Do I really pray or just read along?

The past couple of weeks during Mass as we pray the Nicene Creed something has touched me. It has left thoughts in my mind questioning do we really pray during Mass or are we just repeating the same words over and over that we have for years without putting any thought about what we are saying. I feel compelled to share the thoughts that have been coming to my mind as I pray this prayer at Mass. I pray that God will continue to touch me and make me aware of his gifts so that I can better appreciate them as I live my life trying to serve him.

We believe in one God, 
the Father, the Almighty,
Maker of all that is, seen and unseen. 

Our Heavenly Father, we believe he has always been here even before time, a great mystery. He is the Alpha and Omega, he is really in every sense our Father because while he may not be our biological Father he supersedes that, he is our spiritual Father that allows our creation by our biological parents through a process that is a miracle in itself. And he is the Father of everything, seen or unseen. He has given us angels to watch over us, though unseen they serve God just as we do.

We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ,praying-hands-with-roseri
the only Son of God,
eternally begotten of the Father,
God from God, Light from Light,
true God from true God,
begotten, not made, consubstantial
of one Being with the Father. 
Through him all things were made. 

Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, son of our Heavenly Father, who always has been and always will be just like the Father the Alpha and Omega. 1 more part of the Holy Trinity.

For us and for our salvation
he came down from heaven:

The perfect act of love, to be God but lower himself to become human and knowing all along, the path that laid in front of him, but he followed through with it, because of his love for us. Jesus’s love for us has no limits. If we welcome God in our life, then I think that it is Jesus’s love that sustains us. He is the bread of life and his love will keep us on the good path if we are open to it. And when that path gets hard it is Jesus that lifts us up and takes away part of the burden so that we can complete the journey.

and by the Holy Spirit was incarnate
he became incarnate from the Virgin Mary,
and was made man. 

The angel Gabriel asked a young teenage Jewish girl if she would help God’s plan for the salvation of humanity and become the earthly mother of our Lord. She was not married and accepting this task was dangerous for she was betrothed to Joseph and when he found out that she was pregnant he could have had her stoned. But she had faith in God and told Gabriel let it be done to me as you say. What faith she had in God that he would protect her. What faith Joseph had that he accepted God’s will shown to him in a dream. Would I have that kind of faith?  

For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate;
he suffered death and was buried. 

Our Lord is the Son of Man, the son of our Heavenly Father, part of the Holy Trinity. He knew what his future held, he knew the agony he was about to experience. He knew of the death he faced. As agonizing as it was can you imagine facing that and fully knowing about it before you had to experience it. How could he do it? Faith in his and our Heavenly Father, that is how I think. It is always said God will not give you a cross that you cannot carry, and he is with you to help ease the burden

On the third day he rose again
in accordance with the Scriptures;
he ascended into heaven
and is seated at the right hand of the Father. 

Satan probably thought he had won when Christ died on the cross, however true love prevailed and after 3 days in the tomb Christ was raised from the dead defeating Satan and Sin forever and took his rightful place at our Heavenly Father side. Can I have the trust in our Lord to live my life according to his will? Can I accept the hardships in this life with grace and humility in order to win a loving peaceful life with Jesus in Heaven?

He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead,
and his kingdom will have no end. 

Jesus I pray that when you come back at the end of days in glory you will find mercy for me and forgive my short comings. Lord, give me the strength to stand firm against Satan and his weak offers for fame, pride, and momentary pleasure that I might enjoy eternal life with you.

We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life,
who proceeds from the Father and the Son. 

The Holy Spirit, the last part of the Holy Trinity. The one who through the miracle in the womb helps us to have life. The one who feeds our souls with the truth, the one who reaches out to us and touches us in ways we cannot understand and helps to guide our lives. I think the Holy Spirit is God’s way of touching our conscience and when we open ourselves up to accept God and desire to live our life serving him the Holy Spirit leaves his mark on our soul and helps to guide us on our path shining the light of truth in front of us so that we may not stumble.

With the Father and the Son he is worshipped and glorified. 
He has spoken through the Prophets. 

The Holy Trinity, a great mystery for us on earth, 3 distinctly different entities yet they are ultimately 1 entity. Father Son and Holy Spirit 3 entities but in 1 God and we worship them together as 1. All things come to us from God and God is all 3 and not just 1 or 2. The ultimate mystery that we will not understand until we worship God in Heaven and maybe not even then.

We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church. 
We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins. 

We believe that regardless of your background, there is but 1 God. A universal God for all mankind and we worship God through the teachings of those humans that Christ taught while he was here on the earth his Apostles. And those Apostles passed those teachings on to other followers to this day. So that regardless of where you may be on this earth God is being worshiped there in a similar way, there will be some differences but the Christian faith that comes to us from Christ is essentially the same. The Holy Trinity, Father Son, and Holy Spirit guide and direct us and all Christians wherever they may live.

We look for the resurrection of the dead,
and the life of the world to come. Amen.

Heavenly Father, you are deserving of all my love. Help me to hear you in the quiet of the night. Help me to see you in the wonder of a newborn. Help me to feel you in the warm embrace of a friend. Lord help me to pray and not just read. Jesus, help me to feel the love you have for us and to share that love with others. Help me to become a servant to othes just as you were a servant to us. Holy Spirit touch my heart so that I may feel your presence alive in my soul as it lights the path of life that I travel. Guide me Holy Spirit so that I may fulfill that which God has planned for me.

And God when Christ returns for the final judgment at the end of days we pray that we will be among those chosen to join you in Heaven as our bodies are raised from this earth. and we look forward to being with you  in the New Jerusalem where we will honor the Holy Trinity forever in peace and tranquility.

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