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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Holy Cross Anglican Communion?

The Holy Cross Anglican Communion is an independent ecclesiastical and synodial body that is in the Anglican tradition.

What is the purpose of another independent episcopal/anglican church?

The mission of the HCAC is to spread the gospel of Christ throughout the world. This should in fact be the purpose and mission of every Christian. In the HCAC we have relaxed some of the man made rules that are associated with Anglicanism that would hinder some from serving Christ as ministers. Our clergy are given great freedom in those things that are not necessary to Christian worship. We are however united in the essentials of Christian doctrine.

Is Holy Cross Anglican Communion in Apostolic Succession?

Yes. All of the Bishops of Holy Cross Anglican Communion have been consecrated by other bishops who are in valid apostolic succession. In fact our orders can be traced back to both Roman Catholic and Orthodox lines. Like other independent catholic, anglican, and orthodox bodies we value and maintain the Historic Episcopate.

If the HCAC is not in communion with the See of Cantebury then why does it use the name Anglican?

HCAC is a fully Anglican church maintaining the traditional, conservative and sacramental teaching of our early Anglican Fathers.

Is the HCAC a schismatic group formed by a church split of a few radicals?

No. The HCAC is made up of ministers from several different traditions ranging from Evangelical to Orthodox coming together to serve in the Anglican tradition. HCAC ministers have joined to resist the trend of the Body of Christ toward liberalism. We were not formed from a church split. We were formed independently.

What does the HCAC use to determine the essentials of Christian doctrine?

The first and primary source of the essentials of the faith is the Holy Bible. We believe that it is infallible in doctrine.

What liturgy is used by ministers and parishes of the HCAC?

HCEC ministers are bound together by their belief that the 1928 Book of Common Prayer is an adequate embodiment of the Anglican tradition. We further feel that the most recent revisions of the BCP in the United States have strayed from that tradition considerably. This is evident by the adherence to the traditional Prayer Book by other groups in the Anglican Communion. In the face of changing times, other regional churches have left their Prayer Books intact.

Does the HCAC ordain women?

In brief, no. The HCAC holds to the tradition of the unfragmented church of the first seven ecumenical counsels in not ordaining women to any grade of Holy Orders. The preponderance of evidence would lead one to believe that women have never received ordination in the church in any substantial form. In fact there is weighty scriptural and historical evidence that they have not. Even if women could be ordained, it would not be within the power of our church to do so. This would require a changing of the tradition of the church, which would require episcopal consensus among all the bishops of the one, holy, catholic and apostolic church. The HCAC holds to the complementarian view of the role of women in the church. That is, there is an important place for women in the church. Their ministry is to complement that of the clergy. However according to scripture it is not to assume authority or headship over it.

Does the HCAC ordain homosexuals?

No. Just as we would not ordain a person living in a habitual state of sin in another area of his or her life, we also cannot ordain someone living in the homosexual lifestyle. Although we are all sinners saved by the grace of Christ, the HCAC does not in any way condone the homosexual lifestyle. By one man, Adam, sin entered into the world, and by one man, Jesus, righteousness entered into the world and through righteousness, life. Pseudo-science says that some are born homosexual. The scripture says that we are all born in sin. But, Glory Be to God, when we became new creatures in baptism, our old sin nature passed away, and we were made new. This goes for the homosexual as well. When he or she becomes born again in baptism the old homosexual nature is also gone. The homosexual lifestyle is condemned by scripture, so it is therefore condemned by us as well. One who continues to live in a habitual state of known sin is in a grave place and must consider the state of his or her soul.

What creeds or formulas does the HCAC profess?

We consider the Apostles Creed as a proper baptismal formula. The Nicene Creed is an adequate statement of faith. We profess the 39 articles of faith as contained in the Book of Common Prayer. We use the 1928 Book of Common Prayer for church service exclusively.

Is the HCAC looking for new clergy?

YES. We invite all baptized men to discern whether the HCAC might be the place God wants you to serve. We are looking to expand around the country and the world. Christ didnít require a master's degree of his disciples and neither do we. Those whom God calls, he also qualifies. We invite ministers of other denominations to inquire as well. Even those who have no former ministry training or ordinations are encouraged to contact us. Our clergy are dedicated to helping each other gain any knowledge that they need in order to conduct their ministries. Some of our ministers may serve as hospital chaplains, military chaplains, music ministers, teachers, street ministers, evangelists or other ministries. Whatever your calling is, there is a place for you in the HCAC.