul><li>The creeds express in a summarized way, the truths of the faith. </li></ul><ul><li>The two well known creeds are </li></ul><ul><li>1. The Apostles’ Creed </li></ul><ul><li>2. The Nicene Creed </li></ul>
    18. 19. The Apostles’ Creed <ul><li>The Apostles' Creed </li></ul><ul><li>considered to be a faithful summary of the apostles’ faith. </li></ul><ul><li>is based upon the most ancient formula used by the Roman Catholic Church. We find it in various forms dating back to the 200s. </li></ul>
    19. 20. The Apostles’ Creed <ul><li>The Apostles' Creed </li></ul><ul><li>The name of the Creed comes from the probably fifth-century legend that, under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit after Pentecost, each of the Twelve Apostles dictated part of it. </li></ul><ul><li>traditionally divided into twelve (12) articles, thus symbolizing the fullness of the apostolic faith by the number of the apostles (12). </li></ul>
    20. 21. <ul><li>I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth. </li></ul><ul><li>I believe in Jesus Christ , his only Son, our Lord. </li></ul><ul><li>He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary . </li></ul><ul><li>He suffered under Pontius Pilate , was crucified, died, and was buried. </li></ul><ul><li>He descended to the dead . On the third day he rose again . </li></ul><ul><li>He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. </li></ul><ul><li>He will come again to judge the living and the dead . </li></ul><ul><li>I believe in the Holy Spirit, </li></ul><ul><li>the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints , </li></ul><ul><li>the forgiveness of sins , </li></ul><ul><li>the resurrection of the body , </li></ul><ul><li>and life everlasting. Amen . </li></ul>
    21. 22. 3 Parts of the Apostles’ Creed: 1. The first part deals with God the Father and creation. (article 1) The Apostles’ Creed Article 1: I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth;
    22. 23. 2. The second part deals with God the Son and our redemption. (articles 2 to 7) The Apostles’ Creed Article 2: I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord. Article 3: He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit, and was born of the Virgin Mary. Article 4: He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and was buried. Article 5: He descended to the dead. On the third day, He rose again. Article 6: He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. Article 7: He will come again to judge the living and the dead.
    23. 24. 3. The third part deals with God the Holy Spirit and our sanctification. (articles 8 to 12) The Apostles’ Creed Article 8: I believe in the Holy Spirit, Article 9: the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints, Article 10: the forgiveness of sins, Article 11: the resurrection of the body, Article 12: and the life everlasting.
    24. 25. The Apostles’ Creed I believe in God, the Father Almighty creator of heaven and earth I believe in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord. He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and was buried. He descended to the dead. On the third day he rose again. He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. AMEN 1. The first part deals with God the Father and creation. (article 1) (article 2) (article 3) (article 4) (article 5) (article 6) (article 7) 2. The second part deals with God the Son and our redemption. (article 8) (article 9) (article 10) (article 11) (article 12) 3. The third part deals with God the Holy Spirit and our sanctification. 3 Parts of the Apostles’ Creed:
    25. 26. The Nicene Creed <ul><li>The Nicene Creed </li></ul><ul><li>is significantly longer than the Apostles’ creed and more detailed. </li></ul><ul><li>professed during mass after the homily. </li></ul><ul><li>- is based upon the faith expressed at the first two ecumenical councils of the Church: the fourth-century Councils of Nicaea (325) and Constantinople (381). </li></ul>
    26. 27. I believe in one God the Father almighty, maker of heaven and earth of all things visible and invisible. I believe in one Lord Jesus Christ, the Only Begotten Son of God, born of the Father before all ages. God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made, consubstantial with the Father; through Him all things were made. For us men and for our salvation
    27. 28. He came down from heaven. (At the word that follow , up to and including “and became man”, all bow) and by the Holy Spirit was incarnate of the Virgin Mary, and became man. For our sake He was crucified under Pontius Pilate, He suffered death and was buried, and rose again on the third day 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.
    28. 29. I believe in one, holy, catholic, and apostolic Church. I confess one Baptism for the forgiveness of sins. I look forward to the resurrection of the dead and the life of the world to come. Amen.
    29. 30. <ul><li>A creed is not the totality of Christian faith. </li></ul><ul><li>It is a summary that stands for everything that is taught by the Catholic Church. </li></ul><ul><li>A creed is a symbol of something larger and, ultimately, of Someone . </li></ul><ul><li>The CCC, #170 says that our faith does not rest ultimately in formulas, but in the realities expressed by those formulas, which faith allows us to touch. </li></ul><ul><li>Our object is not a proposition, but a Person . </li></ul>The Creeds
    30. 31. The Apostles’ Creed <ul><li>The Creed is used at Baptism, as a declaration of faith. </li></ul>
    31. 32. <ul><li>Rite of Baptism </li></ul><ul><li>An interrogative form of the Apostles' Creed is used in the Rite of Baptism (for both children and adults). The minister of baptism asks the following questions (ICEL, 1974): </li></ul><ul><li>Do you believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth? </li></ul><ul><li>Do you believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord, who was born of the Virgin Mary, was crucified, died, and was buried, rose from the dead, and is now seated at the right hand of the Father? </li></ul>
    32. 33. <ul><li>Do you believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and life everlasting? </li></ul><ul><li>To each question, the catechumen, or, in the case of an infant, the parents and sponsor(s) (godparent(s)) in his or her place, answers &quot;I do.&quot; </li></ul>
    33. 34. Then the celebrant says: This is our faith. This is the faith of the Church. We are proud to profess it, in Christ Jesus our Lord. And all respond: Amen
    34. 35. The Apostles’ Creed Baptised Catholics professed it at Mass.

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