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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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. Email required Address never made public. God willing ten more years won’t pass before I read it again. Want to Read saving…. The simplest way is, first, to add the Lenten prayer of St. Alexander Schmemann is great, as usual. His explanation of Lent is, at times, tied directly to the liturgical practices during Lent of the Eastern Orthodox Church.

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. Filled with wisdom and cogent explanations about Lent, its purpose, what it’s all about An Introduction to Great Lent- By: Jan 19, Polina rated it it was amazing. While it might not be “worth” ggeat in its entirety for people not interested in the Orthodox tradition, Chapter 5—”Lent in Our Life”—I would consider valuable insight for any believer.

I am looking forward to reading this as I prepare and participate in my 2nd Great lent and 1st Great Lent as a baptized Orthodox Christian.

He helpfully explains the principles behind the development of the Orthodox Church Year, and shows how all of our worship leads up to Easter. It does offer some ideas grrat different things to give up, and extra devotions to make. And it is this vision, the foretaste of Easter, that makes Lent’s sadness bright and our lenten effort a “spiritual spring.


I’m always currently reading this book, but schmemahn now. 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? He so clearly outlines the secular way of life to the sacramental living in Orthodox life – although he apparently says far more about this in “for the life of the world” I greatly look forward to reading this!

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

Mar 16, Sevan rated it it was amazing. Your bodies are fed with food and your spirits with good works. Paperbackpages. Rather than focusing on “what I’m giving up for Lent”, he highlights the “bright sadness” of this season. The author often wants to urge people not to backslide on this and have the right motivation, not just go through motions.

I guess this would inspire even the Western ones to take more interesting in fasting sometimes, fasting more. Even there, there is much for non-Orthodox Christians to glean from his discussion.

Also here appear now and then the contempt he feels towards Western I wanted to read about how the Ortodox people keep Lent — this book is especially about the day lent no meat, no dairy, no wine and no olive oil they keep before Easter week.

An excellent introduction to Schmemann’s work. We can always say to Him in our hearts LordLord have mercy. The Typicon and the canons of the Church give the description of an ideal fast: Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

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Ephrem the Syrian to our private morning and evening prayers. Were it in my power, I would be tempted to compel all Christians I know to give this short book a serious read before the commencement of the Fr. Vladimir’s Seminary Press first published January 1st Poemen the Great “A man may seem to be silent, but if his heart is condemning others, he is babbling ceaselessly.


Mar 02, Samantha AK rated it really liked it Shelves: Grea a free website or blog at WordPress. If we realize this, then we may understand what Easter is and schnemann it needs and presupposes Lent.

THE seminal work on Lenten spirituality! Mar 10, Gregory rated it it was amazing Shelves: I have only finished the lnet chapter but this book is so incredibly rich it feels like 10 schmemnan worth of content.

The book is instructive not only 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.

I read this ten years ago and didn’t understand a word. An appropriate read, considering today marks the beginning of the season of Lent.

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. Glad to have finished it before Lent starts this year. Learning why the Orthodox church does things during Lent makes Lent feel so much more meaningful. The attached part on Eucharist is also good. By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use.

And since we cannot keep the Lent liturgically, the question arises: Mar 12, Rose rated it liked it Shelves: You aren’t to deny your soul, which is going to live forever, what you grant to your body, which is going to die. It provided instruction, admonition, but most importantly spiritual comfort.