Luther’s Large Catechism in German
Martin Luther (1483–1546).
Der gros Catechismus und Kinder Lere.
Wittenberg: Johann Schwertel, 1571.
[Bound with: Johannes Spangenberg (1484–1550). Des ehelichen Ordens Spiegel und Regel.
Wittenberg: Peter Seitz, 1573. (BRB0736)
In this German Large Catechism published in 1571, the lesson concerning the sacraments of Baptism and Communion is introduced by two illustrations: the woodcut on the left-hand page depicts the administration of the two sacraments while a Lutheran minister preaches to a congregation; the woodcut on the right-hand page represents the Last Supper. In this latter image Judas has already departed from the meal and Christ extends his hand to pronounce his New Commandment, as recorded in John 13:34: “I give you a new commandment—to love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.”