a substance that produces a fragrant odor when burned
It’s warm in the church and sweet with flowers and
incense and candles.
an elementary book summarizing the principles of a religion
The master says it’s time to prepare for First Confession and First Communion, to know and remember all the questions and answers in the
catechism, to become good Catholics, to know the difference between right and wrong, to die for the Faith if called on.
characterized by grandeur
The master says it’s a
glorious thing to die for the Faith and Dad says it’s a
glorious thing to die for Ireland and I wonder if there’s anyone in the world who would like us to live.
sacrament admitting a person to participation in the church
Older boys in the fifth class have the thick
Confirmation catechism with the red cover and that costs sixpence.
a formal religious ceremony conferring a specific grace
Seven Virtues, Divine and Moral, the Seven
Sacraments, the Seven Deadly Sins.
sorrow for sin arising from fear of damnation
We have to know by heart all the prayers, the Hail Mary, the Our Father, the Confiteor, the Apostles’ Creed, the Act of
Contrition, the Litany of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
the written body of teachings of a religious group
We have to know by heart all the prayers, the Hail Mary, the Our Father, the Confiteor, the Apostles’
Creed, the Act of Contrition, the Litany of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
a prayer consisting of a series of invocations by the priest with responses from the congregation
We have to know by heart all the prayers, the Hail Mary, the Our Father, the Confiteor, the Apostles’ Creed, the Act of Contrition, the
Litany of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
one who voluntarily suffers death
It’s the Latin the
martyrs prayed in when the barbarians pulled out their nails and cut their skin off inch by inch.
a person following a polytheistic or pre-Christian religion
Will they think of those little
pagans doomed forever for lack of baptism and knowledge of the True Faith?
relating to a belief in communion with an ultimate reality
Little black babies denied knowledge of the
Mystical Body of Christ?
too sacred to be uttered
Limbo is packed with little black babies flying around and crying for their mothers because they’ll never be admitted to the
ineffable presence of Our Lord and the glorious company of saints, martyrs, virgins.
extramarital sexual relations
Thou shalt not commit
the worship given to God alone
He shows us how to stick out the tongue, receive the bit of paper, hold it a moment, draw in the tongue, fold your hands in prayer, look toward heaven, close your eyes in
adoration, wait for the paper to melt in your mouth, swallow it, and thank God for the gift, the Sanctifying Grace wafting in on the odor of sanctity.
the quality of being holy
He shows us how to stick out the tongue, receive the bit of paper, hold it a moment, draw in the tongue, fold your hands in prayer, look toward heaven, close your eyes in adoration, wait for the paper to melt in your mouth, swallow it, and thank God for the gift, the Sanctifying Grace wafting in on the odor of
an established ceremony prescribed by a religion
Some boys giggle and he roars at them that if the giggling doesn’t stop it’s not Holy Communion they’ll be getting but the Last
Rites and what is that sacrament called, McCourt?
anointing as part of a religious ceremony or healing ritual
Extreme Unction is when a Catholic priest anoints a dying person with oil and prays for salvation.
an antiquity that has survived from the distant past
He tells us that next to a
relic of the True Cross the Communion wafer is the holiest thing in the world and our First Communion is the holiest moment in our lives.
That’s why they have different sins, the
sacrilege, the mortal sin, the venial sin.
warranting only temporal punishment
That’s why they have different sins, the sacrilege, the mortal sin, the
Because a venial sin is "easily excused or forgiven," it would, according to Catholic doctrine, result in a temporary punishment; a mortal sin, however, would result in eternal damnation.
voluntary self-punishment in order to atone for something
penance say three Hail Marys, three Our Fathers, and say a special prayer for me.
a bowl-shaped drinking vessel
We arrived at the church just in time to see the last of the boys leaving the altar rail where the priest stood with the
chalice and the host, glaring at me.
religious zeal; the willingness to serve God
devotion to the Sacred Heart is known up and down the lane and in lanes beyond.
an action that arouses disgust or abhorrence
...but even if dancing is an
abomination I sinned by taking my mother’s sixpence and lying...
a ceremonial prayer invoking divine protection
Benediction and hymn singing in English, Irish and Latin and best of all the big powerful sermon Redemptorist priests are famous for.
not acknowledging the God of Christianity, Judaism and Islam
It’s the sermon that saves millions of Chinese and other
heathens from winding up in hell with the Protestants.
sanctification of something by dedicating it to God
...pouring water over the priest’s hands, ringing the bell at
Consecration, kneeling, bowing...
remission by the pope of temporal punishment in purgatory
Fintan and his mother live on Catherine Street and Mrs. Slattery’s neighbors call her Mrs. Offer-It-Up because no matter what happens, a broken leg, a spilled cup of tea, a disappeared husband, she says, Well, now, I’ll offer that up and I’ll have no end of
Indulgences to get me into heaven.
free from stain or blemish
Fintan’s flat is like a chapel. There are two pictures, the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the
Immaculate Heart of Mary.
someone who supports or champions something
patron, St. Francis of Assisi, and do you know what today is?