On the twelfth day of Christmas, our True Love gave to us…
…the Apostles’ Creed. The twelve articles of the Apostles’ Creed communicate the necessary tenets of our faith in a clear and concise way. While not written by the Apostles, the Creed does contain their core beliefs. It sets forth their doctrine ‘in sublime simplicity, in unsurpassable brevity, in beautiful order, and with liturgical solemnity.’ The Bible is complex and mysterious. The Apostles’ Creed, which is built on the primal and foundational doctrine of the Trinity, is an excellent way of understanding the essential core, around which all of Christendom can gather. The Apostles’ Creed is a record of what all Christians everywhere have believed. If the Bible is a campground, then the Apostles’ Creed is the campfire around which we gather to talk and warm. It is wise for every Christian to memorize the Apostles’ Creed, allowing for regular recall for the purpose of meditation and reflection.
THE APOSTLES’ CREED
I believe in God, the Father almighty,
creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord,
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit
and born of the virgin Mary.
He suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried;
he descended to hell.
The third day he rose again from the dead.
He ascended to heaven
and is seated at the right hand of God the Father almighty.
From there he will come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy universal church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting. Amen.