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Lent and Luther’s Small Catechism — Pastor Joseph Abrahamson

There is a connection between the Small Catechism and Lent.

Pastor Joseph Abrahamson writes in “Luther’s Small Catechism and Lent,” on Brothers of John the Steadfast, “Dr. Martin Luther’s Small Catechism has been associated with the season of Lent since the time Luther first published in chart in time for Lent in 1529.” He continues, “Our parish is one of many that has a long standing practice of reviewing one chief part each week during the Lenten season.”

Pastor Abrahamson reveals how the Small Catechism is in three sections that address in order:

  • The what of the Christian faith
  • The how of the Christian faith.
  • The where of the Christian faith.

This helps us understand both the parts and the whole of the Catechism. Pastor Abrahamson writes, “While teaching the parts of the Catechism it is important to keep the whole in mind to understand how the parts relate to each other and why they are there.”

With that understanding, he develops an insightful way of reviewing the Small Catechism during Lent.

Read the article here, and hear audio of his discussion of the article on Steadfast Throwdown here.

Lent and the Catechisms — Pastor Joseph Abrahamson’s Article (and more)

It is 12 days to Ash Wednesday. Lent is almost upon us. What has this to do with Luther’s Catechisms?

Much!

Lent is an excellent time for reviewing the Six Chief Parts of Christian Doctrine. Pastor Joe Abrahamson, Faith Lutheran Church, Clara City, Minnesota authored an excellent article about this, titled “Luther’s Small Catechism and Lent,” Published at Brothers of John the Steadfast.

Pastor Abrahamson writes:

Our general outline for this yearly practice is as follows:

  • Ash Wednesday: The Ten Commandments-The Law Of God
  • Lent 1 Wednesday: The Creed-The Gospel of God
  • Lent 2 Wednesday: The Lord’s Prayer-The Response of Faith
  • Lent 3 Wednesday: The Sacrament of Baptism
  • Lent 4 Wednesday: The Office of the Keys and Confession
  • Lent 5 Wednesday: The Sacrament of the Altar
  • Maundy Thursday: Christian Questions and Answers

His approach recognizes and conveys:

  • The Structure of the Catechism and Teaching
  • How the Parts Work Together
  • The “What” of the Christian Faith
  • The “How” and “Where” of the Christian Faith
  • The Application to Our Lives

Head on over to his article at Brothers of John the Steadfast to see how Pastor Abrahamson develops these thoughts.

Keep watching LutheranCatechism.com because in the near future we also will be pointing to video teaching of the Small Catechism by Pastor Abrahamson.

For the Large Catechism, remember that LutheranCatechism.com provides without charge bulletin inserts for Lent, Holy Week, and Easter that present readings from Luther’s Large Catechism. See the blog post, “Free ! –– Bulletin Inserts — Large Catechism Readings for Lent, Holy Week, and Easter,” explaining those inserts and providing links to download the printer-ready PDFs.

Free ! –– Bulletin Inserts — Large Catechism Readings for Lent, Holy Week, and Easter

LutheranCatechism.com provides without charge bulletin inserts for Lent, Holy Week, and Easter that present readings from Luther’s Large Catechism. The selections are edited from the Meissner schedule for the one-year lectionary. Simply download and print the inserts.

Links to the collection of inserts are listed below in this post, but first here is an explanation of the selections.

Rev. Craig A. Meissner, Pastor, Immanuel Lutheran Church, Steger, Illinois, created “Large Catechism Readings for the One-Year Lectionary (LSB),” 2013. The selections are good.

The size of the portions selected for a given day in Pastor Meissner’s schedule varies. Often the selections fill a whole bulletin, not just an insert. In some settings, that is more than parishioners would read. Many people would pass over something entirely that, at a glance, strikes them as too much.

Where that is not a problem, I recommend bulletins Rev. Erich R. Fickel, Pastor of St. Paul Lutheran Church, Chesterton, Indiana, prepared following Rev. Meissner’s schedule. Those bulletins use Rev. Meissner’s complete selections for a given day. They are distributed on the website of Emmanuel Press.

The ones provided here by LutheranCatechism.com offer an option for settings in which  content needs to be limited to an insert, thinking it is better that people read part of Meissner’s selection rather than none of it.

I began with Rev. Meissner’s schedule and looked for ways to reduce the size, such as by removing paragraphs that reiterated in different language points made elsewhere in the selections for the day. In a distressing number of cases, I had to simply choose between paragraphs solely for the sake of controlling size, according to what I thought would bear the most significance to readers.

I welcome feedback about how to improve the selections, formatting, and presentation of the material. [ Contact by Email ]  Meissner’s schedule fulfills the whole year, and if the ones already completed prove to have value, I will work to gradually prepare the ones for the rest of the year. The listing will be maintained at the Bulletins & Inserts page of this site.

The text is from Triglot Concordia at BookOfConcord.org, except that I updated the language of the Commandments following the The 2010 Sola/ReClaim Edition of Luther’s Small Catechism.

Here is the collection for Lent, Holy Week, and Easter:

Ash Wednesday
Lent 1 – Invocabit
Lent 2 – Reminiscere
Lent 3 – Oculi
Lent 4 – Laetare
Lent 5 – Judica
Palm Sunday – Palmarum
Maundy Thursday
Good Friday
Holy Saturday (Easter Vigil)
Easter – The Resurrection of Our Lord