We pray what we believe. That’s what that Latin phrase means. And it is an important reminder that the words we use in prayers are not pointless or filler, but the truths of our faith.
The Nicene Creed was formulated overtime to refute a few heresies: Docetism, Arianism, Nestorianism, Monophysites – all claimed things about Christ which were against what the Church taught. To combat these, the Creed was written.
When you look at the Creed it is a summation of faith. It tells us about God, the Trinity, how the persons of the Trinity are related to each other and how we are saved. It reminds us of all we hold true about our faith. When we pray this prayer, it is not only a profession of faith but an act of faith.
For most of us, we pray the Nicene Creed from memory with the rest of the congregation each week. We may not have considered what these words mean in light of our faith. Does that seem like an odd possibility? Praying along without thinking about or understanding the prayer is common when we grow up with the prayers; we keep saying the words without considering the meaning.
I’d like to invite you to a deeper understanding of the Creed. It is a beautiful prayer that teaches us so much about our faith. Join me at Live Not Lukewarm beginning Wednesday, August 4, 2021, for a 4 part series on the Nicene Creed. We’ll meet live via Zoom, handouts will be provided and recordings will be available.
I hope to you there!