The Nicene Creed

The Nicene Creed, which was formulated at the Councils of Nicaea in 325 AD and of Constantinople in 381 AD (1st and 2nd Ecumenical Councils), has been recognized since then as the authoritative expression of the fundamental beliefs of the Orthodox Church. The Creed is often referred to as the “Symbol of Faith”. This description indicates that the Creed is not an analytical statement, but that it points to a reality greater than itself and to which it bears witness. For generations the Creed has been the criterion of authentic Faith and the basis of Christian education. The Creed is recited at the time of Baptism, during every Divine Liturgy, and as part of the daily prayers of the Orthodox Christian.

The Nicene Creed is comprised of 12 articles of Faith that summarize the essentials of the Christian Faith:

I believe in one God, Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, and of all things visible and invisible.
And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of God; begotten of the Father before all worlds,
Light of Light, Very God of very God; Begotten not made, being of one substance with the Father, by whom all things were made.
Who for us men and for our salvation came down from heaven, and was incarnate by the Holy Spirit of the Virgin Mary, and was made man;
and was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate; He suffered and was buried;
And the third day he rose again according to the Scriptures;
And ascended into heaven, and sitteth on the right hand of the Father,
And He will come again, with glory, to judge both the quick and the dead, and His kingdom shall have no end.
And I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, Who proceedeth from the Father,
Who with the Father and the Son together, is worshipped and glorified, and Who spoke by the Prophets.
And I believe one Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church; I acknowledge one baptism for the Remission of sins;
And I look for the resurrection of the dead; And the life of the world to come.