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This list includes terms and abbreviations found in the headings of some of the Finnish Communion Books.
Term or AbbreviationTranslation
A. Symb. HustafaAn addition to the catechism that explained how people of different ranks should treat one another
ABC-BokenABC Book (a primer)
Abs.Apostles’ Creed
Af- och TillflyttaingMoving in and out
AfgåttMoved
Aliq. m.In order
AmmårkningarNotes
Bapt.Baptism
Begått H. H. NattvardReceived Holy Communion
Bevistat CatechismiforhorenAttended catechism examinations
Blifvit admitteradConfirmed
C. D.Holy Communion
Conf.Confession
Conf. Mens.Meal Prayer
DagDay
Dav. Ps.David’s Psalms
Dec.Ten Commandments
Dict. s. s.Holy writing
Exact.Good
Explic. Simpl.Proper explanation
Forst. Christ. läranUnderstands the Christian faith
FödelseBirth
Födelse ort utom FörsamlingBirthplace outside parish
FörstårUnderstanding
Grat. a. Bened.Before the meal; after the meal
I BokFrom the Bible
Kommen ifrånCame from
Term or AbbreviationTranslation
KopporSmallpox (vaccination)
L. n.Reading
Luth. Cat.Luther’s Catechism
Lysning, Vigsel, Frejd. Veterligt Lyte m. m.Banns, marriage, reputation, known defects
LäsningReading
Matut.Morning meal
Namn och StåndName and occupation
NattvardsgångAttended Holy Communion
Or. D.Lord’s Prayer
Orat.Prayer
OrtPlace
PleniusPerfect
Quaest.Questions
Skriftens SpråkUnderstands language (of the Bible)
SpörsmålQuestions
Stafning och InnanläsningSpelling and reading (in the Bible)
Symb.Creed
Tab. Oec.Ten Commandments
Ur minnet Dar Luthers Lilla Cateches med FörklaringMemorized Luther’s Small Catechism with explanations*
Utur minnetFrom memory
VaccinationVaccination (smallpox)
VesperiVespers
Vid Låsförhör tillstadesAttended clerical examination (lukukinkeri)
ÅrYear
År och datumYear and date
  • Numbers 1 through 6 represented the following elements of the catechism:
  1. Ten Commandments
  2. Apostles&' Creed
  3. Lord&'s Prayer
  4. Baptism sacrament
  5. Communion
  6. Altar sacrament
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