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Excerpts from Great Lent

It is the pleasure of the staff to bring our readers this collection of excerpts from Great Lent by Alexander Schmemann. 

The Lenten season is meant to kindle a "bright sadness" within our hearts. Its aim is precisely the remembrance of Christ, a longing for a relationship with God that has been lost. Lent offers the time and place for recovery of this relationship. The darkness of Lent allows the flame of the Holy Spirit to burn within our hearts until we are led to the brilliance of the Resurrection.

Featured Selections:

Lent: Journey to Pascha

Humility (Sunday of the Publican and Pharisee)

Return from Exile (Sunday of the Prodigal Son)

The Last Judgement (Meat-Fare Sunday)

Forgiveness (Cheese-Fare Sunday)

The Great Canon

Sundays of Lent

Mid-Lent (The Holy Cross)

Taking It Seriously

Father Alexander Schmemann (+1983) was a prolific writer, brilliant lecturer, and dedicated pastor. Former dean and professor of liturgical theology at St Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary, his insight into contemporary culture and liturgical celebration left an indelible mark on the Christian community worldwide.

Many thanks to the SVS Press staff for their kind permission and assistance.


St. Vladimir's Seminary Press



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