Dn. Michael Hyatt teaches through the book Great Lent by Fr. Alexander Schmemann. GREAT LENT. CCHMEMANN. ALEXANDER SCHMEMANN. GREAT. LENT. JOURNEY TO PASCHA on as. This refreshing exploration of our spiritual ” journey. 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.

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Jan 29, Christian Fauerso added it Shelves: Skip to content It is obviously impossible for us to go to Church every day. His living Orthodoxy revives the important connection between the spiritual truths of the Church and the visceral and meaningful elements of basic human life.

He writes with humility and insight about the real and life-giving nature of the sacraments and their place in Christian life and practice. By focusing on what this time in the Church’s life is supposed to be, he offers a beautiful alternative to the typical semi-meaningless fast many Christians practice.

John of Kronstadt The candles lit before the icons of the Theotokos are a symbol of the fact that She is sfhmemann Mother of the Unapproachable Light, and also of Her most pure and burning love for God and Her love for mankind.

We begin to understand what St. His explanation of Lent is, at times, tied directly to the liturgical practices during Geat of the Eastern Orthodox Church. Fr Alexander goes thru the Eastern Leny services of Lent and shows how they connect. As a convert to Orthodoxy this book explained many things that I did not really understand about the Orthodox observation of Lent.

Mar 02, Samantha AK rated it really liked it Shelves: How the soul may, slowly and intentionally, prepare itself to receive the joy of Pascha. This was no exception. Return to Book Page. To ask other readers questions about Great Lent schmemxnn, please sign up.


For those wonderi This book is very readable, but it contains so much to ponder that it is definitely a candidate for multiple re-readings. Email required Address never made public. An appropriate read, considering today marks the beginning of the season of Lent.

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This is another liturgical classic from Alexander Schmemann. Sometimes a bit difficult to wade through, but always worth the extra time and work This is very comforting to know going forward. Mar 09, Christine Sunderland rated it really liked it. See my more detailed review here: But, whatever is our measure — our fasting must be a total effort of our total being…. He helpfully explains the principles behind sch,emann development of the Orthodox Church Year, and shows how all of our worship leads up to Easter.

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 xchmemann, Fr. Scbmemann a free website or blog at WordPress.

Mar 21, Christopher Hall rated it it was amazing. I feel like “short but dense” is a good descriptor, here. On my reading list every single Great Lent, and every single time I schemann new wisdom in it. The attached part on Eucharist is also good. Alexander Schmemann has become my favorite theologian.

Mar 19, Danielle rated it really liked it. It admonished in that it is elnt to observe Lent, but also comforting in knowing that most fail; but encouraged us to not give up, but stand up dust ourselves off and continue.

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The road to Easter travels through the beautiful darkness of Lent, and lnt many passages, Fr. Definitely a worthwhile read during this Lenten season, and probably re-reads in future Lenten seasons. Alexander Schmemann is great, as usual. Change of Life And, last but not least: While it might not be “worth” reading in its entirety for people not interested in the Orthodox tradition, Chapter 5—”Lent in Our Life”—I would consider valuable schmemabn for any believer.


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How can we keep Great Lent? by Fr. Alexander Schmemann

Journey to Pascha by Alexander Schmemann. Schmemann draws on the Church’s sacramental and liturgical tradition to suggest the meaning of Lent in our life. Schmemman’s book on the penitential practices and aspects of Lent. Mar 07, Greg Reed rated it it was amazing Shelves: For those wondering what the purpose of things like a Church calendar or various liturgies are, Schmeman shows how all those things are in fact highly developed tools to help us in our spiritual endeavors.

You aren’t to deny your soul, which is going to live forever, what you grant to your body, which is going to die. The very least we can do, if we use her art, is publish her basic information so that she can be found and celebrated as an artist. Although it focuses almost entirely on the Orthodox observances, much should be gleaned and can be translated into any context: This site uses cookies. It explains how lent is a “journey to the Kingdom of God” through introspection, reflection, repentence and renewal with the climax being the ressurection on Pascha.

Mar 10, Gregory rated it it was amazing Shelves: