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Old Apostle’s Creed

Below is the text of the Apostle’s Creed prior to the liturgical changes in Advent 2011.

I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth;

I believe in Jesus Christ His only Son our Lord; He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit, and born of the Virgin Mary, He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended to the dead. On the third day He rose again. He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again to judge the living 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.

14 thoughts on “Old Apostle’s Creed”

  1. Dear Brothers and Sister,
    The correction is acurate. refer to the original latin version. I did also notice the change in two areas. 1. by the power of the Holy Spirit. and 2. The right hand of the father.
    in Latin says. 1. conceptus est de Spirity Sancto. (conceived by the Holy Spirit) “there is no power there”. 2. sedet ad dextram Dei Patri omnipotentis. ( seated at the right hand of God the Father almighty). In hence the english translation is finally correct.
    God Bless

  2. Angela Winningham

    What no one seems to notice is that Christ’s decent into hell was omitted and Catholic became catholic. Catholic modernists Novus Ordo (some) say hell is an empty place. That is untrue.
    New modernists are saying many roads to God. Capitalized Catholic is the one true faith. Lowercase catholic refers to a universal church. To me, this is unsettling. No one talks about it because they have been distracted by the big words like “Consubstantial “, which is not false. Someone, anyone, please correct me if I am wrong. Apostles Creed on Rosary is different than the one we profess during Novus Ordo

  3. I am 57 years old and attended Catholic school from 1st grade-12th as well as attending mass every Sunday, & Holy Day. I agree it should’ve never been changed as well as other prayers at mass that have also changed over the years. It appalls me as well! This is the version I was taught & prayed every day as a child and throughout my many years…

    I believe in God The Father Almighty , maker of Heaven & Earth, of all that is seen unseen. I believe in Our Dear Lord Jesus Christ, the only son of God eternally begotten of the Father. True God from True God. He was born of the Virgin Mary and became Man. He was crucified, died and was buried. On the third day He rose again in fulfillment of the scriptures. He has spoken thru the Prophets. He ascended into Heaven and is seated at the right of The Father. He will come again in Glory to judge the living and the dead and His Kingdom will have no end. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the giver of life. With the Father and The Son He is worshipped & glorified. I believe in one Holy Catholic & Apostolic Church, the forgiveness of sins and life everlasting. Amen.

    1. I agree. I feel confused at Mass when I feel like I do not understand what is happening and I do not know my prayers. My mother was on the board of our parish and a Eucharistic minister, we have always been so involved in the Church. This makes me feel like a stranger. But, considering she had to adjust from Latin to English, I am sure I will adapt some point. I still use what I grew up with when praying my rosary.

    2. Thank you Susan for posting this! I am with you. I was driven away from the church almost 20 years ago while in college by two priests who had forgotten that, like Jesus, they came from common “men.” Instead, they judged incessantly and passed judgement in the form of public shaming.

      And this is how I was made to feel as a CCD teacher and mass music coordinator! Maybe those who showed up on Sunday, ducked, covered and rolled their way out were less affected… at least consciously.

      One of them can be forgiven on the sole basis of youth and enthusiasm, and idealism, as a new, and very young priest. The other, well, he was simply a disgrace to the calling, and will have (or have had) his own penance to pay.

      I have come now, to see that God had to use them to give me enough of a kick out the door to get me to go on my own growth journey to find him. That he would become real, for me, not just ritual.

      I would love to have a parish to go back to now, but the changes to mass have made it seem far darker, and focused on damning than redeeming that the church I grew up in. I always feel disheartened when I leave now.

  4. I’m so glad to see that I’m not the only one confused and disturbed about the changing of the Apostles Creed. To me it’s a distraction at Mass.

  5. I understand the desire to make the translation as accurate as possible. But what I think is missing in doing this is that it makes some of it less understandable by the common man. To me the old translation was a description of our faith that could be taken anywhere and given to any person and they could understand what we believe. Consubstantial? I am an educated person and I had never heard that word. How do explain that to a simple farmer in a foreign country let alone a stranger here in our own country?

  6. The changes are really just returning to the more accurate translation, which was previously used and has always been used by all of the non-English speaking countries. Our English prayer is now back to full communion with all Catholics around the world. This is cause for celebration, not disappointment.

  7. This change is wrong from the stand point of worshipful praying. Catholics are in communion when pray the Nicene and Apostles creeds. When we bow our heads “he was born of the Virgin Mary and became Man”. To lose also Christ has died, Christ has risen, Christ will come again. That in itself is biblical and the truth. I’m 54 going on 55 and the changes have me worried, for you my brothers and sisters, brethren just doesn’t feel right. Peace be with you +

    1. I completely agree I say my version (which is the version we grew up on in catholic school) and they say theirs. It somehow makes you feel like an individual not a group

  8. Why, why, why did they change it!? My old parish still does it the original way, but we’ve recently moved and the new parish does it the new way. Personally, I really dislike it, and feel uncomfortable saying it. All of the “new” tweaks on the Mass make me wonder if I’m even in the right church! If I feel this wierd about it in my 30s, how does it make the 70+ year olds feel?

    1. Oh my goodness! I dislike the too!! I’m 34… And I think about that too… How are the older generations feeling about the changes? Why did they change it? There was no reason for it.

      1. they have reason they change the apostles creed because they want to understand better but only they do correct the grammar and the arrangement

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