Apostolic Creed

 

I believe in one God, Father Almighty, Creator of
heaven and earth, and of all things visible and invisible. (Ratified by the First Ecumenical Council)

And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of
God, begotten of the Father before all ages; (Ratified by the First Ecumenical Council and to counter the teachings of Arius)

Light of Light, true God of true God, begotten,
not created, of one essence with the Father
through Whom all things were made. (Ratified by the First Ecumenical Council and to counter the teachings of Arius)

Who for us men and for our salvation
came down from heaven and was incarnate
of the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary and became man. (Ratified by the First Ecumenical Council and to counter the teachings of Arius)

He was crucified for us under Pontius Pilate,
and suffered and was buried; (Ratified by the First Ecumenical Council)

And He rose on the third day,
according to the Scriptures. (Ratified by the First Ecumenical Council)

He ascended into heaven
and is seated at the right hand of the Father; (Ratified by the First Ecumenical Council)

And He will come again with glory to judge the living
and dead. His kingdom shall have no end. (Ratified by the First Ecumenical Council)

And in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the Creator of life,
Who proceeds from the Father, Who together with the
Father and the Son is worshipped and glorified, Who
spoke through the prophets. (Added by the 2nd Ecumenical Council to counter the teachings of Macedonius who taught that the Holy Spirit was not a person ("hypostasis"), but simply a power ("dynamic") of God. Therefore the Spirit was inferior to the Father and the Son).

In one, holy, catholic, and apostolic Church. (Added by the 2nd Ecumenical Council)

I confess one baptism for the forgiveness of sins. (Added by the 2nd Ecumenical Council to counter a practice of some priests to baptize an individual again after they died to absolve them of all sin)

I look for the resurrection of the dead,
and the life of the age to come. (Added by the 2nd Ecumenical Council)

Amen.