When I think of Martin Luther’s Small Catechism, my mind immediately spins back to 8th grade confirmation, and the hours spent trying to memorize Luther’s meanings to the Lord’s Prayer, the Apostle’s Creed and the 10 Commandments.
The Small Catechism is still the centerpiece of our Lutheran understanding of these important elements of our Christian faith. Originally, it was written to be a family devotional booklet, a tool for parents and children to discuss and learn their faith.
Martin Luther was an innovator, and the development of
Guttenberg’s printing press made his writings accessible to the general population. So Luther had the Small Catechism originally printed on a large poster. His intent was that it be hung over the family dinner table, that it could be read and discussed over a meal together.
Fast-forward to 2016. As we prepare to celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation next year, our good friends at Augsburg Fortress Publishing, the publishing house of the ELCA, have applied new technology to the Small Catechism, and they have published Luther’s Small Catechism as a mobile app, for both the iOS and Android.
And it’s free! (There is an upgraded version that has commentary, but for most folks, the free version would be adequate.)
So I encourage you to download it! It’s another faith tool that you can carry with you!