The Primitive (Original) Catholic Church is part of the first (ancient) church of Jesus Christ, His Apostles, and Disciples.
We are a PRE-DENOMINATION new covenant communion of apostolic faith. OUR COMMUNION CENTERED LIFE is based on the early church liturgical prayer Service of Word AND Table. We are thus empowered and transformed for a variety of outreach ministries.
The word "CATHOLIC" was first used in Antioch! That is also the location where the disciples were first called "Christian" in Acts 11:26. The words christian and catholic are used there interchangeably. Biblically, Catholicity means to declare the entire faith, the whole counsel of God as described in Acts 20:27! Thus, The Primitive Catholic Church is a revelational grace-filled communion through relationship with the Holy Trinity.
The Holy Bible from the Ancient Eastern Text - George M. Lamsa's Translation from the original Aramaic of the Peshitta is the official Sacred Scriptures of the Primitive Catholic Church.
The head of The Primitive Catholic Church is Jesus Christ.
Our mission is to proclaim the Gospel to all nations. Jesus also commands us to love God, neighbor and self. Thus, we humbly participate in the grand cause of Christ to seek the lost.
Our services are for the People of God and for the unsaved with a threefold purpose-
(a) to provide the means whereby they can worship the LORD, the Holy Trinity, in spirit and in truth and in the beauty of holiness.
(b) to provide the means of edification, for maturing in the knowledge and service of God.
(c) to provide for the People of God to go out from these services as the sent People of God, sent by the Lord Jesus Christ empowered by His Holy Spirit in mission.
Every person who wishes to be a Christian can become a member of The Primitive Catholic Church. Membership is through Baptism in the Body of Christ. We joyfully encourage ongoing discipleship for all church members.
The biblically based five-fold ministry of Apostles, Prophets, Evangelists, Pastors, and Teachers is relevant and necessary for the health and body life of the Church.
Our church members and clergy candidates are educated individually and in group seminars.
Each member of The Primitive Catholic Church has spiritual and historical connections with Jesus and the Apostles. This gift from Jesus Christ to His Church is one mark of the fullness of historic Christianity. Our clergy consists of validly and legally ordained bishops, priests, and deacons. The episcopate is one biblically established means for church unity. The episcopate is a holy order and office for life. All clergy are permitted to get married at any time. Jesus encouraged this during His earthly life. St. Paul proclaimed this Apostolic Right in Holy Scripture.
It is sufficient for the unity of the Church that the Scriptures be rightly divided AND the Sacramental Mysteries be rightly and responsibly administered in accordance with the Gospel.
The Mysteries of Baptism, Chrismation/Confirmation, Eucharist, Confession, Anointing for the Sick, Ordination and Marriage are understood as means of grace according to the doctrine and practices of the early Church.
The Primitive Catholic Church continues to be convinced of the mystery of Jesus' presence in the shape of bread and wine during the celebration of The Lord's Supper. Holy Communion is administered under both species.
In the sacrament of Confession, the faithful confess their sins in a general penitential service according to early Christian practice. A private confession must be granted upon request. There is a Seal of Confession.
We advocate full separation of state and church. The Church belongs to Christ and not to the State. The Church is a free body that cannot belong to anyone other than Christ. The Church will not be a product of the State, employed by the State, regulated by the State nor in any way be responsible to the State. To this end The Primitive Catholic Church is a part of the free church reality.
Married and single adults are encouraged to establish autonomous self-governed communities anchored in the Rule of St. Basil the Great or St. Benedict of Nursia.
The Primitive Catholic Church is a part of The Holy Catholic Church International.