In this 8th Grade lesson, we examine the Creed on the four marks of the Catholic Church. We will discuss the value of each mark in helping us live and profess our Catholic faith.
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The Catholic Church is comprised of the Latin Church in the West, and 22 Eastern Catholic Churches. So-called “Catholic” churches outside of communion with Rome number around 52. There are no less than 590 non-Catholic Christian communities. With such a surplus of affiliations to Christ, how do we know that the Catholic Church is the true Church? How do we know that the Truths of the Catholic faith are those of Christ Himself? There are four special things that help us figure it out. The four things are called marks.
The four marks of Jesus’ Church are: One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic. Let’s look at each of the Four Marks.
One. The Gospel of Matthew tells us that Jesus gave us one Church. He said, “On this rock I will build my church.” He did not say churches. This tells us that there is only one Church that Jesus gave His teachings and power to.
When we say “one Church” we don’t mean only one building. The Church is a single body of Faith. That means there is one Truth. There is one Liturgy. There is one Eucharist. These are shared between many people in many buildings, but it is still one Faith.
The Church is also one because we follow one leader. Jesus is the head of the Church. Because He couldn’t always be with us as a man, Jesus gave us a human leader to act as His Vicar. This is the Pope, the first of whom is the Apostle Peter. The Church follows Jesus by obedience to the Pope.
Holy. We say that the Church is a single body of Faith. The body that we speak of is Jesus’. He is the Head, and the Church is His body. As His body, the Church is the sanctuary of Christ’s grace and power on Earth. This necessarily makes the Church holy. As members of the Church, we are a part of Jesus. This means that we share in Christ’s grace and power as parts of His own body.
Catholic. This means “universal.” The Church is for all people, in all places and all times. Because the Church teaches God’s Truth, all people learn from the Church. Even non-Catholics!
Anyone who is baptized is a part of the Church. It is a serious sin for a baptized person not to accept the teachings and authority of the Church. At the same time, those ecclesial communities that are separated from Rome but retain parts of Christ’s Truth are still connected to the True Church. They may not realize it, which makes it our responsibility to encourage and aid our separated brethren to m... Please purchase this lesson to continue learning.
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