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Great Lent: Journey to Pascha Paperback – January 1, 1974
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That said, Schmemann wrote in a far more engaging style and tone in his extremely popular "For the Life of the World." "Great Lent", in contrast, is drier (for Schmemann) and seems to drag a bit at times. That's not to detract from the value of the book in its essential purpose: to educate and enlighten Orthodox Christians, catechumens and inquirers about the theology behind, and inspired by, Church practices in Lent. It serves that purpose well, and gets 4 stars for it. However, I wish to reserve the five stars for some of his other books, which are truly outstanding both in content and style, whereas the style in this particular book felt weaker than his other works.
The chapter on the presanctified liturgy, describing the two views of the Church (both in waiting and in fulfillment) was masterful and, to me, showed some of that same Schmemann spark that makes one get all giddy to get back in Church and live this stuff out.
I HIGHLY recommend this book for any curious about educating themselves about Orthodox Lent and the Church's views on it.
When singing the triodion I often have the impression that this book an the journey it takes us to are a microcosmos of the christian religion. Fr. Alexander's unique gift is the way he manages to show us it's beauty and the hope that lies within it.
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Perfect In every way! Thank you for the high quality product!Published 4 months ago by Timothy Beaty
I am very happy with the quick delivery. The book is a big help with my Lenten meditations.Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
Very good for the purpose its used within the year.Published 11 months ago by BIG JOHN of PLYMOUTH, MI.
I love this little book. Alexander Schmemann has written others and has also contributed, but this little book is perfect for Great Lent. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Stephanie K. Koutroulis
I am still reading this book for Lent. While I'm not an orthodox Christian, this is an in depth explanation of this period in the Christian calander. Read morePublished 16 months ago by L. Brooks
To fully understand the Lenton journey, this book helps makes it a very personal journey during the beautiful time of Lent. Read morePublished on February 16, 2014 by ahiker4u
I learned a great deal about the Christian understanding of Lent. This book greatly informed my Lenten observance this year, and I plan to re-read during pre-Lent every year.Published on April 1, 2013 by Grant Ruehle