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published: 3/17/04
updated: 8/14/14

The Apostles' Creed



What is the Apostles' Creed?

In Christianity, the Apostles' Creed (in Latin, Symbolum Credo Apostolicum), is an early statement of Christian beliefs. It may date from as early as the first or second century or as late as the fourth century AD. The theological specifics of the creed appear to be a refutation of Gnosticism, an early heresy.

The Apostles' Creed is widely used by a number of Christian denominations for both liturgical and catechetical purposes, especially in Western rite churches like Catholicism, Lutheranism and the Church of England. The Apostles' Creed holds a special place in Roman Catholic tradition as the "ancient Baptismal symbol of the Church of Rome."


Text of the Apostles' Creed

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

And in Jesus Christ, his only begotten Son, our Lord;

Who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary;

Suffered under Pontius Pilate; was crucified, dead and buried: He descended into hell;

The third day he rose again from the dead;

He ascended into heaven, and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty;

From thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead;

I believe in the Holy Ghost;

I believe in the holy catholic church: the communion of saints;

The forgiveness of sins;

The resurrection of the body;

And the life everlasting. Amen.

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