Origin of the work:
1629 – 1630 Leszno
(1630 Leszno), undated, place of publication not given.
1641 probably at Trenčín, parts I&II
1877 Prague, parts I&II
1922 Brno, parts I & II
A religious educational text on the need to hold to maintain discipline, on the obligations of Man towards God, and on the order of justice. This is not an original work by Comenius, but rather a translation and emendation of a popular treatise by the English theologian Lewise Bayley (1565 – 1631).
Comenius initially calls upon the Czech nation, among whom Hus first lit the fire of God’s truth and among whom that fire has ceased to burn, to follow the road of repentance and true piety. He speaks of God`s perfection, of the imperfection of mankind and how it may be overcome, how to piously comport oneself through the whole day, during meals, on holy days, in church, during divine services, sermons and the Eucharist, during illness, convalescence and at death. The work became a favourite for its ardency and engaging style, as did its second part (the Praxis pietatis II).
For further study, see also:
J. V. Novák & J. Hendrich, Jan Amos Komenský, jeho život a spisy. Prague 1932, pp175-1770
Vybrané spisy J. A. Komenského, vol. VII. Prague 1974, p48
Jan Kumpera, Jan Amos Komenský, poutník na rozhraní věků. Prague & Ostrava 1992, p288