The Creeds

The Apostles Creed

  • I believe in God the Father, Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth:
  • And in Jesus Christ, his only begotten Son, our Lord:
  • Who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary:
  • Suffered under Pontius Pilate; was crucified, dead and buried: He descended into hell:
  • The third day he rose again from the dead:
  • He ascended into heaven, and sitteth at the right hand of God the Father Almighty:
  • From thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead:
  • I believe in the Holy Ghost:
  • I believe in the holy catholic church: the communion of saints:
  • The forgiveness of sins:
  • The resurrection of the body:
  • And the life everlasting. Amen.

The Nicene Creed

  • I believe in one God the Father Almighty,
  • Maker of heaven and earth,
  • And of all things visible and invisible:
  • And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of God,
  • Begotten of his Father before all worlds,
  • God of God, Light of Light,
  • Very God of very God,
  • Begotten, not made,
  • Being of one substance with the Father,
  • By whom all things were made;
  • Who for us men, and for our salvation came down from heaven,
  • And was incarnate by the Holy Ghost of the Virgin Mary,
  • And was made man,
  • And was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate.
  • He suffered and was buried,
  • And the third day he rose again according to the Scriptures,
  • And ascended into heaven,
  • And sitteth on the right hand of the Father.
  • And he shall come again with glory to judge both the quick and the dead:
  • Whose kingdom shall have no end.
  • And I believe in the Holy Ghost,
  • The Lord and giver of life,
  • Who proceedeth from the Father and the Son,
  • Who with the Father and the Son together is worshipped and glorified,
  • Who spake by the Prophets.
  • And I believe one Catholick and Apostolick Church.
  • I acknowledge one Baptism for the remission of sins.
  • And I look for the Resurrection of the dead,
  • And the life of the world to come.
  • Amen.

The Athanasian Creed

  • Whosoever will be saved, before all things it is necessary that he hold the Catholic Faith.
  • Which Faith except everyone do keep whole and undefiled,
    without doubt he shall perish everlastingly.

  • And the Catholic Faith is this:
  • That we worship one God in Trinity, and Trinity in Unity,
  • Neither confounding the Persons, nor dividing the Substance.
  • For there is one Person of the Father, another of the Son, and another of the Holy Ghost.
  • But the Godhead of the Father, of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, is all one, the Glory equal, the Majesty co-eternal.
  • Such as the Father is, such is the Son, and such is the Holy Ghost.
  • The Father uncreate, the Son uncreate, and the Holy Ghost uncreate.
  • The Father incomprehensible, the Son incomprehensible, and the Holy Ghost incomprehensible.
  • The Father eternal, the Son eternal, and the Holy Ghost eternal.
  • And yet they are not three eternals, but one eternal.
  • As also there are not three incomprehensibles, nor three uncreated,
    but one uncreated, and one incomprehensible.
  • So likewise the Father is Almighty, the Son Almighty, and the Holy Ghost Almighty.
  • And yet they are not three Almighties, but one Almighty.
  • So the Father is God, the Son is God, and the Holy Ghost is God.
  • And yet they are not three Gods, but one God.
  • So likewise the Father is Lord, the Son Lord, and the Holy Ghost Lord.
  • And yet not three Lords, but one Lord.
  • For like as we are compelled by the Christian verity to acknowledge
    every Person by himself to be both God and Lord,
  • So are we forbidden by the Catholic Religion to say, there be three Gods, or three Lords.
  • The Father is made of none, neither created, nor begotten.
  • The Son is of the Father alone, not made, nor created, but begotten.
  • The Holy Ghost is of the Father and of the Son, neither made, nor created, nor begotten, but proceeding.
  • So there is one Father, not three Fathers; one Son, not three Sons; one Holy Ghost, not three Holy Ghosts.
  • And in this Trinity none is afore, or after other; none is greater, or less than another;
  • But the whole three Persons are co-eternal together and co-equal.
  • So that in all things, as is aforesaid, the Unity in Trinity and the Trinity in Unity is to be worshipped.
  • He therefore that will be saved is must think thus of the Trinity.
  • Furthermore, it is necessary to everlasting salvation that he also believe rightly the Incarnation of our Lord Jesus Christ.
  • For the right Faith is, that we believe and confess, that our Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God, is God and Man;
  • God, of the substance of the Father, begotten before the worlds; and Man of the substance of his Mother, born in the world;
  • Perfect God and perfect Man, of a reasonable soul and human flesh subsisting.
  • Equal to the Father, as touching his Godhead; and inferior to the
    Father, as touching his manhood;
  • Who, although he be God and Man, yet he is not two, but one Christ;
  • One, not by conversion of the Godhead into flesh but by taking of the Manhood into God;
  • One altogether; not by confusion of Substance, but by unity of Person.
  • For as the reasonable soul and flesh is one man, so God and Man is one Christ;
  • Who suffered for our salvation, descended into hell, rose again the third day from the dead.
  • He ascended into heaven, he sitteth at the right hand of the Father, God Almighty,
  • From whence he will come to judge the quick and the dead.
  • At whose coming all men will rise again with their bodies and shall give account for their own works.
  • And they that have done good shall go into life everlasting; and they that have done evil into everlasting fire.
  • This is the Catholic Faith, which except a man believe faithfully,
    he cannot be saved.