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The Apostles’ Creed
I believe in God, the Father Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord; Who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried, He descended into hell; the third day He arose again from the dead; He ascended into Heaven, sitteth at the right hand of God, the Father Almighty, from thence He shall come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Holy Catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and life everlasting. Amen.
The Rosary is, at its core, a Christ-centered prayer with the crucifix as the physical focal point for beginning and ending the Rosary itself.
This opening prayer to the Rosary is the ultimate profession of faith. With this prayer, we reaffirm the basic tenets of our Christianity because ultimately to believe “in God the Father Almighty,” “Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord,” and in “the Holy Spirit” is to believe in the Trinity- God as three persons. To be a Christian is to share in that fundamental belief and to live accordingly.
According to some, “The Apostles’ Creed” is attributed to the twelve Apostles themselves. The prayer is composed of twelve basic statements, with each Apostle contributing that basic statement to the prayer.
This origin cannot be confirmed because very few things emanating from the time of Christ were documented in writing but oral tradition attributes authorship of this prayer to the Original Twelve.
Irrespective of its origin or authorship, this profession of faith is the ultimate way to initiate this Christ-center prayer and thus constitutes an appropriate way to begin any conversation with our Lord.