Apostles' Creed


Apostles' Creed
   The shorter form of the Creed as set forth in the Prayer Book is called the Apostles' Creed because it was generally believed to have been composed by the Apostles themselves before they separated and left Jerusalem. However true or untrue this old tradition may be, it is quite certain that this "Form of sound words" embodies the "Apostles' Doctrine," or teaching, and each article finds its corresponding statement in the Bible. It is the oldest form of the Creed that has come down to us and contains a brief summary of the fundamental Truths of the Christian Religion. (See ORTHODOX.) There are twelve articles grouped into three paragraphs each setting forth what is to be believed concerning each Person of the Blessed Trinity. In other words the Apostles' Creed is what we believe concerning the Name into which we are baptized. It is, therefore, the Creed of the Baptismal Office and is recited in the Daily Services, while the longer Creed, commonly called the Nicene, is reserved for the Eucharistic Office.

American Church Dictionary and Cyclopedia. — New York, Thomas Whittaker. . 1901.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Apostles' Creed — • A formula containing in brief statements, or articles, the fundamental tenets of Christian belief, and having for its authors, according to tradition, the Twelve Apostles Catholic Encyclopedia. Kevin Knight. 2006. Apostles Creed      …   Catholic encyclopedia

  • Apostles' creed — Creed Creed (kr[=e]d), n. [OE. credo, crede, AS. creda, fr. L. credo I believe, at the beginning of the Apostles creed, fr. credere to believe; akin to OIr. cretim I believe, and Skr. [,c]raddadh[=a]mi; [,c]rat trust + dh[=a] to put. See {Do}, v …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Apostles' Creed — n. an ancient Christian statement of belief traditionally attributed to the Twelve Apostles: it begins, “I believe in God, the Father Almighty . . . .” …   English World dictionary

  • Apostles' Creed — Apostles Creed, the a statement of religious belief in the Christian religion, beginning I believe in God the Father Almighty …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • Apostles' Creed — The Apostles Creed (Latin: Symbolum Apostolorum or Symbolum Apostolicum), sometimes titled Symbol of the Apostles, is an early statement of Christian belief, a creed or symbol .[1] It is widely used by a number of Christian denominations for both …   Wikipedia

  • Apostles' Creed — a creed, dating back to about A.D. 400, traditionally ascribed to Christ s apostles and having widespread acceptance in the Christian church. It begins I believe in God the Father Almighty. * * * ▪ Christianity also called  Apostolicum,         a …   Universalium

  • Apostles' creed — Apostle A*pos tle, n. [OE. apostle, apostel, postle, AS. apostol, L. apostolus, fr. Gr. ? messenger, one sent forth or away, fr. ? to send off or away; ? from + ? to send; akin to G. stellen to set, E. stall: cf. F. ap[^o]tre, Of. apostre,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Apostles' Creed —    This term (from the Greek apostolos, meaning messenger, and the Latin credo, meaning I believe ) is aprofession of faith or statement of Christian belief; the Apostles Creed developed from the baptismal creed of the ancientchurch of Rome and… …   Glossary of theological terms

  • Apostles'Creed — A·pos·tles Creed (ə pŏsʹəlz) n. A Christian creed traditionally ascribed to the 12 Apostles and used typically in public worship services in the West. * * * …   Universalium

  • Apostles' Creed — Apos′tles Creed′ n. rel a creed dating from about a.d. 500, traditionally ascribed to Christ s apostles and beginning with “I believe in God the Father Almighty.” …   From formal English to slang