The Nicene Creed: The Orthodox Statement of Faith
When we say the creed every Sunday during Divine Liturgy, we’re reciting an Orthodox Christian text that was written in ancient times for a very important purpose: to clarify and prevent confusion about what we believe.
The creed was formally written and finalized by the church back in 325 AD and 381 AD after many controversies had developed in Christendom about the nature of the Son of God and the Holy Spirit.
The word creed comes from the Latin credo which means “I believe.” The Orthodox Church refers to the creed as The Symbol of Faith, meaning that it literally brings together and expresses the confession of our faith.
Below is The Nicene Creed, line by line, along with scripture references:
Of one essence with the Father (John 10:30)
And was incarnate of the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary (Luke 1:34-35)
under Pontius Pilate (Mark 15:15)
Who proceeds from the Father (John 15:26)
Who together with the Father and the Son is worshipped and glorified (Matthew 3:16-17)
Amen. (Psalm 106:48)