In point of fact, the Church has three creeds it recognizes as speaking with authority: the relatively informal Apostles Creed, the Athanasian Creed, the most carefully crafted of the three, stating with greatest precision the doctrines of the Incarnation and the Trinity, and, lastly, the one formulated basically by the Church at the Council of Nicaea in 325 A.D. and approved at the Council of Constantinople in 381; the one we repeat at every Mass, and refer to as “The Creed,” the Nicene Creed.


1. As indicated previously, we bow at the name of Jesus.

2. We genuflect at the words and was incarnate by the Holy Ghost of the Virgin Mary, And was made man: In most parishes, priest and people rise here; however, in some parishes the genuflection is maintained until the words ‘And the third day he rose again’ are said.

3. We sign the cross at the words And the life+of the world to come.

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