athanasiancreed

The Athanasian
Creed

Introduction

Although
St. Athanasius (293-373 A.D.) did not write this Creed, as it does not
date back further than the 6th century, it is named after that champion
of orthodoxy against Arianism. It originated in the Western Church and
is not recognized by the Eastern Church today. Apart from the opening
and closing sentences, this “symbol” (another name for a creed)
consists of two parts: the doctrine of the Trinity (3-28) and the doctrine
of Christ’s Incarnation and two natures (29-43).

  1. “Whosoever
    will be saved, before all things it is necessary that he hold
    the catholic faith;

  2.  Which
    faith except every one do keep whole and undefiled, without doubt
    he shall perish everlastingly.

  3. And
    the catholic faith is this: That we worship one God in Trinity,
    and Trinity in Unity;

  4. Neither
    confounding the persons, nor dividing the substance.


  5. For there is one person of the Father, another of the Son, and
    another of the Holy Spirit.

  6. But
    the Godhead of the Father, of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit
    is all one, the glory equal, the majesty co-eternal.


  7. Such as the Father is, such is the Son, and such is the Holy Spirit.

  8. The
    Father uncreated, the Son uncreated, and the Holy Spirit uncreated.

  9. The
    Father incomprehensible, the Son incomprehensible, and the Holy
    Spirit incomprehensible.

  10. The
    Father eternal, the Son eternal, and the Holy Spirit eternal.

  11. And
    yet there are not three eternals, but one eternal.

  12. As
    also there are not three uncreated nor three incomprehensibles,
    but one uncreated and one incomprehensible.

  13. So
    likewise the Father is almighty, the Son almighty, and the Holy
    Spirit almighty;

  14. And
    yet there are not three almighties, but one almighty.

  15. So
    the Father is God, the Son is God, and the Holy Spirit is God;

  16. And
    yet they are not three Gods, but one God.

  17. So
    likewise the Father is Lord, the Son Lord, and the Holy Spirit
    Lord;

  18. And
    yet they are not three Lords, but one Lord.


  19. For like as we are compelled by the Christian truth to acknowledge
    every person by himself to be God and Lord;

  20. So
    we are forbidden by the catholic religion to say: There are three
    Gods or three Lords.

  21. The
    Father is made of none, neither created nor begotten.

  22. The
    Son is of the Father alone; not made nor created, but begotten.


  23. The Holy Spirit is of the Father and of the Son; neither made,
    nor created, nor begotten, but proceeding.

  24. So
    there is one Father, not three Fathers; one Son, not three Sons;
    one Holy Spirit, not three Holy Spirit’s.

  25. And
    in this Trinity none is afore, or after another; none is greater,
    or less than another.

  26. But
    the whole three persons are co-eternal, and co-equal.

  27. So
    that in all things, as said before, the Unity in Trinity and the
    Trinity in Unity is to be worshipped.

  28. He
    therefore that will be saved must thus think of the Trinity.

  29. Furthermore
    it is necessary to everlasting salvation that he also believe
    rightly the incarnation of our Lord Jesus Christ.


  30. For the right faith is that we believe and confess that our Lord
    Jesus Christ, the Son of God, is God and man.

  31. God
    of the substance of the Father, begotten before the worlds; and
    man of the substance of His mother, born in the world.

  32. Perfect
    God and perfect man, of a reasonable soul and human flesh subsisting.

  33. Equal
    to the Father as touching His Godhead, and inferior to the Father
    as touching His manhood.

  34. Who,
    although He is God and man, yet He is not two, but one Christ.

  35. One,
    not by conversion of the Godhead into flesh, but by taking of
    the manhood into God.

  36. One
    altogether, not by confusion of substance, but by unity of person.

  37. For
    as the reasonable soul and flesh is one man, so God and man is
    one Christ.

  38. Who
    suffered for our salvation, descended into hell, rose again the
    third day from the dead;

  39. He
    ascended into heaven, He sits on the right hand of the Father,
    God Almighty;

  40. From
    there He shall come to judge the living and the dead.

  41. At
    whose coming all men shall rise again with their bodies;

  42. And
    shall give account of their own works.

  43. And
    they that have done good shall go into life everlasting. And they
    that have done evil into everlasting fire.

  44. This
    is the catholic faith, which except a man believe faithfully,
    he cannot be saved.”