What is Nicene Christianity

Nicene Creed

We believe in the one God
the father,
the almighty,
who created everything
Heaven and Earth,
the visible and the invisible world.

And to the one Lord Jesus Christ,
God's only begotten Son
born of the father before time:
God of god,
Light from light,
true God from true God,
created, not created,
of one being with the Father;
through him everything was created.
For us humans and for our salvation he came from heaven,
became flesh by the Holy Spirit
of the Virgin Mary and became man.
He was crucified for us under Pontius Pilate,
suffered and was buried
was risen on the third day according to the scriptures
and ascended to heaven.
He sits on the father's right hand
and will come again in glory
to judge the living and the dead;
there will be no end to his reign.

We believe in the Holy Spirit
the Lord is and gives life
which proceeds from the father and the son,
who is adored and glorified with the Father and the Son,
who spoke through the prophets,
and the one, holy, Christian and apostolic Church.
We confess the one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.
We await the resurrection of the dead
and the life of the world to come.


The "and of the son" (filioque) was later added to the creed and was used throughout the Franconian Empire in Carolingian times. It corresponds to western, not eastern, tradition.

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