Preparation for Great Lent and Pascha

Wanting to grow spiritually during Great Lent? Here’s a great resource, prepared by Steve Puluka, based upon the book  by Father Alexander Schmemann, Great Lent: Journey to Pascha. They’re designed to be used in church bulletins, but they can also serve as good personal mini-reflections on the significance of the events we commemorate during Great Lent. A suggestion: print them out and reflect on the various points as Great Lent moves us towards Pascha.

Steve explains the notes:

Below are a set of PDF files for use as a bulletin insert. They are setup on a single 8.5 x 14 page in a booklet fold, two-sided format. You may reproduce as many as you like, as long as no fee is charged for the material. These are for non-profit use only.

Great Lent: Journey to Pascha Series

Preparation-Chapter One
Descriptions of the preparation Sunday themes.
Worship-Chapter Two
The theme of Bright Sadness, the prayer of St. Ephrem, scripture readings during the fast and the Triodion.
Presanctified Liturgy-Chapter Three
The Presantified Liturgy and a discussion of communion and fasting.
Lenten Journey-Chapter Four
The canon of St. Andrew of Crete, Saturday and Sunday liturgical themes, the Holy Cross and Bethany
& Jerusalem.
Lent in our Life-Chapter Five
Taking the fast seriously.
Thoughts for our Time-Appendix
Rediscovery of religion, communion and the Mysteries.

Scipture in the Great Fast Series

First Weekend
Second Weekend
Third Weekend
Fourth Weekend
Fifth Weekend

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