I am serious here, not trying to start an argument. It is really gnawing at me, and I need some new perspective on it perhaps. Unfortunately, my situation doesn’t allow me to easily meet with my priest on this, or any, topic. I really would appreciate your help. I apologize for the length of this post, and I hope I put this in the right sub-forum.
The situation is basically that my parish has always used the Apostles Creed. I don’t know why, but it was always that way. I love the Apostles Creed, and think of it as inspired. However, since we stopped being a Franciscan parish, we have switched to the Nicene Creed (it was gradually introduced over the last few months, and now it’s just the norm.) I have always had a problem with the Nicene Creed.
I don’t like how in English it says “maker of Heaven and Earth” instead of “creator of Heaven and Earth.” Maker doesn’t sound as impressive as creator. Creator allows for ex nihilo, but in my mind “maker” doesn’t. It may be nit picky, but language is important to me.
While I find the Apostles Creed beautiful and poetic, the Nicene Creed feels forced in its wording. It sounds like someone took the beautifully, Divinely inspired Apostles Creed, and put some legalese to it to solve conflicts in belief. I know that that’s exactly the case with the awkwardly worded “filioque” clause when professing belief in the Holy Spirit. I also know it was edited over time by later councils, and we don’t even say the original from the Council of Nicaea. I don’t know if I’ve ever seen the original, so I don’t know what I’d feel about it; either way, it’s not what we say at mass.
The one thing I really do like in the Nicene Creed over the Apostles Creed is the clause, “God from God, Light from Light, True God from True God.” I think that’s powerful.
Anyway, I’m having a real hard time with this one. I only became Catholic in 2015, and this is the first major hurdle I’m seeing. I know the Nicene Creed is supposed to be the norm, and almost every parish uses it. I don’t know why we used the Apostles Creed while we were a Franciscan parish, maybe it had something to do with the history of the Mission where our parish is (built in 1797.)
The point is, I’m really uncomfortable saying the Nicene Creed, but I want to make the profession of faith with the rest of my parish. That, and since I’m in the choir (up front, not in the loft) it would be poor representation of those with ministries within our parish if I were to just not say the Creed at all. Being on microphone with the rest of the choir, I definitely can’t just say the Apostles Creed instead.
It’s become a big problem for me, and I would love to be convinced to like it, or at least be more alright with it. Going to mass is so important to me, the Eucharist is everything, and I’m involved in a couple of ministries and the OFS (Third Order Secular Franciscans.)
Please be kind in your responses. I’m genuinely seeking guidance, not trying to make an argument.