(you can find the first post here, the second here, the third here, the fourth here, and the fifth here)

Nicene-CreedAnd in one holy catholic and apostolic Church.

The Church, in grief, is split into various institutional unities, but she is, by the grace of God, one in the Spirit. Her sacraments derive from one source, her ministers descend from one order, and her members are the body incorporate. She is holy, set apart for the work of God. She is catholic, existing everywhere and in all places. And she is apostolic; she is historically continuous and descended from the first emissaries of our Lord.

We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.

If the Church is one, then there is only one baptism. The creed, sparse as it is, stresses the singularity of this sacrament. Baptism–death in the watery grave and resurrection into Christ–is the beginning of hope. It is the crux of Christian conversion.

We look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come.

The Kingdom is here and yet coming. The creed acknowledges the eschatalogical hope–that Death will start working backwards. The sea and Hell will yield forth their dead, and the Spirit of God will immanate all people. Justice and Peace will reign on the earth, and all humans will fully embody their humanity. At the last, the trinitarian work of redemption will be complete.

Amen.

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