Thursday, October 11, 2012

The Nicene Creed

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

We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ,
the only son of God,
eternally begotten of the Father,
God from God, Light from Light,
true God from true God,
begotten, not made,
of one being with the Father.
Through him all things were made.
For us and for our salvation
he came down from heaven:
by the power of the Holy Spirit
he became incarnate from the Virgin Mary,
and was made man.
For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate;
he suffered death and was buried.
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.
He will come again in glory
to judge the living and the dead,
and his kingdom will have no end.

We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life,
who proceeds from the Father [and the Son].
With the Father and the Son
he is worshipped and glorified.
He has spoken through the Prophets.
We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church.
We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.
We look for the resurrection of the dead,
and the life of the world to come. AMEN.

- modern version by The Interdenominational Committee on Liturgical Texts.

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  1. I always think "WE believe" is presumputous. The creed is a statement of one's personal belief, I cannot speak for anyone else. Not to mention that the original is "CREDO in unum Deum" - I believe in one God

  2. The Creed wasn't written as a statement of personal belief, it was created to bind congregations, and more importantly, bind as many parts of the Christian church as Constantine could manage. The Creed was a faith credo first and foremost, but its highly important second aspect was as a political document to determine right belief and behaviour in the Byzantine Empire.