Prayers for all Occasions, Needs, and Intentions
Apostle's, Nicene and Athanasian
The Apostles' Creed is the epitome of Christian doctrine. In twelve articles, it contains the truths taught by the apostles. It has existed essentially since the second century and was first referred to in the fourth century. The earliest text dates from the eight century. Developed by early Church councils, it was adopted in its present form in the eleventh century. Since the early centuries of the Western Church, catechumens were required to learn and recite it before Baptism.
I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord.
He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary.
He 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, and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again 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.
The Nicene Creed was a response to the Arian heresy, which denied the divinity of Christ. It takes its name from Nicaea, city of an ecumenical council in A.D. 325. Subsequent to the meeting in Nicaea, the original creed underwent some changes, at meetings in Constantinople in 381 and Chalcedon in 450. The Nicene Creed is the only Christian creed accepted in common as authoritative by the Catholic, Orthodox, Anglican, and major Protestant Churches.
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, one in Being with the Father.
Through him all things were made.
For us men and for our salvation He came down from heaven:
by the power of the Holy Spirit he was born of the Virgin Mary, and became man.
For our sake He was crucified under Pontius Pilate; He suffered, died, and was buried.
On the third day He rose again in fulfillment of 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 worshiped and glorified.
He has spoken through the Prophets.
We believe in one holy 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.
This creed receives its title from the fact that it embodies Athanasius's theology of the Trinity. Composed by Hilary, bishop of Arles (fifth century), it is common doctrinal ground (along with the Apostles' and Nicene Creeds) for Catholics and Anglicans. It is also characterized by its extraordinary length and its anathemas against any who would deny the doctrines it professes. Its Latin title is its opening word, Quicumque ("He who with this..."): "If anyone wishes to be saved, before everything else he must hold the Catholic faith."
A Profession of Catholic Christianity
I, N., enlightened by divine grace, profess the Christian faith as it is taught and practiced in the Catholic Church.
I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth; and in Jesus Christ, His 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 into hell; the third day he rose again from the dead; He ascended into heaven, sits at the right hand of God, the Father almighty; from thence He shall 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 life everlasting.
I believe that this Church is the Church in which the fullness of God's revelation through His Son, Jesus Christ, abides.
I believe that her college of bishops, with the pope, the bishop of Rome, presiding at its center, continues to exercise in the world the authority for teaching and moral guidance given by Jesus Christ to His apostles for the salvation of all.
I further believe in seven sacraments, signs of worship through which the grace of the death, resurrections, and ascension of Jesus Christ is communicated.
They are Baptism, Confirmation, Eucharist, Penance, Anointing of the Sick, Holy Orders, and Matrimony.
I promise through prayer, participation in Church life and worship, and continued efforts to understand the tenets of my faith, to form my conscience in such a way as to live according to the doctrines and practices which the Catholic Church prescribes for the individual and common good of the faithful. Amen.