“I believe in one God, the Father almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all things visible and invisible.”
Do you ever wonder why we say the Nicene Creed every Sunday at Mass? Why is the Creed important?
The Nicene Creed was first formulated in AD 325 at the First Council of Nicaea, a council of Christian bishops who convened in Nicaea (a city which today is known as Iznik located in Turkey).
It was the first creed to obtain universal authority in the church, and it improved the language of the Apostles’ Creed by including more specific statements about the divinity of Christ and the Holy Spirit.
It was written as a declaration of our faith.
So often we find ourselves simply saying words at Mass and forgetting to truly appreciate the meaning of the words. The Nicene Creed gives us the perfect opportunity to reflect on who we are, where we came from and where we want to go.
We repeat it every Sunday to remind us that we have made a decision to make the Creed the foundation of our lives. We say it together, united as one church.
- I believe in the message of Christian faith.
- I stand up for my faith, professing it proudly.
- I pledge to live my faith every single day.
“Let the creed be like a mirror for you. Look at yourself in it to see whether you really believe all that you claim to believe. And rejoice every day in your faith.”-St. Augustine
Dan Herda is an editor of theROCK