“Moreover, in the Catholic Church itself, all possible care must be taken, that we hold that faith which has been believed everywhere, always, by all.” – St. Vincent of Lerins, d. circa 445.
“One canon reduced to writing by God himself, two testaments, three creeds, four general councils, five centuries, and the series of Fathers in that period – the centuries that is, before Constantine, and two after, determine the boundary of our faith.” – Bp. Lancelot Andrewes, 1555-1626.
At St. Benedict Anglican Church, we uphold the “faith once for all delivered to the saints” (Jude 3). As such, we believe in:
- The Holy Bible as Word of God, sufficient for salvation and all essential matters of faith and morals.
- The Nicene Creed, Apostles’ Creed, and Athanasian Creed as the historical summaries of the biblical “Rule of Faith.”
- The Sacraments of Baptism and the Lord’s Supper as instituted by Christ, and generally necessary for all Christians.
- The historic episcopacy, locally adapted.
- As classical Anglicans we uphold and subscribe to our traditional Formularies because we believe they are in conformity to Scripture:
- The 1928 edition of the Book of Common Prayer locally adapted in conformity to the standards set by the 1662 edition.
- The 39 Articles of Religion, locally adapted in conformity to the standards set in 1563.
- The Ordinal, locally adapted in conformity to the standards set in 1549.