Understanding the Liturgy
Reciting the Creed
The Creed comes from the beginning phrase, I Believe (Credo in Latin).
The Creed is a summary statement of our Faith and Beliefs handed down from the early Church.
The Creed serves as a summary of doctrine to teach the Catechumenates (people preparing to become Christian) and also to curb wrong teaching and heresy.
It was recited at a person’s Baptism as Jesus tells his disciples (Mt 2918):
“All power in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go, make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age.”
Ultimately the Creed summarizes the story of Scripture, moving from the Essence of God, being a Father and the Trinity, to the Creation Narrative in which God freely shares his goodness, to the incarnation of his Son to save us from the evil one.
The Creed renews our baptismal promises in which the Spirit of the Lord comes down upon us so we can give blessings to the poor, sight to the blind, liberty to captives, and for ourselves holiness!