The Apostles’ Creed
This creed was not written by the apostles, but is so named because it summarizes their teachings. The exact date of it’s composition is not known, but it has been used in the Church since the first centuries. There are different versions of it’s text currently in use. Here is the most frequently used:
“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 Spirit, 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 Spirit,
the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting. Amen.”
The word “catholic” refers to the universal Church of Lord Jesus Christ.
“Credo in Deum Patrem omnipotentem; Creatorem coeli et terrae.
Et in Jesum Christum, Filium ejus unicum, Dominum nostrum; qui conceptus est de Spiritu Sancto, natus ex Maria virgine; passus sub Pontio Pilato, crucifixus, mortuus, et sepultus; descendit ad iferna; teria die resurrexit a mortuis; ascendit ad coelos; sedt ad dexteram Dei Patris omnipotentis; inde venturus (est) judicare vivos et mortuos.
Credo in Spiritum Sanctum;
Sanctam ecclesiam catholicam; sanctorum communionem; remissionem peccatorum; carnis resurrectionem; vitam oeteram. Amen.”