The word creed comes from the Latin credo which means “I believe.” In the Orthodox Church the creed is usually called The Symbol of Faith which means literally the “bringing together” and the “expression” or “confession” of the faith. The Creed was formally drawn up by the Church back in 325 AD and 381 AD after great controversies developed in Christendom about the nature of the Son of God and the Holy Spirit (click here to learn more). It is the Nicene-Constantinopolitan Creed, and is usually referred to simply as “the Nicene Creed.”
As the “Symbol of Faith” for Orthodox Christians, the Nicene-Constantinople Creed is recited by the faithful at every Divine Liturgy.
The Nicene Creed
Of one essence with the Father (John 10:30)
And was incarnate of the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary (Luke 1:34-35)
under Pontius Pilate (Mark 15:15)
Who proceeds from the Father (John 15:26)
Who together with the Father and the Son is worshipped and glorified (Matthew 3:16-17)
Amen. (Psalm 106:48)
And here is what is sounds like on Sunday morning, when we sing it.
This is the historical definition of Christian belief. In other words, if you don’t believe this, you are not a member of the Christian faith.