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46 • Part I. The Creed: The Faith Professed

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.”

—CCC, no. 194

The Niceno-Constantinopolitan or Nicene Creed draws its

great authority from the fact that it stems from the first two

ecumenical Councils (in 325 and 381). It remains common to all

the great Churches of both East and West to this day.

—CCC, no. 195

The Apostles’ Creed

I believe in God, the Father Almighty, creator of heaven

and earth.

I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord. He was

conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin

Mary. He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died,

and was buried. He descended into hell. On the third day he

rose again. He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right

hand of the Father. He will come again to judge the living and

the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church, the

communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of

the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.

Nicene Creed

We believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty, maker of

heaven and earth, of all that is, seen and unseen.

We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only Son of God,

eternally begotten of the Father, God from God, Light from Light,

true God from true God, begotten, not made, one in Being with

the Father. Through him all things were made. For us men and

for our salvation he came down from heaven: by the power of

the Holy Spirit he was born of the Virgin Mary, and became man.