The Small Catechism is a treasure indeed!
Martin Luther’s works translated into English encompass 55 volumes. The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, and Concordia Publishing House, is currently publishing and translating more volumes. Dr. Luther somewhere said that all of all he wrote, he thought the only two books worth keeping were The Bondage of the Will and The Small Catechism.
Five of the six Chief Parts of the Catechism has this encouragement:
As the head of the family should teach it in a simple way to his household
Luther wrote this for pastors and congregations for the pastors to put them into the hands of the head of the family, normally, a father. He wrote that a Father and Mother are the Bishop and Bishopess to their children. Today at a Pastors’ Bible study, we noted that it is our experience, parents who read the Bible to their children, pray daily at one common meal…
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