The Creed is the Orthodox confession of faith adopted by the first two Ecumenical Councils, in Nicea in 325, and in Constantinople in 381. The Creed is a brief, yet complete summary of Christian Orthodox doctrines.
- 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 Son of God, the Only-begotten, begotten of the Father before all ages; Light of Light, true God of true God; begotten, not made; of one essence with the Father; by Whom all things were made;
- Who for us men, and for our salvation, came down from the Heaven, and was incarnate of the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary, and became man;
- And was crucified for us under Pontius Pilate, suffered and was buried;
- And rose again on the third day according to the Scriptures;
- And ascended into the Heavens, 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 in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the Giver of life; Who proceeds from the Father; Who with the Father and the Son together is worshipped and glorified; Who spoke by the Prophets;
- 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 world to come. Amen.
* The True Meaning of the Word “CATHOLIC” in the Creed: “In One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church.”
The word “catholic” means “universal” as referring to the Church of all times, peoples, and places, Where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian, bond nor free: but Christ is all and in all (Col. 3:11).
A celebrated definition of “catholic” in the early Church was given by St. Vincent of Lerins, the 5th century monastic Father of Gaul, who in his Communitorium says: “Every care should be taken to hold fast to what has been believed everywhere, always, and by all. That is truly and properly ‘catholic,’ as indicated by the force and etymology of the name itself, which comprises everything truly universal” (ch. 2, Fathers of the Church edition, pg. 270).
The name of “catholic” has been kept from early times in the “Roman Catholic” church, but the teaching of the early Church has been preserved in the Orthodox Church, which even to this day can be and still is called “catholic.”
The Roman Catholic (Western) church separated from the True Church in the year 1054 after changing the Creed and wrongly claiming supremacy of the Bishop of Rome (Pope) over the other bishops.
Drifting further from its origin, the Western church was then shattered into a myriad of sects by the Protestant Reformation. However, in Greece, Russia, the Balkans, Middle East, and elsewhere, the True Apostolic Church continued to flourish, preserving the Faith of Christ pure and unchanged.
Today this Church is known as the Eastern or Orthodox Church and it is a haven for those seeking Christ’s truth.