Anglicanism is the third-largest segment (denomination) of the Christian Church in the world today, after Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox that traces its roots through the British Isles to the first century.
We, as Anglicans, are . . .
- Historic. It traces its heritage back through the English Reformation, Medieval Christianity to the first century Celtic Church in the British Isles.
- Apostolic. In these historical roots, the Anglican Church traces its authority and roots back to the apostles’ life, ministry, and teaching.
- Scriptural. While we love tradition, our ultimate authority in the Anglican Church is found in Holy Scripture.
- Evangelistic. Since its earliest days rooted in the Celtic Church, we have embraced the challenge and mission of reaching others with the good news (Gospel) of Jesus Christ.
- Orthodox. The Anglican Church follows the Scriptural and Orthodox creeds of the Church found in the Apostles Creed, The Nicene Creed, and the Athanasian Creed. We further fellowship together and confirm the 39 Articles of the Church of England.
- Sacramental. Anglicanism is a sacramental church whose worship centers on baptism and the Lord’s Supper (e.g., Holy Communion, Eucharist) as an outward and visible sign of an inward and spiritual grace.
- Liturgical. While all churches have a liturgy of some form, the Anglican Church’s liturgy is found in the Book of Common Prayer whose elements are comprised from the historical tradition and roots of the Church down through the ages to the first century.
- Catholic. The Anglican Church is catholic, not in Roman Catholic, but in the sense of being self-consciously and intentionally part of the whole body (universal) of Christ.