The Apostles' Creed

The Apostles' Creed

I believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth.

And in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord; who was conceived by the Ho= ly Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary; suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucifie= d, dead, and buried; He descended into hell; the third day He rose again from = the dead; He ascended into heaven, and sitteth on the right hand of God the Fat= her Almighty; from thence He shall come to judge the quick and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Ghost; the holy Catholic Church, the communion of saints; he forgiveness of sins; the resurrection of the body; and the life everlasting. Amen.

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The Nicene Creed

I believe in one God, the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, an= d of all things visible and invisible.

And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of God, begotten of = the Father before all worlds, God of God, Light of Light, very God of very God, begotten, not made, being of one substance with the Father; by whom all thi= ngs were made; who for us men, and for our salvation, came down from heaven, and was incarnate by the Holy Ghost of the Virgin Mary, and was made man, and w= as crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate; He suffered and was buried; and= the third day He rose again according to the Scriptures; and ascended into heav= en, and sitteth on the right hand of the Father; and He shall come again with g= lory to judge the quick and the dead; whose kingdom shall have no end.

And I believe in the Holy Ghost, the Lord and Giver of life, who proceed= eth from the Father and the Son; who with the Father and the Son together is worshiped and glorified; who spake by the Prophets. And I believe in one ho= ly Catholic and Apostolic Church.I acknowledge one Baptism for the remission of sins; and I look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the worl= d to come. Amen. Top of Page

The Athanasian Creed

Written aga= inst the Arians.

Whosoever will be saved, before all things it is necessary that he hold = the Catholic faith. Which faith except every one do keep whole and undefiled, without doubt he shall perish everlastingly.

And the Catholic faith is this, that we worship one God in Trinity, and Trinity in Unity; Neither confounding the Persons, nor dividing the Substan= ce. For there is one Person of the Father, another of the Son, and another of t= he Holy Ghost. But the Godhead of the Father, of the Son, and of the Holy Ghos= t is all one: the glory equal, the majesty coeternal. Such as the Father is, suc= h is the Son, and such is the Holy Ghost. The Father uncreate, the Son uncreate,= and the Holy Ghost uncreate. The Father incomprehensible, the Son incomprehensi= ble, and the Holy Ghost incomprehensible. The Father eternal, the Son eternal, a= nd the Holy Ghost eternal. And yet they are not three Eternals, but one Eterna= l. As there are not three Uncreated nor three Incomprehensibles, but one Uncre= ated and one Incomprehensible. So likewise the Father is almighty, the Son almig= hty, and the Holy Ghost almighty. And yet they are not three Almighties, but one Almighty. So the Father is God, the Son is God, and the Holy Ghost is God. = And yet they are not three Gods, but one God. So likewise the Father is Lord, t= he Son Lord, and the Holy Ghost Lord. And yet not three Lords, but one Lord. F= or like as we are compelled by the Christian verity to acknowledge every Perso= n by Himself to be God and Lord, So are we forbidden by the catholic religion to say, There be three Gods, or three Lords.

The Father is made of none: neither created nor begotten. The Son is of = the Father alone; not made, nor created, but begotten. The Holy Ghost is of the Father and of the Son: neither made, nor created, nor begotten, but proceed= ing. So there is one Father, not three Fathers; one Son, not three Sons; one Holy Ghost, not three Holy Ghosts. And in this Trinity none is before or after other; none is greater or less than another; But the whole three Persons are coeternal together, and coequal: so that in all things, as is aforesaid, the Unity in Trinity and the Trinity in Unity is to be worshiped. He, therefore, that will be saved must thus think of the Trinity.

Furthermore, it is necessary to everlasting salvation that he also belie= ve faithfully the incarnation of our Lord Jesus Christ. For the right faith is, that we believe and confess that our Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God, is = God and Man; God of the Substance of the Father, begotten before the worlds; and Man of the substance of His mother, born in the world; Perfect God and perf= ect Man, of a reasonable soul and human flesh subsisting. Equal to the Father as touching His Godhead, and inferior to the Father as touching His manhood; W= ho, although He be God and Man, yet He is not two, but one Christ: One, not by conversion of the Godhead into flesh, but by taking the manhood into God; O= ne altogether; not by confusion of Substance, but by unity of Person. For as t= he reasonable soul and flesh is one man, so God and Man is one Christ; Who suffered for our salvation; descended into hell, rose again the third day f= rom the dead; He ascended into heaven; He sitteth on the right hand of the Fath= er, God Almighty; from whence He shall come to judge the quick and the dead. At whose coming all men shall rise again with their bodies, and shall give an account of their own works. And they that have done good shall go into life everlasting; and they that have done evil, into everlasting fire.

This is the catholic faith; which except a man believe faithfully and firmly, he cannot be saved.