Westminster Catechism


The Larger and the Shorter Catechisms prepared in 1647 by the Westminster Assembly, a synod of Calvinistic divines, in London, 1645 to 1652, which vainly tried to unite the churches of Great Britain on a Calvinistic basis. Both were approved by Parliament and by the Scottish Kirk, 1648. The Shorter, for public use, is extensively used by Protestants. The Larger, for ministers, is little used. Both contain an exposition of the Ten Commandments and of the Lord’s Prayer. The Apostles’ Creed is appended, also a statement of Calvinistic doctrine.

MLA Citation

  • “Westminster Catechism”. New Catholic Dictionary. CatholicSaints.Info. 6 April 2020. Web. 29 July 2021. <>