Our Beliefs

IBELIEVE in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth:
    And in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord: Who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, Born of the Virgin Mary: Suffered under Pontius Pilate, Was crucified, dead, and buried: He descended into hell; The third day he rose again from the dead: He ascended into heaven, And sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty: From thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead.
    I believe in the Holy Ghost: The holy Catholic Church; The Communion of Saints: The Forgiveness of sins: The Resurrection of the body: And the Life everlasting. Amen.

IBELIEVE in one God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, And of all things visible and invisible:
    And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of God; Begotten of his Father before all worlds, God of God, Light of Light, Very God of very God; Begotten, not made; Being of one substance with the Father; By whom all things were made: Who for us men and for our salvation came down from heaven, And was incarnate by the Holy Ghost of the Virgin Mary, And was made man: And was .crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate; He suffered and was buried: And the third day he rose again according to the Scriptures: And ascended into heaven, And sitteth on the right hand of the Father: And he shall come again, with glory, to judge both the quick and the dead; Whose kingdom shall have no end.
    And I believe in the Holy Ghost, The Lord, and Giver of Life, Who proceedeth from the Father and the Son; Who with the Father and the Son together is worshipped and glorified; Who spake by the Prophets: And I believe one Catholic and Apostolic Church: I acknOwledge one Baptism for the remission of sins: And I look for the Resurrection of the dead: And the Life of the world to come. Amen.

Creed commonly know as Saint Athanasius

  WHOSOEVER would be saved / needeth before all things to hold fast the Catholic Faith.
     2 Which Faith except a man keep whole and undefiled, / without doubt he will perish eternally.
     3 Now the Catholic 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 Catholic 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 of 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 shall 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 Catholic Faith, / which except a man do faithfully and stedfastly 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.

 

We only ordain men to the holy orders, deacon, priest, and bishop.  

We believe in two sacraments: baptism and Holy Communion.  

The women of the AOC provide a vital role in all levels of Bible education, church family aide and many other facets of ministry.


 We are considered a low-church Anglican expression, endeavoring to continue the tradition of the early Anglican communion.

We use the 1662 Book of Common Prayer for all of our services and the Authorized Version of the Scripture, the King James Version (KJV) and ascribe to the 39 Articles of Religion.  We are Anglican in worship using the reformed and revised liturgy as edited and composed by Archbishop Thomas Cranmer.  

For further studies read the 39 Articles of Religion, the works of J. C. Ryle, 1st bishop of Liverpool, Charles Simeon,  J. I. Packer, John Stott, among others.

 

How We Worship
Welcome to the Anglican Orthodox Church

Every Christian denomination has its own set of doctrines and methodologies for worship. Our Communion is no different. Consider the following helpful items which will assist you in your worship and study with us.

Prior to organized worship:

As Anglicans, when we enter our place of worship prior to any service, we ought to privately do the following:

1. We confess to God our sins and trespasses.

2. We give him thanks for the blessings which we have received from his hand over the past week and pray for those in need.

In general, this is a time to prepare our hearts for Christian worship. Effectual and fervent prayer, we are told, availeth us much so let us remember to keep the world out and God in during this important time.
We are a liturgical church:

We follow the order of worship set forth in the 1662 Book of Common Prayer which includes the following mechanics in our services.

1. We stand when we sing, and when we hear a reading of the gospel.

2. We kneel (if we are able and where convenient) when we pray.

3. We sit for announcements, the sermon, and the reading of the epistle lesson.

4. When it is time to receive communion, we draw near to the holy table and kneel (or stand if one has trouble kneeling) to receive the elements. Communion is received by placing one’s right hand in the hollow of the left with the palm open to receive the Unleavened Bread. To receive the wine, one should grasp the cup either from the bottom with one hand and tilt it up, or guide the cup to one’s lips with both hands. We also permit intinction, or the dipping of the bread in the cup.

Our worship is a time to honor our heavenly Father as we lift up our prayers and praises to his throne of grace. We also honor him with our substance via our gifts and offerings, as well as with our undivided attention. There should not be any conversing with others and that includes cell phone and texting during the service. In fact, all cell phones should be switched off for our worship. If you are expecting an emergency call, please set your phone to “vibrate” rather than “ring”.
 
Church Authority and Selected Doctrines

Oversight and authority of the presiding Bishop:

The episcopal authority resides with the bishop of each diocese, and with the Presiding Bishop of the wider Communion. All ecclesiastical matters are decided or enforced by the Presiding Bishop and those other bishops under his oversight. But even the Presiding Bishop has no authority to bypass the Constitution, Canons, and Bylaws of the Communion.

