The Truth

In the celebration of the Holy Eucharist (Communion) and in other prayer services, Episcopalians stand and affirm our faith, using the Nicene and Apostle’s Creeds. These two ancient statements of faith declare the core truths which our church has been affirming, and trying to understand, since the Resurrection of Christ. What we pray is what we believe. To understand what Episcopalians believe, come worship with us.

The Nicene Creed

WE BELIEVE in one God,
the Father, the Almighty,
maker of heaven and earth,
of all that is, seen and unseen.

We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ,
the only Son of God,
eternally begotten of the Father,
God from God, Light from Light,
true God from true God,
begotten, not made,
of one Being with the Father.
Through him all things were made.
For us and for our salvation
he came down from heaven:
by the power of the Holy Spirit
he became incarnate from the Virgin Mary,
and was made man.
For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate;
he suffered death and was buried.
On the third day he rose again
in accordance with the Scriptures;
he ascended into heaven
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead,
and his kingdom will have no end.

We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life,
who proceeds from the Father and the Son.
With the Father and the Son he is worshiped and glorified.
He has spoken through the Prophets.
We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church.
We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.
We look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come.

Amen.

The Apostle’s 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.

At the heart of both of our creeds is Jesus Christ. As Christians we believe that Jesus of Nazareth, a fully-human,  Jewish teacher, was also the fully-divine Son of God. He was put to death by the Roman authorities and miraculously rose from the grave three days later and still lives. His death provides redemption for all who believe in Him. Our lives as Christians are centered around this truth: that Jesus Christ, the son of God, died and rose again.