|JapSin I, 105|
Tianshen huike 天神會課.
By Pan Guoguang 潘國光 (Francesco Brancati, 1607–1671).
One juan. White Chinese paper in one volume.
Pfister translates the title as “Leçons pour la congrégation des Anges” (p. 229, no. 6) and explains (p. 227) that Brancati had established a number of congregations in Shanghai and that “celle des Saints Anges, pour les enfants” was one of these. The style of this catechism for children is simple and clear. The questions and answers are well arranged.
The following are the contents: the six necessary things one ought to know in order to enter the church; the nature of God; the human soul and body; an explanation of the sign of the cross; an explanation of the Lord’s prayer; an explanation of the Hail Mary; an explanation of the Apostles’ creed; the Ten Commandments; the precepts of the church; explanations of the seven sacraments, of the eight Beatitudes and of the four last things.
There is no date or place of publication in our copy, but Pfister supplies the information that it was published first in Shanghai in 1662, and we think that the publication was made by the Jingyitang 敬一堂 of Songjiang 松江, founded by Brancati in 1641 (cf. Jap-Sin I, 102).
Cf. Hsü 1949, p. 476; Courant 6946–6959, 6960 天神規課. For another edition, see Jap-Sin II, 170.
Source: Albert Chan, S.J., Chinese Books and Documents in the Jesuit Archives in Rome, pp. 155-156.