"The Penny Catechism"
CATECHISM FOR BEGINNERS
An Aid in Preparing the Little Ones for the Reception of First Holy Communion
First Book of Father Decks' Series of Catechisms
Nihil Obstat and Imprimatur, 1930
OMNI CHRISTIAN BOOK CLUB
HAWTHORNE, CALIFORNIA 90251
THE NAME, PENNY CATECHISM, IS THE MORE FAMILIAR NAME, GOING BACK MORE THAN A GENERATION, BECAUSE OF ITS ORIGINAL COST. WE ADAPTED ONE OF OUR IMAGES TO APPROXIMATE THE ORIGINAL COVER IMAGE, ALTHOUGH WE USED COLOR INSTEAD OF SEPIA. THE BACKGROUND COLOR AND FRAME SHAPE IS THE SAME AS THAT USED IN THE ORIGINAL.
NOTE: SOME OF THE PRAYERS LINKED BELOW ARE NOT PART OF THE CATECHISM ITSELF BUT ARE INCLUDED HERE BECAUSE THEY ARE SO BASIC AND ARE PART OF THE TREASURY OF TRADITIONAL CATHOLIC PRAYERS THAT CHILDREN USUALLY LEARN AS THEY GROW IN DEVOTION.
Part I: PRAYERS AND DEVOTIONS
A MORNING PRAYER
A NIGHT PRAYER
GUARDIAN ANGEL PRAYER
THE HAIL MARY
THE OUR FATHER
THE APOSTLES' CREED
AN ACT OF FAITH
AN ACT OF HOPE
AN ACT OF LOVE
AN ACT OF CONTRITION
CONSECRATION TO MARY
INDULGENCED PRAYER BEFORE A CRUCIFIX
THE ANIMA CHRISTI
HOLY FAMILY CONSECRATION WITH ASPIRATIONS
Part II: THE CATECHISM PROPER
2. GOD THE FATHER, ANGELS AND SIN
3. GOD THE SON, THE BLESSED VIRGIN AND ST. JOSEPH
4. GOD THE HOLY GHOST AND GRACE
5. THE SACRAMENTS
6. THE COMMANDMENTS AND PRECEPTS OF THE CHURCH
8. HOLY COMMUNION
Soul of Christ, sanctify me;
Body of Christ, save me;
Blood of Christ, inebriate me;
Water from the side of Christ, wash me.
Passion of Christ, strengthen me;
Within Thy Wounds hide me.
Suffer me not to be separated from Thee.
From the malignant enemy, defend me;
In the hour of my death call me.
And bid me come to Thee
That with Thy Saints I may praise Thee
For ever and ever.
I CONFESS to Almighty God, to blessed Mary, ever Virgin, to blessed Michael the Archangel, to blessed John the Baptist, to the holy Apostles Peter and Paul, and to all the Saints, that I have sinned exceedingly in thought, word, and deed, through my fault, through my fault, through my most grievous fault. Therefore, I beseech blessed Mary, ever Virgin, blessed Michael the Archangel, blessed John the Baptist, the holy Apostles Peter and Paul, and all the Saints, to pray to the Lord our God for me.
May the Almighty God have mercy on me, and forgive me my sins, and bring me to everlasting life. Amen.
May the Almighty and merciful Lord grant me pardon, absolution, and remission of all my sins. Amen.