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

The Nicene Creed



The Nicene Creed, also called the "Symbol of the Faith," is a Christian statement of faith accepted by the Roman Catholic, Eastern Orthodox, Anglican, and Protestant churches. It gets its name from the First Council of Nicea (325 AD), at which it was adopted. The final version of the creed actually dates from the First Council of Constantinople (381), at which a revised version was accepted. There have been many further creeds, in reaction to further perceived heresy, but this one, as revised in 381, was the very last time both western and eastern branches of Christianity agreed upon a common creed.


I believe in one God, the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, and 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 things were made.

Who, for us men for our salvation, came down from heaven, and was incarnate by the Holy Spirit of the virgin Mary, and was made man; and was 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 heaven, and sits on the right hand of the Father; and He shall come again, with glory, 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 proceeds from the Father and the Son; who with the Father and the Son together is worshipped and glorified; who spoke by the prophets.

And I believe one holy 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 world to come. Amen.


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