|The Athanasian Creed:|
|The Athanasian Creed:|
Quicumque vult salvus esse, ante omnia opus est, ut teneat
catholicam fidem: Quam nisi quisque integram inviolatamque servaverit,
absque dubio in aeternum peribit. Fides autem catholica haec est: ut
unum Deum in Trinitate, et Trinitatem in unitate veneremur. Neque
confundentes personas, neque substantiam separantes. Alia est enim
persona Patris alia Filii, alia Spiritus Sancti: Sed Patris, et Filii,
et Spiritus Sancti una est divinitas, aequalis gloria, coeterna
maiestas. Qualis Pater, talis Filius, talis [et] Spiritus Sanctus.
Increatus Pater, increatus Filius, increatus [et] Spiritus Sanctus.
Immensus Pater, immensus Filius, immensus [et] Spiritus Sanctus.
Aeternus Pater, aeternus Filius, aeternus [et] Spiritus Sanctus. Et
tamen non tres aeterni, sed unus aeternus. Sicut non tres increati, nec
tres immensi, sed unus increatus, et unus immensus. Similiter omnipotens
Pater, omnipotens Filius, omnipotens [et] Spiritus Sanctus. Et tamen
non tres omnipotentes, sed unus omnipotens. Ita Deus Pater, Deus Filius,
Deus [et] Spiritus Sanctus. Et tamen non tres dii, sed unus est Deus.
Ita Dominus Pater, Dominus Filius, Dominus [et] Spiritus Sanctus. Et
tamen non tres Domini, sed unus [est] Dominus. Quia, sicut singillatim
unamquamque personam Deum ac Dominum confiteri christiana veritate
compellimur: Ita tres Deos aut [tres] Dominos dicere catholica religione
prohibemur. Pater a nullo est factus: nec creatus, nec genitus. Filius a
Patre solo est: non factus, nec creatus, sed genitus. Spiritus Sanctus a
Patre et Filio: non factus, nec creatus, nec genitus, sed procedens.
Unus ergo Pater, non tres Patres: unus Filius, non tres Filii: unus
Spiritus Sanctus, non tres Spiritus Sancti. Et in hac Trinitate nihil
prius aut posterius, nihil maius aut minus: Sed totae tres personae
coaeternae sibi sunt et coaequales. Ita, ut per omnia, sicut iam supra
dictum est, et unitas in Trinitate, et Trinitas in unitate veneranda
sit. Qui vult ergo salvus esse, ita de Trinitate sentiat.
Sed necessarium est ad aeternam salutem, ut incarnationem quoque Domini nostri Iesu Christi fideliter credat. Est ergo fides recta ut credamus et confiteamur, quia Dominus noster Iesus Christus, Dei Filius, Deus [pariter] et homo est. Deus [est] ex substantia Patris ante saecula genitus: et homo est ex substantia matris in saeculo natus. Perfectus Deus, perfectus homo: ex anima rationali et humana carne subsistens. Aequalis Patri secundum divinitatem: minor Patre secundum humanitatem. Qui licet Deus sit et homo, non duo tamen, sed unus est Christus. Unus autem non conversione divinitatis in carnem, sed assumptione humanitatis in Deum. Unus omnino, non confusione substantiae, sed unitate personae. Nam sicut anima rationalis et caro unus est homo: ita Deus et homo unus est Christus. Qui passus est pro salute nostra: descendit ad inferos: tertia die resurrexit a mortuis. Ascendit ad [in] caelos, sedet ad dexteram [Dei] Patris [omnipotentis]. Inde venturus [est] judicare vivos et mortuos. Ad cujus adventum omnes homines resurgere habent cum corporibus suis; Et reddituri sunt de factis propriis rationem. Et qui bona egerunt, ibunt in vitam aeternam: qui vero mala, in ignem aeternum. Haec est fides catholica, quam nisi quisque fideliter firmiterque crediderit, salvus esse non poterit.
Whosoever will be saved, before all things it is necessary that he
hold the catholic faith. Which faith except every one do keep whole and
undefiled; without doubt he shall perish everlastingly. And the catholic
faith is this: That we worship one God in Trinity, and Trinity in
Unity; Neither confounding the Persons; nor dividing the Essence. For
there is one Person of the Father; another of the Son; and another of
the Holy Ghost. But the Godhead of the Father, of the Son, and of the
Holy Ghost, is all one; the Glory equal, the Majesty coeternal. Such as
the Father is; such is the Son; and such is the Holy Ghost. The Father
uncreated; the Son uncreated; and the Holy Ghost uncreated. The Father
unlimited; the Son unlimited; and the Holy Ghost unlimited. The Father
eternal; the Son eternal; and the Holy Ghost eternal. And yet they are
not three eternals; but one eternal. As also there are not three
uncreated; nor three infinites, but one uncreated; and one infinite. So
likewise the Father is Almighty; the Son Almighty; and the Holy Ghost
Almighty. And yet they are not three Almighties; but one Almighty. So
the Father is God; the Son is God; and the Holy Ghost is God. And yet
they are not three Gods; but one God. So likewise the Father is Lord;
the Son Lord; and the Holy Ghost Lord. And yet not three Lords; but one
Lord. For like as we are compelled by the Christian verity; to
acknowledge every Person by himself to be God and Lord; So are we
forbidden by the catholic religion; to say, There are three Gods, or
three Lords. The Father is made of none; neither created, nor begotten.
The Son is of the Father alone; not made, nor created; but begotten. The
Holy Ghost is of the Father and of the Son; neither made, nor created,
nor begotten; but proceeding. So there is one Father, not three Fathers;
one Son, not three Sons; one Holy Ghost, not three Holy Ghosts. And in
this Trinity none is before, or after another; none is greater, or less
than another. But the whole three Persons are coeternal, and coequal. So
that in all things, as aforesaid; the Unity in Trinity, and the Trinity
in Unity, is to be worshipped. He therefore that will be saved, let him
thus think of the Trinity.|
Furthermore it is necessary to everlasting salvation; that he also believe faithfully the Incarnation of our Lord Jesus Christ. For the right Faith is, that we believe and confess; that our Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God, is God and Man; God, of the Essence of the Father; begotten before the worlds; and Man, of the Essence of his Mother, born in the world. Perfect God; and perfect Man, of a reasonable soul and human flesh subsisting. Equal to the Father, as touching his Godhead; and inferior to the Father as touching his Manhood. Who although he is God and Man; yet he is not two, but one Christ. One; not by conversion of the Godhead into flesh; but by assumption of the Manhood by God. One altogether; not by confusion of Essence; but by unity of Person. For as the reasonable soul and flesh is one man; so God and Man is one Christ; Who suffered for our salvation; descended into hell; rose again the third day from the dead. He ascended into heaven, he sitteth on the right hand of the God the Father Almighty, from whence he will come to judge the quick and the dead. At whose coming all men will rise again with their bodies; And shall give account for their own works. And they that have done good shall go into life everlasting; and they that have done evil, into everlasting fire. This is the catholic faith; which except a man believe truly and firmly, he cannot be saved.