The Apostles’ Creed was written in the second century. It is called the Apostles’ Creed not because the Apostles wrote it, but because it contains the teachings of the Apostles’. It is an ancient summary of our faith originally written to refute false teaching. It has come to be a timeless expression of the depth and riches of our Christian faith and is used by Christians of all denominations throughout the world as an affirmation of their faith.
Brothers & Sisters of God, what do you believe?
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.
* The term "catholic" (with a lower case "c") does not refer to any specific denomination or group of Christians. This single word, "catholic," means throughout all times and places and also points to the essential unity of the church in Christ. So, when the creed states, "I believe in the holy catholic church," it refers to the universal church rather than to any specific branch of Christianity.