A very long time ago, some people, called Arians, decided that Jesus wasn’t God after all. This is what’s called a heresy, a false teaching. The Arians convinced other Christians to agree with them, so it was a big problem. Saint Eusebius to a council where both sides were supposed to discuss the problem, but the Arians did not want to listen. Saint Eusebius stood up to them and slapped a copy of the Nicene Creed down on the table, because it had already been accepted by the Church as true and correct…and because it directly contradicted what the Arians claimed. For this, Eusebius was driven out of the country, tortured, starved for four days, and thrown in prison several times, but he worked hard for the rest of his life to defend the truth.
Every Sunday at Mass, we stand together and recite the Nicene Creed. It’s the perfect statement of what our faith is all about. When you are at Mass today, pay close attention to the words of the Creed as you pray them.
Saint Eusebius, pray for us!
More reading for parents:
Nicene Creed at USCCB.org