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The two Creeds set out key elements of the Catholic Faith. The Nicene Creed dates to the Council of Nicea and the Council of Constantinople in A.D. 325 and A.D. 381, i.e., within a few centuries after the Death and Resurrection of Jesus Christ ca. A.D. 33. The Apostles' Creed, according to the Catechism of the Catholic Church, is a faithful summary of the Faith of the Apostles. In some cases, a Renewal of Baptismal Promises takes their place, covering some of the same main points of the Faith and adding a few others, accompanied by a sprinkling with Holy Water.

Nicene Creed

The Nicene Creed is recited at Mass, generally speaking on Sundays and Holy Days, as a Profession of Faith.

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Apostles' Creed

The Apostles' Creed also may be recited at Mass if it is Mass for children. The Apostles' Creed also is recited at the beginning of the Rosary, and near the beginning of the Divine Mercy Chaplet. For those who pray the Rosary and Chaplet regularly, it therefore might actually get recited even more often than the Nicene Creed.

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Renewal of Baptismal Promises

In some cases, such as during the Easter Vigil, the Easter Season or at a Mass featuring a Baptism, in place of the Creed at Mass, the Faithful might recite a Renewal of Baptismal Promises in a call and response format, accompanied by a sprinkling with Holy Water.

Click here to review and recite the Renewal of Baptismal Promises (external site).

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