The Nicene Creed

Adopted by the Council of Nicea in 325 AD, this creed was endorsed with minor revisions at the Council of Constantinople in 381 AD and the Council of Chalcedon in 451 AD. It is, therefore, the most ancient Creed of the Church adopted by a representative gathering of the Churches, to define the faith of the Church.

The following text is based on the Book of Worship: United Church of Christ, and the United Church of Christ web site. In the few instances of a variation in reading, the more inclusive language has been used.

The western church added the words “and the son” after the words describing the Holy Spirit, “who proceeds from the Father.” The eastern churches never accepted this emendation. To the best of my knowledge, the United Church of Christ has no official position and no consensus concerning whether or not this phrase should be used.

Text of Nicene Creed

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