I call upon You, Lord, God of Abraham and God of Isaac and God of Jacob and Israel, You who are the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the God who, through the abundance of your mercy, was well-pleased towards us so that we may know You, who made heaven and earth, who rules over all, You who are the one and the true God, above whom there is no other God; You who, by our Lord Jesus Christ gave us the gift of the Holy Spirit, give to every one who reads this writing to know You, that You alone are God, to be strengthened in You, and to avoid every heretical and godless and impious teaching.

St Irenaeus of Lyons, Against the Heresies 3:6:4

Monday, March 1, 2010

The Philippian Creed (from Phil 2:6—11)

We believe in Christ Jesus:

Who, being in the very nature of God,
Did not consider equality with God something to be grasped,
But made Himself nothing,
Taking the very nature of a servant,
Being made in human likeness.

And being found in appearance as a man,
He humbled Himself and became obedient unto death—
Even death on a cross!

Therefore God highly exalted Him
And given Him the name that is above every name;
That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
In heaven and on earth and under the earth,
And every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord,
To the glory of God the Father.


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