THE ANGLICAN COMMUNION
The word “Anglican”arose from an ancient Latin word“ecclesia anglicana”which means the English Church/Church of England. That means a church which has its origin from and root in England. Those who belong to this body are identified as Anglicans. The Anglican Church began in the 16thCentury (1533/1534), with King Henry VIII of England. However, the nameecclesia anglicanahas been in use since the 13thcentury, and can be traced back to A.D 597 when St. Augustine and some monks came from Rome to evangelize England. However, Christianity was already inexistence in England before their arrival. The Anglican Church set its foot on the soil of Nigeria in 1842 through the Church Missionary Society (C.M.S.) led by Rev. Henry Townsend. The Anglican Church began in Bendel (Warri, Sapele and Benin) area in1901 through Bishop James Johnson, though Christianity dated back in the area to 1472 through the Portuguese explorers.
The faith of Anglicans is founded on the scriptures, the tradition of the Apostolic Church, the historic episcopate, the first seven ecumenical councils, and the early Church Fathers. Anglicans understand the Old and New Testaments as “containing all things necessary for salvation” and as being the rule and ultimate standard of faith. Anglicans understand the Apostles’ Creed as the baptismal symbol, and the Nicene Creed as the sufficient statement of the Christian faith.
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