The word Creed comes from the Latin word credo, which means I believe and trust. Many centuries ago, Christians began to write short statements of Faith, known as Creeds.
By saying a Creed together, we are able to proclaim our common Faith. We know that the Church has developed many different traditions and practices, and we welcome the richness that such diversity brings, but this is something that binds us all together.
The Nicene Creed was first adopted at the Council of Nicaea in AD 325, hence the name. It’s a summary of the doctrines of the Christian Faith, and is spoken by the whole Church across the World. The reason being, it is fundamental to the belief of all Christians.
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,
of one Being with the Father;
through him all things were made.
For us and for our salvation he came down from heaven,
was incarnate from the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary
and was made man.
For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate;
he suffered death and was buried.
On the third day he rose again
in accordance with the Scriptures;
he ascended into heaven
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead,
and his kingdom will have no end.
We believe in the Holy Spirit,
the Lord, the giver of life,
who proceeds from the Father and the Son,
who with the Father and the Son is worshipped and glorified,
who has spoken through the prophets.
We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church.
We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.
We look for the resurrection of the dead,
and the life of the world to come.