The Nicene Creed

The Nicene Creed is a statement of faith that summarizes the fundamental beliefs of Catholic doctrine. It was formulated and adopted at the First Council of Nicaea in AD 325 and later expanded upon at the First Council of Constantinople in AD 381. The creed is named after the city of Nicaea, where the Council of Nicaea was held, which is now known as ─░znik in modern-day Turkey.

The Nicene Creed is primarily used in the Catholic Church, Eastern Orthodox Church, and many Protestant denominations as a foundational statement of Christian belief. It is recited during worship services and plays a significant role in the liturgy of these Christian traditions.

In Latin it is called the Symbolum Nicaenum.


The Nicene Creed

I believe in one Lord Jesus Christ, the Only Begotten Son of God, born of the Father before all ages.

God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made, consubstantial with the Father; through him all things were made.

For us men and for our salvation he came down from heaven, and by the Holy Spirit was incarnate of the Virgin Mary, and became man. For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate, he suffered death and was buried, and rose again on the third day 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.

I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son, who with the Father and the Son is adored and glorified, who has spoken through the prophets.

I believe in one, holy, catholic, and apostolic Church. I confess one B\baptism for the forgiveness of sins and I look forward to the resurrection of the dead and the life of the world to come.



The Nicene Creed affirms the belief in the Trinity (one God in three Persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit), the divinity of Jesus Christ, His incarnation, death, resurrection, and second coming, as well as the belief in the Church, baptism, and the hope of eternal life.


By Elizabeth Craig

Updated 06-08-2023