Principles

As a congregation of the Anglican Church in America in fraternal association with all Classical Anglican Jurisdictions, we affirm and witness to the following Principles of the One Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church:

I. The Lordship of Christ, whose work is truth (John 17.17), and who was raised from the dead for mankind’s salvation (Romans 10.9).

II. The Authority of Holy Scripture as the Word of God revealed, summarized in the historic creeds, taught by the Fathers, defined in the General Councils of the Church, and containing all things necessary to salvation.

III. The Catholic Creeds as binding every member of the Church to a specific, personal conviction and commitment.

IV. The Holy Sacraments as the means of Grace through which Christ is known and present, and especially:

  • Holy Baptism with water in the name of the Trinity, and Confirmation by a Bishop in the Apostolic line as the seal of the Holy Spirit in completion of Baptism
  • The Holy Eucharist validly celebrated by a Bishop of the line or a priest ordained by such a Bishop, and
  • The Holy Orders of Bishop, Priest, and Deacon, bestowed upon men according to the universal practice of the Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church as as intended by the Book of Common Prayer.

V. The Integrity of the Episcopate in its sacramental functions and as evangelist and guardian of the Church’s faith and moral teaching.

VI. The Book of Common Prayer and the administration of the Sacraments and other Rites and Ceremonies of the Church, not only as a common liturgy, but also as a standard of doctrine and a bond of fellowship, allowing prudent revision and diverse forms and usages, provided that the substance of the Faith be kept entire.

VII. The Formularies of the Church of England, namely the 1662 Book of Common Prayer and Ordinal and The Thirty Nine Articles of Religion, as standard theological teaching in the above regards “in the full and plain meaning thereof.”