Every Sunday morning we recite what is called “The Apostles’ Creed,” an ancient statement of faith that dates back to 390 AD. We don’t speak these words out of habit or tradition, but rather as a reminder and summary of what we believe as Christians.
I believe in God, the Father, Almighty,
Maker of Heaven and Earth,
and in Jesus Christ, His Son, our Lord,
Who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, dead, and buried;
He descended into Hell, but on the third day rose from the dead.
He ascended into Heaven, where He
sitteth at the right hand of
God, the Father, Almighty,
from whence He shall come to judge the quick and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
in the holy catholic* Church,
in the communion of saints,
in the forgiveness of sins,
in the resurrection of the body,
and life everlasting,
*Note: “catholic” in this creed means “universal” and is not referencing what we know today as the Catholic Church.