On the Creed:

 1. Receive, my children, the Rule of Faith, which is called the Symbol (or Creed ). And when ye have received it, write it in your heart, and be daily

 2. Of this, then, ye have now received, have meditated, and having meditated have held, that ye should say, “I believe in God the Father Almighty.” Go

 3. For this reason we believe also in His Son, that is to say, God the Father Almighty’s, “His Only Son, our Lord.” When thou hearest of the Only Son

 4. We do not bring in two Gods as some do, who say, “God the Father and God the Son, but greater God the Father and lesser God the Son.” They both are

 5. The Father doeth what He will, and what He will doeth the Son. Do not imagine an Almighty Father and a not Almighty Son: it is error, blot it out w

 6. But this Only Son of God, the Father Almighty, let us see what He did for us, what He suffered for us. “Born of the Holy Ghost and of the Virgin Ma

 7. What next? “Suffered under Pontius Pilate.” He was in office as governor and was the judge, this same Pontius Pilate, what time as Christ suffered.

 8. He was begotten before all times, before all worlds. “Begotten before.” Before what, He in Whom is no before? Do not in the least imagine any time

 9. Of His cross what shall I speak, what say? This extremest kind of death He chose, that not any kind of death might make His Martyrs afraid. The doc

 10. Scripture saith, “Ye have heard of the patience of Job, and have seen the end of the Lord.” When we read what great trials Job endured, it makes o

 11. “He ascended into heaven:” believe. “He sitteth at the right hand of the Father:” believe. By sitting, understand dwelling: as [in Latin] we say o

 12. “Thence He shall come to judge the quick and dead.” The quick, who shall be alive and remain the dead, who shall have gone before. It may also be

 13. It follows in the Creed, “And in the Holy Ghost.” This Trinity, one God, one nature, one substance, one power highest equality, no division, no d

 14. It follows after commendation of the Trinity, “The Holy Church.” God is pointed out, and His temple. “For the temple of God is holy,” says the Apo

 15. “Forgiveness of sins.” Ye have [this article of] the Creed perfectly in you when ye receive Baptism. Let none say, “I have done this or that sin:

 16. In three ways then are sins remitted in the Church by Baptism, by prayer, by the greater humility of penance yet God doth not remit sins but to

 17. We believe also “the resurrection of the flesh,” which went before in Christ: that the body too may have hope of that which went before in its Hea

5. The Father doeth what He will, and what He will doeth the Son. Do not imagine an Almighty Father and a not Almighty Son: it is error, blot it out within you, let it not cleave in your memory, let it not be drunk into your faith, and if haply any of you shall have drunk it in, let him vomit it up. Almighty is the Father, Almighty the Son. If Almighty begat not Almighty, He begat not very Son. For what say we, brethren, if the Father being greater begat a Son less than He? What said I, begat? Man engenders, being greater, a son being less: it is true: but that is because the one grows old, the other grows up, and by very growing attains to the form of his father. The Son of God, if He groweth not because neither can God wax old, was begotten perfect. And being begotten perfect, if He groweth not, and remained not less, He is equal. For that ye may know Almighty begotten of Almighty, hear Him Who is Truth. That which of Itself Truth saith, is true. What saith Truth? What saith the Son, Who is Truth? “Whatsoever things the Father doeth, these also the Son likewise doeth.”10    John v. 19 The Son is Almighty, in doing all things that He willeth to do. For if the Father doeth some things which the Son doeth not, the Son said falsely, “Whatsoever things the Father doeth, these also the Son doeth likewise.” But because the Son spake truly, believe it: “Whatsoever things the Father doeth, these also the Son doeth likewise,” and ye have believed in the Son that He is Almighty. Which word although ye said not in the Creed, yet this is it that ye expressed when ye believed in the Only Son, Himself God. Hath the Father aught that the Son hath not? This Arian heretic blasphemers say, not I. But what say I? If the Father hath aught that the Son hath not, the Son lieth in saying, “All things that the Father hath, are Mine.”11    John xvi. 15 Many and innumerable are the testimonies by which it is proved that the Son is Very Son of God the Father, and the Father God hath His Very-begotten Son God, and Father and Son is One God.

5. Facit quod vult Pater, facit quod vult Filius. Nolite putare omnipotentem Patrem et non omnipotentem Filium: error est, delete hoc in vobis, non haereat in memoria vestra, non bibatur in fide vestra, et si forte aliquis vestrum biberit, vomat. Omnipotens est Pater, omnipotens Filius. Si omnipotens non genuit 0630 omnipotentem, non verum filium genuit. Quid enim dicimus, fratres, si Pater major minorem filium genuit? Quid enim dixi , genuit? Homo enim major generat filium minorem, verum est: sed quia senescit ille, crescit iste, et ad formam patris sui vel crescendo pervenit. Filius Dei si non crescit, quia nec potest Deus senescere; perfectus natus est. Perfectus quidem natus, si non crescit, et minor non remansit; aequalis est. Nam ut sciatis omnipotentem de omnipotente natum, ipsum audite qui Veritas est. De se quod dicit Veritas, hoc est verum. Quid ait Veritas? quid ait Filius, qui est Veritas? Quaecumque Pater facit, haec et Filius similiter facit (Joan. V, 19). Omnipotens est Filius, omnia faciendo quae voluerit. Nam si facit aliqua Pater quae non facit Filius, falsum dixit Filius: Quaecumque Pater facit, haec et Filius facit similiter. Sed quia verum dixit Filius: credite, Quaecumque Pater facit, haec et Filius facit similiter; et credidistis in Filium omnipotentem. Quod verbum etsi in Symbolo non dixistis, tamen hoc est quod expressistis, quando in unicum ipsum Deum credidistis. Habet aliquid Pater quod non habet Filius? Hoc Ariani haeretici blasphemi dicunt, non ego. Sed ego quid dico? Si habet aliquid Pater, quod non habet Filius; mentitur Filius, qui dicit, Omnia quae habet Pater, mea sunt (Id., XVI, 15). Multa et innumerabilia sunt testimonia quibus probetur quia Filius verus Dei Patris est Filius, et Pater Deus verum genuit Filium Deum, et Pater et Filius unus est Deus.