A Father's Duty

Fathers,…bring [your children] up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.
EPHESIANS 6:4
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A Father's Duty
It is the duty of every father of a family to question and examine his children and servants at least once a week and see what they know or are learning from the catechism. And if they do not know the catechism, he should keep them learning it faithfully. . .. Our children should be used to reciting [the Commandments, the Creed, and the Lord's Prayer] daily when they rise in the morning, when they sit down to their meals, and when they go to bed at night. . . For the holy fathers or apostles (whoever first taught these things) have summarized the doctrine, life, wisdom, and art of Christians this way. These parts speak, teach, and are focused on them.

From Short Preface to the Large Catechism (Concordia, pp. 356-58)
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