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Alexander Schmemann (1921–1983)

Author of For the Life of the World: Sacraments and Orthodoxy

53 Works 3,870 Members 19 Reviews 6 Favorited

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Works by Alexander Schmemann

Our Father (2002) 78 copies
The Liturgy of Death (2016) 46 copies
Il mistero pasquale (2003) 10 copies
The Presence of Mary (1988) 9 copies
Les fondements de la culture russe (2019) — Author — 5 copies
The Mission of Orthodoxy (2018) 5 copies
Great Lent 1 copy
Tatal nostru (2010) 1 copy
Our Father 1 copy
Herrens bn̲ (2017) 1 copy

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Fantastic introduction to the sacraments in general, from an particularly Orthodox perspective. The two essays in the index are excellent as well, especially the one titled 'Symbol and Sacrament'. Highly recommended.
 
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Duffyevsky | 7 other reviews | Aug 19, 2022 |
I've really only skimmed this book as I was looking for some specific information for a presentation, but wow, this is fabulous.

I was familiar with Fr. Schmemann as a liturgical theologian who was passionate about reuniting theology, liturgy, and spirituality in the church, and his approach of learning what the church teaches by examining what the church does exactly matches my own tendencies.

I need to get back to that presentation, but I'll be blogging about baptism, chrismation, the "eighth day rites" and confirmation, and the churching rites in the not too distant future!… (more)
 
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VictoriaGaile | 1 other review | Oct 16, 2021 |
 
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nicholasjjordan | 7 other reviews | Nov 13, 2019 |
One of the clearest and most penetrating books ever written on the nature of "sacrament." The first two chapters (as well as the final essay 'Worship in a Secular Age') contains one of the most helpful discussions of what the Eucharist and all Christian worship is about.

Schmemann was a Russian Orthodox theologian (and a few parts of this book are specifically focused on Eastern Christian traditions), but his wok had deep impact on many Anglicans. If you are thirsting for a new and thoughtful way of understanding worship and the purpose of being human, then this book might be the ticket,.

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53
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3,870
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Rating
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Reviews
19
ISBNs
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