We have much in our history and beliefs that we share in common with other Christians;
- that Jesus Christ was/is the Son of God
- that the Bible is the inspired Word of God
- and that Christianity is the way God wants us to live our lives.
But being in the Orthodox Catholic tradition we also believe;
- that in the Mass the bread and the wine become the physical and spiritual presence of Christ
- that Christ still comforts His people and shares His life with us through the Church in the Sacraments of Baptism (administered by water in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit), Confirmation (anointing and reception of the Holy Spirit confirming Faith), Matrimony (union between a man and a woman before God), Holy Orders (the implanting of the Holy Spirit upon deacons, priests and bishops), the Holy Eucharist (reception of the Holy Communion), Absolution (confession and penance) and Extreme Unction (confession, anointing and reception of the Holy Communion administered to the dying)
- that Christ gave His authority from God to teach, heal and forgive to the Apostles and from them to the Bishops which authority Priests share
- that a true and meaningful relationship with God involves admission of our sins, true repentance and a dedicated resolve not to sin again
- and that the sacrificing of our own desire to do His will and obey His commandments is the correct way to live our earthly existence.
However, all this is believed, expressed and taught by us in a compassionate way, accepting the frailty of the human condition, its weaknesses, its instincts but then encouraging our ability as humans to feel and think and believe with our “hearts and minds”.
Paramount to the expression of the Christian faith as Catholics is adherence to the summary of God’s law that Christ taught His followers;
“The first commandment is this: ‘… the Lord our God is the only Lord. You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.
The second is this: ‘Love your neighbour as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.”
Further information about how this Faith is lived and taught by our Church is available on this website, please feel free to search and to read more!