First published in 1529, Martin Luther?s ?The Small Catechism? was written for the education of children in religious doctrine. It reviews The Ten Commandments, The Lord?s Prayer, the Sacraments of Baptism, the Alter and the Eucharist, along with other important religious and biblical tenets in a clear, concise and easy to understand format. It has long been considered as one of Martin?s most important writings and is seen as an authoritative text on the beliefs of the Lutheran Church. ?The Small Catechism? was required reading for confirmation into the church for centuries. Luther distilled the Church?s teachings down to their most essential elements so that pastors and parents alike can pass the Lutheran doctrine and tradition down to the next generation. Remarkable for its wealth of information in a condensed and accessible form, Luther?s masterpiece of religious instruction has continued to provide guidance and answers to both the young and old. ?The Small Catechism? remains an important and essential addition to any collection of religious literature, as well as a useful and practical daily prayer book for families and churches. This edition includes a biographical afterword.