The Apostles' Creed
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, dead, and buried.
He descended into hell.
The third day he rose again from the dead.
He ascended into heaven,
and sits on the right hand of God the Father almighty.
From there he will come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy universal Church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting. Amen.
The Apostles' Creed that we recite today, is based upon the Old Roman Creed which is believed to have been written by the 12 Apostles after Pentecost. It is a core summary of the Christian faith, and has been passed down for centuries, with some version of it being in circulation since the 2nd century. The creed was lightly expanded between the 5th and 8th centuries, to include the phrase "Maker of Heaven and Earth" in relation to the Person of God the Father, "He descended into Hell" in reference to the Person of Christ, and "the communion of saints" in reference to the church.