Tuesday, September 18, 2012

The Apostles' Creed

The Apostles' Creed

I believe in God the Father, Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth:
And in Jesus Christ, his only begotten Son, our Lord:
Who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, 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 sits at 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 Ghost:
I believe in the holy catholic church: the communion of saints:
The forgiveness of sins:
The resurrection of the body:
And the life everlasting. Amen.

  • begotten - born
  • descended – went down
  • ascended – went up
  • thence – there
  • quick – living
  • Holy Ghost – Holy Spirit
  • catholic – universal or whole (not the same thing as the Roman Catholic church)
  • communion – fellowship
  • saints – believers in Jesus, all Christians
  • everlasting – lasting forever, eternal
  • trinity – three-in-one (This word is not in the creed, but the three persons in the one God are listed: Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. I have underlined them in the text.)

The first line in Latin and English:

Credo in Deum Patrem omnipotentemCreatorem coeli et terrae.
I believe in God the Father Almighty creator of heaven and earth.

In our home school co-op, the 5th-6th graders are using Mystery of History Volume 2 in their history class.  As their English teacher, I am trying to coordinate my assignments with what they are doing in history.  This week I noticed they are learning about The Apostles' Creed, so I decided to go over some of the unfamiliar words.  They will be reciting and copying the creed this week for homework.  Optionally, they may illustrate it and/or make it look like an old scroll.

Here are two helpful links to learn more about the history and significance of the Apostles' Creed, the most widely used statement of belief in the western church: 

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