Anglican Essentials: Going Deeper–Articulating the faith

4. Texts of the Apostles and Nicene Creeds

The Apostles Creed (2019 Book of Common Prayer, Anglican Church of North America)

     I believe in God, the Father almighty,
     creator of heaven and earth.
     I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord.
     He was conceived by the Holy Spirit
     and born of the Virgin Mary.
     He suffered under Pontius Pilate,
     was crucified, died, and was buried.
     He descended to the dead.
     On the third day he rose again.
     He ascended into heaven,
     and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
     He will come again to judge the living and the dead.
     I believe in the Holy Spirit,
     the holy catholic Church,
     the communion of saints,
     the forgiveness of sins,
     the resurrection of the body,
     and the life everlasting. Amen.
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The Nicene Creed (2019 Book of Common Prayer, Anglican Church of North America)

     We believe in one God, †
     the Father, the Almighty,
     maker of heaven and earth,
     of all that is, visible and invisible.

     We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ,
     the only-begotten Son of God,
     eternally begotten of the Father,
     God from God, Light from Light,
     true God from true God,
     begotten, not made,
     of one Being [homoousion] with the Father; 
     through him all things were made.
     For us and for our salvation he came down from heaven,
     was incarnate from the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary,
     and was made man.
     For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate;
     he suffered death and was buried.
     On the third day he rose again in accordance with the Scriptures;
     he ascended into heaven
     and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
     He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead,
     and his kingdom will have no end.

     We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life,
     who proceeds from the Father [and the Son],††
     who with the Father and the Son is worshiped and glorified,
     who has spoken through the prophets.

     We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church.
     We acknowledge one Baptism for the forgiveness of sins.
     We look for the resurrection of the dead,
     and the life of the world to come. Amen.
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† The “We believe” form is that of the original Creed in Greek; the Roman, Orthodox, and Protestant liturgies have often substituted the singular form, “I believe.”

†† Latin “filioque.” See this Resolution by the ACNA bishops in 2013 on use of the clause in brackets in liturgy and doctrine (p. 768, 2019 Book of Common Prayer):

Resolved, The normative form of the Nicene Creed for the Anglican Church in North America is the original text as adopted by the Councils of Nicaea (325 A.D.) and Constantinople (381 A.D.). This form shall be rendered in English in the best and most accurate translation achievable.

Resolved, The Anglican Church in North America acknowledges that the form of the Nicene Creed customary in the West is that of the 1662 Book of Common Prayer, including the words “and the Son” (filioque), which form may be used in worship and for elucidation of doctrine.

Resolved, Because we are committed to the highest level of global unity possible, the College of Bishops of the Anglican Church in North America seeks advice of the Theological Commission of the Global Fellowship of Confessing Anglicans concerning implementation of the recommendation of the Lambeth Conference of 1978 to use the normative form of the Nicene Creed at worship.

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In other words, Western Christians and Anglicans continue to use the “and the Son” phrase, but the possibility of returning to the original form from 381 remains an open question within the Anglican world.

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