The Apostles Creed is the summation of the Christian faith. For those who have come to the RCIA from other Christian traditions, it will be a familiar statement of faith. For those who come to the RCIA from traditions other than Christian, it establishes the fundamental beliefs of the Christian Church. The Apostles Creed gets its name from the fact that it is a summation of the teaching of the Apostles (though they did not write it).This was because of it's testimony in the simplicity of the essential beliefs, which the early Christian Church could readily identify with. Yet with all it's uncomplicated structure, it wonderfully promotes the substantive nature and essence of the gospel. And by it's liberal use of the words "I Believe," it sets forth the standards by which Christians measure themselves, and encourages faith in all those who pledge it. It is interesting to note that the word "believe" is from the Old English word [beliven] which means, by-life. Thus, it is illustrating that Christians should live by this faith. Every time the words "I believe" are read, they are proclaiming the truth by which Christians live. I believe in God, the Father almighty, I believe in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord. I believe in the Holy Spirit. This is at the very core of the scriptures, and is what the early Church vowed to live by. God, and everything established by God. This is the credal statement we profess as a Christian people. It is the affirmation of the faith we hold and/or are exploring: The Catechism of the Catholic Church follows the creed in its exploration of the Catholic tradition of faith. CLICK TO OPEN EXPOSITION OF CREED   The Centrality of the Creed THE APOSTLES CREED. I believe in God, the Father almighty, Creator of Heaven and Earth. I believe in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord. He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended to the dead. On the third day he rose again. He ascended into Heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen. Amen   ST CHRISTOPHER’S CATHEDRAL PARISH FORREST ACT