El Buen Pastor - Catechism

Una, Santa, Católica y Apostólica

The Holy Trinity

Who is God?

Who is God the Father?

Who is God the Son?

Who is God the Holy Spirit?

The Church

What is the name of our church?

The 7 Sacraments

1   Baptism*Holy water; Promises
Father, Son, and Holy Spirit
New life in Christ;
Entry to the Church
2   CommunionBread and wine The Body and Blood of Christ;
Spiritual nourishment
3   Confirmation*The bishop's hands;
Renewal of Baptismal promises
Confirmation of our faith;
Grace to fulfill our promises
4   Reconciliation (Confession)Recognition of our sins;
Pardon of our sins;
Grace to live in Christ
5   Matrimony*Rings, lazo, arras;
Two people become one;
Grace to unite the family
6   Anointing of the SickHoly oil; Prayers;
The minister's hands
Healing of body, mind, and spirit
7   Ordination*The bishop's hands;
Deacons, presbyters (priests), bishops

* These sacraments are received once in a lifetime.

* About the Sacrament of Matrimony:
Before marriage: Your job is to get to know one another and to develop the level of commitment that you will need for one another, to the family you will create, and to God and the Christian life. You will avoid many problems by taking your time, talking to one another, and deciding to make God a central part of your family life.

The couple who's having problems: Early help from your pastor or a counselor can help you avoid separation or divorce in the future. Your children deserve your trying your hardest to keep the family together.

When separation or divorce is unavoidable (for example when a spouse or the children are beaten or abused): Speak with your pastor so that you will have spiritual support during this difficult process. Divorce does not separate you from God or the Church. All people who are baptized and try to follow Christ are invited to receive the Sacraments, including Communion. At the same time, the children need you both. These decisions must be made seriously and upon reflexion and prayer - and with understanding and sensitivity for your children, who are your main responsibility. The Episcopal Church allows remarriage after divorce. Talk about it with your pastor.

The Great Commandment - (St. Mark 12:29-31)

Jesus said, "The first commandment is this:
    Hear, o Israel: The Lord our God is the only Lord.
    Love the Lord your God with all your heart,
    with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.

The second is this:
    Love your neighbor as yourself.

There is no other commandment greater than these.

The 10 Commandments - (The Decalogue)
(Interpretation in the Book of Common Prayer)

What are the 10 commandments?

What is our duty to God?

What is our duty to our neighbors?

Hear the commandments of God to his people:

Sign of the Cross

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

The Lord's Prayer (The Our Father) - Mt 6:9-13

Our Father in heaven,
   hallowed be your Name,
   your kingdom come,
   your will be done,
       on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
   as we forgive those
       who sin against us.
Save us from the time of trial,
   and deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom,
   the power,
   and the glory are yours,
    now and forever. Amen.

Hail Mary - Lk 1:28,42

Hail Mary, full of grace,
   the Lord is with you.
   Blessed are you among women,
   and blessed is the fruit of your womb, Jesus.

Holy Mary, mother of God,
   pray for us sinners
   now and at the hour of our death. Amen.

Gloria Patri

Glory to the Father, and to the Son,
   and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning, is now,
    and will be forever. Amen.

The Apostles' Creed

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.

Your Bedtime Prayers

Start and end with the Sign of the Cross.

Keep watch, dear Lord, with those who work, or watch, or weep this night, and give your angels charge over those who sleep. Tend the sick, Lord Christ; give rest to the weary, bless the dying, soothe the suffering, pity the afflicted, shield the joyous; and all for your love's sake. Amen.

The Lord's Prayer, Hail Mary, Gloria Patri

Guide us waking, O Lord, and guard us sleeping; that awake we may watch with Christ, and asleep we may rest in peace.

Prayers to the Holy Spirit

Holy Spirit, come to us, remain with us, and enlighten our hearts.

Give us light and strength to know your will, to make it our own, and to live it in our lives.

Guide us by your wisdom, support us by your power, unite us to yourself and our community in the bond of love, and keep us faithful to all that is true.

You live and reign with the Father and the Son, one God, forever and ever.


Things to keep in mind as you think a decision through

A method to analyze an issue:

What was the example Jesus gave us?

Rights and duties

What are the rights and duties of the other people in the issue?

What do you think is just and fair for you and the others.

Speak with people who have more experience

With whom? With the people you trust. Choose people respect, who have made life choices consistent with your priorities - what you think is truly important.


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