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Nicene Creed

I believe in one God, the Father almighty

Published in 20 hymnals

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We believe in one God,
the Father, the Almighty,
maker of heaven and earth,
of all that is, seen and unseen.

We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ,
the only Son of God,
eternally begotten of the Father,
God from God, Light from Light,
true God from true God,
begotten, not made,
of one Being with the Father.
Through him all things were made.
For us and for our salvation
he came down from heaven:
by the power of the Holy Spirit
he became incarnate of the Virgin Mary,
and was made man.
For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate;
he suffered death and was buried.
On the third day he rose again
in accordance with the Scriptures;
he ascended into heaven
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead,
and his kingdom will have no end.

We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life,
who proceeds from the Father [and the Son.]*
With the Father and the Son he is worshiped and glorified.
He has spoken through the Prophets.
We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church.
We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.
We look for the resurrection of the dead,
and the life of the world to come. Amen.

Source: Wonder, Love, and Praise: a supplement to the Hymnal 1982 #849

Text Information

First Line: I believe in one God, the Father almighty
Title: Nicene Creed
Meter: Irregular
Source: Nicene Creed, 4th cent.
Language: English


Scripture References:
st. = Gen. 1:1, John 1:14, Matt. 1:20-21, Mark 15-16, Luke 24:51, Eph.1:20, John 14:16-17, 1 Cor. 12:4-7, 12-13, Rom. 6:4, 1 Cor. 15:21

While the familiar Apostles' Creed is associated with baptism (see 518 and 519), the Nicene Creed is associated particularly with the Lord's Supper and is professed weekly throughout the world by many churches, including Roman Catholic, Episcopal, and Lutheran congregations. See also page 842 for a discussion of this ecumenical creed; the text is found in the Psalter Hymnal (p. 814) with a brief historical footnote (note that the hymn text differs from the modern translation of the creed in a few phrases).

Liturgical Use:
See PHH 518.

--Psalter Hymnal Handbook



Instances (1 - 13 of 13)Text InfoTune InfoTextScoreFlexScoreAudioPage Scan
Common Praise (1998) #681
Hymnal 1982: according to the use of the Episcopal Church #S103Text
Hymnal 1982: according to the use of the Episcopal Church #S104Text
Hymnal 1982: according to the use of the Episcopal Church #S105Text
Lutheran Worship #4TextPage Scan
New English Praise: a supplement to the New English Hymnal #695c
Oramos Cantando = We Pray In Song #175
Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #520Text InfoTune InfoTextAudioPage Scan
Small Church Music #1861fAudio
The New English Hymnal #542dText
Wonder, Love, and Praise: a supplement to the Hymnal 1982 #849Text
Worship (4th ed.) #226
Worship (4th ed.) #341
Include 7 pre-1979 instances