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as they patter along some beautiful lane in the country, and your question will seem out of place, and remain unanswered. Fourteen years' experience as School Inspector in two Rural Deaneries taught me how necessary it is to get beyond the mere correct repetition of the Catechism. Correct the repetition must, no doubt, be; for it is often very painful to hear children rattle through the sounds of the words in the Creed or Lord's Prayer, utterly regardless of all sense or meaning. And such repetitions I made a point of forgetting, never repeating them as amusing, lest my own reverence or the reverence of others for most holy things should be lessened. But even where the repetition is most correct, it may be that little or nothing is understood. And as I felt it my duty to ascertain what the children understood, I would ask them a question in a form of words slightly different from that in the Catechism : and too often the children were silent, while the teacher thought me unfair. Take a very simple instance: ask the children, “ What is a Sacrament?” and no intelligence gleams from the little eyes; change the form of the question to the very words of the Catechism, “What meanest thou by the word Sacrament ?” and the whole class bursts out with the answer. Or ask children, who are faultless in repeating the Catechism, at once, “What is the inward grace of Baptism?” I scarcely recollect a single instance in which it was at once correctly answered.
It might have seemed better to have observed an arrangement more plainly methodical, but I am not so much putting forth an elaborate treatise, as giving simply my own method of Catechising, and putting down just what I have done myself. I can hardly expect that it should be at once observable to others, but to my own mind there is a certain amount of method in the book; the questions arise naturally one after another in the same sequence as I pursued my instruction; and if there seem too many, and some irrelevant questions before I begin with the first question in the Catechism, I can only say the knowledge which I seek to convey I deem helpful to understanding what is to follow.
I had thought of introducing “Scripture proofs,” but found that they would swell the book to too large a size; and therefore a few references only are given, which the children should be made to look out and read; but not, perhaps, till they have been pretty well instructed in the Catechism itself; reserving the references as an exercise for the upper classes. In the case of young children," Scripture proofs ” associated memoriter with answers in the Catechism, are very often a mere jumble, the wrong text being as often applied as the right one.
He who adopts an apologetic tone for that which he is about to print, had better perhaps retain his mode of Catechising in manuscript ; still it is hoped that this little book may be useful
to those who, like the writer when he first took ('rders, are unused to catechising. posed he knew-as he certainly ought to have Ảnown—the Catechism, but he was sorely perplexed as to a mode of teaching it when he took his place in the village school: yet he learnt to enjoy catechising the children of his Parish, though doing it by no means in a model manner. The memory of many a young face, with its earnest innocent eyes, has been pleasant to him continually as he was writing his little book. The Book will not advance his reputation : his 01.ly wish is that it may prove of some little use to those who desire to teach “ the Truth” according to that unrivalled form of sound words - The Catechism of the Church.”
A MODE OF CATECHISING.
Q. What is a Catechism?
Q. Explain ?
A. The teacher first tells me the meaning of words, &c., and then asks me to tell lıim, and I “echo”or repeat his words.
Q. What does the Prayer Book call the Catechism?
A. An instruction to be learnt of every one before he be brought to be confirmed by the Bishop.
Q. Whose duty is it to see that you are instructed in it?
A. My godparents.
A. From the end of the address to the godfathers and godmothers at the conclusion of the Service for Baptism.
Q. Can you repeat it ? if not, turn to it in your Prayer Book and read it.
Q. Can you expect your godparents themselves to teach you?
A. No; only to see that I am taught.
Q. Have they any opportunity of knowing if you are so taught ?
A. Yes; by sending me to a school where the Catechism is taught, or by examining me when they can, or by hearing me catechised in Church.
Q. In the address to the godfathers and godmothers what is the Catechism called ?
A. The Church Catechism.
A. In the very earliest days of the Reformation of the Church of God in England.
Q. What do you mean by “the Church?”