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("Creeds and Councils" Section)

The Greek text is as given in J.N.D. Kelly Early Christian Creeds, with slight changes to capitals and punctuation. The Greek text is the original language of this creed.


The English translation follows Kelly's translation.


The Latin text is taken from Migne, PL, Vol. 56, [AD OPERA S. LEONIS MAGNI APPENDIX.] Auctores varii.


The parts in bold type are those which were not in the creed agreed at the Council of Nicaea in 325.


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Πιστεύομεν εἰς ἕνα Θεὸν Πατέρα παντοκράτορα

ποιητὴν οὐρανοῦ καὶ γῆς ὁρατῶν τε πάντων καὶ ἀοράτων·

καὶ εἰς ἕνα Κύριον Ἰησοῦν Χριστὸν

τὸν υἱὸν τοῦ Θεοῦ τὸν Μονογενῆ,

τὸν ἐκ τοῦ Πατρὸς γεννηθέντα πρὸ πάντων τῶν αἰώνων,

Φῶς ἐκ Φωτός,

Θεὸν ἀληθινὸν ἐκ Θεοῦ ἀληθινοῦ,

γεννηθέντα οὐ ποιηθέντα,

ὁμοούσιον τῷ Πατρί,

δι' οὗ τὰ πάντα ἐγένετο·

τὸν δι' ἡμᾶς τοὺς ἀνθρώπους καὶ διὰ τὴν ἡμετέραν σωτηρίαν κατελθόντα ἐκ τῶν οὐρανῶν,

καὶ σαρκωθέντα ἐκ Πνεύματος Ἁγίου καὶ Μαρίας τῆς παρθένου,

καὶ ἐνανθρωπήσαντα,

σταυρωθέντα τε ὑπὲρ ἡμῶν ἐπὶ Ποντίου Πιλάτου,

καὶ παθόντα, καὶ ταφέντα,

καὶ ἀναστάντα τῇ τρίτῃ ἡμέρᾳ κατὰ τὰς γραφὰς,

καὶ ἀνελθόντα εἰς τοὺς οὐρανοὺς,

καὶ καθεζόμενον ἐν δεξιᾷ τοῦ Πατρὸς,

καὶ πάλιν ἐρχόμενον μετὰ δόξης κρῖναι ζῶντας καὶ νεκρούς,

οὗ τῆς βασιλείας οὐκ ἔσται τέλος·

καὶ εἰς τὸ Πνεῦμα τὸ Ἅγιον, τὸ Κύριον καὶ Ζωοποιόν,

τὸ ἐκ τοῦ Πατρὸς ἐκπορευόμενον,

τὸ σὺν Πατρὶ καὶ Υἱῷ συμπροσκυνούμενον καὶ συνδοξαζόμενον,

τὸ λαλῆσαν διὰ τῶν προφητῶν·

εἰς μίαν ἁγίαν καθολικὴν καὶ ἀποστολικὴν ἐκκλησίαν·

ὁμολογοῦμεν ἓν βάπτισμα εἰς ἄφεσιν ἁμαρτιῶν·

προσδοκῶμεν ἀνάστασιν νεκρῶν,

καὶ ζωὴν τοῦ μέλλοντος αἰῶνος. ἀμήν.

We believe in one God,
the Father almighty,
maker of heaven and earth,
of all things visible and invisible;
And in one Lord, Jesus Christ,
the only begotten Son of God,
begotten from the Father before all ages,

light from light,

true God from true God,

begotten not made,

of one substance with the Father,

through Whom all things came into existence,

Who because of us men and because of our salvation came down from the heavens,

and was incarnate from the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary

and became man,

and was crucified for us under Pontius Pilate,

and suffered and was buried,

and rose again on the third day according to the Scriptures

and ascended to heaven, and sits on the right hand of the Father,

and will come again with glory to judge living and dead,

of Whose kingdom there will be no end;

And in the Holy Spirit, the Lord and life-giver,

Who proceeds from the Father,

Who with the Father and the Son is together worshipped and together glorified,

Who spoke through the prophets;

in one holy Catholic and apostolic Church.

We confess one baptism to the remission of sins;

we look forward to the resurrection of the dead and the life of the world to come. Amen

Credimus in unum Deum,

Patrem omnipotentem,

factorem coeli et terrae, visibilium omnium et invisibilium,

et in unum Dominum Jesum Christum,

Filium Dei unicum,

de Patre natum ante omnia saecula;

Deum verum de Deo vero;

natum, non factum;

ejusdemque substantiae qua Pater est;

per quem omnia facta sunt;

qui propter nos homines et propter nostram salutem descendit,

incarnatus est de Spiritu sancto, in Maria virgine homo factus,

crucifixus pro nobis sub Pontio Pilato, sepultus,

resurrexit tertia die,

ascendit ad coelos,

sedet ad dexteram Patris;

inde venturus est cum gloria judicare vivos ac mortuos,

cujus regni non erit finis.

Et in Spiritum sanctum, Dominum ac vivificatorem

a Patre procedentem,

qui cum Patre et Filio adoratur et glorificatur,

qui locutus est per Prophetas;

in unam catholicam atque apostolicam Ecclesiam.

Confitemur unum baptismum in remissionem peccatorum;

speramus resurrectionem mortuorum,

vitam futuri saeculi. Amen.