I believe in God, the Father Almighty; and in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord, who was born by the Holy Spirit of the Virgin Mary, who under Pontius Pilate was crucified, and buried. On the third day rose again from the dead. He ascended into Heaven and sits at the right hand of the Father. From thence he will come to judge the living and the dead. And in the Holy Spirit, the holy Church, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, the life everlasting. Amen.
This ancient creed has withstood the ages, standing as the “benchmark” of the essentials of the Christian faith. This has served the church as the rubric for determining whether someone was truly orthodox in their beliefs. Tradition tells us that the twelve Apostles each contributed a different line to the creed, but that is unlikely. The Creed has shifted and additions were added as new heresies arose that church was not prepared to deal with; the form above was completed in 8th century. This is the Old Roman Form, but there are several variations – you can read them all here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apostles’_Creed