Apostolorum was developed between the second and ninth centuries.
It is the most popular creed used in worship by Western
Christians. Its central doctrines are those of the Trinity and God
Legend has it that the Apostles wrote this creed on the tenth day
after Christ's ascension into heaven. That is not the case, though
the name stuck. However, each of the doctrines found in the creed
can be traced to statements current in the apostolic period. The
earliest written version of the creed is perhaps the Interrogatory
Creed of Hippolytus (ca. A.D. 215). The current form is first
found in the writings of Caesarius of Arles (d 542).
The creed was apparently used as a summary of Christian doctrine
for baptismal candidates in the churches of Rome. Hence it is also
known as The Roman Symbol. As in Hippolytus' version it was given
in question and answer format with the baptismal candidates
answering in the affirmative that they believed each statement.
Traditional English Version:
I believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth.
And in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord; who was conceived by
the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius
Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried; he descended into hell;
the third day he rose again from the dead; he ascended into
heaven, and sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty;
from thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Ghost; the holy catholic Church; the
communion of saints; the forgiveness of sins; the resurrection of
the body; and the life everlasting. AMEN.
Modern English Version:
I believe in God, the Father almighty,
creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, God's 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 to the dead.
On the third day he rose again;
he ascended into heaven,
he is seated at the right hand of the Father,
and he will come again 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 the life everlasting. AMEN.