The Profession of Faith
God shows forth his almighty power by converting us
from our sins and restoring us to his friendship by
grace. “O God, who manifest your almighty power
above all by pardoning and showing mercy . . .”
26th Sunday, Collect).
If we do not believe that God’s love is almighty, how
can we believe that the Father could create us, the Son
redeem us, and the Holy Spirit sanctify us?
Paragraph 4. The Creator
“In the beginning God created the heavens and the
Holy Scripture begins with these solemn words. The
profession of faith takes them up when it confesses that God the
Father almighty is “Creator of heaven and earth” (
“of all things visible and invisible” (
). We shall speak first
of the Creator, then of creation, and finally of the fall into sin from
which Jesus Christ, the Son of God, came to raise us up again.
Creation is the foundation of “all God’s saving plans,” the
“beginning of the history of salvation”
that culminates in Christ.
Conversely, the mystery of Christ casts conclusive light on the
mystery of creation and reveals the end forwhich “in the beginning
God created the heavens and the earth”: from the beginning, God
envisaged the glory of the new creation in Christ.
And so the readings of the Easter Vigil, the celebration of the new
creation in Christ, begin with the creation account; likewise in the Byzan-
tine liturgy, the account of creation always constitutes the first reading at
the vigils of the great feasts of the Lord. According to ancient witnesses the
instruction of catechumens for Baptism followed the same itinerary.
Catechesis on creation is of major importance. It concerns
the very foundations of human and Christian life: for it makes
explicit the response of the Christian faith to the basic question
119 Cf. Egeria,
Peregrinatio ad loca sancta,
46: PLS I, 1047; St. Augustine,
3, 5: PL 40, 256.