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Encyclopedia > Luther's Small Catechism

Luther's Small Catechism was written by Martin Luther and published in 1529 for the training of children. Luther's Small Catechism reviews: The Ten Commandments, The Apostles' Creed, The Lord's Prayer, Holy Baptism, The Office of the Keys, and The Sacrament of the Altar. For other people named Martin Luther see: Martin Luther (disambiguation), or here for Martin Luther King, Jr. ... Events April 22 - Treaty of Saragossa divides the eastern hemisphere between Spain and Portugal, stipulating that the dividing line should lie 297. ... Catechism Lesson, by Jules-Alexis Meunier, 1890 A catechism is a summary of Christian religious doctrine. ... The Ten Commandments, or Decalogue, are a list of religious and moral imperatives that feature prominently in Judaism and Christianity. ... The Apostles Creed is an early statement of Christian belief, probably from the first or second century. ... The Lords Prayer (sometimes known by its first two Latin words as the Pater Noster, in Greek as the , or the English equivalent Our Father) is probably the best-known prayer in Christianity. ... Baptism is a water purification ritual practiced in certain religions such as Christianity, Mandaeanism, Sikhism, and some historic sects of Judaism. ... In criminal proceedings, a confession is a document in which a suspect admits having committed a crime. ... The Eucharist is either the Christian sacrament of consecrated bread and wine or the ritual surrounding it. ...

English translations are available on-line at Project Wittenberg (http://iclnet.org/pub/resources/text/wittenberg/luther/little.book/web/book-1.html) and from the LCMS (http://www.lcms.org/graphics/assets/media/LCMS/smallcatechism.pdf) (an American Lutheran denomination), or as books from Augsburg Publishing and Concordia Publishing House (ISBN 0806642823, ISBN 0570015359). Official cross symbol of the Missouri Synod The Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod (LCMS) is the second-largest Lutheran body in the United States. ...

The Small Catechism is widely used today in Lutheran churches as part of youth education and Confirmation. Roman Catholic views In the Roman Catholic church confirmation is one of the seven sacraments. ...



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