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Posted on 08/09/2008 1:51:34 PM PDT by Salvation
This is the Apostles Creed, as used in the Roman Catholic Church's liturgy.
This creed is considered to be a faithful summary of the Apostles' teaching. It is the ancient baptismal symbol of the Church at Rome. (See Catechism, 194.)
The Apostles Creed is one of the creeds that can be found in the Handbook of Prayers edited by James Socias.
Note to all:
The capitalization of the word “Catholic” is from the website. It is not my doing. (Just doing a copy and paste.)
This is the Catholic Nicene Creed, as used in the Roman Catholic Church's liturgy.
This creed is usually called just the "Nicene Creed." It is also called the Niceno-Constantinopolitan Creed, after its origin in the first two Church ecumenical Councils in 325 and 381.
The Catholic Nicene Creed is one of the creeds that can be found in the Handbook of Prayers edited by James Socias.
The Catechism has a side-by-side comparison of the Catholic Nicene Creed with the Apostles Creed (the link is to that Catechism page on the Vatican's website).
This is the Athanasian Creed, as used in the Roman Catholic Church. It's used in the liturgy only rarely (sometimes on Trinity Sunday), but like all of the Church's creeds, it is still valid and respected.
Although no longer officially attributed to St. Athanasius (died in 373 A.D.), it still bears his name. This beautiful creed contains a detailed meditation on the nature of the Trinity.
The Athanasian Creed is also called the Quicumque vult, after its first words in Latin.
This creed can also be found in the Handbook of Prayers, edited by James Socias.
|The Apostles Creed||The Nicene Creed|
|I believe in God,
the Father almighty,
creator of heaven and earth.
|We believe in one God,
the Father, the Almighty,
maker of heaven and earth,
and of all that is, seen and unseen.
|I believe in Jesus Christ,
his only Son, our Lord.
|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,
one in Being with the Father.
Through him all things were made.
For us men and for our salvation,
he came down from heaven:
|He was conceived by the
power of the Holy Spirit
and born of the Virgin Mary.
|by the power of the Holy Spirit
he was born of the Virgin Mary,
and became man.
|He suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried.
He descended into hell.
|For our sake he was crucified
under Pontius Pilate;
he suffered died and was buried.
|On the third day he rose again.||On the third day he rose again
in fulfillment of the Scriptures;
|He ascended into heaven
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again to judge
the living and the dead
|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.
|I 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.
|We believe in the Holy Spirit,
the Lord, the giver of life,
who proceeds from the
Father and the Son.
With the Father and the Son
he is worshipped and glorified.
He 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.
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Always good to remind and or educate people in the Creeds.
The Apostles, Nicene, Athanasian Creeds are also said in the LCMS Lutheran Church.
I believe that God has made me and all creatures; that He has given me my body and soul, eyes, ears, and all my limbs, my reason, and all my senses, and still preserves them; in addition thereto, clothing and shoes, meat and drink, house and homestead, wife and children, fields, cattle, and all my goods; that He provides me richly and daily with all that I need to support this body and life, protects me from all danger, and guards me and preserves me from all evil; and all this out of pure, fatherly, divine goodness and mercy, without any merit or worthiness in me; for all which I owe it to Him to thank, praise, serve, and obey Him. This is most certainly true.
I believe that Jesus Christ, true God, begotten of the Father from eternity, and also true man, born of the Virgin Mary, is my Lord, who has redeemed me, a lost and condemned creature, purchased and won [delivered] me from all sins, from death, and from the power of the devil, not with gold or silver, but with His holy, precious blood and with His innocent suffering and death, in order that I may be [wholly] His own, and live under Him in His kingdom, and serve Him in everlasting righteousness, innocence, and blessedness, even as He is risen from the dead, lives and reigns to all eternity. This is most certainly true.
I believe that I cannot by my own reason or strength believe in Jesus Christ, my Lord, or come to Him; but the Holy Ghost has called me by the Gospel, enlightened me with His gifts, sanctified and kept me in the true faith; even as He calls, gathers, enlightens, and sanctifies the whole Christian Church on earth, and keeps it with Jesus Christ in the one true faith; in which Christian Church He forgives daily and richly all sins to me and all believers, and at the last day will raise up me and all the dead, and will give to me and to all believers in Christ everlasting life. This is most certainly true.
It doesn't make any difference. At the time the Creeds were first written, all letters were majiscule.
For comparison purposes, here’s the version I learned as a youth in a Presbyterian church. I still stumble when I run across a modernized version:
I believe in God the Father Almighty, 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 rose again from the dead; he ascended into heaven, and sitteth 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.
Comparing our modern version to your version of the Apostle’s Creed, the key differences seem to be ‘conceived by the Holy Spirit’ rather than ‘by the power of...’; our ‘rose again from the dead’ rather than ‘rose again’; our ‘From there he will come to judge...’ rather than ‘He will come again...’; and, of course, the lower case ‘c’.
And, for further comparison purposes, the modern Reformed version of the Nicene Creed:
We believe in one God, the Father Almighty;
Maker of Heaven and Earth; 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 Spirit 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 at 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 Spirit, the Lord and giver of live,
who proceeds from the Father and the Son;
who with the Father and the Son together is worshiped and glorified;
who spoke by the prophets;
and we believe in one holy 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.
I knew about the Apostles’ Creed and the Nicene Creed but wasn’t aware that the Athanasian creed was also accepted in the Lutheran Church. Thanks for educating me.
That is exactly what I say when I say the Apostles’ Creed, excepting ‘sitteth’. I say ‘and is seated’.
I think all Catholics will be so happy when this goes back to the original Latin meaning:
“I believe” Credo
(We really can’t speak for others, only ourselves.)
bump for later
Lutheran congregations are encouraged to use the Athanasian Creed in the liturgy on the festival of the Holy Trinity.
For Catholics it stays the same. Apostles’ Creed when saying the Rosary and the Nicene Creed during Mass.
Lutheran rubrics on the Creed are changing. In the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America the use of a Creed is optional at any liturgy (”a creed may be said”).
From 1978 until 2007 the rubrics called for the Nicene Creed to be used on the Sundays from Advent 1 through the Baptism of Our Lord and from Transfiguration (fianl Sunday before Ash Wednesday) through The Holy Trinity, also for any major festival falling on Sundays, as Sts. Peter and Paul, Apostles, did this year. The Apostles’ Creed was to be said on weekdays and, for want of better term, “green Sundays”. The rationale was that the Nicene Creed’s emphasis on Christology made it preferable for the Festal cycles.
With the publication of Evangelical Lutheran Worship (ELW) in 2007 the Sunday rubric was changed to encourage use of the Apostles’ Creed on Sundays in Lent with the rationale that since this Creed has its historic beginnings as a recitiation of the faith by Baptismal candidates its use is appropriate during the season of preparation for Baptism at the Easter Vigil. Pre-reformation there was the practice of “bestowing” this Creed to the catechumens on one of the Lenten Sundays.
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