Christ Our Pascha
1. The source of the Christian life is faith in the risen Christ. This faith, formulated by the Church in the Nicene Creed, also known as the Niceno-Constantinopolitan Symbol of Faith, 1 is expressed in her liturgical prayer. Through this liturgical prayer, we become partakers of Christ’s Passover—partakers of new life in Christ. In this new life, we grow by means of spiritual work and moral effort. Therefore, a coupling of the Symbol of Faith with the Anaphora of the Liturgy of Saint Basil the Great forms the methodological key for the text of the Catechism Christ – Our Pascha.
A Symbol of Faith
2. Concerning faith in the risen Christ as the very source of Christian life, the apostle Peter preached the following: “Jesus of Nazareth … God raised him up, having freed him from death, because it was impossible for him to be held in its power. … This Jesus God raised up, and of that we are all witnesses” (Acts 2:22-24, 32). The significance of the Resurrection for our salvation is affirmed by the apostle Paul: “If Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile” (1 Cor 15:17). Thus, for almost two thousand years, the Church has unceasingly witnessed and preached the Resurrection of Christ in order that people may believe and be saved: “How are they to call on one in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in one of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone to proclaim him? … So faith comes from what is heard, and what is heard comes through the word of Christ” (Rom 10:14, 17).
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