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Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1906-1945)


Dietrich Bonhoeffer was hung April 9, 1945, in Flossenberg concentration camp. He was 39.


“MORNING PRAYER - Christmas, 1943”

(in "Letters and Papers from Prison")


God, to you I call early in the morning.

Help me pray

And gather my thoughts to yourself

I cannot do it alone.

In me it is dark,

But with you is the light;

I am lonely, but you forsake me not;

I am faint-hearted, but with you is help;

I am restless, but with you is peace;

In me is bitterness, but with you is patience;

I do not understand my way, but

You know the way for me.


Father in Heaven,

Praise and thanks

Be yours for the night’s rest.

Praise and thanks be yours for the new day.

Praise and thanks be yours for all your kindness

And faithfulness in my past life.

You have shown me much good,

Let me now receive from your hand

What is hard.

You will not lay upon me

More than I can bear.

For your children you let all things

Serve for the best.


Lord Jesus Christ,

You were poor

And miserable, captive and forsaken as I am.

You know every need of humans,

You remain with me

When no man stands by me,

You forget me not and seek me,

You will that I recognize you

And turn to you.

Lord, I hear your call and follow,

Help me!


Holy Spirit,

Give me the faith that rescues me from

Despair, addictions, and vice,

Give me the love for God and humans,

That destroys all hate and bitterness,

Give me the hope that frees me from

Fear and despondency.


Holy, merciful God,

My Creator and my Savior,

My Judge and my Deliverer,

You know me and everything I do.

You hate and punish evil in this world

And in the next with no respect of persons;

You forgive sins for the one

Who asks sincerely;

You love good and reward it on this

Earth with a good conscience

And in the world to come

With the crown of righteousness.


Before you I think of all my loved ones,

And of my fellow prisoners, and of all those

Who do their hard service in this house.

Lord, have mercy!

Grant me freedom again,

And let me so live in the present

That I can live responsibly

Before humans.

Lord, whatever else this day brings —

May your name be praised!

Amen.



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