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Jesus Christ Pantocrater

The Apostles' Creed

Our modern Apostles' Creed dates from the eighth century. It is a revision of the Old Roman Creed, which was used in the Western Church by the third century. The Old Roman Creed had roots in the New Testament itself and the Early Christian Church.

Traditional Version

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, died, and was buried;*
   the third day he rose from the dead;
   he ascended into heaven,
   and sitteth at the right hand of the Father Almighty.
   from thence he shall come again 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.

Ecumenical Version

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 power of 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,
   is seated at the right hand of the Father.
   abd will come again 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.

*or "He descended to hell."
**"universal"
These translations are the versions in the current United Methodist Hymnal.



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