The Orthodox Creed (The Symbol of Faith)

Written at the First Ecumenical Council in 325 AD and amended at the Second Ecumenical Council in 381 AD, The Creed was agreed to remain unchanged and so it has remained in the Orthodox Tradition.

The word “creed comes” from the Latin credo, which means “I believe”. In the Orthodox Church, the Creed is usually called the Symbol of Faith, which means the “expression” or “confession” of the faith.

The Creed is as follows:

  • I believe in one (1) God, the Father Almighty, Creator of Heaven and Earth and of all things visible and invisible.
  • And in one (1) Lord, Jesus Christ, the only-be-gotten Son of God, begotten of the Father before all Ages. Light of Light, True God of True God, begotten, not created, of one essence with the Father, through Whom all things were made.
  • Who for us men and for our salvation, He came down from heaven and was incarnate of the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary, and became Man.
  • He was crucified for us under Pontius Pilate, and He suffered and was buried.
  • And He rose on the third day according to the Scriptures.
  • He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father;
  • And He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead; His kingdom shall have no end.
  • And in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the Creator of Life, Who proceeds from the Father, Who together with the Father and the Son, is worshiped and glorified; Who spoke through the Prophets.
  • I believe in One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church.
  • I confess One Baptism for the remission of sins.
  • I look for the resurrection of the dead.
  • And the life of the Age to come.

In the Orthodox tradition, The Creed’s recitation is ended with “Amen”, which should be said in a loud cry.


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