“And this is eternal life, that they may know You the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.” (Jn 17:3)
For nearly 1,600 years the Nicene-Constantinopolitan Creed has been proclaimed in unity by all Catholic Christians throughout the world in the Liturgy of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass on Sundays and feast days. It is the unchangeable core belief of the Catholic faith and Church.
The Nicene Creed
I believe in one God,
the Father Almighty,
Maker of heaven and earth,
of all things visible and invisible.
I believe 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,
consubstantial with the Father;
through Him all things were made.
For us men and for our salvation
He came down from heaven,
and by the Holy Spirit
was incarnate of the Virgin Mary, and became Man.
For our sake He was crucified under Pontius Pilate,
He suffered death and was buried,
and rose again on the third day
in accordance with the Scriptures.
He ascended into heaven
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again in glory
to judge the living and the dead
and His kingdom will have no end.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the Lord, the Giver of life,
Who proceeds from the Father and the Son(1),
Who with the Father and the Son
is adored and glorified,
Who has spoken through the prophets.
I believe in One, Holy,
Catholic and Apostolic Church.
I confess one baptism
for the forgiveness of sins
and I look forward to the resurrection of the dead
and the life of the world to come. Amen.
(1) The clause, “and the Son” [latin: filioque] is omitted from the Creed among Eastern Catholic Churches and the canonical Eastern Orthodox.