FATHER’S TEACHING CORNER: The Old Testament is divided into three parts: the Law of Moses, the prophets, and the writings, more commonly called the Psalter. The Law is known as the Pentateuch, or the five writings. It consists of the beginning history of the Jewish people, the giving of the law to Moses by God. It is followed by the historical books, giving the history of the chosen people after they entered into the promised Land. The Prophets are sixteen in number, divided into four major prophets and twelve minor prophets. The major prophets are Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, and Daniel. They and the other twelve were men of God sent to warn Israel of its fate if it did not turn back to God. Beginning with Isaiah, they also foretold the coming of the promised Messiah. The Psalms or Poetic Books include Job, Lamentations, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, and Song of Solomon. These radiate around the psalms and tell of the glory and strength of God. This Jewish Canon was the Bible that Jesus found when He came to earth and is the same as the old Testament as we know it today. (Borrowed in part from Vernon Staley, The Catholic Religion. (To be continued)
ON EASTER DAY THERE IS PLACED on th gospel side of the altar a tall candle known as the Pascal Candle. It is blessed at the Vigil on Holy Saturday with five incense nails symbolic of the five wounds of Christ placed in it. It is lighted at every service until Low Sunday and on Sundays and festival until Ascension Day when it is extinguished symbolizing the light of Christ has ascended back to his father. The candle is then removed until the Easter vigil the following year. It has become a modern custom in some places to keep the candle near the Baptismal font and light it at Baptisms, but this is not the best or traditional custom.