The Apostles’ Creed

The Apostles’ Creed
(as usually recited today)

This is the basic creed of Reformed churches.  As most familiarly known, is called the Apostles’ Creed.  It received this title because of its great age; it dates from very early times in the Church, about one half century or thereby, from the last writings of the New Testament.

 

I believe in God, the Father Almighty,

the Maker of heaven and earth,
and in Jesus Christ, His only 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 arose again from the dead;
He ascended into heaven,

and sits on 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;

the holy catholic church;
the communion of saints;
the forgiveness of sins;
the resurrection of the body;
and the life everlasting.

Amen and Amen and Amen!

 


 

Notes for interpretation:
Holy Ghost‘ means ‘Holy Spirit‘.
catholic‘ as in “the holy catholic church” means the “universal church“.

 

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