The Catholic Faith

 

Apostles Creed

 

The Apostles' Creed is so called because it is rightly considered to be a faithful summary of the apostles' faith. It is the ancient baptismal symbol of the Church of Rome. Its great authority arises from this fact.

 

Catechism of the Catholic Church, 194

 

I believe in God,
the Father almighty,
creator of heaven and earth.

 

I believe in Jesus Christ, 
his only Son, our Lord.

 

He was conceived by the 
power of the Holy Spirit 
and born of the Virgin Mary.

 

He suffered under Pontius Pilate, 
was crucified, died, and was buried. 
He descended into hell.

 

On the third day he rose again.

 

He ascended into heaven
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again to judge 
the living and the dead.

 

I believe in the Holy Spirit, 
the holy catholic Church, 
the communion of saints, 
the forgiveness of sins, 
the resurrection of the body, 
and the life everlasting. 
Amen.

Nicene Creed

 

The Nicene Creed draws its great authority from the fact that it stems from the first two ecumenical Councils (Nicaea 325AD and Constantinople 381AD). It remains common to all the great Churches of both East and West to this day.

 

CCC, 195

 

I believe in one God, 
the Father almighty, 
maker of heaven and earth, 
of all things visible and invisible. 
 
I believe in one Lord Jesus Christ, 
the Only Begotten Son of God, 
born of the Father before all ages. 

God from God, Light from Light, 
true God from true God, 
begotten, not made, 
consubstantial with the Father; 
through him all things were made. 

 

For us men and for our salvation 
he came down from heaven, 

 

[At the words that follow up to and including 'and became man,' all bow.] 

 

and by the Holy Spirit 
was incarnate of the Virgin Mary, and became man. 

 

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

 

and rose again on the third day 
in accordance with the Scriptures. 

 

He ascended into heaven  
and is seated at the right hand of the Father. 
He will come again in glory 
to judge the living and the dead 
and his kingdom will have no end. 
 
I believe in the Holy Spirit,  
the Lord, the giver of life,  
who proceeds from the Father and the Son, 
who with the Father and the Son 
is adored and glorified, 
who has spoken through the prophets. 
 
I believe in one, holy,  
catholic and apostolic Church. 
I confess one baptism 
for the forgiveness of sins 
and I look forward to the resurrection of the dead 
and the life of the world to come.

Amen.