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Luther's Catechism and Explanation

Are you a young Lutheran getting ready for confirmation?  Are you a life-long member of a Lutheran congregation who would like to review the pillars of the faith upon which you grew up?  Are you new to the Lutheran church and eager to learn more about Lutheran doctrine (teachings)?  Are you a non-Lutheran curious about what we teach and believe? 


If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, then this resource is for you.  This page contains a link to the Small Catechism, Martin Luther's indispensable treasure of basic Christian doctrine.  Click here, or the Catechism to the below to begin reading.  


What is the Catechism? 


A catechism is a book of instruction, usually in the form of questions and answers.


Luther’s Catechism is a brief teaching tool written by Dr. Martin Luther in 1529. It was actually designed for families to share together at home to emphasize the basic teachings of the Christian faith in a simple way.

Listen to Luther's Preface to the Catechism here.


The Catechism sums up Christian teaching by dividing it into the following Six Chief Parts:

(Click on any of the titles below for an audio recording of each part)


The Ten Commandments
The Creed
The Lord’s Prayer
The Sacrament of Holy Baptism

The Sacrament of the Altar (Holy Communion)

The Catechism also provides families with Daily Prayers, an explanation of vocations with the Table of Duties, and a means of self-examination through the Christian Questions with Their Answers.

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