04 January 2010

A Child's Counting Catechism

1. God

2. Natures of Jesus Christ
Divine
Human

3. Persons of the Holy Trinity
Father
Son
Holy Spirit

4. Evangelists
Matthew
Mark
Luke
John

5. Books of Moses
Genesis
Exodus
Leviticus
Numbers
Deuteronomy

6. Days of Creation
Light
Water
Land
Sun, Moon, and Stars
Birds and Fish
Animals and Man

7. Sacraments
Baptism
Confirmation
Holy Communion
Penance
Extreme Unction
Holy Orders
Matrimony

8. Beatitudes
Blessed are the Poor in Spirit
Blessed are those who Mourn
Blessed are the Meek
Blessed are those who Hunger and Thirst for Justice
Blessed are the Merciful
Blessed are the Pure in Heart
Blessed are the Peacemakers
Blessed are those who are Persecuted for Christ's sake

9. Choirs of Angels
Seraphim
Cherubim
Thrones
Dominions
Virtues
Powers
Princedoms
Archangels
Angels

10. Commandments
"I am the Lord thy God, who brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage, thou shalt not have strange gods before me."
"Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain."
"Remember that thou keep holy the Lord's day."
"Honor thy father and thy mother."
"Thou shalt not kill."
"Thou shalt not commit adultery."
"Thou shalt not steal."
"Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor."
"Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's wife."
"Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's goods."

11. Virtues
Understanding
Science
Wisdom
Art
Prudence
Justice
Temperance
Fortitude
Faith
Hope
Charity

12. Apostles
Peter
Andrew
James
John
Thomas
James
Philip
Bartholomew
Matthew
Simon
Jude
Judas

8 comments:

Somebody Calls Me Nana said...

Thanks for publishing this, John. I know many who will be interested. see you soon.

Annie said...

Are these the same as the ones which were thought to be the "real" meaning of the Twelve Days of Christmas?

The song is a very clever catechetical tool, if so!

Anna said...

Where did you come up with your list of virtues? I have never heard science or art listed before.

Craig said...

OK, the next thing is to set this to music. . .

Rumor has it that my son has arrived at your place. Confirm/deny?

Lisa said...

Confirm.

John said...

The list of virtues comes from Aquinas, who divides virtues into intellectual (5), moral (3), and theological (3).

The intellectual virtues are divided into speculative and practical.

The speculative virtues are understanding, which regards the principles of thought, science or knowledge which regards conclusions in particular fields of knowledge, and wisdom, which regards conclusions above the reach of particular branches of knowledge.

The practical virtues are divided into art, which regards things to be made, and prudence, which regards things to be done.

John said...

I've heard that rumor about the 12 days of Christmas, and if it's true, then I suppose the list would look very similar, but there are many possible variations on it.

big daddy said...

Snopes, however, is dissing the whole "secret catechism" theory, mostly on the grounds that the proposed lists teach nothing that would be objectionable to even very dyspeptic Anglicans.

http://www.snopes.com/holidays/christmas/music/12days.asp

Keep it handy, though, for the day when the Supreme Court finishes its handiwork with the "free exercise" clause.