ASK FATHER: What are the Four Catholic Creeds?

Posted March 5, 2018 1:17 pm by Fr. John Zuhlsdorf

ASK FATHER: What are the Four Catholic Creeds?

From a reader…
What are the Four Catholic Creeds, and why don’t we use the most recent one in Mass?
Good question.  Let’s start with some basics, which many readers might not know.
Our English word “creed” is from Old English creda, in turn from Latin credo, “I entrust, I believe”.  The profession of faith we make during Holy Mass takes its nickname “Creed” from its first word in the Latin text which begins “Credo in unum Deum… I believe in one God…”.  “Creed” is also used more generically for some statement of belief.
In the Ordinary Form of the Roman Rite, we recite

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