Whosoever will be saved, *

  before all things it is necessary that he hold the Catholic Faith.


Which Faith except everyone do keep whole and undefiled, *

  without doubt he shall perish everlastingly.

And the Catholic Faith is this: *

That we worship one God in Trinity, and Trinity in Unity,

Neither confounding the Persons, *

nor dividing the Substance.

For there is one Person of the Father, another of the Son, *

and another of the Holy Ghost.

But the Godhead of the Father, of the Son,

and of the Holy Ghost, is all one, *

the Glory equal, the Majesty co-eternal.

Such as the Father is, such is the Son, *

and such is the Holy Ghost.

The Father uncreate, the Son uncreate, *

and the Holy Ghost uncreate.

The Father incomprehensible, the Son incomprehensible, *

and the Holy Ghost incomprehensible.

The Father eternal, the Son eternal, *

and the Holy Ghost eternal.

And yet they are not three eternals, *

but one eternal.


As also there are not three incomprehensibles, nor three uncreated, *

but one uncreated, and one incomprehensible.

So likewise the Father is Almighty, the Son Almighty, *

and the Holy Ghost Almighty.

And yet they are not three Almighties, *

but one Almighty.

So the Father is God, the Son is God, *

and the Holy Ghost is God.

And yet they are not three Gods, *

but one God.

So likewise the Father is Lord, the Son Lord, *

and the Holy Ghost Lord.

And yet not three Lords, *

but one Lord.

For like as we are compelled by the Christian verity *

to acknowledge every Person by himself to be both God and Lord,

So are we forbidden by the Catholic Religion, *

to say, There be three Gods, or three Lords.

The Father is made of none, *

neither created, nor begotten.

The Son is of the Father alone, *

not made, nor created, but begotten.

The Holy Ghost is of the Father and of the Son, *

neither made, nor created, nor begotten, but proceeding.

So there is one Father, not three Fathers; one Son, not three Sons; *

one Holy Ghost, not three Holy Ghosts.

And in this Trinity none is afore, or after other; *

none is greater, or less than another;

But the whole three Persons are co-eternal together *

and co-equal.

So that in all things, as is aforesaid, *

the Unity in Trinity and the Trinity in Unity is to be worshipped.

He therefore that will be saved *

must thus think of the Trinity.


Furthermore, it is necessary to everlasting salvation *

that he also believe rightly the Incarnation of our Lord Jesus Christ.

For the right Faith is, that we believe and confess, *

that our Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God, is God and Man;

God, of the Substance of the Father, begotten before the worlds; *

and Man, of the Substance of his Mother, born in the world;

Perfect God and perfect Man, *

of a reasonable soul and human flesh subsisting;

Equal to the Father, as touching his Godhead; *

and inferior to the Father, as touching his Manhood.

Who, although he be God and Man, *

yet he is not two, but one Christ;

One, not by conversion of the Godhead into flesh, *

but by taking of the Manhood into God;

One altogether; not by confusion of Substance, *

but by unity of Person.

For as the reasonable soul and flesh is one man, *

so God and Man is one Christ;

Who suffered for our salvation, *

descended into hell, rose again the third day from the dead.

He ascended into heaven, he sitteth on the right hand of the Father, God Almighty, *

from whence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead.

At whose coming all men shall rise again with their bodies *

and shall give account for their own works.

And they that have done good shall go into life everlasting; *

and they that have done evil into everlasting fire.


This is the Catholic Faith, *

which except a man believe faithfully, he cannot be saved.