The Twelve Articles of the Catholic Church
In the simplest term, these present the summary of our Faith. It is the summary of what we believe in. The 12 Articles of Faith is also known as the Apostles Creed.
It is separated by 12 parts which individually tells us our beliefs.
Also, the word Creed is also means “symbol”.
The Apostles Creed
1. I believe in God the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth.
2. I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord.
3. He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary.
4. Under Pontius Pilate, He was crucified, died, and was buried.
5. He descended to the dead. On the third day he rose again.
6. He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
7. He will come again to judge the living and the dead.
8. I believe in the Holy Spirit,
9. the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints,
10. the forgiveness of sins,
11. the resurrection of the body,
12. and the life everlasting.
The Difference of Apostle’s Creed and the Nicene Creed
Overall, they are just the same. However the Nicene Creed is more accurate translation of the original text of the Prayer. The Apostle’s Creed widely used here in the Philippines, but it is less accurate than the Nicene Creed.
Few years back, The Church started converting from old Apostles Creed to the more comprehensive prayer, the Nicene Creed. It is said that the Nicene Creed is the more accurate English translation of the Prayer. It gives us more understanding about our Catholic Faith.
I believe in one God,
the Father almighty,
maker of heaven and earth,
of all things visible and invisible.
I believe in one Lord Jesus Christ,
the Only Begotten Son of God,
born of the Father before all ages.
God from God, Light from Light,
true God from true God,
begotten, not made,
consubstantial with the Father;
through him all things were made.
For us men and for our salvation
he came down from heaven,
and by the Holy Spirit
was incarnate of the Virgin Mary, and became man.
For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate,
he suffered death and was buried,
and rose again on the third day
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.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the Lord, the giver of life,
who proceeds from the Father and the Son,
who with the Father and the Son
is adored and glorified,
who has spoken through the prophets.
I believe in one, holy,
catholic and apostolic Church.
I confess one baptism
for the forgiveness of sins
and I look forward to the resurrection of the dead
and the life of the world to come. Amen.