The Apostles Creed

20 10 2013

As a Roman Catholic I was taught the Apostle’s Creed. It was memorized by repetition, publicly spoken  at every mass I attended. The creed itself is very old, originating in the 4th century. It  closely resembles the Nicene Creed, product of the Nicene Council of 325AD ( the council was a watershed of the Christian faith ). It very well could of originated from the apostles themselves, but that is speculation. For centuries and millennium it has been committed to memory and repeated during times of worship. It contains basic doctrine that every Christian must profess in order to claim that they are a Christian.

This past week I attended  a Presbyterian Church in Savannah , one of the oldest active churches in America, dating back to 1758. During the morning worship service the ancient words of this creed were once again repeated in unison by the 600 people present. It was refreshing, appropriate, and right. I am not sure any baptist church has such a tradition in their morning worship service; perhaps because it is repeated in Catholic churches and thus considered as ritual and possibly as insignificant. Are we missing something?

The Apostles Creed

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 grave);

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 (universal) Church;

The communion of saints; the forgiveness of sins;

The resurrection of the body; and the life everlasting. Amen

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13 08 2017
Betty Simcox

I believe all who Christians should commit this to memory.

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