St. Mary's Anglican Catholic Church

Diocese of the Midwest

Catechist. Rehearse the Articles of thy Belief. Answer. I believe….

Among the requirements placed upon those presented to the bishop for confirmation is the ability to recite the articles of the Christian Faith contained in the Apostles’ Creed. The Creed is a summation of our faith in the Holy Trinity, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost. Though the articles of belief contained in the Apostles’ Creed are supported by the writings of the New Testament, the formula itself is not of apostolic origin. However, the creed does rest ultimately on Christ’s Great Commission: Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. (St Matthew 28:19) A summary of faith found in a portion of St Paul’s first epistle to the 
Corinthians reads like a creedal formula that may have been recited in the early days of the Church. (1 Corinthians 15:1-11)

Concerning this summary of faith the Apostle wrote: I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand. (1 Corinthians 15:1-2) The first notice we have of the Creed in its final form is found in the writings of St Ambrose of Milan in the late 4th century. The legend was then current that each of the twelve apostles contributed one article each to the creed. The creed is of Western origin and is an elaboration of the Old Roman Creed used at Baptism from the 3rd century. The form developed more fully in Spain or Gaul was adopted by Rome and the entire Western Church. The Book of Common Prayer requires the recitation of the Apostles Creed as part of the administration of Holy Baptism and the daily offices of Morning & Evening Prayer. 

The original Latin version of the Apostles Creed begins with credo, “I believe.” Each of us is required to recall and affirm our belief in the Gospel summarized in these articles of the Church’s faith, both with our lips and from our hearts. For if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. (Romans 10:9-10)