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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)

Recommended Reading from Holy Cross Lutheran Church:

The papers (links) on this site are written by confessional theologians for further study by confessional Lutherans and should be very edifying. Please be advised however that not all of the papers (links) have been evaluated for doctrinal content. Please read with caution.
  • Revelation, Scripture, and Authority
  • The Lutheran Confessions
  • God and Creation
  • Grace and Election
  • The Person and Work of Christ
  • The Law and the Gospel
  • etc.
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