“The Deck of Cards” tells the story of a soldier who lays out a deck of cards in church, and is subsequently required to explain the outrageous behaviour. He explains the religious significance of the playing deck.
There are many versions of this recitation, with the earliest known reference attributed to Mary Bacon of Hampshire, England in 1762.
Here is an excerpt of one version:
‘You see the Ace, Sergeant?
It reminds me that there is only one God.
The Two represents the two parts of the Bible,
Old and New Testaments
The Three represents the Father, Son, and the Holy Ghost.
The Four stands for the Four Gospels:
Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.
The Five is for the five virgins,
there were ten, but only five of them were glorified.
The Six is for the six days it took God
to create the Heavens and Earth.
The Seven is for the day God rested
after making His Creation.
The Eight is for the family of Noah and his wife,
their three sons and their wives —
the eight people God spared from the flood
that destroyed the Earth.
The Nine is for the lepers
that Jesus cleansed of leprosy..
He cleansed ten, but nine never thanked Him.
The Ten represents the Ten Commandments
that God handed down to Moses
on tablets made of stone.
The Jack is a reminder of Satan,
one of God’s first angels,
but he got kicked out of heaven
for his sly and wicked ways
and is now the joker of eternal hell.
The Queen stands for the Virgin Mary.
The King stands for Jesus, for he is the King of all kings.
When I count the dots on all the cards,
I come up with 365 total, one for every day of the year.
There are a total of 52 cards in a deck; each is a week –
52 weeks in a year.
The four suits represent the four seasons:
Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter.
Each suit has thirteen cards —
there are exactly thirteen weeks in a quarter .
So when I want to talk to God and thank Him,
I just pull out this old deck of cards
and they remind me of all that I have to be thankful for.