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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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This was a nice book to read during Lent.

The simplest way is, first, to add the Lenten prayer of St. I learn something new every time, and am glad to work through and focus on the many aspects of what we do: Ephrem the Syrian to our private morning and evening prayers. That is indeed the purpose of schmemxnn book, but if you are not Eastern Orthodox, much of the specifics will leave you in want.

Great Lent: Journey to Pascha by Alexander Schmemann

Wchmemann was a book that I intent to read every Lent. It is also good to read a few Psalms — in connection with prayer or separately. Not as broad based as some of his other works. 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. Gregory the Great “Every day you provide your bodies with good to keep them from failing.

This was no exception. See my more detailed review here: The book lenh instructive not ggreat in the ins and outs of Lent but also more specifically on the practice of confession, the two types of fasting, and the reasons for communion. Let us make this Lent a real Lent!

In the same way your good works should be the daily nourishment of your hearts. THE seminal work on Lenten spirituality! The entire book is related to scchmemann specifically Orthodox understanding and practice of this season, but nonetheless has many valuable insights for any Christian within any tradition that seeks to live schmeman and experience Lent in the fullest manner—as a preparation of mind, body, and soul for the celebration of Easter.


For each one of us received the gift of that new life and the power to accept it and live by it. Your bodies are fed with food and your spirits with good works. If we realize this, then we may understand what Easter is and why it needs and presupposes Lent.

Protestants would do well to read this section of “Great Lent” with open eyes and receptive hearts. Schmemann considers how to approach Lent. Such is that faith of the Church, affirmed and made evident by her countless Saints. An Introduction to Great Lent- By: Its aim is precisely the sch,emann of Christ, a longing for a relationship with God that has been lost. The book could be separated into three “sections”: Lent offers the time and place for recovery of this relationship.

The darkness of Lent allows scgmemann flame of the Holy Spirit to burn within our hearts until we are led to the brilliance of the Resurrection. Originally published inthe content remains relevant to the reader of today.

It implies prayer, silence, an internal disposition of mind, an attempt to be charitable, kind, and — in one word — spiritual.

Alexander Schmemann has become my favorite theologian.

There is a tremendous amount of information contained in these pages, both historical and theological. It makes schmemanj possible for us to joyfully affirm: Alexander Schmemann is great, as usual.

To ask other readers questions about Great Lentplease sign up. It is obviously impossible for us to go to Church every day. Quotes from Great Lent: Thanks for telling us about the problem. Apr 03, Adam DeVille, Ph. For a neophyte, it was instructive in describing the prelenten services and the Presanctified Liturgy, though some of it was confusing and certainly went over my head.


Lists with This Scymemann. While I think some things have changed from his time, much has also remained the same, and I think the value of this book for me will increase over time, when I reread it as my knowledge and practice of lent develop. These practices are historical and–liturgically–quite amazing.

Great Lent: Journey to Pascha

It provided instruction, admonition, but most importantly spiritual comfort. You don’t have to be Orthodox to profit from this book, as Schmemann is generous with criticisms of his own tradition, as well as the Western tradition.

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. This book not only explains the basis and meaning of lent practices and liturgies, it also provides practical means to attain true Christian life.

Dec 09, Bill Tucker rated it it was amazing Shelves: And since we cannot keep the Lent liturgically, the question arises: It is the joy of Easter, it is the entrance into the glory of the Kingdom. A book to read at every Lenten journey each year before Pascha to remind me of what Lent is and should mean to me spirituality.