Ever heard of the Catholic Clock? We hadn’t either until we came across this image of it on Pinterest.
How cool, right? At first, we almost didn’t believe it could fill out all the digits on a clock perfectly, but we were wrong.
So let’s go over the Catholic Clock and what makes it up.
1 o’clock – There is only one God. Plain and simple here. This is a basic tenet of the Catholic faith.
2 o’clock – Christ was both human and divine, meaning he was really man and was also really God. Again, starting off with the basics of our faith here.
3 o’clock – The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit are the three persons in God, also known as the Holy Trinity.
4 o’clock – The Bible contains the Gospel according to Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. The Gospel according to Mark features mostly the actions of Christ. Matthew focuses on the teaching and heritage of Jesus. Luke gives orderly accounts of Christ’s life. John wrote his Gospel about many of the signs for believers that happened during Christ’s time on Earth.
5 o’clock – There were Five Holy Wounds when Jesus was crucified for our sins. The wounds were to Jesus’ left and right hands, left and right feet, and his side.
6 o’clock – There are six Holy Days of Obligation for Catholics. The Solemnity of Mary, the Ascension of Our Lord, the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, All Saints’ Day, the Immaculate Conception, and Christmas.
7 o’clock – There are seven Sacraments of the Catholic Church. These are Baptism, First Communion, Reconciliation, Confirmation, Marriage, Holy Orders, and Anointing of the Sick.
8 o’clock – Beatitudes…you’ve heard these before. They all begin with, “Blessed are…”. There are eight of them, and they come from Jesus’ teachings from the Sermon on the Mount. Our favorite is, “Blessed are the meek: for they will inherit the earth.”
9 o’clock – Christ spoke to St. Margaret Mary and told her that those who receive the Eucharist for the First Fridays of 9 consecutive months will not die in his displeasure. There’s actually a list of blessings that you’ll receive. Read about them here http://www.prayerbook.com/Devotions/Sacred%20Heart/ninefri.htm We all remembered going to First Friday Mass at Catholic schools, but never knew why. This was cool to learn about.
10 o’clock – There are 10 Commandments that God gave to Moses. Need a refresher? http://www.vatican.va/archive/ccc_css/archive/catechism/command.htm
11 o’clock – Jesus had 12 apostles, but we all know about Judas. 11 faithful apostles were his closest followers.
12 o’clock – There are 12 fruits of the Holy Spirit. These are gifts received in the Sacrament of Confirmation. They are charity, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, generosity, gentleness, faithfulness, modesty, self-control, and chastity.