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When they thought the Apostles had written their creed…

It is interesting to note that there has long been a belief that the Apostles’ Creed was written by the apostles of Christ on or around Pentecost with each making a specific contribution. That’s why it has also been known as the 12 Articles of the Christian Faith. While there is little evidence that the Apostles had any such role, in his Divine Tragedy, Longfellow includes an epilogue outlining each apostle’s traditional contribution to the creed. We include it here, just for interest’s sake.

Peter: I believe in God the Father Almighty;
John: Maker of Heaven and Earth;
James: And in Jesus Christ his only Son, our Lord;
Andrew: Who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary;
Philip: Suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried;
Thomas: And the third day he rose again from the dead;
Bartholomew: He ascended into Heaven, and sitteth on the right hand of God, the Father Almighty;
Matthew: From thence he shall come to judge the quick [living] and the dead.
James, the son of Alpheus: I believe in the Holy Ghost; the holy Catholic Church
Simon [the Zealot]: The communion of Saints; the forgiveness of sins;
Jude: The resurrection of the body;
Matthias: And the Life Everlasting.


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