Pillars of Faith



The EMMI's five pillars of true Christian Catholic Apostolic

Man’s ingenuity cannot account for this. The Church has remained one, holy, catholic, and apostolic, because God preserves the Church he established (Matt. 16:18, 28:20).

He guided the Israelites on their escape from Egypt by giving them a pillar of fire to light their way across the dark wilderness (Exod. 13:21). Today he guides us through his Catholic Church.

The Bible, sacred Tradition, and the writings of the earliest Christians testify that the Church teaches with Jesus’ authority. In this age of countless competing religions, each clamoring for attention, one voice rises above the din: the Catholic Church, which the Bible calls “the pillar and foundation of truth” (1 Tim. 3:15).

Jesus assured the apostles and their successors, the bishops, “He who listens to you listens to me, and he who rejects you rejects me” (Luke 10:16). Jesus promised to guide his Church into all truth (John 16:12–13). We can have confidence that his Church teaches only the truth.

This mark derives from the Pauline epistles, which state that the Church is "one." In 1 Cor. 15:9, Paul the Apostle spoke of himself as having persecuted "the church of God," not just the local church in Jerusalem but the same church that he addresses at the beginning of that letter as "the church of God that is in Corinth" (1 Cor. 1:2). In the same letter, he tells Christians: "You are the body of Christ and individually members of it" (1 Cor. 12:27), and declares that, "just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ" (1 Cor. 12:12).

In Eph. 4:5–6, Paul writes: "There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call—one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all." This list of factors making Christians one body, one church, is doubtless not meant to be exhaustive, says Francis A. Sullivan affirms the oneness of the body, the Church, through what Christians have in common, what they have communion in.

Elsewhere, Paul says: "There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus" (Gal. 3:28). This statement was about Christians as individuals, but it applied to them also as groups, as a local church, whether composed mainly of Jewish or Gentile Christians.

The word holy, in this sense, means set apart for a special purpose by and for God. The Church is holy because it has been set apart to do God's work and because God is present in it. Christians understand the holiness of the Church to derive from Christ's holiness.

The word catholic is derived from the Ancient Greek adjective καθολικός (romanized: katholikos), meaning "general" or "universal". It is associated with the Greek adverb καθόλου (katholou), meaning "according to the whole," "entirely," or "in general," a combination of the preposition κατά meaning "according to" and the adjective ὅλος meaning "whole."

Applied to the Church, the adjective "catholic" means that in the Church, the wholeness of the Christian faith, full and complete, all-embracing, and with nothing lacking, is proclaimed to all people without excluding any part of the faith or any class or group of people.The adjective can be applied not only to the Church as spread throughout the world but also to each local manifestation of the Church, in which nothing essential is lacking for it to be the genuine body of Christ.

For his subjects, Roman Emperor Theodosius I restricted the term "catholic Christians" to believers in "the one deity of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, in equal majesty and a holy Trinity" and applied the name "heretics" to others (Edict of Thessalonica of 27 February 380).

This describes the Church's foundation and beliefs as rooted and continuing in the living tradition of the apostles of Jesus. The Catholic Church, the Eastern Orthodox Church, the Oriental Orthodox Churches, and the Assyrian Church of the East each claim to have preserved the original teaching of the apostles. They also have apostolic succession in that their bishops derive their authority through a direct line of laying on of hands from the apostles, a claim they accept can be made by the other churches in this group. The Anglican Communion, as well as many Lutheran Churches such as the Church of Sweden, likewise teach the doctrine of apostolic succession. Other Christian denominations, on the other hand, usually hold that what preserves apostolic continuity is the written word: as Bruce Milne put it, "A church is apostolic as it recognizes in practice the supreme authority of the apostolic scriptures."

We need to know the Church’s teachings on faith and morals, which encompass the sacraments and prayer as well. We also need to implement those teachings in our lives, relying on the sacraments—the fundamental source of grace in the life in Christ—and an ongoing prayer life, in general, to grow closer to Jesus and his Church. 

Classification: Protestant

Orientation: Catholicism

Polity: Episcopal (the IAoC is Congregationalist)

Region: As of 2020, Canada

Founder: Most Rev. Eric. M. Gagnon

Origin: 1978/79, Chaplaincy 2010

Location: Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Members: 194 Total of Class A & B

Official website: https://www.thirdorderfranciscans.ca

"We accept any Christian who sincerely, seriously, and prayerfully regards themselves as Christian. If they honestly believe they follow Jesus of Nazareth's teachings as they understand them."

There are many ways of classifying the over 34,000 separate Christian groups in the world that consider themselves to be Christian, from the Amish to The Way.

Our Lady of High Grace 

The EMMI is dedicated to Our Lady of High Graces.

Notre Dame, French for "Our Lady," a title of Mary, most commonly refers to the mother of Jesus.

We have one freely chosen and beloved Our Lady of Grace. 

We live our lives consecrated to Our Lady in obedience, poverty, and charity.

Our Lady of Graces (Italian: Madonna delle Grazie or Nostra Signora delle Grazie) or Saint Mary of Graces (Italian: Santa Maria delle Grazie) is a devotion to the Virgin Mary in the Roman Catholic Church. Several churches with this dedication often owe their foundation to thankfulness for graces received from the Virgin Mary. They are particularly numerous in Italy, India, Australia, the United States, Portugal, France and the Italian-speaking region of Switzerland. Also, it is related to the Marian apparitions in which was revealed the Miraculous Medal, also known as the Medal of Our Lady of Graces.


Our Lady of Grace is the patron saint of the Diocese of Faenza. According to a legend, in 1412, the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared to a local woman. Mary held broken arrows symbolizing protection against God's wrath, and promised an end to the plagues. Faenza Cathedral has a chapel dedicated to Our Lady, while residents often place ceramic titles with the image on their homes.

Other Italian towns that have Our Lady of Graces as their patron saint include:


Local tradition holds that in August 1519, Mary appeared in a woodcutter and requested a church be built and dedicated to her as "Our Lady of Graces." The Church of Our Lady of Graces in Cotignac was ransacked during the Revolution but later restored

Our Mother of Perpetual Succour (Latin: Nostra Mater de Perpetuo Succursu) (colloquially known as Our Lady of Perpetual Help) is a Roman Catholic title of the Blessed Virgin Mary associated with a fifteenth, century Byzantine icon and a reputed Marian apparition. The image has been enshrined in the Church of San Matteo in Via Merulana since 27 March 1499. It is today permanently enshrined in the Church of Saint Alphonse of Liguori, where the official Novena to Our Mother of Perpetual Help text is prayed weekly.

Pope Pius IX granted a pontifical decree of canonical coronation along with its official formalized title Nostra Mater de Perpetuo Succursu, on 5 May 1866. The Latin Patriarch of Constantinople, Cardinal Ruggero Luigi Emidio Antici Mattei, executed the coronation rite on 23 June 1867.

The Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer serves as the custodian of the icon. The image is alternatively named "The Virgin of the Passion of Jesus Christ" in the Eastern Orthodox religion. Novena prayers are held before its feast day on June 27 every year. Due to promotion by the Redemptorist Priests, the image has gained popularity amongst pious Roman Catholics. Modern reproductions are often displayed in residential homes, commercial establishments, and public transportation.

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