I BELIEVE in God the Father Almighty,
Maker of heaven and earth:
And in Jesus Christ his only Son our
Lord, Who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, Born of the Virgin Mary,
Suffered under Pontius Pilate, Was crucified, dead, and buried: He
descended into hell; The third day he rose again from the dead; He
ascended into heaven, And sitteth on the right hand of God the Father
Almighty; From thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Ghost; The holy
Catholic Church; The Communion of Saints; The Forgiveness of sins; The
Resurrection of the body, And the Life everlasting. Amen.
The Nicene Creed
Said at services of
I BELIEVE in one God the Father
Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, And of all things visible and
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; through 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 sitteth 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, The 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 One, Holy, 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.
The Creed of Saint
(commonly so called)
day in the year, may be sung or said at Morning Prayer, instead of the
Apostles' Creed, this Confession of our Christian Faith, commonly called
the Creed of Saint Athanasius, by the Minister and people standing.
WHOSOEVER would be saved / needeth before all things
to hold fast the Catholic Faith.
2 Which Faith except a man keep whole and undefiled,
/ without doubt he will perish eternally.
3 Now the Catholic Faith is this, / that we worship
one God in Trinity, and the Trinity in Unity;
4 Neither confusing the Persons, / nor dividing the
5 For there is one Person of the Father, another of
the Son, / another of the Holy Ghost;
6 But the Godhead of the Father, and of the Son, and
of the Holy Ghost is all one, / the glory equal, the majesty co-eternal.
7 Such as the Father is, such is the Son, / and such
is the Holy Ghost;
8 The Father uncreated, the Son uncreated, the Holy
9 The Father infinite, the Son infinite, the Holy
10 The Father eternal, the Son eternal, the Holy
11 And yet there are not three eternals, but one
12 As also there are not three uncreated, nor three
infinites, / but one infinite, and one uncreated.
13 So likewise the Father is almighty, the Son
almighty, / the Holy Ghost almighty;
14 And yet there are not three almighties, but one
15 So the Father is God, the Son God, the Holy Ghost
16 And yet there are not three Gods, / but one God.
17 So the Father is Lord, the Son Lord, / the Holy
18 And yet there are not three Lords, / but one Lord.
19 For like as we are compelled by the Christian
verity / to confess each Person by himself to be both God and Lord;
20 So are we forbidden by the Catholic Religion / to
speak of three Gods or three Lords.
21 The Father is made of none, / nor created, nor
22 The Son is of the Father alone; / not made, nor
created, but begotten.
23 The Holy Ghost is of the Father and the Son; / not
made, nor created, nor begotten, but proceeding.
24 There is therefore one Father, not three Fathers;
one Son, not three Sons; / one Holy Ghost, not three Holy Ghosts.
25 And in this Trinity there is no before or after, /
no greater or less;
26 But all three Persons are co-eternal together, /
27 So that in all ways, as is aforesaid, / both the
Trinity is to be worshipped in Unity, and the Unity in Trinity.
28 He therefore that would be saved, / let him thus
think of the Trinity.
29 FURTHERMORE, it is necessary to eternal salvation,
/ that he also believe faithfully the Incarnation of our Lord Jesus
30 Now the right Faith is that we believe and confess
/ that our Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God, is both God and Man.
31 He is God, of the Substance of the Father,
begotten before the worlds; / and he is Man, of the Substance of his
Mother, born in the world;
32 Perfect God; / perfect Man, of reasoning soul and
human flesh subsisting;
33 Equal to the Father as touching his Godhead;/ less
than the Father as touching his Manhood.
34 Who although he be God and Man, / yet he is not
two, but is one Christ;
35 One, however, not by conversion of Godhead into
flesh, / but by taking of Manhood into God;
36 One altogether; / not by confusion of Substance,
but by unity of Person.
37 For as reasoning soul and flesh is one man, so God
and Man is one Christ;
38 Who suffered for our salvation, / descended into
hell, rose again from the dead;
39 Ascended into heaven, sat down at the right hand
of the Father, / from whence he shall come to judge the quick and the
40 At whose coming all men must rise again with their
bodies, / and shall give account for their own deeds.
41 And they that have done good will go into life
eternal; / they that have done evil into eternal fire.
42 THIS is the Catholic Faith, / which except a man
do faithfully and stedfastly believe, he cannot be saved.
GLORY be to the Father, and to the Son, / and to the
As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall
be, / world without end. Amen.
removal of doubts, and to prevent disquietude in the use of the Creed
commonly called the Creed of Saint Athanasius, it is solemnly declared:
1. That the
Confession of our Christian Faith, commonly called the Creed of Saint
Athanasius, does not make any addition to the Faith as contained in holy
Scripture, but warns against errors which from time to time have arisen
in the Church of Christ.
2. That as
holy Scripture in divers places promises life to them that believe, and
declares the condemnation of them that believe not, so the Church in
this Confession declares the necessity, for all who would be in a state
of salvation, of holding fast the Catholic Faith, and the great peril of
rejecting the same. Wherefore the warnings in this Confession of Faith
are to be understood no otherwise than the like warnings in holy
Scripture, for we must receive God's threatenings, even as his promises,
in such wise as they are generally set forth in holy Writ. Moreover, the
Church does not herein pronounce judgement on any particular person or
persons, God alone being the Judge of all.