The Father, the great I Am
Maker of heaven and earth
and of all that is seen and unseen.
We believe in the one Lord, Jesus the promised Christ of God,
the only begotten Son of God
who was with the Father from the beginning,
of one being with the Father:
through Him all things were made:
who for our salvation
came down from heaven
and was incarnate by the Holy Spirit of the virgin Mary
and became truly and fully human.
For our sake He was crucified under Pontius Pilate,
Suffered death on the cross 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 and giver of life,
who proceeds from the Father;
who with the Father and the Son is worshipped and glorified;
who has spoken through the prophets;
who comes at the invitation of believers today to fill them
as He did on the day of Pentecost,
to convict, to guide, to teach and to empower.
We believe in the one, world-wide, Holy Church
which is the Body of Christ, of which He alone is the Head.
We believe in the canon of inspired scriptures known as ‘the Bible’,
through which God still speaks directly to the heart of man.
We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sin,
and we look for the resurrection of the dead,
and the life of the world to come.
The title, Symbolum Apostolicum (Symbol or Creed of the Apostles), appears for the first time in a letter, probably written by Ambrose, from a Council in Milan to Pope Siricius in about 390: “Let them give credit to the Creed of the Apostles, which the Roman Church has always kept and preserved undefiled”. But what existed at that time was not what is now known as the Apostles’ Creed but a shorter statement of belief that, for instance, did not include the phrase “maker of heaven and earth”, a phrase that may have been inserted only in the 7th century.