The Elements of the Catholic Mass
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Notice that one of the first tasks of the liturgical assembly is for the different members to be formed into a single body. The "I" (ie., the first person singular pronoun) of the Creed is, in a sense, the "I" of the singular Body of Christ, who worships God the Father. It is also the personal "I" of the individual believer. This "I believe" of the Creed is able to account for the personal belief and the corporate belief of Christ's mystical body. It is both a baptismal confession and a communal statement of shared faith.
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