In the early Church, Christians described their Creed, their summary statement of faith, as the symbolon, the “seal”, or “symbol of the faith”. In the ancient world, the Greek word symbolon typically described an object like a piece of parchment, a seal, or a coin that was cut in half and given to two parties. (Reminds me of a BFF necklace) It served as a means of recognition and confirmed a relationship between the two. When the halves of the symbolon were reassembled, the owner’s identity was verified and the relationship confirmed.
This is actually, what I’m finally doing over this next year. You see, I am no doubt a cradle Catholic. With that being said, I never received my confirmation as a teenager, due to our small country church closing down in our diocese. I have went years and years without knowing the true practice of my Faith. That is until I attended one special retreat and now having life-long friends in my church community I know the importance of my Faith. I’m thirsting for my Jesus.
In like manner, the Creed served as a means of Christian recognition. Someone who confessed the Creed could be identified as a true Christian. Moreover, they were assured that what they professed in the reed brought them into unity with the Faith the Apostles originally proclaimed. The symbolon helps bring people deeper into that communion of apostolic Faith that has existed for 2,000 years in the Church that Christ founded.
If you were walk in a Catholic church and hear us repeat the Creed it might go something like this,
“I believe in God,
the Father Almighty,
Creator of heaven and earth,
and in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord,
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the Virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died and was buried;
He descended into hell;
on the third day He rose again from the dead;
He ascended into heaven,
and is seated at the right hand of God the Father Almighty;
from there He will come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the Holy Catholic Church,
the communion of Saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and life everlasting.
Whether you are looking to grow in your Faith or just learning about the Catholic Church for the first time, the RCIA will help guide you to where you need to be. After all these years of not going or not feeling worthy to step in the church I’m surely happy to know where I belong without judgements. I look forward to taking this journey with you on my blog and sharing what I know along the way. Are you a Catholic? Are you coming back to the Faith in full communion? Or just curious to know more about what the Catholic Church has to offer? I hope to inspire you into the Church as we can learn together the importance of what our Catholic Faith reminds us practice.
These pictures are taken at the Monastery in Mobile, Alabama