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Catholic in Chinese / Japanese...

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  1. Catholic

  2. The Catholic Church

  3. Holy Bible

  4. Holy Mother / Saint Mary

  5. God of Zion / God of Abraham

  6. Temperance

  7. Holy Spirit / Holy Ghost

  8. Joshua 24:15


Catholic

China tiān zhǔ jiào tú
Catholic Vertical Wall Scroll

天主教徒 is the Chinese title for Catholic, meaning a follower of Catholicism or member of the Catholic Church.

Catholic

Japan katorikku
Catholic Vertical Wall Scroll

加特力 is the Japanese title for Catholic.

This can refer to a person, or the church. It is meant to sound like the western word "Catholic." It sounds like "cat-toe-ree-cou."

The Catholic Church

China tiān zhǔ jiào huì
The Catholic Church Vertical Wall Scroll

天主教會 is the Chinese title for, The Catholic Church.

Holy Bible

China shèng jīng
Holy Bible Vertical Wall Scroll

聖經 is how to write Bible in Chinese.

The first character means Holy, sacred, saint, or sage.
The second character means sacred book or scripture.

Each Sunday morning, if you are near a Catholic or Protestant Church, you will see plenty of Chinese people carrying their Bibles. Virtually every large or medium city in China has, at least, one Christian church. Beijing has about 14 Christian churches of Catholic and various Protestant denominations. That number doubles if you count all the church services that are for foreigners only, and doubles again if you count all of the underground Christian Churches. Many Embassies (Canadian, Italian, French, etc.) offer Protestant and Catholic services. However, the U.S. Embassy is the most unfriendly Embassy in all of China, and offers no such religious services and regularly denies entry and kicks out Americans and others, whether or not they have official business.


See Also:  Christian | Disciple

Holy Mother / Saint Mary

China shèng mǔ
Japan seibo
Holy Mother / Saint Mary Vertical Wall Scroll

聖母 is the title for the Holy Mother, Madonna, or Virgin Mary as used by Catholic Chinese, Korean, and Japanese people. I think this would be a very cool wall scroll for a devout Catholic who also appreciates Asian artwork and language.

Note: Koreans often put a third character after these two which creates a title that means "Hail Mary," however, this character is not added, or used in the same way in Japanese or Chinese. If you want that Korean title, just let me know, and we'll add that character for you. The two-character title shown to the left is universal, so I think it's the best choice.

God of Zion / God of Abraham

China shàng dì
Japan joutei
God of Zion / God of Abraham Vertical Wall Scroll

上帝 is how Chinese Christians and Jews refer to God, AKA The Judeo-Christian God.

Yes, there are Chinese Jews whose ancestry dates back to Jewish traders on the silk road. They are known as the Kaifeng Jews. Most have left China for Israel now.

There are also plenty of Christians in China of both the Protestant and Catholic variety. However, the churches are basically run by the government, and the Chinese Catholic church does not recognize the Pope.

Oddly, in my experience, I found the Chinese Protestant church to be much less political compared to Baptist and other Protestant churches that I have visited in America.

上帝 is also the typically-used title for God in Japanese.

While you may find this term in old Korean dictionaries, it is an obscure, and rarely-used title for God in modern Korean.


See Also:  Christianity | Jesus Christ

Temperance

China jié zhì
Japan sessei
Temperance Vertical Wall Scroll

In short, temperance is knowing when to say "when."

Temperance is the practice of moderation and restraint (in fact, this Asian word is often translated as moderation or restraint).

It was one of the five tenets held to be vital to society in Hellenic culture. It is also one of the Four Cardinal Virtues considered central to Christian behavior by the Catholic Church.


Note: Also considered to be one of the Seven Heavenly Virtues.

