The Nicene Creed and the Apostolicum went through different
processes of growth and development. In the early development of both creeds, it is noticeable
that articles about ‘the church’ are absent. In this contribution the creeds are examined in terms
of their development, the inclusion of the articles on the church, their reception during the 16th
century Reformation as well as difficulties in the official Afrikaans translations. It concludes
with a short exposition of the Apostolicum’s article on the church (sanctam Ecclesiam catholicam).