Meditations for Thanksgiving
Father Alexander Schmemann celebrated the divine liturgy for the last time on Thanksgiving Day. This was particularly appropriate since Father Alexander had devoted his whole life to teaching, writing and preaching about the Eucharist; for the word eucharist in Greek means thanksgiving. At the conclusion of the liturgy, Father Alexander took from his pocket a short written sermon, in the form of a prayer, which he proceeded to read. This was a strange occurrence since Father never wrote his liturgical homilies, but delivered them extemporaneously. These were his words, which proved to be the last ever spoken by him from the ambo in Church. Read the homily...
Two of Fr. Steven's Thanksgiving Meditations:
'Eucharistic Beings' or consumers? ~ Restoring a proper balance to Thanksgiving
Two "Pearls" from Fr. Thomas Hopko:
55 Maxims (pdf)
Listen to Fr. Tom's Podcast discussing the 55 Maxims. (MP3 format)
Fr. Alexander Schmemann's Thanksgiving Homily
beautifully sung by St Ignatius of Antioch Orthodox Mission, Madison, Wisconsin.
St. Ignatius of Antioch Orthodox Christian Mission in Madison, Wisconsin, has long had a special fondness for this service. We are pleased to share with your their beautiful offering of this Akathist Service in English, hoping that others will receive as great a blessing from hearing this poignant service as they do when they pray it.
This CD also includes the hymn "O, Pure Virgin" by St. Nektarios of Aegina.
Total Recording Time: 64:42:00
Available through ArchangelBooks.com