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For the Life of the World by Alexander Schmemann
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May 11, 2011

really liked it
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Read in May, 2011

A very interesting look into the function and meaning of sacraments and liturgy in the Greek Orthodox tradition. Schmemann goes through the Orthodox liturgies of the Eucharist, the church calendar, baptism, matrimony, and burial, highlighting how they draw the worshipper into connection with the Lord, Jesus Christ, source of life. I particularly enjoyed the chapters on Eucharist, time, and baptism, since they explored the richly interconnected network of symbolism that all harmoniously points to Christ. Even though this book is on Greek Orthodox liturgy, I would recommend it for Christians from any tradition, who can benefit from learning new or deeper meaning in Christian liturgical practice from a tradition not well known in the Protestant circles I typically run in.

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