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This is the Old St. Louis Cathedral of the Roman Catholic Church, St. Louis, Missouri. When my wife first saw this photo she asked what synagogue is this! The Hebrew is the Tetragrammaton, or the Four Letters that spell out the word translated “LORD” throughout the Old Testament, transliterated “Yahweh”. Underneath is Latin “Uni et Trino”, One and Three, the Holy Trinity.

The Book of Concord:  the Confessions of the Evangelical Lutheran Church contains the recognized statements from the time of the Reformation confessing the evangelical, catholic and orthodox Faith of the universal Church.  The Book of Concord begins with the three universal Creeds (from the Latin, “Credo”, “I believe”):

  • The Apostles’ Creed
  • The Nicene Creed
  • The Athanasian Creed

The Book of Concord so begins this way in order to state unequivocally that the confessions are not a new invention or human theology. The Confession is in absolute continuity with the Universal, or catholic (Greek, kata holos, “according to the whole”) of the “…faith that was once for all delivered to the saints” that we may “contend” for it. (Jude 3)  Why?  We confess the doctrine is right and sound Biblically, free from error, so that many call upon the Name of the Lord and be saved by His grace!

Below is The Athanasian Creed in responsive Litany which we confessed today at Concordia Lutheran Mission:

P:   Whoever wants to be saved should above all cling to the catholic faith. Whoever does not guard it whole and inviolable will doubtless perish eternally.  Now this is the catholic faith:

C       WE WORSHIP ONE GOD IN TRINITY AND THE TRINITY IN UNITY, NEITHER CONFUSING THE PERSONS NOR DIVIDING THE DIVINE BEING.

P        For the Father is one person, the Son is another, and the Spirit is still another.

C       BUT THE DEITY OF THE FATHER, SON, AND HOLY SPIRIT IS ONE, EQUAL IN GLORY, COETERNAL IN MAJESTY.

P        What the Father is, the Son is, and so is the Spirit.

C       UNCREATED IS THE FATHER;
UNCREATED IS THE SON;
UNCREATED IS THE SPIRIT.

P        The Father is infinite;
The Son is infinite;
The Holy Spirit is infinite.

C       ETERNAL IS THE FATHER;
ETERNAL IS THE SON;
ETERNAL IS THE SPIRIT:

P        And yet there are not three eternal beings, but One who is eternal; as there are not three uncreated and unlimited beings, but One is who is uncreated and unlimited.

C       ALMIGHTY IS THE FATHER;
ALMIGHTY IS THE SON;
ALMIGHTY IS THE SPIRIT:

P        And yet there are not three almighty beings, but One who is almighty.

C       THUS THE FATHER IS GOD
THE SON IS GOD;
THE HOLY SPIRIT IS GOD.

P        And yet there are not three gods, but one God.

C       THUS THE FATHER IS LORD;
THE SON IS LORD;
THE HOLY SPIRIT IS LORD:

P        And yet there are not three lords, but one Lord.  As Christian truth compels us to acknowledge each distinct person as God and Lord, so catholic religion forbids us to say there are three gods or lords.

C       THE FATHER WAS NEITHER MADE NOR CREATED NOR BEGOTTEN;

P        The Son was neither made nor created, but was alone begotten of the Father;

C       THE SPIRIT WAS NEITHER MADE NOR CREATED, BUT IS PROCEEDING FROM THE FATHER AND THE SON.

P        Thus there is one Father, not three fathers; one Son, not three sons; one Holy Spirit, not three spirits.  And in this Trinity, no one is before or after, greater or less than the other;

C       BUT ALL THREE PERSONS ARE IN THEMSELVES, COETERNAL AND COEQUAL; AND SO WE MUST WORSHIP THE TRINITY IN UNITY AND THE ONE GOD IN THREE PERSONS.

P        Whoever wants to be saved should think thus about the Trinity.  It is necessary for eternal salvation that one also faithfully believes that our Lord Jesus Christ became flesh.

C       FOR THIS IS THE TRUE FAITH THAT WE BELIEVE AND CONFESS:
THAT OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST,
GOD’S SON, IS BOTH GOD AND MAN.

P        He is God, begotten before all worlds from the being of the Father,

C       AND HE IS MAN, BORN IN THE WORLD FROM THE BEING OF HIS MOTHER-

P        existing fully as God, and fully as man with a rational soul and a human body;

C       EQUAL TO THE FATHER IN DIVINITY,
SUBORDINATE TO THE FATHER IN HUMANITY.

P        Although he is God and man, he is not divided,

C       BUT IS ONE CHRIST.

P        He is united because God has taken humanity into himself; he does not transform deity into humanity.

C       HE IS COMPLETELY ONE
IN THE UNITY OF HIS PERSON
WITHOUT CONFUSING HIS NATURES.

P        For as the rational soul and body are one person,

C       SO THE ONE CHRIST IS GOD AND MAN.

P        He suffered death for our salvation.

C       HE DESCENDED INTO HELL AND ROSE AGAIN FROM THE DEAD.

P        He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right of the Father.

C       HE WILL COME AGAIN TO JUDGE THE LIVING AND THE DEAD.

P        At his coming all people shall rise bodily to give an account of their own deeds.

C       THOSE WHO HAVE DONE GOOD WILL ENTER ETERNAL LIFE, THOSE WHO HAVE DONE EVIL WILL ENTER ETERNAL FIRE.

P        This is the catholic faith.

C       ONE CANNOT BE SAVED WITHOUT BELIEVING THIS FIRMLY AND FAITHFULLY.



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