Niceno-Constantinopolitan Creed


A profession of the Christian faith, which is accepted by the Catholic Church, the Eastern Churches separated from Rome, and by most Protestant Churches. It is more complete than the Apostles’ Creed and expresses explicitly the consubstantiality of Jesus Christ with God the Father, which the Arians denied, and the Divinity of the Holy Ghost, which the Macedonians rejected. It received its name from the false assumption that it is an amplification of the Nicene Creed which was supposed to have originated at the First Council of Constantinople in 381. However, it antedates the Council by several years. In the 11th century Rome approved of the insertion into it of the word “Filioque” (and of the Son), which declared against the Greeks that the Holy Ghost proceeds from both Father and Son. This creed has found a place in the Ordinary of the Mass.

MLA Citation

  • “Niceno-Constantinopolitan Creed”. New Catholic Dictionary. CatholicSaints.Info. 19 August 2010. Web. 20 January 2019. <>