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The Apostles' Creed

The Apostles' Creed is the oldest of the three creeds used in the Lutheran Church (and most other church bodies). As such, it is the most rudimentary. It is legendarily said to have been written by the Apostles, though that is not likely. It's earliest use was probably as a statement of fait to be recited by adult converts before they were Baptized.

In our day, it finds it use primarily in catechesis; it is used to teach the faith—a function that is well-suited to its simply layout. As such, it is also commended for use in the home for daily devotions. It can also be used in services in which the Sacrament of the Altar is not celebrated.



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 Ghost, 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 sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty; From thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Ghost; The holy Christian1 Church, the communion of saints; The forgiveness of sins; The resurrection of the body; And the life everlasting. Amen.



1The ancient text reads catholic, a word which literally translated means "according to the whole." In its correct understanding, it refers to the Church of all times and places, not anything denominationally, and especially not the church body that finds its headquarters enveloped in Rome.