On Sundays, holy days of obligation, and solemnities, the people stand after the homily and make the Profession of Faith. This is also known as the Creed because the first word is Credo, which means “I believe” in Latin.
Typically we recite the Nicene-Constantinopolitan Creed, which capsulizes the dogmatic formulations of the Council of Nicea (325 AD) and those of Constantinople (381). It is simply called the Nicene Creed. When confirmation students are present at Mass, the people can recite the shorter and more ancient creed known as the Apostles’ Creed. The Apostles’ Creed has 12 articles of faith.
We stand for the Creed to show respect and attention for what we believe and also to honor all martyrs who died for these beliefs.
If you are ever confused about what you believe as a Catholic, or if anyone ever asks you what you believe, you can simply recite the Nicene Creed for them:
I believe in one God,
the Father almighty,
maker of heaven and earth,
of all things visible and invisible.
I believe in one Lord Jesus Christ,
the Only Begotten Son of God,
born of the Father before all ages.
God from God, Light from Light,
true God from true God,
begotten, not made, consubstantial with the Father;
through him all things were made.
For us men and for our salvation
he came down from heaven,
and by the Holy Spirit was incarnate of the Virgin Mary,
and became man.
For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate,
he suffered death and was buried,
and rose again on the third day
in accordance with the Scriptures.
He ascended into heaven
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again in glory
to judge the living and the dead
and his kingdom will have no end.
I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life,
who proceeds from the Father and the Son,
who with the Father and the Son is adored and glorified,
who has spoken through the prophets.
I believe in one, holy, catholic and apostolic Church.
I confess one Baptism for the forgiveness of sins
and I look forward to the resurrection of the dead
and the life of the world to come. Amen.