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The Lenten Spring: Readings for Great Lent

Author(s):   Fr. Thomas Hopko
Publisher:   St Vladimirs Seminary Pr (1998)
Format:   Hardcover
Copies:   2 copies available
Product Info:   Book Description

The Church welcomes the Lenten spring with a spirit of exultation…with the enthusiasm of a child… The tone of the church services is one of brightness and light.

Thus the author begins the first of forty meditation on Great Lent, casting out the gloom and darkness with which many Christians approach this holy season and revealing, in a simple, clear and beautiful manner, its true meaning.

In his meditations, Fr Hopko draws on his long experience as a pastor and teacher, working with young and old throughout the country, to present to the modern reader the relevance of the Church’s two-thousand-year-old tradition of preparing to greet our Lord’s Resurrection. But in so doing he also makes extensive use of all facets of church tradition from all times’inspiring scriptural and liturgical passages from the Lenten services, the spiritual wisdom of the ancient saints and fathers, as well as the teachings of modern guides to the Christian life.

All Christians who undertake the yearly journey to the blessed Pascha of our Lord will find inspiration and guidance in these meditations. All can enjoy reading and rereading them and share in the profound thoughts of the author as they make their own spiritual way through this holy season.

Editorial Reviews

Review
Dr. Thomas Hopko, the dean of St. Vladimir’s Seminary, professor of dogmatic theology, & author of many books about the Christian Orthodox faith & practice, writes a must read for Great Lent.

These days very few people in America practice or understand Great Lent. Most see it as a time of hardship, unnecessary discipline, old fashion, from the old world, or many other negative views. Another semi-unknown factor are the different pratices of the Western Church (Roman Catholic or some early Protestant) from the Eastern Orthodox Church.

Dr. Thomas Hopko does an excellent job in clarifying what Great Lent is all about for the Eastern Orthodox Church. That this season is a time of spiritual joy to act out the life, death, & resurrection of Jesus Christ. Throughout the book, Dr. Thomas Hopko uses the church’s historical tradition from Biblical, Liturgical, & Patristic writings with modern teachings to give a well rounded guide to uplift & strength ones spiritual vision.

The book is designed with 40 short chapters to match the Lenten period to help the reader to meditate on a chapter a day. I don’t know of any other book that is as well thought out with this in mind. Take the 40 day path to your own resurrection with the wisdom of the Ancient Christian Church by reading this book. –A customer

The Lenten Spring wonderfully brings out the basic themes of prayer, fasting, repentance and almsgiving in several concise, yet thorough chapters.

Fr. Hopko does an excellent job of relating each of these themes both within the context of Christ’s Passion, Descent into Hades, and Resurrection that we commemorate in the Lenten season, as well as in the everyday life of the Christian. –A customer

Dr. Thomas Hopko, the dean of St. Vladimir’s Seminary, professor of dogmatic theology, & author of many books about the Christian Orthodox faith & practice, writes a must read for Great Lent.

These days very few people in America practice or understand Great Lent. Most see it as a time of hardship, unnecessary discipline, old fashion, from the old world, or many other negative views. Another semi-unknown factor are the different pratices of the Western Church (Roman Catholic or some early Protestant) from the Eastern Orthodox Church.

Dr. Thomas Hopko does an excellent job in clarifying what Great Lent is all about for the Eastern Orthodox Church. That this season is a time of spiritual joy to act out the life, death, & resurrection of Jesus Christ. Throughout the book, Dr. Thomas Hopko uses the church’s historical tradition from Biblical, Liturgical, & Patristic writings with modern teachings to give a well rounded guide to uplift & strength ones spiritual vision.

The book is designed with 40 short chapters to match the Lenten period to help the reader to meditate on a chapter a day. I don’t know of any other book that is as well thought out with this in mind. Take the 40 day path to your own resurrection with the wisdom of the Ancient Christian Church by reading this book. –A customer

Dr. Thomas Hopko, the dean of St. Vladimir’s Seminary, professor of dogmatic theology, & author of many books about the Christian Orthodox faith & practice, writes a must read for Great Lent.

These days very few people in America practice or understand Great Lent. Most see it as a time of hardship, unnecessary discipline, old fashion, from the old world, or many other negative views. Another semi-unknown factor are the different pratices of the Western Church (Roman Catholic or some early Protestant) from the Eastern Orthodox Church.

Dr. Thomas Hopko does an excellent job in clarifying what Great Lent is all about for the Eastern Orthodox Church. That this season is a time of spiritual joy to act out the life, death, & resurrection of Jesus Christ. Throughout the book, Dr. Thomas Hopko uses the church’s historical tradition from Biblical, Liturgical, & Patristic writings with modern teachings to give a well rounded guide to uplift & strength ones spiritual vision.

The book is designed with 40 short chapters to match the Lenten period to help the reader to meditate on a chapter a day. I don’t know of any other book that is as well thought out with this in mind. Take the 40 day path to your own resurrection with the wisdom of the Ancient Christian Church by reading this book. –A customer

About the Author
Fr Thomas Hopko is the former dean of St Vladimir’s Seminary and professor emeritus of dogmatic theology. He has authored numerous works on all aspects of the Orthodox Church’s faith and practice.