HYMNS FOR CHILDREN
by Rev. John Furniss, C.S.S.R.
New York: P.J. Kenedy, Excelsior Catholic Publishing House, 5 Barclay Street, 1882.
"I have carefully read over this Little Volume for Children and have found nothing whatsoever in it contrary to the doctrine of Holy Faith; but, on the contrary, a great deal to charm, instruct and edify our youthful classes, for whose benefit it has been written."
William Meagher, Vicar General, Dublin, December 14, 1855.
HYMNS FOR CHILDREN
NOTICE. -- The following verses include -- I. The Four Great Truths, which we must know, or we cannot go to heaven. -- II. The Seven Sacraments. S. Alphonsus, Homo Ap., Tract iv., No. 3, says: "That there are three Sacraments which all must know, and that the knowledge of the other four Sacraments is necessary only for those who receive them." The three Sacraments which all must know, have a cross before them.
Method of Singing. -- Sing the first two verses each to the first part of the air of St. Casimir's Hymn, or Daily, daily, sing to Mary; then sing them over again to the second part of the same air once repeated. So with all the other verses. The last of the four Truths will be joined with Baptism; a method is also given for singing the Prayers, Commandments, &c.
I. -- THE FOUR GREAT TRUTHS.
There is one God in three Persons, | Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.
God the Son, Jesus Christ, | was made man, and died for us.
The good go to Heaven, | and the wicked burn in Hell.
II. -- THE SEVEN SACRAMENTS.
+ Baptism is a Sacrament | which takes from us the sin of Adam.
Confirmation is a Sacrament | which makes us strong and perfect Christians.
+ The Blessed Sacrament is the Body | and the Blood of Jesus Christ.
+ And Penance is a Sacrament | which takes away from us our own sins.
Extreme Unction is a Sacrament | which gives to us the grace to die well.
Holy Orders is a Sacrament | which gives the grace of holy priesthood.
Matrimony is a Sacrament | which gives Grace to those who marry.
I believe this, and all that the holy Church teaches.
And in this blessed faith, with God's help, I will live and die.
NOTICE. -- The following Prayers are sung in one uniform high tone with a fall. It is a great improvement when they can be sung in parts. The dash between words indicates a pause.
The syllable on which the fall is, is underlined.
THE SIGN OF THE CROSS.
In the name -- of the Father, -- and of the Son, -- and of the Holy Ghost. -- Amen.
THE OUR FATHER.
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 them -- that trespass against us -- and lead us not -- into temptation -- but deliver us -- from evil -- Amen.
THE HAIL MARY.
Hail Mary -- full of grace -- the Lord is with thee -- blessed art thou -- amongst women -- and blessed is the fruit -- of thy womb, Jesus -- Holy Mary -- Mother of God -- pray for us, sinners -- now -- and at the hour of our death. -- Amen.
THE APOSTLES' CREED.
I believe -- in God, the Father Almighty -- Creator of Heaven and earth -- and in Jesus Christ -- his only Son -- our Lord -- who was conceived -- by the Holy Ghost -- born of the Virgin Mary -- suffered under Pontius Pilate -- was crucified -- dead, and buried -- He descended into hell -- the third day -- He rose again -- from the dead -- he ascended into Heaven -- sitteth at the right hand -- of God, the Father Almighty -- from thence he shall come -- to judge -- the living and the dead -- I believe -- in the Holy Ghost -- the holy Catholic Church -- the communion of Saints -- the forgiveness of sins -- the resurrection of the body -- and life everlasting. -- Amen.
THE TEN COMMANDMENTS.
The First Commandment -- I am the Lord thy God -- thou shalt have -- no other God -- but me.
The Second Commandment -- Thou shalt not take -- the name of the Lord thy God -- in vain.
The Third Commandment -- Remember -- thou keep holy -- the Sabbath day.
The Fourth Commandment -- Honor thy father -- and thy mother.
The Fifth Commandment -- Thou shalt not kill.
The Sixth Commandment -- Thou shalt not -- commit adultery.
The Seventh Commandment -- Thou shalt not steal.
The Eighth Commandment -- Thou shalt not bear -- false witness -- against thy neighbor.
The Ninth Commandment -- Thou shalt not covet -- thy neighbor's wife.
The Tenth Commandment -- Thou shalt not covet -- thy neighbor's goods.
THE ACT OF CONTRITION OF BLESSED LEONARD OF PORT MAURICE.
O my God, I am very sorry | that I have sinned against thee,
Because thou art so good, | and I will not sin again.
Air of the Miserere Chant.
THE GOOD INTENTION.
This is sung once over to the first part of the air of St. Casimir's Hymn, and then twice to the second part of the air once repeated.
My Jesus, I do all | for the love, the love of you.