The Creed, like the last book of the Bible,
ends with the
Hebrewword amen. This word frequently concludes prayers in the
New Testament. The Church likewise ends her prayers with
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.
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].”
Our Lord often used
the word “Amen,” sometimes repeated,
to emphasize the trust-
worthiness of his teaching, his authority founded on God’s truth.
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.
Jesus Christ himself is the “Amen.”
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
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.
6:2, 5, 16;
649 St. Augustine,
58, 11, 13: PL 38, 399.
, EP I, 98.