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The Profession of Faith

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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.”

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The Niceno-Constantinopolitan

or

Nicene Creed

draws its

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.

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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

detailed.

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As on the day of our Baptism, when our whole life was

entrusted to the “standard of teaching,”

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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.

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13 St. Ambrose,

Expl. symb.

7: PL 17, 1196.

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Rom

6:17.

15 St. Ambrose,

Expl. symb.

1: PL 17, 1193.

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