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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)

Almighty and gracious God, you have instituted holy matrimony, and at the wedding of Cana, when your Son performed his first miracle, you honored and distinguished it as being well-pleasing to you. Since by your guidance I have entered holy matrimony and you have ordained me to be the head of a household, and you have commanded that husband and wife love each other, I ask for your blessings upon my marriage. Grant that I in Christian, love, harmony, and consideration live with my wife as the Apostle Peter writes: "Husbands, in the same way be considerate as you live with your wives, and treat them with respect as the weaker partner and as heirs with you of the gracious gift of life, so that nothing will hinder your prayers." (1 Pt 3:1)

Prevent Satan from bringing disagreements and strive into our home, and if, through the weakness of our sinful nature this does happen, grant that harmony may be quickly restored. Graciously grant that I may never lust after another woman or sinfully desire to have her. If it is your will keep sickness from me and my family. Grant that I may be diligent in the work of my occupation and not become disheartened over stress of work.

Graciously grant your blessing upon my work so that I and my family may be provided for and have all that we need for this body and life. Preserve our house and home and property from harm and danger. Help me to patiently bear any cross you lay upon me in this life, and after this life take us together with all believers to our heavenly home. For the sake of Jesus, Amen.

Abridged Treasury of Prayers: An Epitome from the Larger Gebets-Schatz (St. Louis: Concordia Publishing House), further abridged and rewritten by M. H. Eibs (1996; rpt. Mankato, MN: Lutheran Conference of Confessional Fellowship Publishing, 2001), 17.

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