The Nicene Creed is the prayer for the Year of Faith. "It is by believing with the heart that you are justified, and by making the declaration with your lps that you are saved. May the Year of Faith lead all believers to learn by heart the Creed and to say it every day as a prayer, so that the breathing agrees with the faith". - from the Pastoral Aid to the Year of Faith.
Did you ever wonder what the words in the Creed meant? Not sure of some parts of it? For the Year of Faith why don't you consider taking on a personal faith project of reading through the explaination of the Creeds in the Catechism of the Catholic Church.
|Source: Mosaic of Christ Pantocrator in Cefalù Cathedral|
maker of heaven and earth,
of all things visible and invisible.
the Only Begotten Son of God,
born of the Father before all ages.
God from God, Light from Light,
true God from true God,
begotten, not made, consubstantial with the Father;
through him all things were made.
For us men and for our salvation
he came down from heaven,
and by the Holy Spirit was incarnate of the Virgin Mary,
and became man.
For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate,
he suffered death and was buried,
and rose again on the third day
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.
the Lord, the giver of life,
who proceeds from the Father and the Son,
who with the Father and the Son is adored and glorified,
who has spoken through the prophets.
I confess one Baptism for the forgiveness of sins
and I look forward to the resurrection of the dead
and the life of the world to come.