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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He closes with practical observations on how to focus on God in the midst of busy, frentic, and secular life-style. If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support?

Sacrament of the Kingdom. You let 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. Let us make this Lent a real Lent! Lent offers the time and place for recovery of this relationship.

Great Lent: Journey to Pascha by Alexander Schmemann

To fully understand the Lenton journey, this book len makes it a very personal journey during the beautiful time of Lent. Other than the Bible itself, if you never read another book, read this one. Amazon Second Chance Pass it on, trade it in, give it a second life. No trivia or quizzes yet. Such is that faith of the Church, affirmed and made evident by her countless Saints.

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For we may then understand that the liturgical traditions of the Church, all its cycles and services, exist, first of all, in order to help us recover the vision and the taste of that new life which we so easily lose and betray, so that we may repent and return to it.


This is the only real sin, the sin of all sins, the bottomless sadness and tragedy of our nominal Christianity.

Gregory the Great “Every day you provide your bodies with good to keep them from failing. It admonished in that it is necessary to observe Lent, but also comforting in knowing that most fail; but encouraged lwnt to not give up, but stand up dust ourselves off and continue.

It explains about Presanctified Liturgy, and how we connect our Lenten journey with our Faith. Then, it is good and profitable to set certain hours of the day for a short prayer: See my more detailed review here: Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

Mar 12, Rose rated it liked it Shelves: Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web. It is the joy of Easter, it is the entrance into the glory of the Kingdom. The explanation, though, is not without benefit to non-Eastern Lenh Christians and Churches.

This was a book that I intent to read every Lent. 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. We can always say to Him in our hearts LordLord have mercy. It does offer some ideas on different things to give up, and extra devotions lebt make. His explanation of Lent is, at times, tied directly to the liturgical practices during Lent of the Eastern Orthodox Church.


This is the main point of the book–how to bring every area of our lives under the Lordship of Christ. 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.

Great Lent: Journey to Pascha

Write a schmmemann review. Amazon Drive Cloud storage from Amazon. As a convert to Orthodoxy this book explained many things that I did not really understand about the Orthodox observation of Lent. More importantly he encourages us to internalize the lessons of Lent and not just go thru the motions, remaining at a distance from true repentance and prayer.

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Lentt makes it possible for us to joyfully affirm: Limitations in food are instrumental, they are not ends in themselves. Mar 17, Matt Bianco rated it it was amazing Shelves: Schmemann does not disappoint in this beautiful account of Lent.

It’s a must read to really appreciate Lent in it’s fullest.

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. Still, Father Schmemann is a gifted writer who explains the sacramental nature of the world with great insight and love, not to say joy.

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