Creed

Creed: from the Latin, literally means I believe.

A creed is used for a concise statement of what is believed. In the Orthodox Anglican Church, three creeds are accepted; The Nicene Creed, the Apostle’s Creed, and the Athanasian Creed. Creeds act as a yardstick of correct belief, or orthodoxy.

The Nicene Creed is so called because it was adopted as the Creed of the Church at the first ecumenical council in AD 325 in the city of Nicaea. It is the most widely used of the Creeds in the Christian liturgy. The Nicene Creed was adopted in face of heresy in the Church, notably Arianism.

The Apostle’s creed is a shortened version of the Nicene Creed. The dating of the Apostle’s Creed is vague at best. The Athanasian Creed, much lesser known than the Nicene or Apostle’s Creeds, is the third acceptable Creed in the Orthodox Anglican Church. As with the Apostle’s Creed, the dating of the origin of the Athanasian Creed is vague. Named for Athanasius of Alexandria, the Athanasian Creed is an instructional Creed regarding the Christian belief in the Trinitarian God (that is, God in three Persons – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.) At St. Augustine’s Anglican Church the Athanasian Creed is recited, appropriately, on Trinity Sunday.

Nicene Creed

I 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 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 men and for our salvation came down from Heaven, And was incarnate by the Holy Ghost 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 sittith on the right hand of the Father: And he shall come again, with glory, to judge both the quick and the dead; Whose kingdom shall have no end.
And I believe in the Holy Ghost, The Lord, and Giver of Life, Who proceedeth from the Father and the Son; Who with the Father and the Son together is worshiped and glorified; Who spake by the Prophets:
And I believe in one Catholic and Apostolic Church: I acknowledge one Baptism for the remission of sins: And I look for the Resurrection of the dead: and the Life of the world to come. Amen.