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Part One

“A

men

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The Creed, like the last book of the Bible,

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ends with the

Hebrewword amen. This word frequently concludes prayers in the

New Testament. The Church likewise ends her prayers with

“Amen.”

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In Hebrew, amen comes from the same root as the word

“believe.” This root expresses solidity, trustworthiness, faithful-

ness. And so we can understand why “Amen” may express both

God’s faithfulness towards us and our trust in him.

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In the book of the prophet Isaiah, we find the expression

“God of truth” (literally “God of the Amen”), that is, the God who

is faithful to his promises: “He who blesses himself in the land shall

bless himself by the God of truth [amen].”

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Our Lord often used

the word “Amen,” sometimes repeated,

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to emphasize the trust-

worthiness of his teaching, his authority founded on God’s truth.

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Thus the Creed’s final “Amen” repeats and confirms its

first words: “I believe.” To believe is to say “Amen” to God’s

words, promises and commandments; to entrust oneself com-

pletely to him who is the “Amen” of infinite love and perfect

faithfulness. The Christian’s everyday life will then be the “Amen”

to the “I believe” of our baptismal profession of faith:

May your Creed be for you as a mirror. Look at yourself in

it, to see if you believe everything you say you believe. And

rejoice in your faith each day.

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Jesus Christ himself is the “Amen.”

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He is the definitive

“Amen” of the Father’s love for us. He takes up and completes our

“Amen” to the Father: “For all the promises of God find their Yes

in him. That is why we utter the Amen through him, to the glory

of God”:

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Through him, and with him, and in him,

O God, almighty Father,

in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

all glory and honor is yours,

for ever and ever.

AMEN.

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646 Cf.

Rev

22:21.

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Isa

65:16.

648 Cf.

Mt

6:2, 5, 16;

Jn

5:19.

649 St. Augustine,

Sermo

58, 11, 13: PL 38, 399.

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Rev

3:14.

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2 Cor

1:20.

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Roman Missal

, EP I, 98.

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197, 2101