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From Fr. John: Saying the Apostles’ Creed with integrity

In the Episcopal church, the Apostles’ creed is considered the ancient creed of Baptism, and as such, we recite it together at every Baptismal Feast day. In one point in those liturgies, the bishop or priest asks the congregation a series of questions to renew the Baptismal Covenant based on the creed. The first three questions begin with the phrase: “Do you believe…” and the expected responses all begin with the phrase: “I believe in…”

The words we use represent but are not the same as what is represented. Linguists make this distinction to remind us that the signifier (the word or phrase) is not the signified (that which the word or phrase points to). The map is not the territory. The Episcopal church also understands that people are likely to have different if not unique interpretations of the Creed. Consequently, each individual does well to work their own way through this ancient prayer, freighted with ancient signifiers, so that we can stand together and pray these words with integrity.

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