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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)

Lord, help us ever to retain
The Catechism's doctrine plain
As Luther taught the Word of truth
In simple style to tender youth.

This hymn points us to the Catechism and reminds us that the Six Chief Parts of Christian doctrine remain important all of life. The presence of all six parts is very clear in the text and invites discussion and instruction:

  • 10 Commandments—Stanza 2
  • Apostle’s Creed—Stanza 2
  • The Lord’s Prayer—Stanza 3
  • Baptism—Stanza 3
  • Confession—Stanzas 2 & 4
  • The Sacrament of the Altar—Stanza 4

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Pastor Douglas Zahner serves at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Mayville, Wisconsin.

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