Holy Spirit / Holy Ghost

China shèng líng
Japan sei rei
Holy Spirit / Holy Ghost Vertical Wall Scroll

聖靈 / 聖霊 is the title for the Holy Spirit or Holy Ghost as used by Jewish, Catholic and Protestant (and other Christian) Chinese people. And yes, Chinese Jews do exist, but there are not many of them.

The first character means Holy, Sacred, Saint or Sage. The second means ghost, spirit, efficacious or intelligence.

聖靈 / 聖霊 is valid in Chinese characters and old Korean Hanja. This will be recognized in Japan but see note below...


霊 In modern Japan, they now use a variant/simplified Kanji of the second character of Holy Spirit. If you want this Japanese version, click on the Kanji to the right instead of the button above.

Joshua 24:15

This House Serves the LORD
Japan Watashi to watashinoie to wa omo ni tsukaeru
Joshua 24:15 Vertical Wall Scroll

私と私の家とは、主に仕える is the last bit of Joshua 24:15 in Japanese.

Joshua 24:15 (KJV) ...as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.

Joshua 24:15 (NIV) ...as for me and my household, we will serve the LORD.



This came from the Shinkaiyaku Japanese Bible. This is the most commonly-used Bible translation in Japan for both Protestants and Catholic Japanese folks.

I think it is a bit like having a secret code on your wall that quietly expresses to whom your are faithful.

This is a nice gift for a friend, or wonderful expression of faith for your own home.


Note: Because this selection contains some special Japanese Hiragana characters, it should be written by a Japanese calligrapher.

Search for Catholic in my Japanese & Chinese Dictionary


The following table may be helpful for those studying Chinese or Japanese...

Title CharactersRomaji(Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Catholic天主教徒tiān zhǔ jiào tú
tian1 zhu3 jiao4 tu2
tian zhu jiao tu
tianzhujiaotu
t`ien chu chiao t`u
tienchuchiaotu
tien chu chiao tu
Catholic加特力katorikku / katoriku
The Catholic Church天主教會
天主教会
tiān zhǔ jiào huì
tian1 zhu3 jiao4 hui4
tian zhu jiao hui
tianzhujiaohui
t`ien chu chiao hui
tienchuchiaohui
tien chu chiao hui
Holy Bible聖經
圣经
shèng jīng
sheng4 jing1
sheng jing
shengjing
sheng ching
shengching
Holy Mother
Saint Mary
聖母
圣母
seiboshèng mǔ / sheng4 mu3 / sheng mu / shengmu
God of Zion
God of Abraham
上帝joutei / joteishàng dì / shang4 di4 / shang di / shangdishang ti / shangti
Temperance節制
节制
sessei / seseijié zhì / jie2 zhi4 / jie zhi / jiezhichieh chih / chiehchih
Holy Spirit
Holy Ghost
聖靈 / 聖霊
圣灵
sei rei / seireishèng líng
sheng4 ling2
sheng ling
shengling
Joshua 24:15私と私の家とは主に仕えるWatashi to watashinoie to wa omo ni tsukaeru
In some entries above you will see that characters have different versions above and below a line.
In these cases, the characters above the line are Traditional Chinese, while the ones below are Simplified Chinese.



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A professional Chinese Calligrapher

Professional calligraphers are getting to be hard to find these days.
Instead of drawing characters by hand, the new generation in China merely type roman letters into their computer keyboards and pick the character that they want from a list that pops up.

There is some fear that true Chinese calligraphy may become a lost art in the coming years. Many art institutes in China are now promoting calligraphy programs in hopes of keeping this unique form of art alive.

Trying to learn Chinese calligrapher - a futile effort

Even with the teachings of a top-ranked calligrapher in China, my calligraphy will never be good enough to sell. I will leave that to the experts.

A high-ranked Chinese master calligrapher that I met in Zhongwei

The same calligrapher who gave me those lessons also attracted a crowd of thousands and a TV crew as he created characters over 6-feet high. He happens to be ranked as one of the top 100 calligraphers in all of China. He is also one of very few that would actually attempt such a feat.


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