Most Rev Robert W.M. Edmondson, CSP, MDiv, STM , DMin, ThD, DD
Chancellor Pro Tempre:
Very Rev Patrick Mc Douglas, MDiv, ThMLINKS OF INTEREST
|THE AUGUSTANA EVANGELICAL CATHOLIC CHURCH (LUTHERAN)|
Office of the Metropolitan Archbishop
|A member of the AUGUSTANA CATHOLIC COMMUNION|
WHO WE ARE,
Greatings in Christ
We are a high church group of Lutherans.
The AECC is a small conservative Lutheran Catholic Church with valid holy orders. We are governed by AECC canon law.
We seek membership in The Lutheran World Federation.
|What We Believe |
We believe in the One, Holy, Triune God, Father, Son and Holy Ghost.
We believe in the virginity of the Blessed Mary.
We believe in the intercession the the Saints.
We accept and teach the Catechism of Martin Luther.
We believe that the Holy Scriptures are the authentic record of God's revelation to all men and women and is a revelation valid for all persons and all time. In the Bible we have God's revelation of Himself, His saving activity, and moral demands. We believe that all scripture is given by inspiration of God.
We affirm the Christian Faith as set forth in the Apostles' Creed and the Nicene Creed.
We believe in the Holy Tradition of the Church as passed down by the early church fathers.
We believe in the seven holy Sacraments; Baptism and Holy Eucharist are the two major sacraments. We believe them to be objective signs of Christ's continued presence and saving activity among us. We believe in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass and that the bread and wine become the body and blood of Christ. Each person must judge their worthiness to receive communion. This is a personal decision. A priest does not judge a persons worthiness. All are welcome at the Lord's Table regardless of orientation, devorce, or church membership.
We believe in God's gift of the apostolic ministry to His Church, asserting the necessity of a bishop in apostolic succession (or a priest ordained by such) as the celebrant of the Eucharist.
Furthermore, we hold that the Holy Orders of Bishops, Priests and Deacons consist of ministers in accordance with Christ's Will and institution. We joyously welcome women to the priesthood.
We believe in the sanctity of human life, that life begins at the moment of conception. God gives life, it is not a matter of human choice.
We believe it is the duty of the Church and it's members to bear witness to Christ's example, to follow it in their lives, and to reject the false standards of the world.
In all matters of faith, we affirm Tradition and the Holy Bible.
What Are We
We believe Luther restored the true Church. We were offered Apostolic Succession through the Roman Catholic Church via the Order of Corporate Reunion. Bishop Edmondson's orders are through the OCR via the Most Revd Samuel Guido. Of interest, the Roman Catholic bishops assigned by Pope Pius IX to consecrate the first OCR bishops were Luigi Nazari Cardinal di Calabiana, Dominicus Cardinal Agostine, and Vincentius Cardinal Moretti. They were asssisted by Uniate Eastern Orthodox Archbishop Ignatios Ghiurekian. Under Pope Pius's direction Joseph Aloysius Cardinal Trevisanato authorized the establishment of the OCR.
|THE AUGUSTANA EVANGELICAL CATHOLIC CHURCH (LUTHERAN) OFFICE OF THE METROPOLITAN ARCHBISHOP|
POBox 82 Sewickley, PA 15143
phone: (412) 741-9009