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What are Episcopal beliefs?

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The spiritual practices of the Episcopal Church are based on several core beliefs and doctrines, such as the Baptismal Covenant, the Bible, the Catechism and the Holy Communion. Other Episcopal beliefs are based on the Sacraments, spiritual growth, the creeds and the Book of Common Prayer.

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The Episcopal Church uses the Baptismal Covenant ritual to renew its commitment to Jesus Christ and renounce evil. The ritual is often performed as a mini Catechism and involves various questions that ask how a Christian should live according to his faith. The statement of faith used during this ritual is based on the Apostle's Creed, and the ritual is generally done during baptisms, Easter and other special occasions.

The Book of Common Prayer used by the Episcopal Church is also a source of many of the denomination's prayers and rituals. The Catechism, for example, is part of the Book of Common Prayers and is set up in a question and answer style. The Episcopal Church believes that the Catechism is a commentary on the Creeds, which are statements on the basic beliefs of the church on God.

The Creeds of the Episcopal Church are identified as either the Apostle's Creed or the Nicene Creed. Both creeds are used during baptism and communion, respectively. They are used to affirm the faith of followers of the Church to God.

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