Statement of Faith

The basis of our Orthodox Faith can be summed up in the Nicene Creed.  

The Nicene-Constantinopolitan Creed (also called the Nicene Creed, the Symbol of Faith, the Pistevo, or simply the Creed) is that creed formulated at the First and Second Ecumenical Councils. It was defined by the Holy Fathers of those first two councils (held in Nicea and Constantinople, respectively).

Some scholars believe that the Creed promulgated by the First Ecumenical Council was based on an earlier baptismal creed used in Palestine (the Apostles’ Creed), while others regard its more likely origin as being a creed issued early in 325 A.D. in Antioch, a so-called “Syrian Creed.”

The Creed as it now stands was formed in two stages, and the one in use today in the Orthodox Church reflects the revisions and additions made at the Second Ecumenical Council. Some centuries later, the Roman Catholic Church attempted a unilateral revision of the Creed by an addition which came to be known as the Filioque, and became one of the major causes of the Great Schism between Rome and the rest of the Church.

The original Nicene Creed reads:

 

I believe in one God, Father Almighty, Creator of Heaven

and earth, and of all things visible and invisible. And 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 made, 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. He was crucified for us under Pontius Pilate,

suffered, and was buried. He rose again on the third day in

accordance with the Scriptures, ascended into Heaven, and

is enthroned at the right hand of the Father. He will come

again with glory to judge the living and the dead and of

His Kingdom there shall be no end.

And in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the Giver of Life, who

proceeds from the Father, who together with the Father

and the Son is worshipped and glorified, who spoke

through the prophets. And in one, holy, catholic, and

apostolic Church. I profess one baptism for the remission

of sins. I look forward to the resurrection of the dead and

the life of the world to come. Amen.