The Profession of Faith
The Apostles’ Creed
is so called because it is rightly consid-
ered to be a faithful summary of the apostles’ faith. It is the ancient
baptismal symbol of the Church of Rome. Its great authority arises
from this fact: it is “the Creed of the Roman Church, the See of Peter,
the first of the apostles, to which he brought the common faith.”
great authority from the fact that it stems from the first two ecu-
menical Councils (in 325 and 381). It remains common to all the
great Churches of both East and West to this day.
Our presentation of the faith will follow the Apostles’
Creed, which constitutes, as it were, “the oldest Roman catechism.”
The presentation will be completed however by constant refer
ences to the Nicene Creed which is often more explicit and more
As on the day of our Baptism, when our whole life was
entrusted to the “standard of teaching,”
let us embrace the Creed
of our life-giving faith. To say the Credo with faith is to enter into
communion with God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, and also with
the whole Church which transmits the faith to us and in whose
midst we believe:
This Creed is the spiritual seal, our hearts’ meditation and
an ever-present guardian; it is, unquestionably, the treasure
of our soul.
13 St. Ambrose,
7: PL 17, 1196.
15 St. Ambrose,
1: PL 17, 1193.