alexander-schmemann

Fridays in Lent: Quote of the Day

“When a man leaves on a journey, he must know where he is going. Thus with Lent. Above all, Lent is a spiritual journey and its destination is Easter, “the Feasts of Feasts.”…Is it necessary to explain that Easter is much more than one of the feasts, more than a yearly commemoration of a past event? Anyone who has, be it only once, taken part in that night which is “brighter than day,” who has tasted of the unique joy, knows it. But what is that joy all about? Why can we sing, as we do during the Paschal liturgy: “today are all things filled with light, heaven and earth and places under earth”? In what sense do we celebrate, as we claim we do, “the death of Death, the annihilation of Hell, the beginning of a new and everlasting life…”? To all these questions, the answer is: the new life which almost two thousand years ago shone forth from the grave, has been given to us, to all those who believe in Christ. And it was given to us on the day of our Baptism, in which, St. Paul says,  we “were buried with Christ…unto death, so that as Christ was raised from the dead we also may walk in newness of life” (Rom. 6:4). Thus on Easter we celebrate Christ’s Resurrection as something that happened and still happens to us….If we understand this, then we may understand what Easter is and why it needs and presupposes Lent.”

 

– Alexander Schmemann, Great Lent: Journey to Pascha