Proclaiming New Life In JESUS CHRIST
Blessed be the Kingdom of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit; Now and Ever, and unto the Ages of Ages, Amen.
IC XC NIKA
Prince of Peace Old Catholic
Part of the Independent Orthodox Movement in the United States
Serving Christ in Proclaiming the saving Word and in the Holy Sacraments of His Orthodox .. Church
+Blessed be the Kingdom of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, now and ever and unto ages of ages .
In Peace let us pray to the Lord.
Kyrie Eleison. (Lord have Mercy).
PRESERVING AND PROMULGATING THE HISTORIC FAITH AND SACRAMENTS OF CHRIST’S HOLY AND ANCIENT UNDIVIDED ORTHODOX CHURCH…IN A MODERN AND UNBELIEVING WORLD, USING THE RITUAL OF THE HISTORIC CHURCH AT THE DIVINE LITURGY IN A CONTEXT FAMILIAR WITH ENGLISH USAGE
I believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth, and of all things visible and invisible.I believe one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of God, begotten of the Father before all ages. Light of Light, true God of true God, begotten, not maded, of one substance with the Father, through Him all things were made.
For us men and for our salvation, He came down from heaven and was incarnate by the Holy Spirit of the Virgin Mary and became man.
He was crucified for us under Pontius Pilate, and He suffered and was buried.
On the third day He rose again according to the Scriptures.
He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again in glory to judge both the living and the dead, and His kingdom will have no end.
I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the Giver of Life, who proceeds from the Father, who together with the Father and the Son is worshipped and glorified, who spoke through the prophets.
In one, holy, catholic, and apostolic Church.
I acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.
I look for the resurrection of the dead.
And the life of the world to come. Amen.
A Sacramental Church The Seven Sacraments of the Church
Prince of Peace Church recognizes and administers seven Mysterion or Sacraments as channels of Divine Grace. The New Testament records the institution by our Lord, or the practice by the Apostles, of ever Sacrament except Matrimony. The latter is authenticated by the presence of our Lord at the marriage at Cana. Baptism (gateway to the Sacraments) makes one a Christian, a child of God, and a member of the Body of Christ, His Kingdom on earth. It begins our new life in God. (St. Matt. 28:19; St. John 3:5) Confirmation (Chrismation) gives new life by the gift of the Holy Spirit. We are anointed with Holy Chrism (oil consecrated by a Bishop) and become one with the priesthood of all believers. (Acts 8:14-17)
”The Mysterion of Repentance”
(Confession, Penance) reclaims those who have fallen from grace after Baptism. Just as we have the Sacrament of Baptism to effect our union with God and His Kingdom in the first place, so we have this Sacrament to restore that union when it has been broken by sin. Through this Sacrament our sins are forgiven and we can make a new beginning. (St. Matt. 19:19, 18:18)This is part of every Eucharist.
(Divine Liturgy, Holy Mass) unites our individualities with God as the human and divine natures were first united in the Incarnation. In this Sacrament, we partake actually and truly of the Body and Blood of Christ for the nourishment of our souls and bodies, for eternal life. (St. Matt. 26:26-29)
(Ordination), is the means whereby the Church conducts its work. In this Sacrament, the grace of God descends upon the laying-on of hands by an Apostolic Bishop. This Rite, which is recorded several times in Scripture, has provided an uninterrupted succession from the Apostles. (St. John 15:16, II Timothy 1:6)
Holy Unction was a practice of the Apostles during our Lord’s ministry. In this Sacrament, we receive anointing with blessed oil for the healing of infirmities, both of the soul and the body. (St. Mark 6:13; St. James 5:14)
Marriage is the Sacrament which joins a man and woman in a Holy Union before God. As Christ, by his presence, blessed the marriage at Cana, he also blesses the marriage of those who are members of his Church. (St. John 4) Living the Faith Today, as in all times, “the world, the flesh, and the devil” are very much with us. It is not possible for an individual, or for a family, to live a truly Christian life apart form the Church and its Sacraments. *
The Ascension of Jesus seen by The Holy Theotokos and the Apostles
Thou hast raised me from bed and sleep, O Lord; enlighten my mind and heart, and open my lips, that I may praise Thee, O Holy Trinity: Holy, Holy, Holy art Thou, O God. For the sake of the Mother of God, have mercy upon us.O Christ, the True Light, Who illuminest and sanctifiest every human being coming into the world: let the light of Thy countenance be turned upon us, that in it we may behold the unapproachable Light. guide our footsteps toward working according to Thy commandments, through the intercessions of Thy most pure Mother, and of all the saints. Amen.To Thee, O Master Who lovest mankind, I hasten on rising from sleep; by Thy mercy I go forth to do Thy works, and I pray unto Thee: help me at all times, and in all things; deliver me from every evil thing of this world and from the pursuit of the devil; save me and lead me into Thine eternal Kingdom. For Thou art my Creator, Provider and Bestower of every good; wherefore all my hope is in Thee, and to Thee I ascribe glory, now and ever, and unto ages of ages. Amen.
We bless Thee, O God in the highest and Lord of mercies, Who ever workest great and mysterious deeds for us, glorious, wonderful and countless, Who providest us with sleep as a rest from our infirmities, and as a repose for our bodies tired by labor. We thank Thee that Thou hast not destroyed us in our transgressions, but in Thy love toward mankind, Thou hast raised us up that we might glorigy Thy Majesty. We entreat Thine infinite goodness, enlighten the eyes of our understanding and raise up our minds from the heavy sleep of indolence; open our mouths and fill them with Thy praise, that we may unceasingly sing and confess Thee, Who art God glorified in all and by all, the eternal Father, the Only- Begotten Son, and the All-Holy and Good and Life-Giving Spirit, now and ever, and unto ages of ages. Amen.
Grant unto me, my Lord, that with peace in mind I may face all that this new day is to bring. Grant unto me grace to surrender myself completely to Thy holy will. Instruct and prepare me in all things for every hour of this day. Whatsoever tidings I may receive during the day, do Thou teach me to accept them calmly, in the firm conviction that all eventualities fulfill Thy holy will. Govern Thou my thoughts and feelings in all I do and say. When things unforeseen occur, let me not forget that all cometh down from Thee. Teach me to behave sincerely and reasonable toward every member of my family and all other human beings, that I may not cause confusion and sorrow to anyone. Bestow upon me, my Lord, strength to endure the fatigue of the day and to bear my share in all its passing events. Guide Thou my will and teach me to pray, to believe, to hope, to suffer, to forgive, and to love. Amen.
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