Hausvater: /HAUS-fah-ter/ noun (German) 1. Housefather. 2. Spiritually responsible head of household, including the housefather as assisted by the housemother. >> Example: "As the Hausvater should teach it [Christian doctrine] to the entire family ..." (Martin Luther, Small Catechism, 1529)
As we now walk through the liturgy, note how it presents the life of Christ: His birth, crucifixion, resurrection, ascension, etc. All true Christian worship is centered in Him and performed through Him. Read More
Table Prayer: The Eyes of All Wait upon You, O Lord (Chant)
“The eyes of all wait upon You, O Lord ...” is a familiar prayer that Christians commonly say at mealtime.
For a free PDF download of a musical arrangement for chanting the prayer, plus some explanations from the composer, continue reading.
When King David brought the Ark of the LORD into Jerusalem, he delivered a new psalm to Asaph, saying, “O give thanks unto the LORD, for He is good, for His mercy endures forever” (1 Chronicles 16:34). Those words are found again in Psalms 106:16, 107:1, 118:1, and 136:1.
Today it is a common practice to pray David’s words of thanksgiving after the meal blessing, “Come, Lord Jesus, be our guest; let these gifts to us be blessed.” Following is a lesson for praying “O Give Thanks...” in Hebrew. (The capitalized syllables receive greater stress.)