An Ancient Profession of Faith in the Trinity
From the "Athanasian" Creed
(An approved creed, used in the Church's liturgy, formerly attributed to St.
Now the catholic faith is that we worship One God in Trinity and Trinity in Unity,
neither confounding the Persons nor dividing the substance. For there is one Person of the
Father, another of the Son, another of the Holy Spirit. But the Godhead of the Father, of
the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, is One, the Glory equal, the Majesty coeternal.
Such as the Father is, such is the Son, and such is the Holy Spirit; the Father
uncreated, the Son uncreated, and the Holy Spirit uncreated; the Father infinite, the Son
infinite, and the Holy Spirit infinite; the Father eternal, the Son eternal, and the Holy
Spirit eternal. And yet not three eternals but one eternal, as also not three infinites,
nor three uncreated, but one uncreated, and one infinite. So, likewise, the Father is
almighty, the Son almighty, and the Holy Spirit almighty; and yet not three almighties but
So the Father is God, the Son God, and the Holy Spirit God; and yet not three Gods but
one God. So the Father is Lord, the Son Lord, and the Holy Spirit Lord; and yet not three
Lords but one Lord. For like as we are compelled by Christian truth to acknowledge every
Person by Himself to be both God and Lord; so are we forbidden by the catholic religion to
say, there be three Gods or three Lords.
The Father is made of none, neither created nor begotten. The Son is of the Father
alone, not made nor created but begotten. The Holy Spirit is of the Father and the Son,
not made nor created nor begotten but proceeding. So there is one Father not three
Fathers, one Son not three Sons, and Holy Spirit not three Holy Spirits. And in this
Trinity there is nothing before or after, nothing greater or less, but the whole three
Persons are coeternal together and coequal.
So that in all things, as is aforesaid, the Trinity in Unity and the Unity in Trinity
is to be worshipped. He therefore who wills to be in a state of salvation, let him think
thus of the Trinity.
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