On Sundays and solemnities the Creed is to be sung or said by the priest together with the people. The purpose of this prayer is to call to mind and confess the great mysteries of the faith before the mysteries are celebrated in the Eucharist.
There will be some changes to the words used in the Nicene Creed. Permission has been granted to use the Apostles Creed, especially during Lent and Easter time. More importantly, we are reminded once again about the rubric that is to be included when the Creed is recited, namely, in the Nicene Creed, all bow at the words “and by the Holy Spirit was incarnate of the Virgin Mary, and became man,” and in the Apostles Creed, all bow at the words “who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born the Virgin Mary.”
By this simple gesture, we profess our belief in the Incarnation. This simple bow reminds us of what Paul taught: “Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus, who though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God as something to be exploited, but emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, being born in human likeness. And being found in human form, he humbled himself and became obedient, to the point of death– even death on a cross” (Philippians 2: 5–8).
Next week: The Prayers of the Faithful