Discourses at the Communion on Fridays

Discourses at the Communion on Fridays

Søren Kierkegaard
Translated by Sylvia Walsh
Distribution: World
Publication date: 7/7/2011
ISBN: 978-0-253-00557-1
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Søren Kierkegaard's 13 communion discourses constitute a distinct genre among the various forms of religious writing composed by Kierkegaard. Originally published at different times and places, Kierkegaard himself believed that these discourses served as a unifying element in his work and were crucial for understanding his religious thought and philosophy as a whole. Written in an intensely personal liturgical context, the communion discourses prepare the reader for participation in this rite by emphasizing the appropriate posture for forgiveness of sins and confession.

Author Bio

Sylvia Walsh is Scholar in Residence at Stetson University. She is author of Kierkegaard: Thinking Christianly in an Existential Mode.


"Putting all these discourses together highlights an important dimension of Kierkegaard's thought that is often overlooked or at least underestimated, by showing the organic connection between that thought and the Christian practice of confession and the Christian sacrament of communion. . . . The introduction provided for the volume is superb." —C. Stephen Evans, Baylor University

"The book is very nicely produced and has an excellent index. It will be a valuable resource for all libraries supporting religious studies, theological studies, philosophy of religion, and Kierkegaard studies. Summing Up: Highly recommended." —

"This is a unique contribution to Kierkegaard studies and deserves to be carefully studies by all who value Kierkegaard's Christian thought." —Lutheran Quarterly

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Table of Contents

Part 1. "Discourses at the Communion on Fridays." Part Four of Christian Discourses (1848)
1. Luke 22:15
2. Matthew 11:28
3. John 10:27
4. 1 Corinthians 11:23
5. 2 Timothy 2:12—13
6. 1 John 3:20
7. Luke 24:51
Part 2. "The High Priest"—"The Tax Collector"—"The Woman Who Was a Sinner": Three Discourses at the Communion on Fridays (1849)
8. Hebrews 4:15
9. Luke 18:13
10. Luke 7:47
Part 3. "From on High He Will Draw All to Himself." First Christian Exposition from Practice in Christianity, No. III, by Anti-Climacus (1850)
11. John 12:32
Part 4. Two Discourses at the Communion on Fridays (1851)
12. Luke 7:47
13. 1 Peter 4:8