‘Tis the Season

For the Athanasian Creed. A classic from the late great Fr. Peter Toon, The Athanasian Creed & the PECUSA.

I hope this Christmas you are in a congregation that recites this historic and orthodox exposition on the incarnation of Christ and the Holy Trinity. Here is the text from the Proposed 1928 Church of England revision:

AT MORNING PRAYER.

Upon these Feasts; Christmas-Day, the Epiphany, Saint Matthias, Easter-Day, Ascension-Day, Whit-Sunday, Saint John Baptist, Saint James, Saint Bartholomew, Saint Matthew, Saint Simon and Saint Jude, Saint Andrew, and upon Trinity-Sunday, shall be sung or said at Morning Prayer, instead of the Apostles’ Creed, this Confession of our Christian Faith, commonly called The Creed of Saint Athanasius, by the Minister and people standing. 

QUICUNQUE VULT.

WHOSOEVER would be saved : needeth before all things to hold fast the Catholick Faith.
2 Which Faith except a man keep whole and undefiled : without doubt he will perish eternally.

    3 Now the Catholick Faith is this : that we worship one God in Trinity, and the Trinity in Unity;
4 Neither confusing the Persons : nor dividing the substance.
5 For there is one Person of the Father, another of the Son : another of the Holy Ghost;
6 But the Godhead of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost is all one : the glory equal, the majesty co-eternal.
7 Such as the Father is, such is the Son : and such is the Holy Ghost.
8 The Father uncreated, the Son uncreated : the Holy Ghost uncreated;
9 The Father infinite, the Son infinite : the Holy Ghost infinite;
10 The Father eternal, the Son eternal : the Holy Ghost eternal.
11 And yet there are not three eternals : but one eternal
12 As also there are not three uncreated, nor three infinites : but one infinite, and one uncreated.
13 So likewise the Father is almighty, the Son almighty : the Holy Ghost almighty;
14 And yet there are not three almighties : but one almighty.
15 So the Father is God, the Son God : the Holy Ghost God;
16 And yet there are not three Gods : but one God.
17 So the Father is Lord, the Son Lord : the Holy Ghost Lord;
18 And yet there are not three Lords : but one Lord.
19 For like as we are compelled by the Christian verity : to confess each Person by himself to be both God and Lord;
20 So are we forbidden by the Catholick religion : to speak of three Gods or three Lords.
21 The Father is made of none : nor created, nor begotten.
22 The Son is of the Father alone : not made, nor created, but begotten.
23 The Holy Ghost is of the Father and the Son : not made, nor created, nor begotten, but proceeding.
24 There is therefore one Father, not three Fathers; one Son, not three Sons : one Holy Ghost, not three Holy Ghosts.
25 And in this Trinity there is no before or after : no greater or less;
26 But all three Persons are co-eternal together : and co-equal.
27 So that in all ways, as is aforesaid : both the Trinity is to be worshipped in Unity, and the Unity in Trinity.
28 He therefore that would be saved let him thus think of the Trinity.

    29 FURTHERMORE it is necessary to eternal salvation : that he also believe faithfully the Incarnation of our Lord Jesus Christ.
30 Now the right faith is that we believe and confess : that our Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God, is both God and man.
31 He is God, of the substance of the Father, begotten before the worlds : and he is man, of the substance of his Mother, born in the world;
32 Perfect God : perfect man, of reasoning soul and human flesh subsisting;
33 Equal to the Father as touching his Godhead : less than the Father as touching his manhood.
34 Who although he be God and man : yet he is not two, but is one Christ ;
35 One however, not by conversion of Godhead into flesh : but by taking manhood into God;
36 One altogether : not by confusion of substance, but by unity of person.
37 For as reasoning soul and flesh is one man : so God and man is one Christ;
38 Who suffered for our salvation : descended into hell, rose again from the dead;
39 Ascended into heaven, sat down at the right hand of the Father : from whence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead.
40 At whose coming all men must rise again with their bodies : : and hail give account for their own deeds.
41 And they that have done good will go into life eternal : they that have done evil into eternal fire.

    42 THIS is the Catholick Faith : which except a man do faithfully and steadfastly believe, he cannot be saved.
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son : and to the Holy Ghost;
As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be world without end. Amen.

 

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Christmas Hymns & Carols (2 per day)

An awesome resource for families this Christmastide.

The Homely Hours

As promised in the Advent Hymns and Carols post, I’ve also compiled a list of Christmas (and Epiphany) Hymns and Carols. It was much more difficult to decide upon these songs — there are so many favorites. So, as with the Advent post, please consider this a first draft, to be improved upon next year. And, as with the Advent post, please tell me if you find mistakes!

My rational was to pair one well known hymn or carol with another that is lesser known throughout Christmastide. My hope is that this list helps us celebrate all twelve days of Christmas (I’m always so thankful at our church, that we get to keep singing our Christmas music together on the First Sunday of Christmas). And, I decided to also throw in some hymns for Epiphany as well.

Lastly, please note the lovely carolers by my dear artist friend Michelle Abernathy (you…

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J.C. Ryle on the Incarnation

A reflection on our Lord’s incarnation from one of Anglicanism‘s great preacher, J.C. Ryle.

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From prior years, here is a meditation on the Incarnation by Bishop Ryle:

Now the Word became flesh and took up residence among us. We saw his glory–the glory of the one and only, full of grace and truth, who came from the Father.

The passage of Scripture now before us is very short, if we measure it by words. But it is very long, if we measure it by the nature of its contents. The substance of it is so immensely important that we shall do well to give it separate and distinct consideration. This single verse contains more than enough matter for a whole exposition.

The main truth which this verse teaches is the reality of our Lord Jesus Christ’s incarnation, or being made man. John tells us that “the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us.”

The plain meaning of these words is, that our…

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The 4th Week of Advent

Christ shall visit his people, prepare your hearts and the way of the Lord.

The Homely Hours

Collect: O Lord, raise up, we pray thee, thy power, and come among us, and with great might succour us; that whereas, through our sins and wickedness, we are sore let and hindered in running the race that is set before us, thy bountiful grace and mercy may speedily help and deliver us; through Jesus Christ our Lord, to whom, with thee and the Holy Ghost, be honour and glory, world without end. Amen.

Saints and Feasts:

Tuesday, December 25: Christmas Day

Gregory of Nazianzus: “Christ is born: let us glorify him. Christ comes down from heaven: let us go out to meet him. Christ descends to earth: let us be raised on high. Let all the world sing to the Lord: let the heavens rejoice and let the earth be glad, for his sake who was first in heaven and then on earth. Christ is here in the flesh:…

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39 Articles Sermon Series

An amazing and pastoral sermon series on the Thirty-Nine Articles of Religion brought to you by St. John’s Hartford from across the pond: https://www.stjohnshartford.org/faith/sermon-recordings/messages/series/our-anglican-faith-the-39-articles?start=20

Justin Martyr on the Incarnation

Excellent quote from Justin Martyr.

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Here is a quote from Justin Martyr on the Incarnation – from his First Apology:

For they who affirm that the Son is the Father, are proved neither to have become acquainted with the Father, nor to know that the Father of the universe has a Son; who also, being the first-begotten Word of God, is even God. And of old He appeared in the shape of fire and in the likeness of an angel to Moses and to the other prophets; but now in the times of your reign, having, as we before said, become man by a virgin, according to the counsel of the Father, for the salvation of those who believe on Him, He endured both to be set at nought and to suffer, that by dying and rising again He might conquer death.

As these Fathers clearly show, Jesus became one of us that He…

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