The Apostle's Creed was not written by the apostles; it is the culmination of several centuries of reflection on the meaning of the Christian faith. The ancient church used this Creed to identify believers, to instruct new converts, and to provide a unifying confession of faith for worship and liturgy.

I. I believe in God the Father, Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth:

II. And in Jesus Christ, his only begotten Son, our Lord:

III. Who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary:

IV. Suffered under Pontius Pilate; was crucified, dead and buried: He descended into hell:

V. The third day He rose again from the dead:

VI. He ascended into heaven and sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty:

VII. From thence he shall come to judge the Quick and the dead:

VIII. I believe in the Holy Ghost:

IX. I believe a holy catholic Church: the communion of saints:

X. The forgiveness of sins:

XI. The resurrection of the body:

XII. And the life everlasting. Amen.