Symbolon

Meeting Most Sunday evenings in the Parish Hall from 6:00PM to 8:00PM

Contact Jim McCullough in the parish office for schedule and additional information.

Symbolon: The Catholic Faith Explained is a vibrant, relevant and complete program to re-evangelize and reinvigorate your parish. The 20 compelling sessions of this bold series guide parishioners through the breadth and richness of their Catholic faith. Presented by some of the most trusted Catholic teachers in the world, this unique video and discussion experience will transform the lives of your parishioners.

Too often we try to live a faith we don't know or understand. Some of us stumble along with it, going through the motions. Others simply walk away. That's why the time is right for Symbolon: Knowing the Faith. Presented by the most trusted and compelling teachers and filmed around the world with stunning cinematography, Symbolon: Knowing the Faith explains the essentials of the Catholic Faith in a way that will inform our minds and inspire our hearts. Presented in 10 sessions that are ideal for parish catechism, family instruction and personal devotion. 

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What does Symbolon Mean?

 

If we are going on a journey, we want to make sure we are going in the right direction. In our walk with God, how do we know that we are following what Jesus and his apostles really taught? The way the early Christians did this was by developing a short statement of faith called the Creed, which summed up core Christian beliefs that had been passed on to them.

This creed served as a sign of unity between believers, connecting them with the beliefs of the early Church. The Christians described their creed as a symbolon. Now, this term symbolon may seem ancient and somewhat mysterious, but I can’t think of another concept that more beautifully describes the importance of the Creed and what it means to us today.

The Greek word symbolon often described a clay seal that was broken in half and given to two people, serving as a sign of recognition between them. For example, if I left a valuable possession or made a financial deposit with a shopkeeper, we would break the seal and he would keep one half and I would take the other. When the two pieces were drawn together and matched up perfectly, it confirmed my identity as the true owner and my relationship with the shopkeeper.

So when Christians described their creed as asymbolon, they meant that it was a sign of Christian identity and communion between all believers. When the creed you recited matched up with the Creed of the early Church, you could know with confidence that you were sharing in the same faith proclaimed by Jesus and the apostle

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