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HANDOUT 3: Nicene Creed

1975 Ecumenical Version, published by Prayers We Have in Common and adopted by the Roman Catholic Church and many mainstream Protestant denominations.

NOTE: "Ecumenical" means pertaining to the whole Christian Church; promoting or fostering Christian unity throughout the world. It does not include non-Christian faiths.

Nicene Creed

"We believe in one God,

the Father, the Almighty

maker of heaven and earth,

of all that is, seen and unseen.

We believe in 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,

of one 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 became incarnate from the Virgin Mary, and was made man.

For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate;

he suffered death and was buried.

On the third day he rose again

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

We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of Life,

who proceeds from the Father and the Son.

With the Father and the Son he is worshipped and glorified.

He has spoken through the Prophets.

We believe in one holy catholic 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.

NOTE: "catholic" here, with the lower case "c," means universal, involving all, pertaining to the whole Christian body or church. Capitalized, "Catholic" refers to the Roman Catholic Church.

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Last updated on Thursday, October 27, 2011.

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