Athanasian Creed

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Q: As a Lutheran pastor I always enjoyed Trinity Sunday’s custom of using the Athanasian Creed.  It was the only time we used it.  It is challenging to the contemporary believer with its anathemas and length, but a refreshing challenge in my opinion.  

Now 25 years a Catholic layman, and working in a parish, I wonder whether to suggest it to my pastor (or our Bishop).  Is it permissible to use the Athanasian Creed at Holy Mass?


A: No, the missal only gives two options for Sundays: the Nicene Creed and the Apostles’ Creed.

See the Catechism of the Catholic Church 192-195, which lists the Athanasian Creed among those in our history, and the statement that none of the creeds “can be considered superseded or irrelevant.” But only two are offered for common recitation in the liturgy.