It is a recommendation (option) of the Church in the General Instruction of the Roman Missal, that “Instead of the Nicene-Constantinople Creed (which we use weekly), especially during Lent and Easter time, the baptismal symbol of the Roman Church, known as the Apostles’ Creed, may be used.”
As you know, it is used by all who pray the Rosary, as the beginning prayer (while one typically is holding the Crucifix of the Rosary in their fingers).
Exercising this option will not only provide an opportunity for many in the church to become more familiar with the Apostles’ Creed, but it may encourage us to be even more attentive to the words of the Creed while praying it. Change can be good and helpful in that way at times.
When we typically bow slightly at the words of the Incarnation when praying the Nicene-Contstantinople Creed, we do the same when praying the Apostles’ Creed, at the words: “. . .Who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary. . .” It happens quickly in the prayer so one needs to be attentive.
This option may also be helpful to parents with children (especially) in their desire to teach still another prayer to their children, and one that is so important in the prayer life of the Church (Mass, the Rosary, and Baptisms—through questions posed to the parents, Godparents, or the adult when an adult is baptized).
Since we know not everyone will read this bulletin, we will remind the congregation before Mass begins, on that first Sunday of Lent.
- Fr. John