The Nicene Creed

The Nicene Creed

The creed used on most Sundays is the Nicene Creed.  This creed is a product of the Nicene and Constantinopolitan Church councils of the 4th – 8th centuries.  It is an expansion of the Apostles Creed, the earliest Christian Creed which is used during the service of Holy Baptism and in the Daily Office.  It is also the creed believed by all creedal Christian communities even today.  Like many other aspect of our worship, the historic nature of the Nicene Creed reminds us that we did not invent our Faith yesterday.  We are part of a long-standing tradition of faith, thought, and doctrine.

Reciting the creeds during worship each and every Sunday may seem a bit repetitive for those not used to doing so.  But it is in that repetition that we find an inner dynamic which reinforces our belief.  If faith is not only a mental or willful choice, but also a constant commitment which needs maintenance and training, then standing up and reciting the creeds each week serves an important purpose.  And this is no less true for the individual as it is for the community both local and worldwide.  By standing together we are confessing our faith, not as simply a historical acknowledgement (though it is that) but as the faith we as a people claim and are claimed by today.

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