What Do Old Catholics Believe (Part 3)

We believe that the Bible is the primary source for our faith, but we also accept the Holy Tradition as passed down by the Apostles through teaching, documents of the early Church, and Ecumenical Councils.

We believe in and maintain Apostolic Succession.

We Believe that the guidance of the Early Church Fathers as part of Holy Tradition.

We believe that the liturgy of the church should be conducted in the common language that is understood by the people.

We believe that faith and works are required of us by God (because we do what we believe).

We believe that no amount of good deeds can earn salvation. Salvation comes by God’s grace through Jesus Christ.

We respect the Saints of the church, but we do not believe that they have earned some sort of extra salvation that can be transferred to others.

We believe in seven Sacraments of the church:

Baptism
Confirmation
Holy Eucharist
Anointing of the Sick
Absolution–Confession and Reconciliation
Marriage
Holy Orders

We believe that the Sacraments of baptism and the Eucharist are the primary Sacraments of the church.

We believe that the Eucharistic celebration is not a continual sacrifice, or a re-sacrifice of Christ, but its sacrificial character consists in that it is a permanent memorial of Christ’s sacrifice that was offered once forever on the cross.

We believe in the real presence of Christ in the Eucharist–that the bread and wine are the Body and Blood of Christ.

We believe that the Sacrament of the Eucharist is open to all who are baptized, regardless of their personal views regarding the character of the Eucharist.

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