5th or 6th century AD
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
And the catholic Faith is this:
That we worship one God in Trinity,
and Trinity in Unity;
Neither confounding the persons,
nor dividing the substance.
For there is one person of the Father,
another of the Son,
and another of the Holy Spirit.
But the Godhead of the Father,
of the Son,
and of the Holy Spirit, is all one;
the Glory equal, the Majesty co-eternal.
Such as the Father is,
such is the Son,
and such is the Holy Spirit.
The Father uncreated,
the Son uncreated,
and the Holy Spirit uncreated.
The Father incomprehensible,
the Son incomprehensible,
and the Holy Spirit incomprehensible.
The Father eternal,
the Son eternal,
and the Holy Spirit eternal.
And yet they are not three eternals:
but one eternal.
As also there are not three incomprehensibles,
nor three uncreated,
but one uncreated,
and one incomprehensible.
So likewise the Father is Almighty,
the Son Almighty,
and the Holy Spirit Almighty.
And yet they are not three Almighties: but one Almighty.
So the Father is God,
the Son is God,
and the Holy Spirit is God.
And yet they are not three Gods,
but one God.
So likewise the Father is Lord,
the Son Lord,
and the Holy Spirit Lord.
And yet not three Lords,
but one Lord.
For just as we are compelled by the Christian
truth to acknowledge every person by himself to be God and Lord;
So are we forbidden by the catholic Religion to
say there be three Gods, or three Lords.
The Father is made of none,
The Son is of the Father alone,
The Holy Spirit is of the Father and of the Son,
So there is one Father, not three Fathers;
one Son, not three Sons;
one Holy Spirit, not three Holy Spirits.
And in this Trinity none is before or after other;
none is greater, or less than another;
But the whole three Persons are co-eternal
together, and co-equal.
So that in all things, as was said before:
the Unity in Trinity,
and the Trinity in Unity is to be worshipped.
He therefore that will be saved must thus think of the Trinity.
Furthermore it is necessary to everlasting
salvation that he also believe rightly 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 substance of the Father,
begotten before the worlds;
and Man, of the substance of his mother,
born in the world;
Perfect God, and Perfect Man,
of a rational 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 be God and Man,
yet he is not two, but one Christ;
One, not by conversion of the Godhead into flesh,
but by taking of the manhood into God;
not by confusion of substance,
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 is seated at the right hand of the Father,
from there he shall come
to judge the living and the dead.
At whose coming all men shall 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 faithfully,
he cannot be saved.