The Heart of our Faith: Jesus Christ and His Church
The eyes of all creation are set on the Son of God. He is its center. All finds its harmony in Him, for all was made through Him.
Yet when the eyes of men's hearts turned away from God, each to his own way, harmony was lost. Discord entered into man, first internally, then into his relationships, and then throughout all creation.
Decay, strife, war, and death: all these ensued. All we, like sheep, have gone astray, and our hearts have grow cold.
Yet into this harsh winter, the Sun of Righteousness rose and created Spring. The Son of God became man, took our evil upon Himself and was crucified as a perfect sacrifice.
Then He rose victorious from the dead, reversing our bondage to corruption, and re-uniting what was earlier divided—the parts of man's being, God and man, man with man, heaven and earth—that God might be all in all. Peace means harmony between beings. And Jesus Christ is the Prince of Peace.
St Christina is committed to participating in His awesome reconciling work by being the Body of Christ in the South and East Bay areas.
Yet, one cannot share with another what one does not oneself possess. Peace must first be established within, the civil war in the soul expelled.
For that, the hospital of the Church is needed.
In the Church, Christ binds up our wounds, heals our infirmities, forgives our iniquities, and straightens our paths. The chief act of faith is to look to Christ. And in doing so, we look also to His Body, the Church. For the Church is the Divine-human organism Christ established with His very life for the life of the world. The Church is Christ's means of healing and saving the world.
In the Church, we join all creation in bowing before Christ, as Lord of heaven and earth.
In the Church, we learn to repent—to change our ways—and to walk in His ways, which we practice day by day in home, school, and workplace.
In the Church, we are nourished by the Holy Mysteries (Sacraments); strengthened by prayer, fasting and almsgiving; heartened by fellowship; and sustained by the prayers of the Saints.
The Church, in brief, is the new creation, the mystical entrance of the Kingdom of God on earth.