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Apostle's Creed

I believe in God, the Father almighty,

    creator of heaven and earth.

I believe in Jesus Christ, God's only Son, our Lord,

    who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,

    born of the virgin Mary,

    suffered under Pontius Pilate,

    was crucified, died, and was buried;

    he descended to the dead.*

    On the third day he rose again;

    he ascended into heaven,

    he is seated at the right hand of the Father,

    and he will come 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.

 

*Or, "he descended into hell," another translation of this text in widespread use.

**Used in this context, the word catholic means universal and does not refer to the Roman Catholic Church.

 

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,

         was incarnate of the Holy Spirit and the virgin Mary

         and became truly human.

         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,*

    who with the Father and the Son is worshiped and glorified,

    who 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.

 

*Or, "who proceeds from the Father." The phrase "and the Son" is a later addition to the creed.