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The Heidelberg Catechism has received wide use and popularity in German Reformed churches, in Holland, in the Netherlands and around the world in many translations.

The regal RED and GOLD are a tribute to Frederick III who ordered the writing of the Catechism for the followers of John Calvin in Germany.

The CROWN OF THORNS, the "GERMAN" CROSS and the TABLETS are symbols of Misery, Redemption, and Thankfulness -- the three basic themes of the catechism. The TABLETS stand for the Ten Commandments, which appear in the Catechism's instruction that obedience is the proper form of thankfulness. The two LIGHTS and the FIRE represent the Trinity, with the Hebrew name of God on the left orb, and the Greek monogram for Jesus on the right orb, and the FLAME standing for the Holy Spirit.>