Beliefs of the Liturgy - OCCNA

Old Catholic Communion of North America
An Orthodox Old Catholic Church
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We offer and profess seven Sacraments. They are Baptism, Communion, Confirmation, Holy Matrimony, Anointing of the Sick, Reconciliation, and Holy Orders. Our denomination believes since all persons baptized in the Name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are (by this Baptism) members incorporate into the Body of Christ, that none of our Christian brothers and sisters of other denominations should be refused to be fed with the Body and Blood of Christ. We should never forget that Jesus is really with us in the Eucharist and as such we will never attempt to place our desire to teach above our mission to provide the healing presence of the Christ by forgoing the Eucharist as the principle service of the day. (Acts 2:42, 1 Corinthians 11:20)

Typically, parishes will use a common liturgy, which is a mixture of Roman, Anglican, and Old Catholic rites. We believe that by combining the rites, nearly everyone from a catholic (Roman, Anglican, Orthodox, Old Catholic, etc.) background feels at home since they are familiar with at least part of the service. However, our service is in fact unique and offers us an identity of our own.  You will also find a blend of hymns and music ranging from traditional to contemporary.

Sermon topics are based on the readings from an approved lectionary and should focus on how the readings apply to our lives as Christians. It is encouraged that each parish periodically offer a children’s sermon that is specifically focused to immerse our little brothers and sisters in the wisdom of the Word as well. In all things we will strive to follow the example or teaching provided for us by our Lord. We will never discourage children from attending a mass, for to do so is to “hinder the little ones”. (Matthew 19:13-14)

The following sections show samples and information regarding our liturgy from The Nicene Creed to the Church Year.  (Click arrows to see next screen)

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