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A brief explanation of Great Lent based upon Scriptures, parables and themes found in the liturgical practice of the Orthodox.
A study of the Orthodox understanding of Baptism and Chrismation.
Twelve challenging essays on history, theology, liturgy, canonical order, the ecumenical movement and mission.
A stimulating interpretation of the history of Eastern Christianity, this book serves as a general introduction to the Orthodox Church and is widely read by Orthodox and non-Orthodox alike. As Schmemann himself said, This book is not a scholarly investigation into the history of the Orthodox Church nor a mere manual. It is a reflection on the long historical pilgrimage of Orthodoxy, an attempt to discern in our past that which is essential and permanent and that which is secondary, mere past. It is my sincere hope that in reading this book Western Christians may realize that our past is also their past, or rather, our common past, that essential "term of reference" without which no mutual understanding is possible. As the Eastern isolation of Orthodoxy is coming to an end, as it becomes more and more implanted in the West, it becomes urgent that its history be known and understood. Father Alexander Schmemann (aEURO 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.
This is a collection of Fr. Alexander Schmemann's sermons delivered over the course of many years over Radio Liberty to listeners in the Soviet Union. Selected from over 3000 sermons, his broadcasts were widely acclaimed. The first of these sermons, under the title "The Celebration of Faith", uses the Nicean Creed as the symbol of faith. They are generally directed toward people in church, but these talks are directed above all to the person not in the church, to the person who has had no experience whatsoever of things "religious", or whose experience of "religion" has convinced him of its emptiness. There are no "prerequisites" for appreciating these talks, no special knowledge required of the arcane vocabulary of the Orthodox Church. Fr. Alexander's only assumption is that he is speaking to "seekers", to those who have a spiritual thirst, or who have experienced a yearning for something indefinable and unnamed that calls them out of themselves. And in speaking to the non-religious "seeker" he reaches also the religious "seeker" as well, the one who is seeking to grow in his faith, life and understanding of God's revelation in Christ and the Church.
Solovyov's insights into the meaning of love and sexuality, brilliant essays on freedom by Fedotov and on creativity by Berdyaev, and a contribution by Khomyakov on the ecumenical encounter of East and West. Other contributors include Rozanov, Fyodorov, and Bulgakov.
Fr Schmemann examines the phenomenon of celebration and its expression in the Orthodox Christian church year, focusing especially on the Christmas and Easter cycles.
In this work Fr Schmemann defines liturgical theology, noting especially its progress beyond "liturgics."
Reflections on the theological aspect of the liturgy was the focus of Alexander Schmemann's intellectual life. He intuitively grasped and insisted upon the essentially theological character of all liturgical renewal. He recognized that the renewal of the church requires a rediscovery of the liturgy's own inherent theology, that same theology which once informed the whole of the church's life as well as the teachings and writings of the leaders of the Patristic age. This theological content which is inherent in the liturgy itself is designed by Schmemann as "liturgical theology". This collection of essays by the pre-eminent 20th-century Orthodox liturgical theologian is intended as a companion volume to his "Introduction to Liturgical Theology". Here can be traced the development of his thought, and particularly his increasingly precise articulation of the nature and method of liturgical theologyy. Here too can be found Schmemann's constant stress on liturgy as an eschatological and ecclesial event and he repeatedly challenges the liturgical movement in both East and West to rediscover these elements, which were so central in the life of the early Church.
The crowning achievement of Fr Schmemann's work, reflecting his entire life experience as well as his thoughts on the Divine Liturgy.
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