IS TO SAY,
INSTRUCTION, TO BE LEARNED BY EVERY PERSON BEFORE HE BE BROUGHT TO BE
CONFIRMED BY THE BISHOP.
is your Name?
Answer. N. or M.
Question. Who gave you this Name?
Answer. My Sponsors in Baptism; wherein I was made
a member of Christ, the child of God, and an inheritor of the kingdom
Question. What did your Sponsors then for you?
Answer. They did promise and vow three things in my
name. First, that I should renounce the devil and all his works, the pomps
and vanity of this wicked world, and all the sinful lusts of the flesh.
Secondly, that I should believe all the Articles of the Christian Faith.
And Thirdly, that I should keep God's holy will and commandments, and
walk in the same all the days of my life.
Question. Dost thou not think that thou art bound
to believe, and to do, as they have promised for thee?
Answer. Yes, verily; and by God's help so I will.
And I heartily thank our heavenly Father, that he hath called me to this
state of salvation, through Jesus Christ our Saviour. And I pray unto
God to give me his grace, that I may continue in the same unto my life's
Catechist. Rehearse the Articles of thy Belief.
BELIEVE in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth: And in
Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord; Who was conceived by the Holy Ghost,
Born of the Virgin Mary; Suffered under Pontius Pilate, Was crucified,
dead, and buried; He descended into hell, The third day he rose from the
dead; He ascended into heaven, And sitteth on the right hand of God the
Father Almighty; From thence he shall come to judge the quick and the
I believe in the Holy Ghost; The holy Catholic Church; The
communion of Saints; The Forgiveness of sins; The Resurrection of the
body; And the Life everlasting. Amen.
Question. What dost thou chiefly learn in these Articles
of thy Belief?
Answer. First, I learn to believe in God the Father,
who hath made me, and all the world.
Secondly, in God the Son, who hath redeemed me, and all mankind.
Thirdly, in God the Holy Ghost, who sanctifieth me, and all
the people of God.
Question. You said that your Sponsors did promise
for you, that you should keep God's Commandments. Tell me how many there
Question. Which are they?
text in the 1892 Book is identical and so is not given separately.
same which God spake in the twentieth Chapter of Exodus, saying, I am
the Lord thy God, who brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the
house of bondage.
I. Thou shalt have none other gods but me.
II. Thou shalt not make to thyself any graven image, nor
the likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or in the earth beneath,
or in the water under the earth. Thou shalt not bow down to them nor worship
them: for I the Lord thy God am a jealous God, and visit the sins of the
fathers upon the children, unto the third and fourth generation of them
that hate me; and show mercy unto thousands in them that love me and keep
III. Thou shalt not take the Name of the Lord thy God in
vain: for the Lord will not hold him guiltless that taketh his Name in
IV. Remember that thou keep holy the Sabbath day. Six days
shalt thou labour and do all that thou hast to do; but the seventh day
is the Sabbath of the Lord thy God. In it thou shalt do no manner of work;
thou and thy son and thy daughter, thy man servant, and thy maid servant,
thy cattle and the stranger that is within thy gates. For in six days
the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and
rested the seventh day: wherefore the Lord blessed the seventh day, and
V. Honour thy father and thy mother; that thy days may be
long in the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee.
VI. Thou shalt do no murder.
VII. Thou shalt not commit adultery.
VIII. Thou shalt not steal.
IX. Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour.
X. Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's house, thou shalt
not covet thy neighbour's wife, nor his servant, nor his maid, nor his
ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is his.
Question. What dost thou chiefly learn by these Commandments?
Answer. I learn two things; my duty towards God, and
my duty towards my Neighbour.
Question. What is thy duty towards God?
Answer. My duty towards God, is to believe in him,
to fear him, and to love him with all my heart, with all my mind, with
all my soul, and with all my strength; to worship him, to give him thanks,
to put my whole trust in him, to call upon him, to honour his holy Name
and his Word, and to serve him truly all the days of my life.
Question. What is thy duty towards thy Neighbour?
Answer. My duty towards my Neighbour, is to love him
as myself, and to do to all men, as I would they should do unto me: To
love, honour, and succour my father and mother: To honour and obey the
civil authority: To submit myself to all my governors, teachers, spiritual
pastors and masters: To order myself lowly and reverently to all my betters:
To hurt nobody by word or deed: To be true and just in all my dealings:
To bear no malice nor hatred in my heart: To keep my hands from picking
and stealing, and my tongue from evil speaking, lying, and slandering:
To keep my body in temperance, soberness, and chastity: Not to covet nor
desire other men's goods; but to learn and labour truly to get mine own
living, and to do my duty in that state of life unto which it shall please
God to call me.
