The symbols of faith are composite formulas, also called “professions of faith” or “Creeds”
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The !icene-Constantinopolitan Creed
I believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty,
maker of heaven and earth, of all that is, seen and unseen.
I believe one Lord, Jesus Christ,the only Son of God,
eternally begotten of the Father,God from God, Light from Light,
true God from true God,begotten, not made,
one in Being with the Father.Through Him all things were made.
For us men and for our salvation,He came down from heaven: by the
power of the Holy Spirit He was born of the Virgin Mary,and became Man.
For our sake He was crucified under Pontius Pilate;
He suffered, died, and was buried. On the third day He rose again
in fulfillment of 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 andthe Son. With the Father and the Son
He is worshiped and glorified. He has spoken through the prophets.
I believe in one, holy, catholic,and apostolic Church.
I acknowledge one Baptism for the forgiveness of sins.
I look for the resurrection of the dead,and the life of the world to come.
I Believe in God the Father
The Symbols of Faith
33. What are the symbols of faith?
The symbols of faith are composite formulas, also called “professions of faith” or “Creeds”, with which the Church from her very beginning has set forth synthetically and handed on her own faith in a language that is normative and common to all the faithful.
34. What are the most ancient symbols (professions) of faith?
The most ancient symbols of faith are the baptismal creeds. Because Baptism is conferred “in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit” (Matthew 28:19), the truths of faith professed at Baptism are articulated in reference to the three Persons of the Most Holy Trinity.
35. What are the most important symbols of the faith?
They are the Apostles' Creed which is the ancient baptismal symbol of the Church of Rome and the 3icene-Constantinopolitan Creed which stems from the first two ecumenical Councils, that of Nicea (325 A.D.) and that of Constantinople (381 A.D.) and which even to this day are common to all the great Churches of the East and the West.
“I believe in God the Father Almighty,
Creator of heaven and earth.”
36. Why does the Profession of Faith begin with the words, “I believe in God”?
The Profession of Faith begins with these words because the affirmation “I believe in God” is the most important, the source of all the other truths about man and about the world, and about the entire life of everyone who believes in God.
37. Why does one profess belief that there is only one God?
Belief in the one God is professed because he has revealed himself to the people of Israel as the only One when he said, “Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God is one Lord” (Deuteronomy 6:4) and “there is no other” (Isaiah 45:22). Jesus himself confirmed that God is “the one Lord” (Mark 12:29). To confess that Jesus and the Holy Spirit are also God and Lord does not introduce any division into the one God.
38. With what name does God reveal Himself?
God revealed himself to Moses as the living God, “the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, the God of Jacob” (Exodus 3:6). God also revealed to Moses his mysterious name “I Am Who I Am (YHWH)”. Already in Old Testament times this ineffable name of God was replaced by the divine title Lord. Thus in the New Testament, Jesus who was called Lord is seen as true God.
39. Is God the only One who “is”?
Since creatures have received everything they are and have from God, only God in himself is the fullness of being and of every perfection. God is “He who is” without origin and withoutend. Jesus also reveals that he bears the divine name “I Am” (John 8:28).