Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Catechism of the Day

The Creed Continued

The Third Article: Of Sanctification

I believe in the Holy Ghost;
the holy catholic church, the communion of saints;
the forgiveness of sins;
the resurrection of the body; and the life everlasting. Amen.

What does this mean?

I believe that I cannot by my own reason or strength
believe in Jesus Christ, my Lord, or come to Him;

but the Holy Ghost has called me by the Gospel,
enlightened me with His gifts,
sanctified and kept me in the true faith;

even as He calls, gathers, enlightens, and sanctifies
the whole Christian Church on earth,
and keeps it with Jesus Christ in the one true faith;

in which Christian Church
He daily and richly forgives all sins to me and all believers,
and will at the Last Day raise up me and all the dead,
and give unto me and all believers in Christ eternal life.

This is most certainly true.

Tertius Articulus: De Sanctificatione

Credo in Spiritum Sanctum,
sanctam ecclesiam catholicam, sanctorum communionem,
remissionem peccatorum,
carnis resurrectionem et vitam aeternam. Amen.

Quae est huius articuli sententia?

Credo me propriis rationis meae viribus Iesu Christo,
Domino meo, fidere, aut ad eum accedere et pervenire nullo modo posse;

sed Spiritus Sanctus per evangelium me vocavit,
suis donis illuminavit,
in recta fide sanctificavit et conservavit;

quemadmodum solet totam ecclesiam in terra
vocare, congregare, illuminare, sanctificare
et in Iesu Christo per veram ac inicam fidem conservare;

in qua ecclesia mihi et omnibus Christianis omnia peccata quotidie
benigne remittit et nos omnes in extremo die a morte
suscitabit ac mihi et omnibus in Christum credentibus vitam aeternam dabit.

Hoc certissime verum est.

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