Lenten thought for your day

When speaking about the seemingly long and monotonous worship services of Lent, Fr. Alexander Schmemann, of blessed memory, says that the services must be long and monotonous because it is impossible to pass from our normal state of mind made up almost entirely of fuss, rush and care, into this new one without first “quieting down”, without restoring in ourselves a measure of inner stability. He continues, “This is why those who think of church services only in terms of “obligations”, who always inquire about the required “minimum”, (How often must I go to church? How often must I pray?), can never understand the true nature of worship which is to take us into a different world-that of God’s presence!-but to take us there slowly because our fallen human nature has lost the ability to accede there naturally.”-from Great Lent

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