Traditional Mass

Monday, October 23, 2006



The relation of the Nicene Creed to the Apostles' Creed may be seen from the following table:

The Apostles' Creed; Received Text. The Nicene Creed, as Enlarged A.D. 381.
(The clauses in brackets are the later additions.) (The words in brackets are Western changes.)
1. I believe in God the Father Almighty,

1. We [I] believe [The Greek reads the plural (πιστεύομεν), but the Latin and English versions have substituted for it the singular ( credo , I believe), in accordance with the Apostles' Creed and the more subjective character of the Western churches.] in one God the Father Almighty,

[Maker of heaven and earth].

Maker of heaven and earth,

And of all things visible and invisible.

2. And in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord; 2. And in one Lord Jesus Christ,

the only-begotten Son of God,

Begotten of the 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;

3. Who was [conceived] by the Holy Ghost, 3. Who, for us men, and for our salvation,

Born of the Virgin Mary;

came down from heaven,

And was incarnate by the Holy Ghost of

the Virgin Mary,

And was made man

4. [Suffered] under Pontius Pilate, was crucified [dead], and buried;

4. He was crucified for us under Pontius Pilate;

And suffered and was buried;

[He descended into Hades];

* * * * *

5. The third day he rose again from the dead;

5. And the third day he rose again,

According to the Scriptures;

6. He ascended into heaven, 6. And ascended into heaven,

And sitteth on the right hand of [God] the Father [Almighty];

And sitteth on the right hand of the Father;

7. From thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead.

7. And he shall come again, with glory, to judge the quick and the dead;

Whose kingdom shall have no end.

8. And [I believe] in the Holy Ghost; 8. 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.

9. The holy [catholic] Church;

9. And [I believe] in [The Greek reads εἰς μίαν . . . ἐκκλησίαν, but the Latin and English versions, in conformity with the Apostles' Creed, mostly omit in before ecclesiam.] one holy catholic and apostolic Church;

[The communion of saints];

* * * * *
10. The forgiveness of sins;

10. We [I] acknowledge [Here and in art. 11 the singular is substituted in Western translations for ὁμολογοῦμεν and προςδοκῶμεν .] one baptism for the remission of sins;

11. The resurrection of the flesh [body];

11. And we [I] look for the resurrection of the dead;

12. [And the life everlasting]. 12. And the life of the world to come.

Creeds of Christendom Volume I by Schaff, Philip
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