To: DRE's, Catechists, RCIA Teams, Youth Ministers, Pastors and Parish Staffs

From: ConcordPastor

Re: Teaching scripture

The academic year is about to begin. There's so much scripture to teach - and so little time in which to teach it!

Let's face it: you can only do so much in one year and yet you want to include so much more.

Well, the comedy duo of Barats and Bereta have done us all a great service with their video,
Bible in A Minute!

With this video you can concentrate on the portions of the bible your lesson plans include for this coming year's curriculum and at the same time make sure your students and catechumens get to take a look at the whole (well, most of) the scriptures, too.

Does the pace move too fast for you? Here are the lyrics:

Bible In A Minute

Earth made, Adam Eve
Cain kills Abel, has to leave
Boring genealogy
Great flood, olive leaf

Tower Babel, Abraham
Sodom and Gomorrah, and
Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, Moses

Ten commands, promised land

Judges, David, Solomon
Sent away to Babylon
Job, then a bunch of psalms
Proverbs and the Song of Songs

Major prophets, lion’s den
Minor prophets, Bethlehem
Gold and myrrh and frankincense
Satan and Samaritan

Choose disciples, other cheek
Walk on water, thousands eat
Lazarus, fig tree
Last supper, Gethsemane

Blood money, third denial
Pontius Pilate, public trial
Forty lashes, to the tree
Why have you forsaken me?

Third day, empty tomb
Reappears, five wounds
Acts of the Apostles next
Epistles and Apocalypse




  1. WOW! What else can be said?

  2. That was great....

  3. This should come with warning...NOT TO BE USED AT THE EASTER VIGIL!!!!
    (although it would make it a lot shorter)...LOL!!

  4. I think I like your musical rap version of the creed even better. Too bad you can't get that on the blog!

  5. Musical rap version of the Creed? Are you holding out on us, CP?

  6. A couple years ago, in a homily on the Creed, I sang the Creed in Gregorian chant and then did a rap version. My point was that the Creed survives every culture and expression and remains the Creed we profess. (I'm working on accepting that the new translation of the Creed -see sidebar for link- will be an expression I/we will adapt to!)

    I subsequently did the same comparison for 4 sessions of our Generations of Faith program but it was never taped or recorded so I don't have it to offer here.

  7. This sounds very similar to Billy Joel's 'We Didn't Start the Fire'- I can't help wondering if they got their "inspiration" from his song... ?

  8. I just read the new version of the Creed. I had thought the only change was going to be from "We believe" to "I believe." Boy, was I wrong! Back to "consubstantiation"??? Are these changes supposed to make the Creed more readily understandable for the English speaking world? I think the bishops who have worked on these changes have had a lot of extra time on their hands. Whose brainchild was this? Were any lay people consulted on this? When these changes are implemented, everyone will have to return to reading the Creed rather than knowing by heart. And the Creed is the only text I've looked at! I don't think the "people in the pews" are going to be thrilled when the time comes for implementing these changes. Someone (guess who!) is going to have to do a mighty good job of explaining what the rationale is for these changes and why it is a good idea.


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