Origin of this prayer: I ABSOLUTELY LOVE THIS PRAYER. This prayer means a lot to me. When you see the word "catholic," it means "universal." Just a little piece of trivia for you. The word catholic is not capitalized and is not referring to a specific religion. The majority of all Christian religions agree on all the words of this creed. In fact, I do not know of any Christian religion that does not recite this prayer at some time or another. We in the Catholic Church recite this prayer every Sunday and call it our "Profession of Faith."
Before beginning any Prayer, first read it over and absorb what you will be saying. Then gather your thoughts and choose the specific words that you will be using to ask for your special request or intention, when appropriate.
For a more enriching experience, go down on your knees to pray or take it one step further and prostrate yourself (lay face down) on the floor while praying.
I believe in one God,
the Father, the Almighty,
Maker of heaven and earth
of all that is seen and unseen.
I believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ,
the only Son of God,
eternally begotten of the Father,
God from God,
Light from Light,
true God from true God,
begotten not made,
one in Being with the Father.
Through Him all things were made.
For us men and for our salvation,
He came down from heaven:
(bow at the waist or bow your head)
by the Power of the Holy Spirit,
He was born of the Virgin Mary,
and became Man.
(finish your bow)
For our sake, He was crucified under Pontius Pilate;
He suffered, died, and was buried.
On the third day He rose again
in fulfillment of 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.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the Lord, the Giver of Life,
who proceeds from the Father and the Son.
With the Father and the Son
He is worshipped and glorified.
He has spoken through the prophets.
I believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church.
I acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.
I look for the resurrection of the dead,
and the life of the world to come.
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