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tThe Catholic Faith

The Catholic Faith is set out in the Apostle's Creed, which the people say together every Sunday at Mass. This is the Roman Catholic Creed:

I believe in one God, the Father almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all things visible and invisible.

I believe in one Lord Jesus Christ, the Only Begotten Son of God, born of the Father before all ages. God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made, consubstantial with the Father; through him all things were made.
For us men and for our salvation he came down from heaven, and by the Holy Spirit was incarnate of the Virgin Mary, and became man.
For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate, he suffered death and was buried, and rose again on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures.
He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead and his kingdom will have no end.

I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son, who with the Father and the Son is adored and glorified, who has spoken through the prophets.

I believe in one, holy, catholic and apostolic Church.
I confess one baptism for the forgiveness of sins
and I look forward to the resurrection of the dead and the life of the world to come. Amen.

The Blessed Virgin Mary

Mother of Consolation

There is often confusion outside the Catholic Church about the relationship of Catholics to Mary the Mother of Jesus. The Church honours Mary, above all other human beings, because she was "found worthy" as one of our most ancient prayers says, to be the bearer of the divine Son of God. This is a dignity which is beyond our ordinary way of thinking, but it can be, and has been, spiritually discerned by many saints and ordinary Catholic people down the centuries.

We do not pray to Mary as a 'goddess', we ask her to pray for us to God. The most commonly recited prayer to Mary is the 'Hail Mary', made up of quotations from the gospel and concluded with a supplication for the help of her prayers:

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee.Blessed art thou amongst women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb Jesus.
Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death. Amen.

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