The word creed comes from the Latin credo which means “I believe. The purpose of a creed is to provide a doctrinal statement of correct belief, or Orthodoxy.The Apostles’ Creed is used at Baptism, and is the historic creed for Christian Initiation. Since the beginnings of the early church, before being baptized a person had to state what he or she believed, like we do today with the Apostles’ Creed. By publicly confessing this belief, the person could be baptized into Christ, dying and rising with Him into the New Life of the Kingdom of God in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.
I believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth:And in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead and buried:
he descended into hell; the third day he rose again from the dead; he ascended into heaven, and sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from thence he shall come to judge the quick 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.