The Catechism of the Anglican Church
Question What is your Name?
Answer My Name is N.N.
Question Who gave you this Name?
Answer My Godfathers and Godmothers in my Baptism, wherein by God’s grace I received the Sacrament of new birth, entered the family of Christ’s Church, and became an inheritor of the kingdom of heaven.
Question What did your Godfathers and Godmothers do for you at your Baptism?
Answer They promised and made vows concerning three things in my name. First, that I should renounce the devil and all his works, the pomp and vanity of this wicked world, and all sinful lusts. Secondly, that I should believe all the articles of the Christian Creed.
And, thirdly, that I should keep God’s holy will and commandments, walking in them all the days of my life.
Question. Do you now think that you are committed to believe and to do, as they have promised for you?
Answer. Yes, I truly do and by God’s help I will. And from the bottom of my heart I thank our heavenly Father, that he has called me to this state of salvation, through Jesus Christ our Savior. And I pray to God to give me his grace, that I may continue in this state of salvation unto the end of my life.
The Apostle’s Creed
Minister Recite the Apostles’ Creed, the Articles of Faith.
I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord.
He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit
and born of the Virgin Mary.
He suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried.
He descended to the dead.
On the third day he rose again.
He ascended into heaven,
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting. Amen.
Question. What important teaching do you learn from these statements of your Faith?
Answer. First of all, I learn to believe in God the Father, who has made me, and all the world. Secondly, to believe in God the Son, who has redeemed me, and the whole human race. And thirdly, to believe in God the Holy Spirit, who sanctifies me, and all other Christian people.
The Ten Commandments
Question. You stated earlier that your Godfathers and Godmothers promised on your behalf that you would keep God’s Commandments. Tell me, how many are there?
Question. Which are they?
Answer. They are the ten which are recorded in the twentieth chapter of the book, Exodus, where God is recorded as saying: God spoke these words and said:
(1) I am the LORD your God who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery; you shall have not other gods but me.
(2) You shall not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth below, or that is in the water under the earth. You shall not bow down to them or serve them.
(3) You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain, for the LORD will not hold him guiltless who takes his name in vain.
(4) Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.
(5) Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long in the land that the LORD your God is giving you.
(6) You shall not murder.
(7) You shall not commit adultery.
(8) You shall not steal.
(9) You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
(10) You shall not covet anything that is your neighbor’s.
Question. What important teaching do you learn from these Commandments?
Answer. I learn two things: my duty towards God, and my duty towards my neighbor.
Question. What is your duty towards God?
Answer: My duty towards God is to believe in him, to be reverent towards 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 in prayer, to honor his holy Name and his Word, and to serve him truly all the days of my life.
Question. What is your duty towards your neighbor?
Answer. My duty towards my neighbor is to love him or her as I love myself, and to do to others as I would have them do unto me. To love, honor and provide for my father and mother: to honor the civil authorities and obey the laws of the State: to submit myself in the Lord to all who have authority over me in home, church, state and education: to conduct myself humbly and appropriately in all my dealings with others, especially with those older than I am: to hurt nobody by either word or deed: to be true and just in all my dealings with others; to bear no malice or hatred in my heart towards others; to keep my hands from pilfering and stealing, and my tongue from speaking evil, telling lies and slandering others; to keep my body under self-restraint, by acting soberly and in purity: not to covet or desire what belongs rightfully to others, and to do my duty where God shall place me today and in the future and in whatever he calls me to do.
The Lord’s Prayer
Minister You need to know that you are not able to do these things in your own strength, and you cannot walk in the commandments of God and serve him, without his special, gracious help. Therefore, you must learn to ask for this help from God daily in prayer and especially through the regular saying of the Lord’s Prayer.
Question. Can you recite the Lord’s Prayer?
Answer. The Lord’s Prayer is:
Our 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.
For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory,
for ever and ever, Amen.
Question. What do you desire from God in this Prayer?
Answer. I desire my Lord God, our heavenly Father, who is the giver of all goodness, to send his grace to me, and to all people, that we may worship him, serve him, and obey him, as we ought to do. Also I pray to God, that he will send us all that we need both for our souls and bodies; and that he will be merciful to us, and forgive us our sins; and that it will please him to save and defend us in all spiritual and physical dangers; and that he will keep us from all sin and wickedness, from the snares of the devil and from everlasting death. And all this I trust he will do because of his mercy and goodness, through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore I say, “Amen, So be it, Lord.”
The Two Sacraments
Question. How many Sacraments has Christ authorized in his Church?
Answer. Two only, Baptism and the Lord’s Supper, and these are generally necessary to salvation.
Question. What do you mean when you speak of a Sacrament?
Answer. I mean an outward and visible sign, authorized by Christ, of an inward and spiritual grace, given unto us a way and means whereby we both receive the spiritual grace and are also given a pledge of this receiving.
Question. How many parts are there to a Sacrament?
Answer. Two: the outward and visible sign, and the inward and spiritual grace.
Question. What is the outward and visible sign in Baptism?
Answer. Water, in which the person is baptized, “In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.”
Question. What is the inward and spiritual grace?
Answer. It is being born again of the Holy Spirit and made a child of God by adoption and grace; that is, it is a dying unto sin and a new birth into righteousness.
Question. What is required of persons to be baptized?
Answer. Two things: Repentance which is a turning away from sin; and Faith, which steadfastly believes the promise of God concerning Jesus Christ, proclaimed in the Gospel and the Sacrament.
Question. Why are infants baptized when it is clear that they cannot consciously engage in Repentance and Faith?
Answer. Because they are baptized on the basis of the promises made on their behalf by their Godparents and in anticipation of their sure acceptance of these same promises when they reach maturity.
Question. Why was the Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper ordained by Christ?
Answer. For the continual remembrance of the sacrifice of the death of Christ, and of the benefits we receive from this sacrifice.
Question. What is the outward and visible part of the Lord’s Supper?
Answer. Bread and wine, which the Lord commanded to be received.
Question What are the benefits we receive from this sacrament?
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 Lord's Supper?
Answer To examine themselves, whether they repent truly of their 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.