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LibraryThing Review. User Review – zappa – LibraryThing. Time and linguistic shift have shifted the effectiveness of this book – ironically, in a sense. Great Lent. This revised edition of Father Alexander Schmemann’s Lenten classic examines the meaning of Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts, the Prayer of St. When a man leaves on a journey, he must know where he is going. Thus with Lent. Above all, Lent is a spiritual journey and its destination is.

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The book could be separated into three “sections”: Jan 01, Yanni rated alexaander really liked it. As a new Orthodox Christian, it is exactly what I needed.

Your bodies are fed with food and your spirits with good works. Every page of this book opens new truths to the soul and reveals gifts and graces that should never be forgotten. It explains aoexander lent is a “journey to the Kingdom of God” through introspection, reflection, repentence and renewal with the climax being the ressurection on Pascha.

Mar 19, Andrew rated it it was amazing.

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This is the main point of the book–how to bring every area of our lives under the Lordship of Christ. Sometimes a bit difficult to wade through, but always worth the extra time and work Apr 15, Joshua Casey rated it really liked it. His explanation of Lent is, at times, tied directly to the liturgical practices during Lent of the Eastern Orthodox Church.

The darkness of Lent allows the flame of the Holy Spirit to burn within our hearts until we are led to the brilliance of the Resurrection. Schmemann draws on the Church’s sacramental and liturgical tradition to suggest the meaning of Lent in our life. The entire book is related to the specifically Orthodox understanding and practice of this season, but nonetheless has many valuable insights for any Christian within any tradition that seeks to live in and experience Lent in the fullest manner—as a preparation of mind, body, and soul for the celebration of Easter.


What took me so long to read it again? At least from this time forth arise and do not put off, my beloved soul, holy repentance, contrition of heart and penance for your sins. It is obviously impossible for us to go to Church every day. Such is that faith of the Church, affirmed and made evident by her countless Saints. Mar 16, Sevan rated it it was amazing.

Protestants miss out on the deep spiritual experience that many Orthodox Christians experience. Journay to Pascha book is perfect for someone new to the Orthodox faith or someone who wants to better understand the spirit and why of Lent. Sacrament of the Kingdom.

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Starting with the theological significance of the Sundays before Lent, highlighting the major features of the season itself, and wrapping up with what it means to “take Lent seriously” in an age filled with noise, Fr. Blogroll A vow of conversation a.

It explains about Presanctified Liturgy, and how we connect our Lenten journey with our Faith. On my reading list every single Great Lent, and every single time I find new wisdom in it. It is the joy of Easter, it is the entrance into the glory of the Kingdom. Blog Statshits. Get to Know Us.

All the details on the spiritual sides of each part were interesting and the prayer etc. Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web. Saturdays and Sundays are no exception.

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He writes with humility and insight about the real and life-giving nature of the sacraments and their place in Christian life and practice. Reading it during the weeks leading up to Lent seems the most logical, as one can then experience first-hand what Schmemann is lenr about.


I highly recommend it; at least pagesif you’re not planning on reading the whole book. Change of Life And, last but not least: As a convert to Orthodoxy this book explained many things that I did not really understand about the Orthodox observation of Lent. Alexander Schmemann’s work always has miracles within it.

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But, whatever is our measure — our fasting must be a alexanedr effort of our total being…. Theological Reflections of Alexander Schmemann. Preview — Great Lent by Alexander Schmemann. Learning why the Orthodox church does things during Lent makes Lent feel so much more meaningful. Paperbackpages. His angels tremble, the Cherubim are terrified, the Seraphim are in fear, and all the heavenly powers ceaselessly give praise; and you, unfortunate soul, remain in laziness.

It will change your whole attitude toward life, Gerat guarantee it. Forgive me my sister, since you are new to this — please give proper attribution to any works of art you may use on your blog. By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use. Mar 30, Roland Clark rated it it was amazing. Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. Lent offers the time and place for recovery of this relationship.

The Orthodox faith is geared toward restoring us as sinner to a healthy relationship to God. A book to read at every Lenten journey each year before Pascha to remind me a,exander what Lent is and should mean to me spirituality. Filled with wisdom and cogent explanations about Lent, its purpose, what it’s all about