At Sacrament, we affirm the historic creeds of the Church, particularly the Apostles and Nicene Creeds. By affirming these creeds, we are saying that we are part of this great Christian Story. We recognize that, by affirming the creeds alone as our doctrinal statement, we are less easily recognized as a particular “brand” of church. We recognize value in many expressions of the orthodox Christian faith. The word “Catholic” in the creed is simply a designation for the historic Christian church. It is not specific to the Roman Catholic Church.

 

The Apostles Creed (5th Century)

We believe in God, the Father almighty,
creator of heaven and earth.
We believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord,
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the Virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried;
he descended to the dead.
On the third day he rose again;
he ascended into heaven,
he is seated at the right hand of the Father,
and he will come to judge the living and the dead.
We 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 (325 A.D.)

We 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 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 is seated on the right hand of the Father.
And he shall come again with glory to judge both the living and the dead:
Whose kingdom shall have no end.
And we believe in the Holy Ghost,
The Lord and giver of life,
Who proceeds from the Father and the Son,
Who with the Father and the Son together is worshipped and glorified,
Who was spoken by the Prophets.
And we believe one Catholic and Apostolic Church.
We acknowledge one Baptism for the remission of sins.
And we look for the Resurrection of the dead,
And the life of the world to come.
Amen.