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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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Nick
Feb 22, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: kindle
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
James
Dec 31, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lent-easter
This is a brief pamphlet by Schmemann on the observation and practice of Great Lent in the Orthodox tradition. It briefly lays out the days leading up to Great Lent, the liturgical days and practices during lent and offers some brief comments on how individual people can enter into and practice Lent. I read this because I am a Schmemann fan and I was planning ahead for Lent. For my purposes, this wasn't particularly helpful (I'm a non-Orthodox Christian) but Schmemann has a longer book on the Gr ...more
Victoria
Mar 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: christianity
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
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Garrett
Mar 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: orthodoxy
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.
F.James Ifkovic III
A must for the Orthodox observers of Lent

A terrific explanation of the meaning of Lent and it's many practices for the Orthodox Christian! An old writing with much practical information for our modern times!
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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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“How shall I begin to deplore the deeds of my miserable life? What beginning shall I make, O Christ, to this lament? But since Thou art compassionate, grant me remission of my trespasses." "Like as the potter gives life to his clay, Thou hast bestowed upon me Flesh and bones, breath and life; Today, O my Creator, my Redeemer and My Judge, Receive me a penitent..." "I have lost my first made beauty and dignity, And now I lie naked and covered with shame...” 1 likes
“We are approaching again the Great Lent—the time of repentance, the time of our reconciliation with God. Repentance is the beginning and also the condition of a truly Christian life.” 0 likes
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