What We Believe

GOD  There is one God in three persons, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost. God is the creator and preserver of all that is, seen and unseen. Jesus Christ is the only and eternal Son of God, begotten before all ages. He was born as a human being, the son of the virgin Mary. His one oblation of himself, once offered,on the Cross was the perfect satisfaction for the sins of the whole world. He rose from the dead on the third day and reigns with the Father in heaven. Jesus Christ is the way, the truth, and the life; and no one comes to the Father except through him.

THE BIBLE  The Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments only are the Word of God. The Holy Scriptures contain all things necessary for salvation. The Church is the mystical Body of Christ and the blessed company of all faithful people. Christ is the head of his Body, the Church, and all baptized people are its limbs and organs. The marks of the Church are that she is one, holy, catholic, and apostolic. St. Mary Magdalene uses the King James Version of the Holy Bible in the Liturgy.

MINISTRY  God has provided for his Church a ministry in unbroken succession from the Apostles. The ordained ministry is threefold, comprising bishops, priests, and deacons. Although, in keeping with Apostolic tradition, the ordained ministry is open only to baptized males, there are many other forms of ministering in the Church open to laymen, both women and men.

SACRAMENTS  The Sacraments are provided by God as effectual channels of his grace. In Baptism our sins, both original and actual are washed away, and we are born again as members of Christ's body and citizens of his Kingdom. In the Eucharist we eat and drink the very Body and Blood of Jesus Christ, according to his most true promise. In addition to Baptism and the Eucharist, "...those five commonly called Sacraments, that is to say, Confirmation, Penance, Orders, Matrimony, and Extreme Unction, are not to be counted for Sacraments of the Gospel, being such as have grown partly of the corrupt following of the Apostles, partly are states of life allowed in the Scriptures, but yet have not like nature of Sacraments with Baptism, and the Lord's Supper, for that they have not any visible sign or ceremony ordained of God." (Article 25)