Catholic Dictionary

Term

ATHANASIAN CREED

Definition

Profession of faith dating from the late fourth century and attributed to St. Athanasius (296-373). It differs from the other standard creeds in its extraordinary length and in embodying anathemas against those who would deny the doctrines it professes. Its opening word Quicumque is also the Latin title of the creed, whose first sentence declares, "If anyone wishes to be saved, before everything else he must hold the Catholic faith."