A-Z: General definitions: Creed


Brief summaries of Christian belief appear in the New Testament and more substantial statements were agreed over the succeeding centuries. Three creeds are used in the Western liturgy: the short Apostles' Creed (used only in the Western Church), the Nicene Creed, which originated at the Council of Constantinople in 381, and the longer 'Athanasian' Creed which probably dates from c. 500 and was used in the instruction of the laity. Of these the most important in the worship of the medieval church was the Nicene Creed, recited at the Eucharist on Sundays and feast days. These major Christian creeds date back to the early centuries of the Church and transcend many denominational boundaries. (Liturgy Morning Prayer:Apostles' Creed)


Latin: from 'credo' meaning 'I believe'
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