Today’s Question: Apostles’ or Niceno-Constantinopolitan Creed
The Roman Missal allows for the usage of either the Apostles’ Creed or the Niceno-Constantinopolitan Creed at Mass. It suggests that Lent and Easter with their baptismal focus are especially appropriate times for using the Apostles’ Creed. This is because of its ancient baptismal usage in the Roman Catholic Church. However, this does not limit the Apostles’ Creed to only those times of the year. Which Creed do you or your priest like to use? Do you use the Niceno-Constantinopolitan Creed for the majority of the year or do you use the Apostles’ Creed? Do you reserve the Apostles’ Creed for Lent and Easter, or do you use it during other feasts or at times of the year? Is the Niceno-Constantinopolitan Creed falling out of use, and will the surprising new permission to use the Apostles’ Creed at any time lead to the loss of the Niceno-Constantinopolitan Creed for much of the Church? What are your thoughts? What does your parish do, and why? Please comment below.
Moderator’s note: “Non solum” is a feature at Pray Tell for our readership community to discuss practical liturgical issues. The title comes from article 11 of the Vatican II liturgy constitution Sacrosanctum Concilium: “Therefore there is to be vigilance among holy pastors that in liturgical action not only are laws for valid and licit celebration to be observed, but that the faithful should participate knowingly, actively, and fruitfully.” (Ideo sacris pastoribus advigilandum est ut in actione liturgica non solum observentur leges ad validam et licitam celebrationem, sed ut fideles scienter, actuose et fructuose eandem participent.) May the series contribute to good liturgical practice – not only following the law, but especially grasping the spirit of the liturgy!