Posted by: Joe of St. Thérèse | July 24, 2009

Reflection for 17th Su in OT

2 Kgs 4, 42-44; Ps 145, 10-11. 15-18; Eph 4, 1-6; Jn 6, 1-15

“One Faith, One Baptism”

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit Amen!

One Faith, though many expressions of the same Faith: The Catholic Church has many expressions of the One Faith revealed to us in the person of Jesus Christ.

There are total of 22 Rites in the Church, which break down as follows

in the West
Roman (this includes OF, EF, and any special uses)

in the East it breaks down like this:

Antiochean Church
a. Maronite
b. Syriac
c. Syro-Malankara
d. Chaldean
e. Syro-Malabar

Armenian Church
a. Armenian

Byzantine Church
a. Albanian
b. BelaRussian
c. Bulgarian
d. Czech
e. Krizevci
f. Greek
g. Hungarian
h. Italo-Albanian
j. Melkite
h. Romanian
k. Russian
l. Ruthenian
m. Slovak
n. Ukrainian

Alexandrian Church
a. Copt
b. Ethiopian

In the East we have:
Armenian Catholic Church
Byzantine Catholic Church
Chaldean Catholic Church (East Syrian)
Coptic Catholic Church
Ethiopian Catholic Church
Maronite Church
Melkite Catholic Church
Romanian Catholic Church
Russian Catholic Church
Ruthenian Catholic Church
Syro-Malabar Catholic Church
Syro-Malankara Catholic
Ukranian Catholic Church
West Syrian Catholic Church

Each of these has their own Liturgical and Theological explanations while maintaining the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Faith…

Here’s a fact you probably didn’t know of the 22 Churches in Union with Rome, 21 of them do NOT allow Communion in the Hand…wanna know which one does? You got it, Roman.

What is this One Faith that we profess…I’ll use the English Translation of the Anthanasian Creed to tell you what our One Faith is.

  1. Whosoever will be saved, before all things it is necessary that he hold the Catholic Faith.
  2. Which Faith except everyone do keep whole and undefiled, without doubt he shall perish everlastingly.
  3. And the Catholic Faith is this:
    That we worship one God in Trinity, and Trinity in Unity,
  4. Neither confounding the Persons, nor dividing the Substance [Essence].
  5. For there is one Person of the Father, another of the Son, and another of the Holy Ghost.
  6. But the Godhead of the Father, of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, is all one, the Glory equal, the Majesty co-eternal.
  7. Such as the Father is, such is the Son, and such is the Holy Ghost.
  8. The Father uncreate [uncreated], the Son uncreate [uncreated], and the Holy Ghost uncreate [uncreated].
  9. The Father incomprehensible [unlimited], the Son incomprehensible [unlimited], and the Holy Ghost incomprehensible [unlimited].
  10. The Father eternal, the Son eternal, and the Holy Ghost eternal.
  11. And yet they are not three eternals, but one eternal.
  12. As also there are not three incomprehensibles [infinites], nor three uncreated, but one uncreated, and one incomprehensible [infinite].
  13. So likewise the Father is Almighty, the Son Almighty, and the Holy Ghost Almighty.
  14. And yet they are not three Almighties, but one Almighty.
  15. So the Father is God, the Son is God, and the Holy Ghost is God.
  16. And yet they are not three Gods, but one God.
  17. So likewise the Father is Lord, the Son Lord, and the Holy Ghost Lord.
  18. And yet not three Lords, but one Lord.
  19. For like as we are compelled by the Christian verity: to acknowledge every Person by himself to be both God and Lord,
  20. So are we forbidden by the Catholic Religion, to say, There be [are] three Gods, or three Lords.
  21. The Father is made of none, neither created, nor begotten.
  22. The Son is of the Father alone, not made, nor created, but begotten.
  23. The Holy Ghost is of the Father and of the Son, neither made, nor created, nor begotten, but proceeding.
  24. So there is one Father, not three Fathers; one Son, not three Sons; one Holy Ghost, not three Holy Ghosts.
  25. And in this Trinity none is afore, or after other; none is greater, or less than another [there is nothing before, or after: nothing greater or less];
  26. But the whole three Persons are co-eternal together and co-equal.
  27. So that in all things, as is aforesaid, the Unity in Trinity and the Trinity in Unity is to be worshipped.
  28. He therefore that will be saved must [let him] thus think of the Trinity.

  29. Furthermore, it is necessary to everlasting salvation that he also believe rightly the Incarnation of our Lord Jesus Christ.
  30. For the right Faith is, that we believe and confess, that our Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God, is God and Man;
  31. God, of the Substance [Essence] of the Father, begotten before the worlds; and Man, of the Substance [Essence] of his Mother, born in the world;
  32. Perfect God and perfect Man, of a reasonable soul and human flesh subsisting;
  33. Equal to the Father, as touching his Godhead; and inferior to the Father, as touching his Manhood.
  34. Who although he be [is] God and Man, yet he is not two, but one Christ;
  35. One, not by conversion of the Godhead into flesh, but by taking assumption of the Manhood into God;
  36. One altogether, not by confusion of Substance [Essence], but by unity of Person.
  37. For as the reasonable soul and flesh is one man, so God and Man is one Christ;
  38. Who suffered for our salvation, descended into hell [Hades, spirit-world], rose again the third day from the dead.
  39. He ascended into heaven, he sitteth on the right hand of the Father, God [God the Father] Almighty,
  40. From whence [thence] he shall come to judge the quick and the dead.
  41. At whose coming all men shall rise again with their bodies
  42. And shall give account for their own works.
  43. And they that have done good shall go into life everlasting, and they that have done evil into everlasting fire.
  44. This is the Catholic Faith, which except a man believe faithfully [truly and firmly], he cannot be saved.

In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Amen!


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