Friday, October 03, 2003

What I’m reading
A birthday present from anastasios: Our Father by Fr Alexander Schmemann. Less than 100 pages, it feels like it's directly plugged into God. Like much of St Vladimir's Seminary's stuff, an authentically Catholic (in this sense) book - by a born Orthodox. Sounds like the Quiet Days Fr Peter Laister would give - perhaps he'd read it. Or both used the same Church Fathers as source materials for their notes. Fr Alexander wasn't a liberal - he never advocated changing Russian Orthodox ceremonial, just a different way of looking at it. Tradition with an inner light on. (Actually the whole churchgoing experience at St Vladimir's is like that.) Historical note: Fr Alexander originally gave this little talk on the Our Father in his native Russian as a Radio Liberty broadcast to the then-USSR.

If you can't order the book through the bold link, try buying it direct from St Vladimir's.

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