[quote="bben15, post:1, topic:342615"]
Hello. :) Before the Council of Trent, and the promulgation of the Roman Catechism, what were children instructed before receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation? Were they taught everything that was in the Catechism?
I don't mean just right before the Council. I mean from the early Middle Ages, up until right before the Council.
God bless you for answering my question. :blessyou:
I believe that a lot of catechesis was done by parents, particularly mothers. A devout mother would teach her children to say the Creed, the Lord's Prayer, and the Ave Maria (only the first half--the second half was added after the Reformation). Parish schools existed, often taught by the local priest (who might not be very well-educated, so you might not actually learn much). Other than that, there wasn't much of a concerted effort to teach children in particular that I know of. I don't think confirmation was seen as linked to education about the faith (as far as I know, this was a Protestant idea which was picked up by the Catholic Reformers).
There was a lot of catechesis, much of it done by the mendicant orders, but most of it wasn't aimed specifically at children as far as I know. Preaching was a form of popular entertainment, and there was a flood of vernacular literature, besides the mystery, morality, and miracle plays, religious songs, and ever-present visual images. One can imagine that for a child, going to a mystery or morality play and seeing hell-mouth open and demons run around through the audience would be quite a vivid form of catechesis!