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"For like as we are compelled by the Christian verity: to acknowledge every Person by himself to be God and Lord;
"So are we forbidden by the Catholic religion to say there be three Gods, or three Lords.
"The Father is made of none: neither created, nor begotten.
"The Son is of the Father alone: not made, nor created, but begotten.
"The Holy Ghost is of the Father and of the Son: neither made, nor created, nor begotten, but proceeding.
"So there is one Father, not three Fathers; one Son, not three Sons; one Holy Ghost, not three Holy Ghosts.
"And in this Trinity none is afore or after other none is greater, or less than another :
"But the whole three Persons are coeternal together: and co-equal.
"So that in all things, as is aforesaid : the Unity in Trinity, and the Trinity in Unity, is to be worshipped.
"He therefore that will be saved: must thus think of the Trinity.
"Furthermore it is necessary to ever
lasting salvation: that he also believe rightly the incarnation of our Lord Jesus Christ.
"For the right faith is, that we believe and confess that our Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God, is God and Man;
God, of the Substance of the Father, begotten before the worlds: and Man, of the Substance of his Mother, born in the world:
"Perfect God and perfect Man: of a reasonable soul and human flesh subsisting.
Equal to the Father as touching his Godhead: and inferior to the Father, as touching his Manhood.
"Who although he be God and Man : yet he is not two, but one Christ;
"One; not by conversion of the Godhead into flesh: but by taking of the Manhood into God;
"One altogether; not by confusion of Substance: but by unity of Person.
"For as the reasonable soul and flesh is one Man: so God and man is one Christ; "Who suffered for our salvation : de
scended into hell, rose again the third day from the dead;
"He ascended into heaven, he sitteth on the right hand of the Father, God Almighty from whence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead.
"At whose coming all men shall rise again with their bodies: and shall give account for their own works.
"And they that have done good shall
go into life everlasting
and they that
have done evil, into everlasting fire.
"This is the Catholic Faith: which except a man believe faithfully, he cannot be saved.
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost;
"As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen."
This is a creed which you, my Trinitarian hearers, profess to believe. What ideas you affix to it, I confess I know not, I can affix none. Shall I be told by any members of the Establishment, that they do not believe it, that they never hear it
read, that it never forms a part of the sermons, which are all pure sound mora→ lity, and practically useful? Suffer me to ask you one or two plain questions? Is not the Church built upon this foundation? If you have any hesitation upon this point, I recommend to your attention the 1st and 8th articles. The 1st states, "There is but one living and true God, everlasting, without body, parts, or passions; of infinite power, wisdom and goodness, the Maker and Preserver of all things both visible and invisible. And in Unity of this Godhead, there be three persons of one substance, power and eternity; the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost." The 8th article says, "The three creeds, Nice creed, Athanasius's creed, and that which is commonly called the Apostles' creed, ought thoroughly to be received and believed; for they may be proved by most certain warrants of holy scripture."
Is it not positively ordered to be read fourteen times in every year? If you look at the direction given in your Prayer-book at the head of the creed, you will
find the days specified on which it is ordered that there shall be sung or said at morning prayers, instead of the Apostles' creed this confession of our Christian faith, commonly called the creed of St. Athanasius, by the minister and people standing."
Do you not sanction it by your presence although you may not actually hear or repeat it, and thus set an example to others of entering the sacred presence of Almighty God, and professing what they do not believe?
Nay, do you not, in the Litany, every Lord's-day morning, solemnly pray to each person individually, and then to the whole collectively? For the sake of thine own soul, say not that thou disbelievest it ?
I knew a clergyman of some celebrity, who previously to going to church on one of the Saint's-days specified, said, "I am going to read the Athanasian creed, may God forgive me, for I utterly disbelieve it!"
Far be it from me to charge any individual with insincerity. Who can enter