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Definition of Christian Hope, its Ground, and the Means thereto

386. What is Christian hope? The resting of the heart on God, with the full trust that he ever cares for our salvation, and will give us the happiness he has promised. 387. What is the ground of Christian hope? The Lord Jesus Christ is our hope, or the ground of our hope. 1 Tim. i. 1. Hope to the en... Read More

Divine providence

127. What is divine providence? Divine providence is the constant energy of the almighty power, wisdom, and goodness of God, by which he preserves the being and faculties of his creatures, directs them to good ends, and assists all that is good; but the evil that springs by departure from good he ei... Read More

Of the Son of God

On the Third Article. 150. Of whom is it said in the Creed, that he came down from heaven? Of the Son of God. 151. How came he down from heaven, seeing that as God he is every where? It is true that he is every where; and so he is always in heaven, and always on earth; but on earth he was before inv... Read More

On Baptism

288. What is Baptism? Baptism is a Sacrament, in which a man who believes, having his body thrice plunged in water in the name of God the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost, dies to the carnal life of sin, and is born again of the Holy Ghost to a life spiritual and holy. Except a, man be born of wa... Read More

On Divine Revelation

10. Whence is the doctrine of the orthodox faith derived? From divine revelation. 11. What is meant by the words divine revelation? That which God himself has revealed to men, in order that they might rightly and savingly believe in him, and worthily honor him. 12. Has God given such a revelation to... Read More

On Holy Scripture in Particular

25. When were the sacred books written? At different times: some before the birth of Christ, others after. 26. Have not these two divisions of the sacred books each their own names? They have. Those written before the birth of Christ are called the books of the Old Testament, while those written aft... Read More

On Holy Tradition and Holy Scripture

16. How is divine revelation spread among men and preserved in the true Church? By two channels--holy tradition and holy Scripture. 17. What is meant by the name holy tradition? By the name holy tradition is meant the doctrine of the faith, the law of God, the sacraments, and the ritual as handed do... Read More

On Matrimony

361. What is Matrimony? Matrimony is a Sacrament, in which, on the free promise of the man and woman before the priest and the Church to be true to each other, their conjugal union is blessed to be an image of Christ's union with the Church, and grace is asked for them to live together in godly love... Read More

On Orders

357. What are Orders Orders are a Sacrament, in which the Holy Ghost, by the laying on of the Bishop's hands, ordains them that be rightly chosen to minister sacraments, and to feed the flock of Christ. Let a man so account of us, as of the ministers of Christ, and stewards of the mysteries of God. ... Read More

On Penitence

351. What is Penitence? Penitence is a Sacrament, in which he who confesses his sins is, on the outward declaration of pardon by the priest, inwardly loosed from his sins by Jesus Christ himself. 352. What is the origin of this Sacrament? They who came to John the Baptist, who preached the baptism o... Read More

On Prayer

389. Is there any testimony of God's Word to this, that prayer is a mean for attaining to a saving hope? Jesus Christ himself joins the hope of receiving our desire with prayer: Whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. John xiv. 1... Read More

On the Articles of the Creed

74. What method shall we follow in order the better to understand the œcumenical Creed? We must notice its division into twelve articles or parts, and consider each article separately. 75. What is spoken of in each several article of the Creed? The first article of the Creed speaks of God as the pri... Read More

On the Communion

315. What is the Communion? The Communion is a Sacrament, in which the believer, under the forms of bread and wine, partakes of the very Body and Blood of Christ, to everlasting life. 316. How was this Sacrament instituted? Jesus Christ, immediately before his passion, consecrated it for the first t... Read More

On the Creed generally, and on its Origin

66. What is the Creed? The Creed is an exposition, in few but precise words, of that doctrine which all Christians are bound to believe. 67. What are the words, of this exposition? They are as follows: 1. I believe in one God the Father, Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, and of all things visible... Read More

On the Doctrine of Blessedness

435. What must we join with prayer in order to be grounded in the hope of salvation and blessedness? Our own exertions for the attainment of blessedness. Of this point the Lord himself says: Why call ye me Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say? Luke vi. 46. Not every one that saith unto me L... Read More

On the Eighth Article

238. In what sense is the Holy Ghost called the Lord? In the same sense as the Son of God, that is, as very God. 239. Is this witnessed by holy Scripture? It is plain from the words spoken by the Apostle Peter to rebuke Ananias: Why hath Satan fitted thine heart to lie to the Holy Ghost? and further... Read More

On the Eighth Beatitude

475. What is the Lord's eighth precept for blessedness? They who would be blessed must be ready to endure persecution for righteousness' sake, without betraying it. 476. What qualities are required by this precept? Love of righteousness, constancy and firmness in virtue, fortitude and patience, when... Read More

On the Eleventh Article

366. What is the resurrection of the dead, which, in the words of the Creed, we look for or expect? An act of the almighty power of God, by which all bodies of dead men, being reunited to their souls, shall return to life, and shall thenceforth be spiritual and immortal. It is sown a natural body, i... Read More

On the Fifth Article

212. What is the first proof and earnest given by Jesus Christ that his sufferings and death have wrought salvation for us men? This: that he rose again, and so laid the foundation for our like blessed resurrection. Now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the first-fruits of them that slept. 1... Read More

On the Fifth Beatitude

460. What is the Lord's fifth precept for blessedness? They who would be blessed must be merciful. 461. How are we to fulfill this precept? By works of mercy, corporal and spiritual; for, as St. Chrysostom says, the forms of mercy are manifold, and this commandment is broad. (Hom. in Matt. xv.) 462.... Read More

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