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The Nicene Creed

This creed gets its name from a time and place: the first ecumenical Church council held at Nicaea, which is now known as İznik in northwestern Turkey, in 325 AD.

The most common, and longer text of this creed comes from the Nicene-Constantinople Creed of 381 AD, which is usually just abbreviated to "the Nicene Creed", as it builds upon the foundations laid at Nicaea. This creed has some controversy surrounding it to do with what's known as "the filioque", which is the Latin phrase for "and the Son". This is in the context of where the Holy Spirit proceeds from – just the Father, or the Father and the Son? This debate caused a huge divide in the East/West Church which has remained ever since. You can read more about this and other aspects of the Nicene Council here: Creedal Christians, the Nicene Creed.

The text below is the longer form of the Nicene Creed.


We 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,
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 Spirit 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 sits at the right hand of the Father.

And He shall come again with glory
to judge both the living and the dead.
Whose kingdom shall have no end.
And we believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life
Who proceeds from the Father,
and the Son; (Latin: filioque)]
Who with the Father and the Son is worshipped and glorified,
Who has spoken through the prophets.

And we believe in one, holy, catholic (universal) and Apostolic Church.
We acknowledge one baptism
for the forgiveness of sins,
we look for the resurrection of the dead
And the life of the world to come. Amen.


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