The Nicene Creed
The Creed is a profession of Christian faith. It states, in clear language, many of the fundamental beliefs of the Christian faith, including the divinity of Jesus, the Holy Trinity, the Resurrection, and the Holy Spirit.

The original Creed was formulated at the Council of Nicaea in 325, and the Second Ecumenical Council of Nicaea in 381. The Third Ecumenical Council explicitly declared that "it is unlawful for any man to bring forward, or to write, or to compose a different (ἑτέραν) Faith as a rival to that established by the holy Fathers assembled with the Holy Spirit in Nicaea".

The Western Church later added the Filioque ("And the son") phrase to the Creed, in violation of the Canons of the Third Ecumenical Council. The Filioque was first used in Toledo, Spain, in 587. At the council of Aix-la-Chapelle, Pope Leo III forbade the Filioque and ordered that the unmodified Creed (without the Filioque) be engraved on silver tablets. In 1014, the Filioque was officially adopted by the Roman Church.

The Creed is used in the Divine Liturgy, and is usually sung or read by the faithful gathered. It is an integral part of the Liturgy, and is never omitted.

Here is the full text of the Nicene Creed:
I believe in one God, the Father Almighty, Maker of Heaven and Earth, and of all things visible and invisible. And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God, the only-begotten, begotten of the Father before all ages. Light of Light, true God of true God, begotten, not made, of one essence with the Father, by whom all things were made. Who for us men and for our salvation came down from heaven, and was incarnate of the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary, and became man; and he was crucified for us under Pontius Pilate, and suffered, and was buried; and the third day He rose again according to the Scriptures; and ascended into heaven and sitteth at the right hand of the Father. And He shall come again with glory to judge the living and the dead, whose Kingdom shall have no end. And in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the Giver of life, who proceeds from the Father, Who with the Father and the Son together is worshipped and glorified, who spoke by the prophets. In one Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church, I confess one baptism for the remission of sins. I look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the age to come. Amen.
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