Nicene Creed

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Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathers: Second Series, Volume XIV. The Seven Ecumenical Councils  (1900)  by Philip Schaff, Henry Wallace (editors)
The Nicene Creed
The Nicene Creed is a concise summary of the core beliefs of Christianity, primarily concerned with defining the nature of the three persons comprising the Trinity - God, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit. It was adopted by the First Ecumenical Council, held in Nicaea in 325. The term is also loosely but commonly applied to a longer creed traditionally attributed to the Second Ecumenical Council, held in Constantinople in 381 but of which there is evidence only from 451 onward. Because of its supposed origin and because it has been considered to be an elaboration of the Creed of Nicaea, this longer creed is distinguished from the original Nicene Creed by being called the Niceno-Constantinopolitan Creed.

We believe in one God, the Father Almighty, maker of all things visible and invisible; and in one Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God, the only-begotten of his Father, of the substance of the Father, God of God, Light of Light, very God of very God, begotten (γεννηθέντα), not made, being of one substance (ὁμοούσιον, consubstantialem) with the Father. By whom all things were made, both which be in heaven and in earth. Who for us men and for our salvation came down [from heaven] and was incarnate and was made man. He suffered and the third day he rose again, and ascended into heaven. And he shall come again to judge both the quick and the dead. And [we believe] in the Holy Ghost. And whosoever shall say that there was a time when the Son of God was not (ἤν ποτε ὅτε οὐκ ἦν), or that before he was begotten he was not, or that he was made of things that were not, or that he is of a different substance or essence [from the Father] or that he is a creature, or subject to change or conversion51—all that so say, the Catholic and Apostolic Church anathematizes them.