The Nicaean Creed

In the early centuries of the Church there were heated disputes about the true nature of Jesus which were resulting in schism. Arius denied the divinityof Christ stating that he was simply an exceptional good man (the Arian Heresy) and the Monophysites affirmed the opposite, i.e. that Christ was truly God, but in no way 'human'. In an attempt to resolve this problem the Council of Nicea was called in 325 AD and produced a simplified version of the creed. This was developed and refined into the form that we currently have at the Council of Chalcedon in 451 AD. The creed was incorporated into the Mass in the 11th century, reminding all believers that Jesus is both true God and true Man.

Latin English
  • Credo in unum Deum, Patrem omnipotentem, factorem caeli et terrae,visibilium omnium et invisibilium
  • Et in unum Dominum Iesum Christum, Filium Dei unigenitum, et ex Patre natum ante omnia saecula. Deum de Deo, Lumen de Lumine, Deum verum de Deo vero, genitum non factum, consubstantialem Patri; per quem omnia facta sunt.
  • Qui propter nos homines et propter nostram salutem descendit de caelis. Et incarnatus est de Spiritu Sancto ex Maria Virgine, et homo factus est.
  • Crucifixus etiam pro nobis sub Pontio Pilato, passus et sepultus est, et resurrexit tertia die, secundum Scripturas, et ascendit in caelum, sedet ad dexteram Patris.
  • Et iterum venturus est cum gloria, iudicare vivos et mortuos, cuius regni non erit finis.
  • Et in Spiritum Sanctum, Dominum et vivificantem, qui ex Patre Filioque procedit.
  • Qui cum Patre et Filio simul adoratur et conglorificatur: qui locutus est per prophetas.
  • Et unam, sanctam, catholicam et apostolicam Ecclesiam.
  • Confiteor unum baptisma in remissionem peccatorum. Et expecto resurrectionem mortuorum, et vitam venturi saeculi.
  • Amen.
  • 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, born of the Father before all ages. God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made, one in being with the Father; through Whom all things were made.
  • Who for us men and for our salvation came down from heaven. He was made flesh by the Holy Spirit from the Virgin Mary, and was made man.
  • He was crucified for us under Pontius Pilate; suffered, and was buried. On the third day He rose again according to the Scriptures; He ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of the Father.
  • He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and of His kingdom there shall be no end.
  • And in the Holy Spirit, the Lord and giver of Life, Who proceeds from the Father and the Son.
  • Who, with the Father and the Son, is adored and glorified: Who has spoken through the Prophets.
  • And I believe in one holy, catholic and apostolic Church.
  • I confess one baptism for the remission of sins. And I look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the age to come.
  • Amen.