One of the basic creeds of the church is called the Apostles’ Creed. It received this title because of its great antiquity: it dates from very early times in the Church, a half century or so from the last writings of the New Testament.


 The Apostles Creed

I believe in God, the Father Almighty,
the Creator of heaven and earth,
and in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord:
 
Who was conceived of the Holy Spirit,
born of the Virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried.
 
He descended into hell.
The third day He arose again from the dead.
He ascended into heaven
and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty,
from where He shall 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 life everlasting.
Amen.
 

 

Note: The word “catholic” refers not to the Roman Catholic Church, but to the universal church of the Lord Jesus Christ.