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The Apostles Creed
What is the Apostles Creed? The Apostles Creed is an early statement of the teachings of the New Testament about the nature of God, Jesus, and the work of the Holy Spirit in the Church. The definition of a creed: A creed is a statement of belief or a religious doctrine consisting of the teachings of a religious group. The word 'creed' originates from the Latin word "credere" meaning 'to believe'.

The Apostles Creed - Different Versions
There are different versions of the Apostles Creed. A short version known as the Old Roman Form which is the earliest form and believes to date back until at least the 2nd century. The long version the Apostles Creed was developed at a much later date, possibly between the 5th century and the the 7th century.

The Apostles Creed - Who wrote the Apostles Creed?
The Apostles Creed is so named as it was at first commonly believed to have constructed, sentence by sentence, by the Apostles. This belief is incorrect and the real origin of the creed has been traced to the rite of the converts to Christianity and their baptismal confession. The 'Apostles Creed' probably developed from the simple affirmation of I believe that Jesus is the Son of God and was gradually extended to include some of the teachings of the early Christian religion. The legend that every Apostle inserted an article was supported as the Apostles Creed is divided into twelve articles. The following version of the Apostles Creed details the parts of the creed which was incorrectly believed to have been inserted by each one of the Apostles:

The Apostles Creed

1I believe in God the Father AlmightyPeter
2Maker of heaven and earthJohn
3And in Jesus Christ his only Son, our LordJames
4Who was conceived by the Holy Ghost; born of the Virgin MaryAndrew
5Suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead and buriedPhilip
6He descended into hell, the third day he rose again from the deadThomas
7He ascended into heaven; sitteth at the right hand of God the Father AlmightyBartholomew
8From thence he shall come to judge the quick and the deadMatthew
9I believe In the Holy Ghost, the holy Catholic ChurchJames, the son of Alpheus
10The communion of saints, the forgiveness of sinsSimon the Zealot
11The resurrection of the bodyJude Thaddaeus
12Life everlasting. AmenMatthias
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The Apostles Creed - the Old Roman Form of the Creed
The Old Roman form of the Apostles Creed is as follows:

I believe in God the Father Almighty. And in Jesus Christ His only (begotten) Son our Lord, who was born of the Holy Ghost and the Virgin Mary; crucified under Pontius Pilate, and buried; the third day He rose from the dead; He ascended into heaven, and sitteth at the right hand of the Father, from thence He shall come to judge the quick and the dead. And in the Holy Ghost; the holy Church; the forgiveness of sins;
the resurrection of the body; (the life everlasting).

The Apostles Creed - The Roman Catholic Church
The Catechism of the Roman Catholic Church maintains the traditional division into twelve articles and gives the following English translation of the Apostles' Creed:

1. I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth.
2. I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord.
3. He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary.
4. He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried.
5. He descended into hell. On the third day he rose again.
6. He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
7. He will come again to judge the living and the dead.
8. I believe in the Holy Spirit,
9. the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints,
10. the forgiveness of sins,
11. the resurrection of the body,
12. and the life everlasting.
Amen.

The Apostles Creed - The Church of England
The Church of England has two versions of the Apostles Creed. The Apostles Creed of the Book of Common Prayer (1662) and that of Common Worship (2000).

The Church of England Apostles Creed
Book of Common Prayer
The Church of England Apostles Creed
Common Worship (2000)
I BELIEVE in God the Father Almighty,
Maker of heaven and earth:
And in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord,
Who was conceived by the Holy Ghost,
Born of the Virgin Mary,
Suffered under Pontius Pilate,
Was crucified, dead, and buried:
He descended into hell;
The third day he rose again from the dead;
He ascended into heaven,
And sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty;
From thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Ghost;
The holy Catholic Church;
The Communion of Saints;
The Forgiveness of sins;
The Resurrection of the body,
And the Life everlasting.
Amen.
I believe in God, the Father almighty,
creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord,
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the Virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried;
he descended to the dead.
On the third day he rose again;
he ascended into heaven,
he is seated at the right hand of the Father,
and he will come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic Church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting.
Amen.
The Church of England Apostles Creed
Book of Common Prayer
The Church of England Apostles Creed
Common Worship (2000)

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