A bishop’s duty is to:

1. Defend the faith and doctrine of the church from corrupting influences and heretical doctrines.

2. He is to teach, preach, and advocate the Christian Gospel

3. He is the minister of the priests and watches over them in Christian love.

4. He also is the under-shepherd of the churches under his authority.

The gender roles within the Communion:

All biblical training of men must be performed by a man in Holy Orders. Women, however, may teach the younger women, the children, and conduct adult women Bible studies. Our ministries around the world must be guided and directed by male clergy.

The forms of address for our ministers:

In the Gospel of St. Matthew we are told that we have one Heavenly Father. None of our ministers are to be called Father. They should be called Mr. (last name) or Rev. (last name) .
The institution of marriage:

The Holy State of Matrimony is defined by Holy Writ as that existing only between one man and one woman.

No fellowship with apostate denominations and groups:

We are forcefully commanded in the Scriptures to have no affiliation with those who do not accept the Word of God as their compass and guide. The AOC has, over its history, carefully avoided uniting with other churches and groups who do not advocate an uncompromising conformity to Scripture. Therefore, inviting a priest, not approved by our Bishop, to come into our church from a denomination that teaches and commits error is strictly forbidden.

Immorality not sanctioned:

Our Communion encourages all who have sinned to come clean through private confession to God in the name of Jesus Christ. If immoral behavior is found within the body, the minister is duty bound to admonish the evil liver to come clean before God, or else he will deny to said person the sacraments until such time as he receives a satisfactory assurance of such a confession by the offending party.

Forgiveness and acceptance:

All who are members of the body of Christ ought to possess a spirit of forgiveness for our Lord commanded that we have such in our relationships both within and without the congregation. When a brother or sister has wronged us in any way and seeks our forgiveness, we ought to accept their offering and give our pardon much as God through Christ has pardoned us for our transgressions against him. And in every case, we ought to go to God and forgive them before his throne of grace, not bearing a grudge in our hearts regarding any offense by others.
Tithes and offerings:

We have no set rule on tithing except that which is in the Scriptures wherein St. Paul saith, Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver (II Corinthians 9:7).

Standing for the truth and contending for the faith:

Each of us as born-again Christians should, as the apostle Jude once commanded, contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints. Witnessing to others as God gives us leave to do is one of our principal duties as Christians. We may not know if we are successful, nevertheless, if God wills, those who hear our witness might come to him and be saved. Remember the Great Commission: Go ye therefore, and teach all nations... (Matthew 28:19, 20).

Doctrines and tenets:

Our doctrines and tenets are found within the Holy Bible and the Thirty-Nine Articles of Religion found on pages 628-645 in the 1662 Book of Common Prayer.
Our Statement of Faith

1. We believe that there is one God, Father, Son and Holy Ghost which is referred to in the Holy Scriptures as the Godhead. We believe that God is immortal, invisible, everlasting, omnipotent, omniscient and omnipresent.

2. We believe that he is a just, righteous, merciful and loving God, who in his infinite wisdom, created all things both visible and invisible. We accept his divine hand in the ordering of the creation as found in the Holy Bible.

3. We accept God’s moral law, which he gave to Moses, as articles which convict us of sin and which reveal our gross unworthiness to offer him any sacrifice which would eternally cleanse us from all unrighteousness apart from the atoning work of Jesus Christ.

4. We believe that Jesus Christ is God’s only begotten Son, in whose blood we obtain victory over both sin and death. We further acknowledge and accept Jesus Christ as the only name under heaven in whom men and women must be saved.

5. We acknowledge that the Holy Spirit of God proceeds from the Father and the Son and that through his divine assistance we who were dead are now made alive in God through Jesus Christ our Lord. We further acknowledge that the Holy Ghost guides us as believers into all truth and away from all error and false doctrine as well as the unequal yoke with the ungodly.

6. We believe that the Holy Scriptures are the true, inspired and inerrant word of God and that the best translation of them into the English language is that of the 1611 King James, or Authorized Version, of the Holy Bible.

7. We adhere to the ancient tenets of the Christian faith as articulated in the Apostles’ and Nicene Creeds and the Thirty-Nine Articles of Religion of the Anglican faith. And we adhere to a firm Protestant understanding of godly worship and practice in our exclusive use of the 1662 Book of Common Prayer.

 
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