The Eucharist begins with the recitation of the Creed or “The Symbol of Faith.”
The Creed has been a part of the Orthodox Church in its current form since 381 CE. You can listen to the Creed being sung here and learn the words if you’d like to join in:
I believe in one God, the Father Almighty, Maker of
heaven and earth, and of all things visible and invisible.
And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God,
the only-begtten, begotten of the Father before all ages;
Light of Light, true God of true God, begotten,
not made, of one essence with the Father
by Whom all things were made.
Who for us men and for our salvation
came down from heaven and was incarnate
of the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary and became man.
And He was crucified for us under Pontius Pilate,
and suffered, and was buried.
And the third day He rose again,
according to the Scriptures,
And ascended into heaven,
and sits at the right hand of the Father;
And He shall come again with glory to judge the living
and dead; Whose kingdom shall have no end.
And in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the Creator of life,
Who proceeds from the Father, Who with the
Father and the Son together is worshiped and glorified;
Who spoke through the prophets.
In one, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church.
I acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.
I look for the resurrection of the dead,
and the life of the world to come.