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The Nicene Creed

St. Athanasius the Apostolic,
Council of Nicea

Definition: A creed is a statement of belief.

The using of creeds is from a Biblical foundation. The Apostles used creeds in their earlier forms, and many are recorded in the New Testament (Ephesians 5:14; I Timothy 3:16; II Timothy 2:11-13).

The Creed used throughout the Church was adopted at the Council of Nicea in AD 325 and expanded at the Council of Constantinople in AD 381. The Nicene Creed is used at Baptisms, the Divine Liturgy, and in personal daily prayers. (Morris, 1993, Orthodox Study Bible, p. 796).


We believe in one God, the Father Almighty,
Who created Heaven and earth, and all things seen and unseen;
We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ,
The Only-Begotten Son of God,
begotten of the Father before all ages,
Light of Light, True God of True God,
begotten, not created;
Of one essence with the Father;
By Whom all things were made:
Who for us men and for our salvation came down from Heaven
And was incarnate of the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary,
And was made man;

And He was crucified for us under Pontius Pilate,
He suffered and was buried;
The third day He rose from the dead, according to the Scriptures;
And ascended into Heaven, and sits at the right hand of the Father;

And He shall come again in His glory to judge the living and the dead;
Whose Kingdom shall have no end.

Yes, we believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord and Giver of Life,
Who proceeds from the Father, Who with the Father and the Son
Together is worshiped and glorified, Who spoke in the prophets.
And in One Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church.
We acknowledge one Baptism for the remission of sins.
We look for the Resurrection of the dead
And the life of the coming age. Amen.

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