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Saint Athanasian Creed

 

Whosoever will be saved, before all things it is necessary that he hold the catholic faith. Which faith except every one do keep whole and undefiled; without doubt he shall perish everlastingly. And the catholic faith is this: That we worship one God in Trinity, and Trinity in Unity; Neither confounding the Persons; nor dividing the Essence. For there is one Person of the Father; another of the Son; and another of the Holy Ghost. But the Godhead of the Father, of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, is all one; the Glory equal, the Majesty coeternal. Such as the Father is; such is the Son; and such is the Holy Ghost. The Father uncreated; the Son uncreated; and the Holy Ghost uncreated. The Father unlimited; the Son unlimited; and the Holy Ghost unlimited. The Father eternal; the Son eternal; and the Holy Ghost eternal. And yet they are not three eternals; but one eternal. As also there are not three uncreated; nor three infinites, but one uncreated; and one infinite. So likewise the Father is Almighty; the Son Almighty; and the Holy Ghost Almighty. And yet they are not three Almighties; but one Almighty. So the Father is God; the Son is God; and the Holy Ghost is God. And yet they are not three Gods; but one God. So likewise the Father is Lord; the Son Lord; and the Holy Ghost Lord. And yet not three Lords; but one Lord. For like as we are compelled by the Christian verity; to acknowledge every Person by himself to be God and Lord; So are we forbidden by the catholic religion; to say, There are 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 Ghost is of the Father and of the Son; neither made, nor created, nor begotten; but proceeding. So there is one Father, not three Fathers; one Son, not three Sons; one Holy Ghost, not three Holy Ghosts. And in this Trinity none is before, or after another; none is greater, or less than another. But the whole three Persons are coeternal, and coequal. So that in all things, as aforesaid; the Unity in Trinity, and the Trinity in Unity, is to be worshipped. He therefore that will be saved, let him thus think of the Trinity.

Furthermore, it is necessary to everlasting salvation; that he also believe faithfully the Incarnation of our Lord Jesus Christ. For the right Faith is, that we believe and confess; that our Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God, is God and Man; God, of the Substance [Essence] of the Father; begotten before the worlds; and Man, of the Substance [Essence] of his Mother, born in the world. Perfect God; and perfect Man, of a reasonable soul and human flesh subsisting. Equal to the Father, as touching his Godhead; and inferior to the Father as touching his Manhood. Who although he is God and Man; yet he is not two, but one Christ. One; not by conversion of the Godhead into flesh; but by assumption of the Manhood into God. One altogether; not by confusion of Substance [Essence]; but by unity of Person. For as the reasonable soul and flesh is one man; so God and Man is one Christ; Who suffered for our salvation; descended into hell; rose again the third day from the dead. He ascended into heaven, he sitteth on the right hand of the God the Father Almighty, from whence he will come to judge the living and the dead. At whose coming all men will rise again with their bodies; And shall give account for their own works. And they that have done good shall go into life everlasting; and they that have done evil, into everlasting fire. This is the catholic faith; which except a man believe truly and firmly, he cannot be saved.
 


Quicúmque vult salvus esse,
ante ómnia opus est, ut téneat cathólicam fidem;
Quam nisi quisque íntegram inviolatámque serváverit,
absque dúbio in ćtérnum períbit.
Fides autem cathólica hćc est:
ut unum Deum in Trinitáte et Trinitátem in Unitáte venerémur;
Neque confundéntes persónas,
neque substántiam separántes.
Alia est enim persóna Patris, ália Fílii,
ália Spíritus Sancti;
Sed Patris et Fílii et Spíritus Sancti una est divínitas,
ćquális glória, coćtérna maiéstas.
Qualis Pater, talis Fílius,
talis Spíritus Sanctus.
Increátus Pater, increátus Fílius,
increátus Spíritus Sanctus.
Imménsus Pater, imménsus Fílius,
imménsus Spíritus Sanctus.
Ćtérnus Pater, ćtérnus Fílius,
ćtérnus Spíritus Sanctus;
Et tamen non tres ćtérni,
sed unus ćtérnus;
Sicut non tres increáti nec tres imménsi,
sed unus increátus et unus imménsus.
Simíliter omnípotens Pater, omnípotens Fílius,
omnípotens Spíritus Sanctus;
Et tamen non tres omnipoténtes,
sed unus omnípotens.
Ita Deus Pater, Deus Fílius,
Deus Spíritus Sanctus;
Et tamen non tres Dii,
sed unus est Deus.
Ita Dóminus Pater, Dóminus Fílius,
Dóminus Spíritus Sanctus;
Et tamen non tres Dómini,
sed unus est Dóminus;
Quia sicut singillátim unamquámque persónam Deum ac Dóminum confitéri Christiána veritáte compéllimur,
ita tres Deos aut Dóminos dícere cathólica religióne prohibémur.
Pater a nullo est factus,
nec creátus nec génitus.
Fílius a Patre solo est,
non factus nec creátus, sed génitus.
Spíritus Sanctus a Patre et Fílio,
non factus nec creátus nec génitus, sed procédens.
Unus ergo Pater, non tres Patres, unus Fílius, non tres Fílii,
unus Spíritus Sanctus, non tres Spíritus Sancti;
Et in hac Trinitáte nihil prius aut postérius, nihil maius aut minus,
sed totć tres persónć coćtérnć sibi sunt et coćquáles.
Ita, ut per ómnia, sicut iam supra dictum est,
et Unitas in Trinitáte et Trínitas in Unitáte veneránda sit.
Qui vult ergo salvus esse,
ita de Trinitáte séntiat;
Sed necessárium est ad ćtérnam salútem,
ut incarnatiónem quoque Dómini nostri Iesu Christi fidéliter credat!
Est ergo fides recta, ut credámus et confiteámur,
quia Dóminus noster Iesus Christus, Dei Fílius, Deus et homo est.
Deus est ex substántia Patris ante sǽcula génitus,
et homo est ex substántia matris in sǽculo natus.
Perféctus Deus, perféctus homo
ex ánima rationáli et humána carne subsístens.
Ćquális Patri secúndum divinitátem,
minor Patre secúndum humanitátem;
Qui licet Deus sit et homo,
non duo tamen, sed unus est Christus.
Unus autem non conversióne divinitátis in carnem,
sed assumptióne humanitátis in Deum.
Unus omníno non confusióne substántić,
sed unitáte persónć.
Nam sicut ánima rationális et caro unus est homo,
ita Deus et homo unus est Christus;
Qui passus est pro salúte nostra, descéndit ad ínferos,
tértia die resurréxit a mórtuis.
Ascéndit ad cćlos, sedet ad déxteram Dei Patris omnipoténtis,
inde ventúrus est iudicáre vivos et mórtuos;
Ad cuius advéntum omnes hómines resúrgere habent
cum corpóribus suis, *
et redditúri sunt de factis própriis ratiónem;
Et qui bona egérunt, ibunt in vitam ćtérnam,
qui vero mala, in ignem ćtérnum.
Hćc est fides cathólica,
quam nisi quisque fidéliter firmitérque credíderit,
salvus esse non póterit.

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