The Orthodox Creed

We believe in one God, God the Father the Pantocrator who created heaven and earth, and all things seen and unseen. We believe in one Lord Jesus Christ, the Only-Begotten Son of God, begotten of the Father before all ages; Light of Light, true God of true God, begotten not created, 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 He was crucified for us under Pontius Pilate, suffered and was buried. And on the third day He rose from the dead, according to the scriptures, ascended to the heavens; He sits at the right hand of his Father, and He is coming again in His glory to judge the living and the dead, Whose kingdom shall have no end. Yes, we believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the Life-Giver, Who proceeds from the Father, Who with the Father and the Son is worshipped and glorified, who spoke by the prophets. And in one holy, catholic and apostolic church. We confess one baptism for the remission of sins. We look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the coming age. Amen.

The Orthodox Creed…

  • is an announcement of love.
  • is law and a prayer.
  • is faith in the Christian concepts.
  • is a way of life. 

Faith is a deep link with God, where man feels that God is the leader of his life. “Now faith is the substances of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen” (Heb. 11:1). The eye of faith sees beyond the physical eye. The christian human size, is not the size of his body, but the size of God who dwells in him. Therefore, a Christian can do all things through Christ who strengthens him.

The Creed is the hallmark of a Christian person. The Creed is an announcement of love by man to the Lord Jesus Christ. The Creed tells the story of Jesus’ incarnation, redemption, and salvation in an obvious historical order.

The Creed was developed as a result of heresies and took 106 years to complete through three counsels; Nicea, Constantinople and Ephesus. We consider the Creed to be a summary of the Orthodox christian faith. Every word in the Creed has been taken from the Bible and has great importance. Our Orthodox faith is based on the Bible, explained by the fathers of the church. The Orthodox Creed explains the stages of the church and the history of our faith.

God created, God saved, and God granted man eternity and new life. The Orthodox creed is a prayer that calls you to live by it, to understand it, to enjoy it, and to mediate on it.

– Summary and Excerpts from a sermon by Pope Tawadros II, his prayers be with us.

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