Priest with Nicene Creed tattoo
This “statement” was created by Constantine to condition the people. It was intended to unify the beliefs of people into his universal one empire religion or “Catholic” religion.
The original version was adopted at the First Council of Nicaea (325). The revised version was adopted by the First Council of Constantinople (381)
“Our profession of faith begins with God, for God is the First and the Last, the beginning and the end of everything. The Credo begins with God the Father, for the Father is the first divine person of the Most Holy Trinity; our Creed begins with the creation of heaven and earth, for creation is the beginning and the foundation of all God’s works.”
—the Catechism of the Catholic Church, no. 198
I believe in one God, the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, and of all things visible and invisible.
And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of God, begotten of the Father before all worlds; God of God, Light of Light, very God of very God; begotten, not made, being of one substance with the Father, by whom all things were made.
Who, for us men for our salvation, came down from heaven, and was incarnate by the Holy Spirit of the virgin Mary, and was made man; and was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate; He suffered and was buried; and the third day He rose again, according to the Scriptures; and ascended into heaven, and sits on the right hand of the Father; and He shall come again, with glory, to judge the quick and the dead; whose kingdom shall have no end.
And I believe in the Holy Ghost, the Lord and Giver of Life; who proceeds from the Father [and the Son]; who with the Father and the Son together is worshipped and glorified; who spoke by the prophets.
And I believe one holy catholic and apostolic Church. I acknowledge one baptism for the remission of sins; and I look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen.
“Peter.—1. I believe in God the Father Almighty;
“John.—2. Maker of heaven and earth;
“James.—3. And in Jesus Christ his only Son, our Lord;
“Andrew.—4. Who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary;
“Philip.—5. Suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead and buried;
“Thomas.—6. He descended into hell, the third day he rose again from the dead;
“Bartholomew.—7. He ascended into heaven, sitteth at the right hand of God the Father Almighty;
“Matthew.—8. From thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead;
“James, the son of Alpheus.—9. I believe in the Holy Ghost, the holy Catholic Church;
“Simon Zelotes.—10. The communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins;
“Jude the brother of James.—11. The resurrection of the body;
“Matthias.—12. Life everlasting. Amen.”