On-Going Instruction in the Principles of Christianity
THE CREDO OF THE PEOPLE OF GOD
(The SOLEMN PROFESSION OF FAITH - 1 thru 3)
- With this solemn liturgy we end the celebration of the Nineteenth Centenary of the Martyrdom of the Holy Apostles Peter and Paul, and thus close the Year of Faith. We dedicated it to the commemoration of the Holy Apostles in order that we might give witness to our steadfast will to guard the deposit of faith from corruption, that deposit which they transmitted to us, and to demonstrate again our intention of relating this same faith to life, at this time when the Church must continue her pilgrimage in this world.
- We feel it Our duty to give public thanks to all who responded to Our invitation by bestowing on the Year of Faith a splendid completeness through the deepening of their personal adhesion to the Word of God, through the renewal in various gatherings of the Profession of Faith, and through the testimony of Christian life. To Our brothers in the episcopate especially, and to all the faithful of the Holy Catholic Church, We express our appreciation and we grant Our blessing.
- Likewise, we deem that We must fulfill the mandate entrusted by Christ to Peter, whose successor We are, the last in merit; namely to confirm Our brothers in the faith. With the awareness, certainly, of Our human weakness, yet with all the strength impressed on Our spirit by such a command, We shall accordingly make a Profession of Faith, pronounce a formula which begins with the word Credo, I believe. Without being strictly speaking a dogmatic definition, it repeats in substance, with some developments called for by the spiritual condition of our time, the Creed of Nicaea, the Creed of the immortal tradition of the Holy Church of God.
(Pope Saint Paul VI, reigned 1964-1978)
Raised to the Altars October 14th, 2018