I received a vision during worship at church while confessing the Nicene Creed. An angel transported me to a space where Christians of the centuries were confessing our creed in one mystical communion. It seemed that the liturgy there was led by the Nicene Church Fathers who assembled the creed over various years during the 4th century by inspiration of the Holy Spirit.
The Apostle’s Creed is an earlier confession of our faith that began to emerge during the lifetime of The Twelve Apostles and through the next generation of the Apostolic Tradition. It draws upon teachings of the apostles found in the New Testament and writings of the Apostolic Church Fathers from the 2nd century. This creed was used by early Christians as a confession of faith at the time of baptism.
When we confess these creeds today, we stand in mystical communion with the Twelve Apostles and the centuries of Christians who share the apostolic faith. Say it with faith in knowing that your confession echoes with the voices of the faithful through the ages. If your church doesn’t confess these ancient creeds during times of worship, consider the possibility of saying them during your times of prayer. Your spiritual depth will increase if you do.
Calvin Wulf is a writer, spiritual director, and retreat facilitator who lives in Colorado with his wife Lisa. He has a passion for Christian spiritual formation drawing from the ancient spiritual traditions of the Apostles, and Christian sages through the ages. He is also a vowed oblate of the contemplative monastic Order of Julian of Norwich.
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