Catechist. My good Child, know this; that thou art
not able to do these things of thyself, nor to walk in the Commandments
of God, and to serve him, without his special grace; which thou must learn
at all times to call for by diligent prayer. Let me hear, therefore, if
thou canst say the Lord's Prayer.
Father, who art in heaven, Hallowed be thy Name. Thy kingdom come. Thy
will be done on earth, As it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily
bread. And forgive us our trespasses, As we forgive those who trespass
against us. And lead us not into temptation; But deliver us from evil.
Question. What desirest thou of God in this Prayer?
Answer. I desire my Lord God, our heavenly Father,
who is the giver of all goodness, to send his grace unto me, and to all
people; that we may worship him, serve him, and obey him, as we ought
to do. And I pray unto God, that he will send us all things that are needful
both for our souls and bodies; and that he will be merciful unto us, and
forgive us our sins; and that it will please him to save and defend us
in all dangers both of soul and body; and that he will keep us from all
sin and wickedness, and from our spiritual enemy, and from everlasting
death. And this I trust he will do of his mercy and goodness, through
our Lord Jesus Christ. And therefore I say, Amen, So be it.
many Sacraments hath Christ ordained in his Church?
Answer. Two only as generally necessary to salvation;
that is to say, Baptism and the Supper of the Lord.
Question. What meanest thou by this word Sacrament?
Answer. I mean an outward and visible sign of an inward
and spiritual grace given unto us; ordained by Christ himself, as a means
whereby we receive the same, and a pledge to assure us thereof.
Question. How many parts are there in a Sacrament?
Answer. Two; the outward visible sign, and the inward
Question. What is the outward visible sign or form
Answer. Water; wherein the person is baptized, In
the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.
Question. What is the inward and spiritual grace?
Answer. A death unto sin, and a new birth unto righteousness:
for being by nature born in sin, and the children of wrath, we are hereby
made the children of grace.
Question. What is required of persons to be baptized?
Answer. Repentance, whereby they forsake sin; and
Faith, whereby they steadfastly believe the promises of God made to them
in that Sacrament.
Question. Why then are Infants baptized, when by reason
of their tender age they cannot perform them?
Answer. Because they promise them both by their Sureties;
which promise, when they come to age, themselves are bound to perform.
Question. Why was the Sacrament of the Lord's Supper
Answer. For the continual remembrance of the sacrifice
of the death of Christ, and of the benefits which we receive thereby.
Question. What is the outward part or sign of the
Answer. Bread and Wine, which the Lord hath commanded
to be received.
Question. What is the inward part, or thing signified?
Answer. The Body and Blood of Christ, which are spiritually
taken and received by the faithful in the Lord's Supper.
Question. What are the benefits whereof we are partakers
Answer. The strengthening and refreshing of our souls
by the Body and Blood of Christ, as our bodies are by the Bread and Wine.
Question. What is required of those who come to the
Answer. To examine themselves, whether they repent
them truly of their former sins, steadfastly purposing to lead a new life;
have a lively faith in God's mercy through Christ, with a thankful remembrance
of his death; and be in charity with all men.
The Minister of every Parish shall diligently, upon Sundays and Holy Days,
or on some other convenient occasions, openly in the Church, instruct
or examine so many Children of his Parish, sent unto him, as he shall
think convenient, in some part of this Catechism.
And all Fathers, Mothers, Masters, and Mistresses, shall cause their Children,
Servants, and Apprentices, who have not learned their Catechism, to come
to the Church at the time appointed, and obediently to hear and to be
ordered by the Minister, until such time as they have learned all that
is here appointed for them to learn.
So soon as Children are come to a competent age, and can say the Creed,
the Lord's Prayer, and the Ten Commandments, and can answer to the other
questions of this short Catechism, they shall be brought to the Bishop.
And whensoever the Bishop shall give knowledge for Children to be brought
unto him for their Confirmation, the Minister of every Parish shall either
bring, or send in writing, with his hand subscribed thereunto, the Names
of all such Persons within his Parish, as he shall think fit to be presented
to the Bishop to be Confirmed.