The Apostles' Creed

I believe in God the Father Almighty,
   maker of heaven and earth;

And in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord:
   who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
       born of the Virgin Mary,
       suffered under Pontius Pilate,
       was crucified, dead, and buried;
       he descended into hell;
   the third day he rose from the dead;
   he ascended into heaven,
       and sitteth at the right hand of God the Father Almighty;
from thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit,
   the holy catholic* church,
   the communion of saints,
   the forgiveness of sins,
   the resurrection of the body,
   and the life everlasting. Amen.

*The word “catholic” has a much richer meaning than a shorthand reference to a particular denomination. The word captures the idea that within God’s creation, there is a body of believers making up the true church, regardless of these people’s denominational affiliation.