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The Profession of Faith

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claiming the Good News of Christ’s Incarnation and Resurrec-

tion.

199

They will be present at Christ’s return, which they will

announce, to serve at his judgment.

200

The angels in the life of the Church

334

In the meantime, the whole life of the Church benefits from

the mysterious and powerful help of angels.

201

335

In her liturgy, the Church joins with the angels to adore the

thrice-holy God. She invokes their assistance (in the funeral lit­

urgy’s

In Paradisum deducant te angeli

. . . “May the angels lead you

into Paradise . . .”]). Moreover, in the “Cherubic Hymn” of the

Byzantine Liturgy, she celebrates the memory of certain angels

more particularly (St. Michael, St. Gabriel, St. Raphael, and the

guardian angels).

336

From its beginning until death, human life is surrounded

by their watchful care and intercession.

202

“Beside each believer

stands an angel as protector and shepherd leading him to life.”

203

Already here on earth the Christian life shares by faith in the

blessed company of angels and men united in God.

II.

T

he

V

isible

W

orld

337

God himself created the visible world in all its richness,

diversity, and order. Scripture presents the work of the Creator

symbolically as a succession of six days of divine “work,” con-

cluded by the “rest” of the seventh day.

204

On the subject of​

creation, the sacred text teaches the truths revealed by God for our

salvation,

205

permitting us to “recognize the inner nature, the

value, and the ordering of the whole of creation to the praise of

God.”

206

338

Nothing exists that does not owe its existence to God the Creator.

The world began when God’s word drew it out of nothingness; all

199 Cf.

Lk

2:8-14;

Mk

16:5-7.

200 Cf.

Acts

1:10-11

; Mt

13:41; 24:31;

Lk

12:8-9.

201 Cf.

Acts

5:18-20; 8:26-29; 10:3-8; 12:6-11; 27:23-25.

202 Cf.

Mt

18:10;

Lk

16:22;

Ps

34:7; 91:10-13

; Job

33:23-24;

Zech

1:12;

Tob

12:12.

203 St. Basil,

Adv. Eunomium

III, 1: PG 29, 656B.

204

Gen

1:1-2:4.

205 Cf.

DV

11.

206

LG

36 § 2.

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