Reading Guides, Volume 9

Alexander Schmemann – Introductory Guide to His Theology

Alexander Schmemann

This week marked the birthday (Sept. 13) of the late Orthodox theologian Alexander Schmemann.

To mark the occasion, we offer the following introductory guide to his theology.

 

5.  The Eucharist: Sacrament of the Kingdom

Another of Schmemann’s most prominent works.  “Fr. Schmemann has written what is simply the best book on the Eucharist I have ever read. Fr. Schmemann writes with clarity and insight about the Eucharist, not as an abstract phenomenon but from a first concern with liturgy as a whole, as the lived experience of the Church. Fr. Schmemann explicates how the Eucharist symbolizes, i.e. reveals, manifests, and communicates Christ and His Kingdom. Fr. Schmemann demonstrates that the real dynamism of the Eucharist and the Liturgy is the connecting of the sacrament with the Church, the world and the Kingdom.” (Amazon.com review)

 




 

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C. Christopher Smith is the founding editor of The Englewood Review of Books. He is also author of a number of books, including most recently How the Body of Christ Talks: Recovering the Practice of Conversation in the Church (Brazos Press, 2019). Connect with him online at: C-Christopher-Smith.com


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