and the best part last night was when Ben Fielding asked us to recite the Apostles’ Creed (which we always recite after the homily every Sunday Mass in our catholic church).
According to Catholic Church Catechism (article 194) The Apostles’ Creed is so called because it is rightly considered to be a faithful summary of the apostles’ faith. It is the ancient baptismal symbol of the Church of Rome. Its great authority arises from this fact: it is “the Creed of the Roman Church, the See of Peter the first of the apostles, to which he brought the common faith”.
When we talk about catholic in this context we are not talking about an institution but the word ‘catholic’ itself means: universal, all-embracing. To hear every one of us recited the creed just blew me away This is just to acknowledge and confirm that it all started with one church, the one that was founded by Jesus Christ and was first led by St Peter, the one that was built for more than 2,000 years with its hierarchy based on the Word of God with its richness of tradition and magisterium (the teachings of the church), the one that still calls for christian unity.
********** Ut unum sint **********
Lord Jesus Christ, at your Last Supper you prayed to the Father that all should be one. Send your Holy Spirit upon all who bear your name and seek to serve you. Strengthen our faith in you, and lead us to love one another in humility. May we who have been reborn in one baptism be united in one faith under one Shepherd. Amen.
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