More about the Apostles’ Creed

A creed is a profession of faith; a condensed statement of beliefs that is easy to understand and remember.  Throughout the history of the Church, there have been a number of creeds, usually written to give clear, correct teaching in a time of confusion, and they can all help us to deepen our faith as we study the eternal truths they teach.

You are probably familiar with two creeds, the Nicene Creed that we typically recite at Mass, and the Apostles’ Creed that we pray as part of the Rosary.

The Apostles’ Creed got its name because it is a faithful summary of the teachings of the twelve apostles.    If you break it down, you’ll find a list of the twelve most basic beliefs of all of Christianity.  These beliefs are also known as the twelve articles of our Faith.

Because “the faith of all Christians rests on the Trinity,” you probably won’t be surprised to find that the Apostles’ Creed is arranged in a way that teaches us more about the Holy Trinity.

GOD THE FATHER, THE FIRST PERSON OF THE TRINITY, AND HIS WONDERFUL WORK OF CREATION:

1. I believe in God, the Father Almighty, Creator of Heaven and earth;

GOD THE SON, THE SECOND PERSON OF THE TRINITY, AND HIS WONDERFUL WORK OF REDEMPTION:

2. and in Jesus Christ, His only Son Our Lord,

3. Who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary,

4. suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried.

5. He descended into Hell; the third day He rose again from the dead;

6. He ascended into Heaven, and is seated at the right hand of God, the Father almighty;

7. He shall come to judge the living and the dead.

GOD THE HOLY SPIRIT, THE THIRD PERSON OF THE HOLY TRINITY, AND HIS WONDERFUL WORK AS HE HELPS US BECOME HOLIER:

8. I believe in the Holy Spirit,

9. the holy Catholic Church, the Communion of Saints,

10. the forgiveness of sins,

11. the resurrection of the body

12. and life everlasting. Amen.

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