What Does the Orthodox Church Believe?

I believe in one God, the Father almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all things visible and invisible.

And in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the Son of God, the only-begotten of the Father before all ages: light from light, true God from true God, begotten, not made, of one essence with the Father, through 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 become man.

And He was crucified for us under Pontius Pilate, and suffered and was buried.

And on the third day he rose again according to the Scriptures; and he ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father.

And he will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and his kingdom will 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 is worshipped and glorified, who has spoken through 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 world to come.  Amen.

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  1. I forget where I picked this text up… it was 8 years ago. But it takes the questions after the Creed in the Baptism/Chrismation conversion service and sums them up into sort of a "Baptismal Covenant" for the Orthodox Catholic Church. It includes the stuff that needs to be confessed by Protestants as well as by Romans and even Pagans coming into the Church all woven together.

    It may just be a more-explicit statement of the Creed as we understand it, although to be a full "Baptismal Covenant" on the Anglican model, it would need to include the first questions in the Baptism service about rejecting Satan and turning to Jesus and worshipping him. On my first blog pages, post-Chrismation, I had this text posted along-side the Creed as a sort of continuation. Would you also append it or is it just elaboration of the Creed or is it something else?

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