Huub Oosterhuis

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Huub Oosterhuis

Hubertus Gerardus Josephus Henricus Oosterhuis (born November 1, 1933 in Amsterdam ), called Huub (pronounced: Hüp [ ɦyp ]), is a Dutch Catholic theologian and poet .


Huub Oosterhuis attended the Jesuit- run St. Ignatius grammar school in his hometown and joined the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) in 1952 . He was ordained a priest in 1964 . In 1965 he became the student pastor of the Amsterdam Student Ecclesia. He was expelled from the Jesuit order in 1969 because of his views on political issues and celibate life and subsequently resigned from the Roman Catholic Church. Oosterhuis married in 1970 and is the father of the composer and music producer Tjeerd Oosterhuis and the singer Trijntje Oosterhuis .


The Catholic Amsterdam Student Ecclesia has been constituted since 1970 - after conflicts over celibacy and the priesthood - as an independent, ecumenical personal congregation ( Oecumenische gemeente ) and celebrated services in the Dominicuskerk in Amsterdam. Oosterhuis' extensive poetic work and his contributions to the renewal of the liturgy and congregational singing have also been widely used in German translations since 1967. Because of the departure of the student ekklesia from the Roman Catholic Church, the use of his songs in the Catholic Church of the Netherlands is not without controversy. In 2010, in the Roman Catholic dioceses of Utrecht and 's-Hertogenbosch, the use of a large number of his songs was found to be unsuitable for liturgical use. In the trunk of the 2013 published new edition of the Catholic German of prayer and hymnal praise of God were six songs recorded by Huub Oosterhuis.

In the 1970s, Oosterhuis played an important role in the development of the “free liturgy” practice, which sometimes replaces Bible readings with interpretive stories developed in liturgical working groups and where the Eucharistic celebration is no longer consistently understood as a sacrament in the sense of Roman Catholic sacraments theology. In the formulation of prayer texts, completely new approaches were dared. B. in Oosterhuis' Eucharistic prayer for agnostics : "Lord, if you exist, then come into our midst" ( Dutch : "Heer, als U bestaat, kom dan onder ons").

The settings of his texts come primarily from the composers Bernard Huijbers , Antoine Oomen and Tom Löwenthal .

At the funeral of the Dutch Prince Claus , husband of the Dutch Queen Beatrix at the time and a long-time personal friend, Huub Oosterhuis gave the funeral speech on October 15, 2002 in Delft . On May 29, 2005 , he preached in the closing service of the 30th German Evangelical Church Congress in Hanover .

In the Dutch parliamentary elections in 2006 , Oosterhuis ran at the bottom of the Socialist Party's list .



Lyrics (selection)

  • "Heer, onze Heer" (1965; translation: "Lord, our Lord, how are you present" by Peter Pawlowsky and Nikolaus Greitemann 1969; GL 414)
  • "Ik sta voor u" (1969; translation: "I stand before you with empty hands, sir" by Lothar Zenetti 1974, melody by Bernard Huijbers 1964; GL 422 - EG 382)
  • "Light dat ons aanstoot in de tomorrow"
  • "Song over de plaats waar wij bijeengekomen zijn" ("Zomaar een dak") (1979; "A song about the place of gathering" ("Just a roof"))
  • "Song of the Resurrection" ("The steppe will bloom")
  • "Song about the word" (translation: "The word in which the direction" by Annette Rothenburg-Joerges 1990)
  • "Come into me"
  • "Kwam van Godswege" (1962/1973; translation: "Came once to the shore" by Jürgen Henkys 1975; EG 312)
  • "What all times hoped for"
  • "Wie als een God wil leven" (1965; translation "Who wants to live like God on this earth" by Johannes Bergsma 1969; GL 183 - EG 553/634 ( regional parts ))
  • "Zolang er Mensen zijn op Aarde" (1958; translation: "As long as there are people on earth" by Dieter Trautwein 1966; GL 425 - EG 427)

Prayer books (selection)

  • Bid om vrede. Ambo, Utrecht 1966.
  • In het voorbijgaan. Ambo, Utrecht 1968.
  • Kom bevrijden. 150 prayer. Ten Have, Kampen 2009. ISBN 978-90-259-6024-7 .

In German translation (selection)

  • Your word is very close. Prayers . Herder Verlag, Freiburg 1967.
  • In passing . Herder Verlag, Freiburg 1969.
  • You wait for us Prayers . Herder Verlag, Freiburg 1971.
  • See further than we are. Meditation texts, prayers, songs . Herder Verlag, Freiburg 1973. ISBN 3-210-24456-1 .
  • Halfway there . Herder Verlag, Freiburg 1975. ISBN 3-210-24491-X .
  • You are the breath of my songs Chants . Christophorus-Verlag, Freiburg 1976. ISBN 3-419-50567-1 .
  • A handful of seeds . Herder Verlag, Freiburg 1977. ISBN 3-210-24540-1 .
  • People before day and dew. Ways of succession . Herder Verlag, Freiburg 1978. ISBN 3-210-24556-8 .
  • Your consolation is near. Prayers in hours of distress . Herder Verlag, Freiburg 1978. ISBN 3-210-24566-5 .
  • Sons of the poor. A biblical story for people today . Herder Verlag, Freiburg 1980. ISBN 3-210-24605-X .
  • Go where there is no way . Herder Verlag, Freiburg 1981. ISBN 3-210-24652-1 .
  • Word that carries. Biblical songs and prayers . Patmos, Düsseldorf 1990. ISBN 3-491-72227-6 .
  • Yours is the future. Meditations - prayers - songs from Advent to Advent , Herder Verlag, Freiburg 1992. ISBN 3-451-22095-4 .
  • You are the breath and the embers. Collected meditations and prayers . Herder Verlag, Freiburg 1994, ISBN 3-451-23278-2 .
  • You breath of my songs. 100 songs and chants , edited by Cornelis Kok. Herder Verlag, Freiburg 2009, ISBN 978-3-451-32139-9 .
  • Psalms . Herder Verlag, Freiburg 2014, ISBN 978-3-451-32364-5
  • Everything for everybody. A book of faith for the 21st century , edited by Cornelis Kok, Patmos, Ostfildern 2018. ISBN 978-3-8436-1014-8 .


  • Alex Stock : Here, breath. On the poetic theology of Huub Oosterhuis. Lehrhaus & Liturgie, Osnabrück 1994.
  • Alex Stock: Devotional. On the poetic theology of Huub Oosterhuis. EOS-Verlag, Sankt Ottilien 2011, ISBN 978-3-8306-7503-7 .
  • Alex Stock: “And I see in the sparks”. Huub Oosterhuis and his poetry in Germany. Herder Korrespondenz, issue 9/2014.

Web links

Commons : Huub Oosterhuis  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. ^ The Church In The World. In: The Tablet. April 19, 1969, pp 18-21 ( online. Archived from the original on 15 September 2015 ; accessed on January 8, 2019 . ).
  2. Alex Stock: "And I see in the sparks". Huub Oosterhuis and his poetry in Germany . Herder Korrespondenz, issue 9/2014
  3. ^ Dispute over Oosterhuis songs divides Dutch bishops. , of April 18, 2010, accessed on August 17, 2010.
  4. Korte biography on, accessed on November 15, 2015.