DEcause without Faith it is impossible to please

D God; and the Holy Catholick Faith, without which none can be saved, is the beginning of true Life, and the foundation of all our Good; the Purity thereof being that, that distinguishes Christians and Catholicks from all other People; wherefore the Synod being sensible, that by means of some Heretical Persons, and Books scattered all over this Bishoprick, many Errors and Fallities have been fown therein, with which many are poisoned, and more may be, doth judge it necellary, besides the profession of Faith that has been made, further to declare to the People in fome Chapters, the chief Articles of our Holy Catholick"Faith, and to point at, and observe the Errors contained in their Books, and to have them Preached against in this Bishoprick, that so knowing the mischief and falsehood of them, they may avoid them.


C H A P. I.
The Do&trine of Faith.

n ur Holy Faith, that is believed with one una

o nimous consent by the Catholick Church spread all over the World, is, That we believe in One only True, Almighty , Inmutable, Incomprehensible, and Ineffable God, the Eternal Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, One in Essence, and Three in Persons; the Father not begotten, the Son begotten of the Father, and of the same substance with him, and equal to him, and the Holy Ghost proceeding eternally from the Father and the Son; not as from two Principals, or two Inspirations, but from both as from one only Principal, and one only Inspiration; the Father is not the Son, nor the Holy Spirit; the Holy Spirit is not the Father, nor the Son ; but the Father is only the Father, the Son is only the Son, and the Holy Spirit is only the Holy Spirit, none of them being before another in Eternity, nor superiour to another in Majesty, nor inferiour to another in Power, but were all without beginning or end; the Father is he who begot, the Son is he who was born, and the Holy Ghost he who proceedeth, Consubstantial, Equal, alike

Almighty, and alike Eternal. These three Per· fons are one only God, and not three Gods, one


only Essence and Substance, one Nature, one Immensity , one Principal, one Creator of all things Visible and Invisible, Corporal and Spiritual, who when he pleased, created all things, with his goodness, and would that they hould be all very good.


Turthermore ; That the only begotten Son of

F God, who is always with the Father, and the Holy Spirit, Consubstantial to the Father, at the time appointed by the profound Wisdom of the Divine Mercy, for the redeeming of Men from the sin of Adam, and from all other fins, was truly Incarnate by the operation of the Holy Spirit, in the pure Womb of our Lady the most Blessed Virgin Mary, and in her took our true and intire Nature of Man, that is, a Body and rational Soul, into the Unity of the Divine Perfon; which Unity was such, that our Lord Jesus Christ is God and Man, and the Son of God, and the Son of Man, in as much as he was the Son of the Blessed Virgin ; so that the one Nature is not confounded with the other, neither did the one pass into , nor mix it self with the other ; neither did either of them vanish, or cease to be; but in one only Person, or in one Divine Suppositum, there are two perfect Natures, a Divine and Humane, but so that the properties of both Natures are still preserved, there being two Wills,

the the Divine and Humane, and two Operations, Christ still continuing one; for as the form of God does not destroy the Form of a Servant, so the Form of a Servant does not diminish the Form of God; because he who is true God, is also truc Man: God, because in the beginning be was the Word, and the Word was with God, and God was the Word: Man, because the Word was made Flesh, and died among us: God, because by his own Power he satisfied five Thousand Men with five Loaves, and promised the Water of Eternal Life to the Samaritan Woman, and raised Lazarus from the Grave when he had been dead four days, and gave sight to the Blind, cured the Sick, and commanded the Winds and the Seas ; Man, because he suffered Hunger and Thirst, was weary in the Way, was fastned with Nails to the Cross, and died thereon : Equal to the Eternal Father as to the Divinity, and Inferior to the Father as to the Humanity, and Mortal, and Passible,


Turthermore ; That the fame Son of God

F that was Incarnate, was truly born of the Virgin Mary, and had bis Sacred Body formed of the pure Blood of the famę most Blessed Virgin, and is truly her Son; for which reason we confess her to be truly the Mother of God, and that she ought to be so called and invocated


by the whole Catholick Church; for that she really and truly brought forth according to the Flesh, tho' without any Pain or Passion, the true Son of God, made Man; and that the laid Son of God Incarnate, truly suffered for us, and was truly dead and buried, and in his Soul truly defcended into Hell, or Limbo, to redeem the Souls of the Holy Fathers, which were therein, and did truly rise again from the dead the third day, and afterwards for forty days taught his Disciples, speaking with them of the Kingdom of Heaven, and immediately by hiş own Power ascended into the Heavens, where he sits at the right hand of the Majesty, Glory, and Power of the Father, from whence he shall come to Judge the quick and the dead, and to give to every cne according to their Works.


Turthermore; That none that are descended

F from Adam, ever were or can be saved by any other means, than by Faith in the Mediator betwixt God and Man, our Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God; who by his Blood and Death reconciled us to the Eternal Father, by having satisfied him for our Debts ; the Faith before our Saviour appeared in the World, being to believe in him who was to come; as after his appearance, to believe in him who is come, and by his Blood and Death has saved us,


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