I Believe. . .

My friends know I am a disciple of Jesus Christ and that I have followed Him since 1970 (with a lapse between 1972 and 1977). Those who don’t know me may wonder what I believe. I answer, first, that I trace my faith to that passed down by the ancient church (founded c. 33 A.D.) and formulated in scripture and in the Ecumenical Councils, which were held between 325 A.D. and 787 A.D.  Specifically:

“I believe in one God, the Father Almighty, Maker of Heaven and Earth and of all things visible and invisible; saint-athanasius-nicea

And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God, the only-begotten, begotten of the Father before all ages; Light of Light; true God of true God; begotten, not made; of one essence with the Father; by Whom all things were made;

Who for us men and for our salvation came down from heaven and was incarnate of the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary, and became man; And was crucified for us under Pontius Pilate, and suffered, and was buried; And arose again the third day according to the Scriptures; And ascended into the heavens, and sits at the right hand of the Father; and shall come again with glory to judge both the living and the dead; whose kingdom shall have no end.

And in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the Giver of life; Who proceeds from the Father; Who with the Father and Son together is worshipped and glorified; Who spoke by the prophets.

And in One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church. I confess one baptism for the remission of sins. I look for the resurrection of the dead and the life of the age to come. Amen”

This statement of faith (a.k.a. the symbol of faith for Orthodox Christianity) is known historically as the Niceno-Constantinoploitan Creed, which was initially developed at the First Council of Nicea (325 A.D.) and finalized at the First Council of Constantinople (381 A.D.). The video below is the Nicene Creed chanted by the choir of Saints Peter and Paul Orthodox Church in Ben Lomond, California