Apostles’ Creed

Over the past couple of weeks we’ve been looking at the other prayers of the Rosary (Hail Holy Queen, Fatima, Three Hail Marys) here is the other prayer besides the Our Fathers and Hail Marys The Apostles’ Creed.  This Creed can be said a Mass during Lent and Easter. It is arguably the oldest of Creeds as it has it origins in the old Roman Symbol which is a shorter version of the prayer it dates from the second century. The Apostles’ Creed may have existed in various forms from the later half of the fifth century but the one we know is from the seventh century, historians believe that the Creed was developed in France or Spain and it was Charlemagne who got Rome to recognize it.

The creed itself is rather simple and is used by many other Christian Churches as well. The Prayer is a summary of beliefs.

I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth. I believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried; he descended to the dead. On the third day he rose again; he ascended into heaven, he is seated at the right hand of the Father, and he will come to judge the living and the dead. 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. Amen.

The Catechism informs us it is a statement of twelve beliefs and thus so organized and discussed in segment as follows. If you have some time take a look at the Catechism to see how they explain each section.
I believe in God the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord.
He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary.
Under Pontius Pilate, He was crucified, died, and was buried.
He descended to the dead. On the third day he rose again.
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.
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.

 

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