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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing compilation, profound depth, March 6, 2001
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This review is from: Lent: Lent I & Lent II (Paperback)
LENT SOURCEBOOK IS ACTUALLY 2 VOLUMES, PUT OUT BY A CHICAGO BASED lITURGY tRAINING pUBLICATIONS. THEY HAVE BOOKS FOR ADVENT, tHE eASTER tRIDUUM,BAPTISM, MARRIAGE,EASTER AND MANY OTHER LITURGICAL EVENTS. THESE TWO VOLUMES DEAL WITH THE DAYS OF LENT, FROM ASH WEDNESDAT,UNTIL THE EASTER TRIDUUM[HOLY THURSDAY].EACH DAY IS ALLOTED 10 PAGES OF READINGS,PSALMS,HYMNS AND APPROPRIATE QUOTES.HERE IS AN EXAMPLE,FROM TUESDAY OF THE FIRST WEEK OF LENT;MATTHEW6;5-15,A QUOTE FROM CYPRIAN OF CARTHAGE, A QUOTE FROM FREDERICK FARBER,SIMONE WEIL,ABRAHAM JOSHUA HESCHEL,J.T. PETEE,ISIAH 55:10-11,LANCELOT ANDREWS,CEASARIUS OF ARLES,HENRI NOUWEN,1 THESSALONIANS5:16-18,ORIGEN,THE WAY OF THE PILGRIM,ARTIN BUBER,COLLOSIANS4:2,BALTHASAR FISCHER,PAUL F. BRADSHAW,ORIGEN,ALEXANDER SHCHMEMANN AND ROMANO GUARDINI. tHIS IS JUST FROM one DAY! sEAMLESSLY WOVEN TOGETHER, THIS IS THE DIFINITIVE LENTEN DEVOTION BOOK. THERE IS SOMETHING HERE FOR ALL TASTES,THOUGH ALL OF IT IS GOOD AND EVEN HOLY. A MARVELOUS JOB.THE PAPER ITSELF IS HEAVY BOND,CLEAN A LOVELY TO LOOK AT.10 STARS!!!!!!!!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great spirit, March 3, 2004
This review is from: Lent: Lent I & Lent II (Paperback)
This Lenten sourcebook (actually a two-volume set) is the work of many hands. Editors J. Robert Baker, Evelyn Kaehler and Peter Mazar collaborated with a host of people (James Barron, Thomas Cademartrie, Elizabeth Hoffman, Gabe Huck, Mary McGann, Michael Thompson and Elizabeth-Anne Vanek) as well as artist Suzanne M. Novak to put together a wonderfully thoughtful, spiritual and enlightening collection of texts, songs, prayers and meditations for the forty days of Lent, from Ash Wednesday to Thursday of Holy Week (Good Friday is technically not a part of Lent).
The book is arranged day-by-day, so that one may use this book in both private and community devotions each day of the week. The biblical passages largely come from the New Revised Standard Version of the bible save where other translations are more appropriate or hold particular meaning.
One will not find a typical traditional liturgy here, but one who is experienced in such will not find this a foreign structure, either. Passages from all parts of the traditions and history of Christendom Orthodox, Catholic and Protestant are represented here, as well as pieces outside the tradition (quotations from the Talmud, Isak Dinesen, Flannery O'Connor, for example), lyrics from African-American spirituals and Latin hymns, Byzantine and modern sacramentaries, poetry, prose, and small works of art serve to provide a rich and diverse collection of Lenten treasures.
One can choose to read these straight through, read them in different portions throughout the day, or use them selectively as part of group worship events. I use these books (and the companion volumes produced by the same press for other seasons in the Christian calendar) as part of the worship and liturgical planning process at my chaplaincy.
At the beginning of the book is an Order for Daily Prayer that may be utilised by those not versed in such traditions - Roman Catholics, Anglicans and Orthodox will certainly be familiar with the pattern. The texts themselves are largely developed by, and thus influenced by in considerations, a Roman Catholic group; some of the readings, for example, are geared toward RC lectionary cycles. Apart from this, however, there is nothing that ties it to particular denominational requirements, and is thus a great ecumenical tool.
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Lent: Lent I & Lent II by Peter Mazar (Paperback - August 11, 2007)
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