Can the Creed be omitted at Sunday Mass?


The last few Sundays at Mass I’ve noticed that we have not said the Creed. Is there a reason for this? There has been no explanation for its absence.


In his book, Mass Confusion (pg. 97), Jimmy Akin says “Without special permission, it is not permitted for a pastor to omit the recitation of the creed on Sundays and solemnities”:

  1. The purpose of the Symbolum or Profession of Faith, or Creed, is that the whole gathered people may respond to the word of God proclaimed in the readings taken from Sacred Scripture and explained in the homily and that they may also call to mind and confess the great mysteries of the faith by reciting the rule of faith in a formula approved for liturgical use, before these mysteries are celebrated in the Eucharist.

  2. The Creed is to be sung or said by the priest together with the people on Sundays and Solemnities. It may be said also at particular celebrations of a more solemn character.

General Instruction of the Roman Missal

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