How do Traditional Anglicans Compare with other Traditional Christians?
- We believe the truths summarized in the Nicene Creed of AD 381, including that Jesus is God in human flesh who died for our sins and rose again so that all who repent of their sins and trust in Him as Savior and Lord will be forgiven and come to life everlasting. Because only Jesus could accomplish this salvation due to His full humanity and full divinity, He is the only way of salvation (John 14:6).
- We believe that the Church is the worshiping and serving Body of Christ, called out of the sinful world to bear the light of the Gospel of Jesus Christ unto all people in word and deed.
What we share with Traditional Christians who are rooted in Early Church beliefs & practices:
- We look to the liturgies, beliefs, and practices of the Early Church Councils and the writings of the Church Fathers to help us understand how the ancient Christian faith was understood from apostolic times: this historical perspective gives us unified understanding of Holy Scripture.
- We believe in the ancient Church practice of an ordained ministry of Deacons, Priests, and Bishops in Apostolic Succession, which includes both the laying on of hands as well as remaining faithful to the apostolic teaching once delivered to the Apostles by Jesus Christ (Jude 3).
- We believe in sacraments whereby God gives His spiritual grace to the faithful through substances in the physical world. Although seven sacraments are traditionally recognized in western Christianity, God’s grace touches people through any number of Holy Mysteries wherein believers experience God’s gracious presence through the material world.
- We hold to the traditional Christian belief that marriage is the faithful life-long sacramental union between one man and one woman wherein God creates a spiritual bond of mutual ministry.
The Distinctive Worship & Beliefs of Traditional Anglicans:
- We use a Prayer Book- based on the original English Book of Common Prayer of 1549 that incorporates both ancient and Reformation-era liturgical sources.
- Advantages of using the traditional Book of Common Prayer:
- Its structural contents links us back to the worship of the earliest Christians.
- It encourages the active involvement of the worshippers.
- It reminds us that we are worshipping together with saints visibly present, with saints who are with the Lord, and with the holy angelic hosts of heaven.
- Its services contain every major Christian and Christological Doctrine in the context of exquisitely crafted worship forms that draw on the wisdom of the historic Church.
- It encourages worshipping God with the mind and intellect as well as with the heart and emotions.
- It provides for a way to participate in common prayer when traveling: all traditional Anglicans use the same historical liturgy with only minor variations.
- It is profoundly biblical:
- We use music and hymns spanning the entire range of the Christian Era, with an emphasis on classics that have endured because of their doctrinal and aesthetic quality.
- Instead of a lengthy dogmatic doctrinal formulary, traditional Anglicans embrace the theological Mysteries that are found in Holy Scripture and Tradition. As we pray, so we believe. We are not innovators, but seek to preserve the original Christian faith once delivered to the saints.
- We invite all baptized Christians who receive our beliefs to participate fully in our worship services, realizing that we are but one branch of the One, Holy, Catholic, & Apostolic Church.