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Sacred Heart Parish > The New Roman Missal

The New Roman Missal

Several changes have been made to the translation of the Nicene Creed used in the Mass.

Here are some of the major revisions:

We believe is now I believe.

The new translation unites us with the rest of the Catholic world in using the singular. "I believe" expresses "the faith of the Church professed personally by each believer." This is what we do when we renew our baptismal promises during the Easter season or when we attend a baptism. It is fitting that we will regularly make a similar personal act of faith by using the singular "I believe" whenever the Creed is recited in the Mass.

One in being with the Father is now Consubstantial with the Father.

This is a change in technical theological language, reminding us that it is important to be as precise as possible when speaking about the nature of God. This change aims at helping us more precisely profess a concept about the nature of the Son and his relationship with God the Father. The new wording more closely reflects the theological language of the bishops at the Council of Nicea (A.D. 325) who wanted to safeguard that Jesus was acknowledged as the eternal Son of God, equal to the Father. That Council taught that the Son is "God from God, light from light, true God from true God" and "of the same substance" as the Father. The Son was not created by the Father, but rather is a distinct divine Person who has existed from all eternity, sharing the same divine nature with the Father and the Holy Spirit. Although the term “consubstantial” might not roll easily off the tongue, its use preserves the precise theological tradition of the Council of Nicea and invites us to reflect more on the divine nature of Christ and the mystery of the Trinity.

Was born of the Virgin Mary is now Was incarnate of the Virgin Mary.

Another important theological term is now preserved in the new translation of the Creed's statement about Jesus' unique conception. "Incarnate" refers to the "fact that the Son of God assumed a human nature in order to accomplish our salvation in it" (Catechism, no. 461). The Son of God was not just born of the Virgin Mary; he actually took on human flesh!





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