Cover of: Advent of the Heart | Alfred Delp


  • Foreword
    Roman Bleistein
  • Foreword
    Karl Adolf Kreuser
  • Translator
    Abtei St. Walburg
  • Preface
    Abtei St. Walburg

Advent of the Heart

Seasonal Sermons And Prison Writings 1941-1944

Published by Ignatius Press in San Francisco, California, USA .
Written in English.

About the Edition

Fr. Alfred Delp,S.J., was a heroic German Jesuit priest who was imprisoned and martyred by the Nazis in a Nazi death camp in 1945. At the time of his arrest, he was the Rector of St. Georg Church in Munich, and had a reputation for being a gripping, dynamic preacher, and one who was an outspoken critic of the Nazi regime. He was an important figure in the Resistance movement against Nazism.

Accused of conspiring against the Nazi government, he was arrested in 1944, tortured, imprisoned, and executed on Feb 2, 1945. While in prison, Fr. Delp was able to write a few meditations found in this book, which also includes his powerful reflections from prison during the Advent season about the profound spiritual meaning and lessons of Advent, as well as his sermons he gave on the season of Advent at his parish in Munich. These meditations were smuggled out of Berlin and read by friends and parishioners of St. Georg in Munich.

His approach to Advent, the season that prepares us for Christmas, is what Fr. Delp called an "Advent of the heart." More than just preparing us for Christmas, it is a spiritual program, a way of life. He proclaimed that our personal, social and historical circumstances, even suffering, offer us entry into the true Advent, our personal journey toward a meeting and dialogue with God. Indeed, his own life, and great sufferings, illustrated the true Advent he preached and wrote about.

From his very prison cell he presented a timeless spiritual message, and in an extreme situation, his deep faith gave him the courage to draw closer to God, and to witness to the truth even at the cost of his own life. These meditations will challenge and inspire all Christians to embark upon that same spiritual journey toward union with God, a journey that will transform our lives.

“As one of the last witnesses who knew Fr. Alfred Delp personally, I am very pleased this book will make him better known in America. The more one reads his writings, the more one clearly recognizes the prophetic message for our times! Like his contemporary, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Delp ranks among the great prophets who endured the horror of Nazism and handed down a powerful message for our times.”
—Karl Kreuser, S.J., from the Foreword

Table of Contents

Foreword to the German edition of Der Mensch im Advent
Foreword to the English edition
Translator's Preface
"Figures of Advent", Tegel Prison, December 1944
Week I
Liturgy for the First Sunday of Advent
Homily, Munich, November 30, 1941
Homily, Munich, November 28, 1943
Meditation, Tegel Prison, December 1944
Week II
Liturgy for the Second Sunday of Advent
Homily, Munich, December 7, 1941
Homily, Munich, December 6, 1942
Meditation, Tegel Prison, December 1944
Advent Holy Hour
Homily, Munich, December, 1942
Week III
Liturgy for the Third Sunday of Advent
Homily, Munich, December 14, 1941
Homily, Munich, December 13, 1942
Meditation, Tegel Prison, December 1944
Week IV
Liturgy for the Fourth Sunday of Advent
Homily, Munich, December 21, 1941
Pre-Christmas Reflection, Munich, December 22, 1942
Meditation, Tegel Prison, December 1944
The Christmas Vigil
Liturgy for the Vigil Mass of the Nativity
Meditation, Tegel Prison, December 1944
Appendix I: Chronology: 1907-1945
Appendix II: The Eternal Advent
Appendix III: Advent 1935
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