I believe in God the Father Almighty,
Maker of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, his only begotten Son, our Lord;
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary;
suffered under Pontius Pilate;
was crucified, dead, and buried;
he descended into hell;1 the third day he rose again from the dead;
he ascended into heaven,
and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty;
from there he shall come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit;
the holy catholic2 church;
the communion of saints;
the forgiveness of sins;
the resurrection of the body;
and the life everlasting. Amen.
1 See Heidelberg Catechism, Q&A 44; Canons of Dort, 2.4.
2 “Catholic” means universal; that is, there is one church across all times, places, and peoples
(Belgic Confession, art. 27; Heidelberg Catechism, Q&A 54).