- I profess that God is the origin and end of all things.
- I accept and acknowledge the external proofs of revelation, that
is, divine acts and especially miracles and prophecies as the surest signs
of the divine origin of the Christian religion.
- I believe with equally firm faith that the Church, the guardian
and teacher of the revealed word, was personally instituted by the real
and historical Christ.
- I sincerely hold that the doctrine of faith was handed down to
us from the apostles through the orthodox Fathers in exactly the same
meaning and always in the same purport.
- I hold with certainty and sincerely confess that faith is not a
blind sentiment of religion welling up from the depths of the subconscious
under the impulse of the heart and the motion of a will trained to morality;
but faith is a genuine assent of the intellect to truth.
Clean Monday, also known as Pure Monday, Ash Monday, Monday of Lent or Green Monday, is the first day of Great Lent in the Eastern Orthodox Christian, Saint Thomas Christians of India and Eastern Catholic churches. It is a moveable feast that occurs at the beginning of the 7th week before Orthodox Easter Sunday. The common term for this day, "Clean Monday", refers to the leaving behind of sinful attitudes and non-fasting foods. It is sometimes called "Ash Monday", by analogy with Ash Wednesday (the day when the Western Churches begin Lent). The term is often a misnomer, as only a small subset of Eastern Catholic Churches practices the Imposition of Ashes. The Maronite Catholic Church and The Mar Thoma Nasranis of India-Syro-Malabar Catholic Church are notable amongst the Eastern rite that employs the use of ashes on this day. Liturgically, Clean Monday—and thus Lent itself—begins on the preceding (Sunday) night, at a special service called Forgiveness Vespers, which culminates with the Ceremony of Mutual Forgiveness, at which all present will bow down before one another and ask forgiveness. In this way, the faithful begin Lent with a clean conscience, with forgiveness, and with renewed Christian love. The entire first week of Great Lent is often referred to as "Clean Week", and it is customary to go to Confession during this week, and to clean the house thoroughly. The theme of Clean Monday is set by the Old Testament reading appointed to be read at the Sixth Hour (noon) on this day (Isaiah 1:1–20), which says, in part:
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