"No one can be written off; no group, no nation, no minority can just be a scapegoat to resolve our fears and uncertainties"
Rowan Williams, the Archbishop of Canterbury
Association of Apostles’ Tradition Communities unites people who profess faith in our Lord, Jesus Christ – Savior of the World. Our faith is based on the Holy Scripture (Old and New Testaments), which contains all that is necessary for personal salvation and which represents the ultimate authority on the issues of faith and clerical life; on two historical Creeds (Apostles’ and Nicene) that summarize the basic principles of the Christian doctrine; on doctrinal statements of the first four Ecumenical Councils (Nicene, Constantinopolitan, Ephesian and Chalcedonian), at which the Church doctrine fundamentals were ratified.
We believe that despite all the historical divisions, Christian Church is united and indivisible. Since there is one Christ and one baptism. We believe that our communities make part of the Universal Church, Body of Christ.
We acknowledge both western and eastern theological and liturgical heritage, as a source of priceless spiritual experience, of profound and wise thoughts about God, faith and salvation, though we don’t regard any human experience or opinion as indisputable and exhaustive. We know for sure that God can witness for Himself not only through the lips of His Saints, but by all means and in every way.
We are open to both theological dialogue and to communication via prayers and Eucharist with other Christian churches, as we think that none of historical, cultural and theological differences can and should prevent people from being united by Love, if these people profess that Christ is the only Son of God, that He is the absolute God and absolute Man and if they believe in His redemptive Resurrection.
I believe in God, the Father Almighty, creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried;
he descended into hell. On the third day he rose again; he ascended into heaven, he is seated at the right hand of the Father Almighty, and he will come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy Universal Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting.
I believe in God, the
Father Almighty, creator 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 the Father before all worlds, Light of Light, very God of very God, begotten, not made, being of one substance with the Father; through him 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; he was crucified for us under Pontius Pilate, and suffered, and was buried, and on the third day he rose again, according to the Scriptures, and ascended into heaven, and sits on the right hand of the Father; He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead,
and his kingdom will have no end. We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father, who with the Father and the Son is worshiped and glorified, who has spoken through the prophets.
We believe in one Holy Universal and Apostolic Church.
We acknowledge one Baptism for the forgiveness of sins.
We look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen.
Thus, we acknowledge that after His
redemptive Resurrection and Ascension to Our Lord, Father
Almighty, God continues to give us true knowledge about Himself
via the Church established by Him, and that this knowledge is
incorporated into the so-called Holy Tradition.
Nevertheless, we cannot consider the Holy Tradition as indisputable authority, and we cannot consider answers to different questions, included into it as final and unchangeable – for example, due to the simple fact that Church opinions quite often changed in the course of centuries, and many of its decrees, effective up to the present moment, contradict the decrees ratified later.
Besides, many things that are nowadays regarded as part of the Holy Tradition are, in reality, a complex of different cultural traditions, customs and even superstitions, which may implicitly or, sometimes, quite clearly conflict with the Christian doctrine fundamentals and with principles of Christian lifestyle.
That’s why our communities promote sensible and careful approach to the Holy Tradition, which allows the Church not to turn into a “Club of Antique Lovers” and to stay a living, vibrant, whole and agile body; always open for those who want to find salvation in Christ.
We profess faith in seven Holy Sacraments:
1. Baptism 2. Sacring 3. Eucharist 4. Penance 5. Orders 6. Extreme unction 7. Matrimony.
We believe that all the Sacraments are administered by the grace of the Holy Spirit in reply to prayers of God’s people.
We believe that we are apostles’ successors as there is a continuous ordination of bishops started by the apostles of Jesus Christ.
We acknowledge three levels of priesthood: deacon, presbyter, bishops.
Ministering and spiritual care about the communities is entrusted to bishops and presbyters assigned by them.
In compliance with the old tradition, we tolerate (work with) married priesthood, including bishops.
Every Eucharist community determines the language and rite that they use for the Holy Service.
Our communities’ supreme management body is the council of the communities’ representatives.