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First Fruits of Prayer: A Forty-Day Journey through the Canon of St. Andrew

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Join Frederica Mathewes-Green on a guided retreat?ideal for the Lenten Season?through the classic Great Canon, a wise, ancient, Orthodox text that will enrich your experience of spirituality and prayer. First Fruits of Prayer will bring readers of all denominational backgrounds into the prayer experience of first millennium Christianity through immersion in this fascinating text, a poetic hymn written in the eighth century. This extraordinarily beautiful work, still chanted by Eastern Christians every Lent, ...
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2005-12-30 Hardcover Brand NEW copy! in New jacket New hardcover with dustjacket book. This insightful book offers you the opportunity of walking through a classic text from ... the Christian East in a series of forty prayerful readings, which are accompanied by commentary and questions for further reflection. Paraclete Press, Brewster MA, 2006. Second printing. 195 pages, 8.25 x 5.5 inches, 21 cm. Read more Show Less

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Join Frederica Mathewes-Green on a guided retreat—ideal for the Lenten Season—through the classic Great Canon, a wise, ancient, Orthodox text that will enrich your experience of spirituality and prayer. First Fruits of Prayer will bring readers of all denominational backgrounds into the prayer experience of first millennium Christianity through immersion in this fascinating text, a poetic hymn written in the eighth century. This extraordinarily beautiful work, still chanted by Eastern Christians every Lent, weaves together Old and New Testament Scriptures with prayers of hope and repentance. It offers ancient ways of seeing Christ that will nevertheless feel new to most readers today. This insightful book offers readers an opportunity to walk through a classic text from the Christian East in a series of forty prayerful readings with accompanying commentary and questions for further reflection.

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In this fascinating and sometimes magisterial guided exploration of an eighth-century hymn that is central to Lenten religious practice for the Eastern Orthodox, Mathewes-Green encourages her readers not only to examine but also to personally apply fundamental Christian concepts like repenting, understanding the nature of sin and experiencing God in prayer. A skilled interpreter of the theology and history of the Orthodox tradition, Mathewes-Green arranges the Great Canon of St. Andrew, bishop of Crete, into 40 readings accompanied by scriptural references, commentary, theological reflection and questions. Mathewes-Green, who has clearly done her scholarly homework, sets the stage by giving a brief overview of Andrew's life and an abbreviated paraphrase of the life of St. Mary of Egypt. (This account of a female hermit's meeting with a monk on a Lenten retreat is also read during the service of the Great Canon. This gem from the early church is alone worth the price of the book.) While some readers may be put off by Mathewes-Green's apparent conviction that her denomination has preserved the soul of the early church while Western Christians have strayed, others will find her insights both evocative and provocative. (Jan.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781557254696
  • Publisher: Paraclete Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/2006
  • Pages: 195
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

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