The Creed of St Gregory Thaumaturgos

There is one God, the Father of the living Word, who is His subsistent Wisdom and Power and Eternal Image: perfect Begetter of the perfect Begotten, Father of the only-begotten Son.

There is one Lord, Only of the Only, God of God, Image and Likeness of Deity, Efficient Word, Wisdom comprehensive of the constitution of all things, and Power formative of the whole creation, true Son of true Father, Invisible of Invisible, and Incorruptible of Incorruptible, and Immortal of Immortal and Eternal of Eternal.

And there is One Holy Spirit, having His subsistence from God, and being made manifest by the Son, to wit to men: Image of the Son, Perfect Image of the Perfect; Life, the Cause of the living; Holy Fount; Sanctity, the Supplier, or Leader, of Sanctification; in whom is manifested God the Father, who is above all and in all, and God the Son, who is through all.

There is a perfect Trinity, in glory and eternity and sovereignty, neither divided nor estranged. Wherefore there is nothing either created or in servitude in the Trinity; nor anything superinduced, as if at some former period it was non-existent, and at some later period it was introduced. And thus neither was the Son ever wanting to the Father, nor the Spirit to the Son; but without variation and without change, the same Trinity abideth ever.

St Gregory Thaumaturgos

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2 Responses to The Creed of St Gregory Thaumaturgos

  1. Fr Aidan Kimel says:

    St Gregory was a third century bishop and the patron saint of Cappadocia. As a young man he studied under Origen. In his late twenties he was ordained bishop of NeoCaesarea, which he served for thirty years, until his death at the age of 57. He was known for his powerful preaching and the sanctity of his life.

    The Creed attributed to St Gregory may not have been written by him. Some scholars believe that it was composed by St Gregory of Nyssa after the 381 Council of Constantinople. Regardless, it remains an important witness to the trinitarian faith in the latter half of the fourth century, if not earlier.

    See Gregory of Nyssa’s Life of Gregory the Wonderworker.

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