NICENE CATHOLIC APOSTOLIC CHURCH
(AUTOCEPHALOUS CATHOLIC CHURCH OF ANTIOCH)
An Independent Catholic and Apostolic Jurisdiction
of the United Kingdom
NICENE CATHOLIC APOSTOLIC CHURCH
(Autocephalous Catholic Church of Antioch)
The Nicene Catholic Apostolic Church is, by definition and in fact, Catholic: which is to say that it continues, validly, legitimately and verifiably, in historical and unbroken succession from the Apostles of Christ. It is thus a living member and constituent part of the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church. Likewise, by definition and in fact, because it is Independent, like other churches of the Independent Sacramental Tradition it is not in communion with the See of Rome. It is Catholic, but it is not Roman Catholic. While not being subject to the authority of Rome, the Church nonetheless acknowledges and honours His Holiness the Pope, the Bishop of Rome, as primus inter pares, 'the first among equals', first among the bishops of the world.
The Church is in communion with a number of ecclesiastical bodies, among which are the Canonical Autocephalous Orthodox Church of Ukraine (Metropolia of Mexico), the Lutheran Church of St. Peter and St. Paul in Europe (which has succession from the Orthodox Churches of the East) and Corpus Una, the Independent Catholic Fellowship of USA.
The Church recognizes and proclaims the deep and abiding sacredness of the Christian life, in the world as in the soul. It accepts the authority of the First Seven Ecumenical Councils of the Undivided Church, and is committed to maintaining the essentials of the Catholic Faith as these have been thus received and defined.
The Church administers the Seven Sacraments of Baptism, Holy Eucharist, Confirmation, Reconciliation, Ordination, Marriage and Anointing.
Baptism is conducted in accord with the Pre-Vatican II Roman Rite.
Eucharist is celebrated in due and proper form, with Invocation of the Holy Spirit, Institution Narrative, and the formulated intention of doing what the Universal Church has always intended and done.
Our Ordinations, as we have received them and as we transmit them, are conducted with prayer, invocation of the Holy Spirit and the laying-on of hands, and with the formulated intention of doing what the Universal Church has always intended and done. The rites for Ordination of a Deacon, for Ordination of a Priest and for Consecration of a Bishop accord with the Pre-Vatican II Roman Pontificale.
The Nicene Catholic Apostolic Church (Autocephalous Catholic Church of Antioch) affirms and promotes ‘unity in essentials, diversity in inessentials, love in all things’. It Church teaches the Christian way of life in service to God, for the advancement of the common good. It promotes and fosters the study and practice of Christian spirituality, particularly in regard to the transforming effect of divine grace, the divinization of the individual: of which matter St. Irenaeus writes, "the Word of God, our Lord Jesus Christ, who did, through his transcendent love become what we are, that He might bring us to become even what He is Himself".
THE GUILD OF THE HOLY APOSTLES
The Nicene Catholic Apostolic Church is a jurisdictional member of the Guild of the Holy Apostles, which is an organization formed of clergy, religious and laity within the Old Catholic, Independent Catholic and autocephalous Orthodox traditions. The Guild is committed to the perpetuation of the historic Apostolic Succession and traditional modes of liturgical practice. It is a communion of individuals and jurisdictions who are in common agreement upon traditional matters of faith and belief within the historical Catholic and Apostolic faith.
Jurisdictional members of the Guild of the Holy Apostles are:
The Holy Celtic Church
The Autocephalous Ukrainian Orthodox Church - Canonical (Metropolia of Mexico)
Freie Katholische Gemeinde St Michael (Germany)
Societas Jesu Christi
National Apostolic Catholic Church (USA)
Eglise Catholique Vieille Latine de France
Krisztus Keresztje Keresztény Egyház
The Latin American Anglican Church (Old Anglo-Catholic Church)
Order of the Missionary Fathers of St Joseph, Philippines
Mission Catholique Libérale Oecuménique
Philippine International Catholic Church - Ecclesiastical District of Negros
Igreja Católica Franciscana Independente Pax et Bonum
Mission Gallicane Catholique Libérale Saint Germain
The Ecumenical Society of St Augustine of Canterbury (TESSAC)
The Nicene Catholic Apostolic Church
Further information about the Guild of the Holy Apostles is available at:
The Nicene Catholic Apostolic Church maintains a list with Googlegroups.com, for prayer requests and for discussion of religious topics: this list is called Lion-of-Antioch. Theology and matters of general Christian interest are welcome subjects for this List. Courtesy and respect for the opinions of others are necessary conditions of participation.
INTERNATIONAL OPEN PRAYER CIRCLE
Fellowship in prayer is a bond of strength within the Mystical Body of Christ, a source of inspiration, a fount of blessing. Corporate prayers for World Peace are said on Friday of every week, at 19:00--19:30 GMT. If you are able, please join with us in these prayers, to add your own strength and blessing to the work. General prayers and prayers relating to requests for intercession follow the Prayers for Peace.
For every level of clerical progress within the Church, a course of study is to be accomplished according to the requirements and standards of the Synod of the Church, and this will, as deemed appropriate, involve work with an approved seminary or school of divinity. Blessed Redeemer Institute of Theology and Religious Studies is the official theological association of the Nicene Catholic Apostolic Church.
The Nicene Catholic Apostolic Church (Autocephalous Catholic Church of Antioch) maintains a zero tolerance policy in regard to any form of violence or abuse.