- Catechesis comes from the Greek word for teaching.
- In particular, the word was used to describe the preparation people received before baptism.
- It involves the basic elements of Christian faith and life.
- From the word catechesis we get catechism. The catechism as summaries of the faith of the church.
Catechesis and Lent
- Because Lent was the final preparation for baptism, we continue to emphasize the basic elements of faith and life during this season.
- It is a “back to basics” season.
Catechesis in Lent at Los Altos Lutheran
- Each year we take one portion of Luther’s catechism as our focus during Lent.
- In 2017 we are focusing on The Lord’s Prayer under the theme: …Love Justice…Do Kindness…Walk Humbly… + The Justice and Peace of the Lord’s Prayer
- Martin Luther, the 16th century reformer from whom the Lutheran community got it’s name, wrote two catechisms:
“I had a friend who struggled with anorexia. Her Lenten fast was to eat three meals a day: a tremendous challenge for her, but an act of obedience and courage that helped her heal.”
— Pastor David
— Pastor David
- The “Small Catechism” for parents to us with their children
- The “Large Catechism” for pastors to use with adults
- The catechisms arose after a tour of the churches in Saxony (where Luther lived) showed that people lacked basic knowledge about Christian Faith.
A “Condensed Version” of the Bible
- Luther understood that the catechism should not just be a list of questions and answers about God, but that the catechism should, like the scripture, create faith.
- Luther’s catechism is a concise proclamation of the Biblical message.
What’s in the Catechism?
- The Catechism has five parts (maybe 6)
- Ten Commandments (What God requires of us)
- Creed (What God has done for us)
- Lord’s Prayer (Where to go for help in time of need)
- Baptism, and
- The Lord’s Supper
- (The “sixth” section is about confession and absolution. It is attached to Baptism in the Large Catechism and to Holy Communion in the small catechism)