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Great Lent: A School of Repentance

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A brief explanation of Lent that deals with the preparation for Great Lent, the Lenten worship of the Orthodox Church, and the Orthodox teaching on fasting, prayer, and other spiritual efforts prescribed during Lent.
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Published by Gerard Arthus (first published June 28th 2011)
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Jun 25, 2013 Nick rated it 2 of 5 stars
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When I grabbed this for free off of amazon, I didn't realize that it was a pamphlet version of Schmemann's longer work of the same name. This version was a very quick read and was educational in regards to how Orthodox Christians celebrate Lent; however, it was too brief in the areas that interested me most for me to rate it higher. For instance, I really liked the final section called "How Can We Keep Great Lent?" which explained an orthodox understanding of fasting compared to a Roman Catholic...more
I received this short book, I believed it to be a condensed, pamphlet-style version of the larger Great Lent. The book follows the Orthodox Lenten calendar, translating parts which apparently have not yet been translated. It then explains the meaning of repentance, breaking it into the four parts prescribed by the liturgy. It also offers suggestions for how to practice Lent as a lay person.

Although I am not Orthodox, I still found the work helpful, particularly for its breakdown of repentance an...more
A short pamphlet on Lent by the wonderful and erudite Alexander Schmemann. This is a perfect sized read for Christians who are preparing for Lent. Schmemann starts with the weeks leading up to Lent and then follows with what happens liturgically during Lent. Finally, he shares his thoughts on what a Christian should do during Lent. I highly recommend this as a refresher as we head into the Lenten season.
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Protopresbyter Alexander Schmemann was a prominent Eastern Orthodox theologian and priest of the Orthodox Church in America.
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