foundation of our faith and our forms of worship are the Scriptures
(the Jewish books of the Old Testament
and the Apocrypha together with the New Testament - and especially
also draw on the teachings of the Apostolic Church and the
early Church Fathers in our interpretation of this faith.
basic beliefs are that:
Old and New Testaments contain all things necessary for
salvation and as being the rule and ultimate standard of
Apostles' Creed together with the Nicene Creed are sufficient
statements of the Christian faith;
two sacraments ordained by Christ himself - Baptism and
the Supper of the Lord (also known as "Holy Communion,"
the "Eucharist" and the "Mass") - are administered with
unfailing use of Christ's words of institution, and the
elements are ordained by him;
historic episcopate is locally adapted in the methods of
its administration to the varying needs of the nations and
peoples called of God into the unity of his Church.
trace their Christian roots back to the early Church, and
their specifically Anglican identity to the post-Reformation
expansion of the Church of England and other Episcopal or
Anglican Churches. Historically, there were two main stages
in the development and spread of the Communion beyond the
shores of England.
Beginning with the seventeenth century, Anglicanism was
established alongside colonization in the United States,
Australia, Canada, New Zealand and South Africa.
2. The second stage began in the eighteenth century when
missionaries worked to establish Anglican churches in Asia,
Africa and Latin America.
and as a worldwide family of churches, the Anglican Communion
can claim more than 70 million adherents in 38 Provinces spreading
across 161 countries. Located on every continent, Anglicans
speak many languages and come from different races and cultures.
Although the churches are autonomous, they are also uniquely
unified through their history, their theology, their worship
and their relationship to the ancient See of Canterbury.
uphold the Catholic and Apostolic faith. Following the teachings
of Jesus Christ, the Churches are committed to the proclamation
of the good news of the Gospel to the whole creation. In practice
this is based on the revelation contained in Holy Scripture
and the Catholic creeds, and is interpreted in light of Christian
tradition, scholarship, reason and experience.
baptism in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, a
person is made one with Christ and received into the fellowship
of the Church. This sacrament of initiation into the Christian
faith is open to children as well as to adults. Of course,
children are expected to reaffirm as adults the vows made
on their behalf as children and this is the sacrament of Confirmation.
to worship for Anglicans is the celebration of the Holy Eucharist,
also called the Holy Communion, the Lord's Supper or the Mass.
In this offering of prayer and praise, the life, death and
resurrection of Jesus Christ are recalled through the proclamation
of the word and the celebration of this sacrament.
distinguishing feature of the corporate nature of Anglicanism
is that it is an interdependent Church, where parishes, dioceses
and provinces help each other to achieve by mutual support
in terms of financial assistance and the sharing of other
resources. While all Anglicans and Episcopalians recognize
the Archbishop of Canterbury as the leading bishop of our
Church, he is the first among equals and not a supreme head.
be an Anglican is to be on a journey of faith to God through
Jesus Christ and supported by a fellowship of co-believers
who are dedicated to finding Him by prayer, by reason, by
experience and by service.
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