How to Get Your Copy of Luther's Small Catechism
For our congregation wide Lenten Study this year we will be reading and reflecting on Luther’s Small Catechism. All you need to participate is a copy of the Small Catechism and the study guide. There are several options for obtaining a copy of the Small Catechism:
- Click on the image of the book on the right to download a PDF copy of Luther's Small Catechism, or stop by the Welcome Center for a hard copy.
- You can download a basic copy of the Small Catechism using the Luther’s Small Catechism App from Augsburg Fortress.
- We have 25 small copies available for $1.00 each. If you would like one of these copies they will be available at the Welcome Center. If we run out, please sign your name on the sheet at the Welcome Center.
- You can order a slightly more expansive study edition from Augsburg Fortress for $7.00
- If you would like to get more in depth you can order the By Heart: Conversations with Martin Luther’s Small Catechism from Augsburg Fortress for $15.
- Another in depth book would be Martin Luther’s Catechisms: Forming the Faith by Timothy J. Wengert from Fortress Press. There are used from $8 and new for about $16.
- You can also find an annotated Study Edition by Wengert in an e-book format or hard copy.
The study guide with the weekly topics and an introduction by Pastor Brian will be available on our website (below), as a pdf, or hard copy.
- Before Ash Wednesday: March 6 Introduction
- Week 1: March 6 - 13 10 Commandments
- Week 2: March 13 - 20 Apostles' Creed
- Week 3: March 20 - 27 Lord's Prayer
- Week 4: March 27 - April 3 Baptism, Confession
- Week 5: April 3 - 10 Communion, Morning and Evening Prayer
The Small Catechism Blog
Read the section in the Small Catechism on the Sacrament of the Altar This sacrament goes by many names; the Sacrament of the Altar, the Sacrament of the Table, Holy Communion, Communion, Eucharist (the Greek word for thanksgiving). Each refers to the sharing of bread and wine, which is the Body and Blood of JesusRead More
Read the section in the Small Catechism on the Sacrament of Holy Baptism. What is a Sacrament? A sacrament is a means for God’s grace to be delivered to us. Now, God can bestow grace in any way God wants. However, because God knows that we need tangible things God has promised to be presentRead More
Read the section in the Small Catechism on the Lord’s Prayer. Before we go any farther with the Lord’s Prayer it might be instructive to see what Martin Luther understood about prayer itself. For Luther, prayer is something the second commandment teaches (remember that one? You shall not make wrongful use of the name ofRead More
Read the section in the Small Catechism on the Apostles’ Creed. A creed is a basic statement of faith. The Apostles’ Creed, as we now have it, dates from the eighth century. However, its roots are in the “Old Roman Creed” which was used in some parts of the ancient church as early as theRead More
Read the Small Catechism section on The Ten Commandments. Luther understood the Ten Commandments to be Moses’ meditation on the natural law of God that is written on all human hearts. In this way he focused more on the spirit of the texts rather than the specifics as they might be applied to Israelites ofRead More
Read the History of the Small Catechism and Luther’s preface to the Small Catechism. In the early church the word chatecheo, meaning to inform or instruct, was the Greek term used to denote Christian instruction for anyone. By the second century this word was used for the pre-baptismal instruction of the catechumens, those who desired baptismRead More