Baltimore Catechism No. 1

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  • Baltimore Catechism No. 1
  • Excellent resource to find the church's teachings on a specific topic
  • Combines solid Catholic doctrinal teaching with meaningful exposure to scripture

Since its 1885 debut, the Catechism commissioned by the Third Council of Bishops in Baltimore has instructed generations of Catholic faithful. With an easy to read question and answer format, the Catechism combines solid Catholic doctrinal teaching with meaningful exposure to Scripture and practical application.

The revival of interest in the Baltimore Catechism reflects Catholics growing realization that a clear, concise presentation of the truths of the Faith is just what people young and old need to appreciate, practice and defend Church teaching. Catechists and parents will find this Catechism an invaluable teaching tool as they prepare children and catechumens to receive the Sacraments and lead authentic Catholic lives. Students will find this an uncomplicated and friendly guide to authentic Catholicism.

This is the original edition of the Baltimore Catechism, with updated typesetting, a fresh new cover, larger format, quality binding and the same trusted content.

The 33 lessons contained in Baltimore Catechism No. 1 present the basics of the Catholic Faith in a manner suitable for First Communicants through fifth graders. This edition begins with a section of classic Catholic prayers, including the Lord's Prayer, Hail Mary, Act of Contrition, and more. Each of the 33 lessons starts with the famous format of phoneticized words and meanings, a mini dictionary to help with learning the vocabulary. The book ends with a compilation of common Catholic prayers and hymns, including Come Holy Ghost, O Salutaris, Tantum Ergo, hymns to Jesus and Mary, and more.

This book is numbered to correspond with the fourth volume which is the Explanation or Teacher's Guide: Baltimore Catechism No. 4.

See also:
Baltimore Catechism No. 2
Baltimore Catechism No. 3
Baltimore Catechism Complete Set

Contents Of Baltimore Catechism No. 1 include:

  • Lesson First: On the End of Man
  • Lesson Second: On God and His Perfections
  • Lesson Third: On the Unity and Trinity of God
  • Lesson Fourth: On the Angels and our First Parents
  • Lesson Fifth: On Sin and its Kinds
  • Lesson Sixth: On the Incarnation and Redemption
  • Lesson Seventh: On Our Lord's Passion, Death, Resurrection and Ascension
  • Lesson Eighth: On the Holy Ghost and His Descent Upon the Apostles
  • Lesson Ninth: On the Effects of Redemption
  • Lesson Tenth: On the Church
  • Lesson Eleventh: On the Sacraments in General
  • Lesson Twelfth: On Baptism
  • Lesson Thirteenth: On Confirmation
  • Lesson Fourteenth: On the Sacrament of Penance
  • Lesson Fifteenth: On Contrition
  • Lesson Sixteenth: On Confession
  • Lesson Seventeenth: On Indulgences
  • Lesson Eighteenth: On The Holy Eucharist
  • Lesson Nineteenth: On the Ends For Which the Holy Eucharist was Instituted
  • Lesson Twentieth: On the Sacrifice of the Mass
  • Lesson Twenty-First: On Extreme Unction and Holy Orders
  • Lesson Twenty-Second: On Matrimony
  • Lesson Twenty-Third: On the Sacramentals
  • Lesson Twenty-Fourth: On Prayer
  • Lesson Twenty-Fifth: On the Commandments of God
  • Lesson Twenty-Sixth: On the First Commandment
  • Lesson Twenty-Seventh: The First Commandment - On the Honor and Invocation of Saints
  • Lesson Twenty-Eighth: From the Second to the Fourth Commandment
  • Lesson Twenty-Ninth: From the Fourth to the Seventh Commandment
  • Lesson Thirtieth: From the Seventh to the end of the Tenth Commandment
  • Lesson Thirty-First: On the First and Second Commandments of the Church
  • Lesson Thirty-Second: On the Third, Fourth, Fifth and Sixth Commandments of the Church
  • Lesson Thirty-Third: On the Last Judgment and the Resurrection, Hell, Purgatory, and Heaven

Also included:

Morning and Evening Prayers

Prayers for Mass and Communion

The Right Manner of Confessing

The Rosary

The Stations of the Cross


  • Author: Third Plenary Council of Baltimore
  • Format: Softcover
  • Pages: 64
  • 5½ x 8½ inches

Baltimore Catechism No. 1