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Excerpts from Student Handbook
by the Very Reverend Father Krikor Chiftjian

Section Entitled: THE CREED

STUDENTS: We believe in one God the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth, of things visible and invisible

And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God, begotten of God the Father only-begotten, that is of the substance of the Father.

God of God, light of light, very God of very God, begotten and not made.  Himself of the nature of the Father by whom all things came into being in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible;

Who for us men and for our salvation came down from heaven and was incarnate, was made man, was born perfectly of the holy virgin Mary by the Holy Spirit;

By whom he took body, soul and mind and everything that is in man, truly and not in semblance.

He suffered and was crucified and was buried and rose again on the third day and ascended into heaven with the same body and sat at the right hand of the Father.

He is to come with the same body and with the glory of the Father to judge the quick and the dead; of whose kingdom there is no end.

We believe also in the Holy Spirit, the uncreate and the perfect, who spake in the law and in the prophets and in the Gospels;

Who came down upon the Jordan, preached to the apostles and dwelt in the saints.

We believe also in only one universal and apostolic Church;

In one baptism of repentance for the remission and forgiveness of sins;

In the resurrection of the dead, in the everlasting judgement of souls and bodies, in the kingdom of heaven and in the life eternal.

 

Section Entitled: I CONFESS WITH FAITH

STUDENTS - 1ST GROUP -I confess with faith, and adore you, O FAther, Son, and Holy Spirit, uncreated and immortal Essence, Creator of Angels, of Men, and of all that exists.  Have mercy on your creaturs and upon me, a manifold sinner.

 

STUDENTS - 2ND GROUP -I confess with faith, and adore you, o Light indivisible, simultaneous Holy Trinity, and one of God-head: Creator of light and dispeller of darkness, dispel from my soul the darkness of sin and ignorance, and at this hour enlighten my mind, that I may pray to you according to your will, and receive from you what I petition for.  Have mercy on your creatures and upon me, a manifold sinner.

 

STUDENTS - 1ST GROUP -Heavenly Father and true God, who sent your beloved Son to seek the lost sheep, I have sinned against Heaven and before Thee; receive me like the prodigal Son, and clothe me with that garment of which I was deprived by sin.  Have mercy on your creatures and upon me, a manifold sinner.

 

STUDENTS - 2ND GROUP-Son of God, and true God, who came down from the bosom of the Father, and was incarnate by the Holy Virign Mary for our redemption; was crucified, and buried, and raised from the dead, and ascended to the Father, I have sinned against Heaven, and before Thee; remember me like the penitent thief, when you come into your kingdom.  Have mercy on your creatures and upon me, a manifold sinner.

 

STUDENTS - 1ST GROUP-Spirit of God, and true God, who descended on the river Jordan, and into the upper-room; who enlightened me by the baptism of the holy Font, I have sinned against Heaven and before you, purify me again with your divine fire, as you did the Apostles with fiery tongues.  Have mercy on your creatures and on me, a manifold sinner.

 

. . . CONTINUED ON PAGES 46-47 OF THE BOOK

 

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