This collection for the first time makes Karl Barth’s pastoral prayers available to an English-speaking audience, offering a fresh perspective on how the great Swiss theologian understood this central practice of Christian life. The prayers are organized according to seasons of the liturgical year, making them ideal for both group use and individual reflection.
“Lord our God, you have humbled yourself, that we may be exalted. You became poor, that we may become rich. You came to us, that we may come to you.” (Page 9)
“Create in us the good spirit of freedom humbly and bravely to come to your Son, who comes to us!” (Page 7)
“Continually awaken us from the sleep of indifference and the bad dreams of our pious and impious passions and desires! Do not tire of continually guiding us back onto your path!” (Page 10)
“So we ask you to come now into our midst! Show us and open to us the path to you through your Holy Spirit, so that we may see with our own eyes your light that has come into the world, in order that our lives may indeed be witnesses to you. Amen.” (Page 9)
“The spice for all parts of all spiritual and theological sayings should consist in brevity!” (Page xi)