The Apostle’s Creed
I believe in God, the Father Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth; and in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord: Who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary; suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and was buried. He descended into hell; the third day He rose again from the dead; He ascended into heaven, is seated at the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from thence He shall come 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 life everlasting. Amen. http://www.catholic.org/
The Meaning Of The Apostles’ Creed
The Apostle’s Creed is a list of what Catholics believe. The word creed itself means “I believe”. The Apostles’ Creed is the first of the Catholic Rosary prayers because it lists the important truths taught by Jesus.
It summarizes who God is and how he deals with us, His children.
This prayer deals with the Blessed Trinity. The belief in three persons in one God,
- the Father
- the Son and
- the Holy Spirit
The first part deals with God the Father. It tells about His role in creating “heaven and earth”.
The Creed goes on to talk about God the Son, Who plays the role in your redemption. It lists important truths about Jesus Christ, the second Person of the Blessed Trinity. You state that He…
- was conceived by the Holy Spirit
- born of the Virgin Mary
- suffered under Pontius Pilate
- was crucified, died and was buried
- descended into hell – [not hell where Satan is but to a place where the holy people who died before Jesus was born were awaiting His coming. They were not allowed to enter into heaven because of Adam and Eve’s, our first parent’s sin. Jesus opened the gates of heaven for them and you when He suffered and died on the cross. This part of the Creed deals with His going there and bringing them to heaven.]
- Jesus rose again and then
- ascended into heaven
The Apostles Creed goes on tell what Catholics believe will happen: that Jesus “will come again to judge the living and the dead.”
The final part of the Creed talks about the Holy Spirit and His role in your sanctification.
As you pray you state that you believe in…
- the holy catholic (universal) church,
- the communion of saints – [that people in heaven pray for people on earth and that people on earth pray for people suffering in purgatory, a place of purification before entering heaven]
- the forgiveness of sins
- the resurrection of the body – [when Jesus comes again your body will be resurrected and glorified]
- and life everlasting – [your soul will never die. It will live forever.]