If you Orthodox recite the same creed as we do, what do you understand by the phrase "the communion of saints"?
Yes, this is our faith, the faith of the holy fathers.Luke said:Here is a copy of our creed:
I believe in one God, Father Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth, and of all things visible and invisible.
And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of God, begotten of the Father before all ages; Light of Light, true God of true God, begotten, not created, of one essence
with the Father through Whom all things were made. Who for us men and for our salvation came down from heaven and was incarnate of the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary and
became man. He was crucified for us under Pontius Pilate, and suffered and was buried; And He rose on the third day, according to the Scriptures. He ascended into heaven and
is seated at the right hand of the Father; And He will come again with glory to judge the living and dead. His kingdom shall have no end.
And in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the Creator of life, Who proceeds from the Father, Who together with the Father and the Son is worshipped and glorified, Who spoke through the
In one, holy, catholic, and apostolic Church.
I confess one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.
I look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the age to come.
We recite the Nicene-Constantinople Creed, the text of which is quoted above by Luke. The Apostle's Creed is the one that contains "the communion of saints" and is generally said by churches of the Western tradition (including our own Western Rite parishes).David Young said:If you Orthodox recite the same creed as we do, what do you understand by the phrase "the communion of saints"?
In Caesar's book, it is used in a longer creed, which includes a part of the Roman Formula:"The Communions of the Saints" in the Armenian Church is understood in a twofold sense; first, of the union of members of the Church with the Head Christ; and, secondly, of the mutual help and support of these same members in obtaining enjoying, and preserving the common good things or graces of the Church.
— Malan Solomon Caesar, in turn citing Hymns for the feast of the Churh, v. 462, sq.