Monday, July 8, 2013

Treasures of Our Faith

The San Fernando Pastoral Region presents a new series of articles titled “Treasures of our Faith.” The series is authored by Ryan Adams, one of the region’s diaconate candidates and a member of the region’s media team.

In his 11th article, Adams talks about the Nicene Creed.

By Ryan Adams

At Mass after the Homily, we, the faithful, all stand and profess our faith. We stand as a community of believers and profess our faith in God together. The Creed comes from the Latin word “credo” which means “I believe.” This is why it is important that it is not only recited, but prayed from the heart.

The structure of the Creed reinforces our belief in the Holy Trinity, addressing the Father, then the Son and then also the Holy Spirit, stressing that the three are one God. At the heart of our faith, we believe that God became one of us at the birth of Jesus. In order to show importance and reverence to this belief, we all bow together at the words “and by the Holy Spirit was incarnate of the Virgin Mary, and became man.”

The Creed is a statement of the truths and beliefs which we all hold as Catholics. When we pray this prayer together, we express not only our individual belief, but also the faith which all of us hold in common.

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