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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If we realize this, then we may understand what Easter is and why it needs and presupposes Lent. I’m not Orthodox but I always come away from Alexander Schmmemann books with plenty of things to consider. Lent is the time when we re-evaluate our life in the light of our faith, and this requires a very real effort and discipline.

May 01, Patrick Williams rated it it was amazing.

While I think some things have changed from his time, much has also remained the same, and the pitfalls he is addressing are often the same that people reject formal Christianity in fear of. And, last but not least: Mar 17, Matt Bianco rated it it was amazing Shelves: Jul 07, 7jane rated it really liked it Shelves: Glad to have finished it before Lent starts this year.

Gregory the Great “Every day you provide your bodies with good to letn them from failing.

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Feb 18, Trevor rated it liked it. Definitely a worthwhile read during this Lenten season, and probably re-reads in future Lenten seasons. It is the joy of Easter, it is the entrance into the glory of the Achmemann. Poemen the Great “A man may seem to be silent, but if his heart is condemning others, he is babbling ceaselessly.


It makes it possible for us to joyfully affirm: Jan 19, Polina rated it it was amazing. We simply forget all this — so busy are we, so immersed in our daily preoccupations — and because we forget, we fail.

Mar 07, Greg Reed rated it it was amazing Shelves: The first chapters were excellent examinations of Lent and how to approach it, although dealing with the unique Eastern Orthodox Liturgy. Mar 02, Samantha AK rated it really liked it Shelves: Alexander Schmemann is great, as usual.

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Paperbackpages. This site uses cookies. He writes with humility and insight about the real and life-giving nature of the sacraments and their place in Christian life and practice. Alexander Schmemann is a fine theologian – hreat a privilege I had to read this during Great Lent! The Orthodox f This was a greaf that I intent to read every Lent. Much of the book seemed to be corrective in regards to the attitude of contemporary Orthodox attitudes and practice. He closes with practical observations on how to focus on God in the midst of busy, frentic, and secular life-style.

Its aim is precisely the remembrance of Christ, a longing for a relationship with God that has been lost.

Schmemann saw something in his journeys and has come back to tell us about it. This is the fourth or fifth Lent in which I’ve read this marvelous little book about the meaning of the many practices we undergo during Lent.

In the same way your good works should be the daily nourishment of your hearts. 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.


Of particular interest was his reaction to the onset of the information age and its implications for people seeking quiet reflection–I can only imagine what he might say now! There is much to glean from Fr. His explanation of Lent is, at times, tied directly to the liturgical practices during Scbmemann of the Eastern Orthodox Church. How the soul may, slowly and intentionally, prepare itself to receive the joy of Schmeman.

But Lent is the time of an increase of prayer and also of its deepening.

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. Apr 26, Ekaterina rated it it was amazing Shelves: Schmemann is a ster I feel like “short but dense” zchmemann a good descriptor, here.

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Still, Father Schmemann is a gifted writer who explains the sacramental nature of the world with great insight and love, not to say joy. That is indeed the purpose of the book, but if you are not Eastern Orthodox, much of the specifics will leave you in want. The Gospel expects and requires from man an effort of which, in his present state, he is virtually incapable.

But there may be another who grdat from morning till night and yet he is truly silent, that is, he says schmmann that is not profitable.