The Orthodox Statement of Belief



THE NICENE CREED

 

 

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 Son of God, the Only-begotten, Begotten of the Father before all ages, Light of Light, True God of True God, Begotten, not made, of one essence with the Father, by Whom all things were made:

 

Who for us men and for our salvation came down from heaven, and was incarnate of the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary, and was made man;

 

And was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate, and suffered and was buried;

 

And the third day He rose again, according to the Scriptures;

 

And ascended into heaven, and sitteth at the right hand of the Father;

 

And He shall come again with glory to judge the living and the dead, Whose kingdom shall have no end.

 

And we believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, and Giver of Life, Who proceeds from the Father, Who with the Father and the Son together is worshipped 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.

 

We look for the Resurrection of the dead,

 

And the Life of the age to come. Amen.

 

*Note: as recited in Church, we use the first person singular, "I believe..." throughout the Creed, although, as a conciliar decree, it was originally set down in the plural, "We believe...." The Nicene Creed is repeated at baptisms and at the Divine Liturgy, and at many other services of the Orthodox Church. The creed is also used devotionally by Orthodox Christians who repeat it as a personal prayer, as well as a statement of their faith.



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