Thursday, 26 March 2009

The Apostles' Creed

(1)I believe in God,the Father Almighty, Creator of Heaven and earth;
(2)And in Jesus Christ, His only Son Our Lord,
(3)Who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary,
(4)Suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried.
(5)He descended into Hell; the third day He rose again from the dead;
(6)He ascended into Heaven, and sitteth at the right hand of God, the Father almighty;
(7)From thence He shall come to judge the living and the dead.
(8)I believe in the Holy Spirit,
(9)The holy Catholic Church, the communion of saints,
(10)The forgiveness of sins,
(11)The resurrection of the body
(12)And life everlasting.

Varying versions of the Apostles' Creed are found quoted in many early Christian authors: Tertullian, Irenaeus, Ambrose and Augustine are just a few. The traditional belief about its authorship was that each of the apostles had contributed one of the twelve articles into which it is divided. However modern scholarship traces its descent from the Old Roman Symbol, both a statement of belief and a way for early Christians to identify each other, with influences from the Nicene Creed. It may have been intended as a refutation of the Gnostic heresy.

This Creed is still an important symbol of Christian identity -for example,in an interrogative version, it is a part of the rite of Baptism, it is a part of the daily Office and the first prayer of the Rosary.

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