There’s a lovely story: the 12 apostles are sitting around after Jesus has gone back to heaven after Jesus’ death and resurrection, and they are about to go and share and spread the good news. But of course there’s no gospels, no new testament written yet; so they need to have some sort of agreement about what they are going to tell people.
And in this story Peter starts off, and the story says he’s inspired by the Holy Spirit of course, so Peter starts off and says, “I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth.” Then, in one version of the story it’s Andrew who speaks next, in another version it is John who says, “I believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, our Lord.” James the elder continues, “who was conceived by the Holy Spirit…” And so they go on round the twelve. And there you have it: the Apostles’ Creed!
And yes, James, some will understand those singing as actually the apostles… 😉
This is the first post in a series that will reflect on this creed in this Year of Faith.