Our Belief

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Our Creeds

In the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church there are two credal statements in use.  One is a fairly long profession which is believed to be of Apostolic origin, and the other is the Niceno-Constantinopolitan Creed.  The saying of the Confession of the Faith at the beginning of the Eucharistic Service signifies that the worship is meant only for those who accept the faith affirmed

The Prayer of Faith

We believe in one God the Father almighty, maker of heaven, earth and all things visible and invisible.

And we believe in one Lord Jesus Chrst, the only-begotten Son of the Father who was with Him before the creation opf the world:

Light from light, true God from true God, begotten not made, of one essence with the Father:

By whom all things were made, and without Him wa no anythings in heaven or earth made:

Who for us men and for our salvation came fown from heaven , awas made man and was incarnate from the Holy Spirit and from the holy Virgin Mary.

Became man, was crucified for our sakes in the days of Pontius Pilate, suffered. Died, was buried and rose from the dead on the third day as as written in the holy scriputres:

Ascended in glory into heaven, sat at the right hand of His Father, and wil come again in glory to judge the living and the dead; there is no end of His reign.

And we believe in the Holy Spirit, the life-giving God, who proceedeth from the Father; we worship and glorify Him with the Father and the Son; who spoke by the prophets;

And we believe in one holy, universal, apostolic church,

And we believe in one baptism for the remission of sins, and wait for the resurrection from the dead and the life to come, world without end.  Amen.

Amakniyou of the Apostles

“We believe in one God, maker of all creation.  Father of our Lord and our God and our Savior Jesus Christ, because his nature is unsearchable.

As we have before declared, he is without beginning and without end, but He is ever living, and He has light which is never extinguished and He can never be approached.

He is not two or three and no addition can be made to Him; but He is only one, living for ever, because He is not hidden that He cannot be known, but we known Him perfectly through the law and the prophets, that He is almighty and has authority over all the creation.

One God, Father of our Lord and our Savior Jesus Christ, who was begotten before the creation of the world, the only-begotten Son, coequal with Him, creator of all the hosts, the principalities and the dominions:

Who in the last days was pleased to become man, and took flesh from our Lady Mary, the holy Virgin, without the seed of man, and grew like men yet without sin or evil; neither was guile found in his mouth.

Then He suffered, died in the flesh, rose from the dead on the third day, ascended unto heaven to the Father who sent Him, sat down at the right hand of Power, sent to us the Paraclete, the Holy Spirit, who proceedeth from the Father, and saved all the world, and who is co-eternal with the Father and the Son.

We say further that all the Creatures of God are good and there is nothing to be rejected, and the spirit, the life of the body, is pure and holy in all.

And we say that marriage is pure, and childbirth is undefiled, because God created Adam and Eve to multiply.  We understand further that there is in our body a soul which is immortal and does not perish with the body.

We repudiate all the works of heretics and all schisms and transgression of the law, because they are for us impure.

We also believe in the resurrection of the dead, the righteous and sinners; and in the day of judgment, when everyone will be recompensed according to his deeds.

We also believe that Christ is not in the least degree inferior because of His incarnation, but He is God, the Word who truly became man, and reconciled mankind to God being the High-priest of the Father.

Henceforth let us not be circumcised like the Jews.  We know that he who had to fulfill the law and the prophets has already come.

To Him, for those coming all people looked forward. Jesus Christ, who is descended from Judah, from the root of Jesse, whose government is upon his shoulder: to Him be glory, thanksgiving, greatness, blessing, praise, song, both now and ever and world without end.  Amen.


Taken from:

The Qidase of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church.