The Communion of Saints

As we declare in the Apostles’ Creed, “we believe in the holy catholic church, the communion of saints…”  This statement places us in the context of the greater family of Christ throughout all time and in all places.  Our faith is not ours alone; it is shared with and received from those who came before us.  The accounts of the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ, in particular, make this passed-along eye-witness aspect of our faith quite prominent: our faith is an historical faith, based upon reliable witness and testimony and documentation.

Because the Christian faith is thus so objective and grounded in real history, and because Saint Paul went to great lengths to teach about how we are all one Body in Christ, the observance and celebration of various members of that Body has become an integral part of the Christian life of worship.  We remember and celebrate those who have gone before us, passing along the faith we have received, and helping us understand it and celebrate it better through their writings or the examples of their lives.  The most prominent of these holy men and women we know as Saints, and they are typically celebrated on the day of their death – when they completed the race and proved their commitment to Christ unto the end.  This series highlights one such person almost every week.

 

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About Fr. Brench

I'm an Anglican Priest and a sci-fi geek. Therefore, I write about spiritual formation, theology, biblical studies, and Doctor Who. But I keep those blogs separate so I don't confuse too many people!
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