Alexander Schmemann Quotes

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  • If the Church is in Christ, its initial act is always the act of thanksgiving, of returning the world to God.

    Church   World   Christ  
    Alexander Schmemann (1973). “For the Life of the World: Sacraments and Orthodoxy”, p.61, St Vladimir's Seminary Press
  • Centuries of secularism have failed to transform eating into something strictly utilitarian. Food is still treated with reverence...To eat is still something more than to maintain bodily functions. People may not understand what that 'something more' is, but they nonetheless desire to celebrate it. They are still hungry and thirsty for sacramental life.

    People   Desire   May  
  • We should have understood long ago that there is, in this world, religion without God, religion as a center of all idols that possess fallen man, religion that is the justification for these idols.

  • The only real fall of man is his noneucharistic life in a noneucharistic world.

    Real   Fall   Men  
    Alexander Schmemann (1973). “For the Life of the World: Sacraments and Orthodoxy”, p.18, St Vladimir's Seminary Press
  • It seems to me that any ideology is bad because it is inevitably reductive and identifies other ideologies as evil, and itself with truth, whereas both truth and goodness are always transcendent.

  • Every evil screams only one message: 'I am good.'

  • Man is a hungry being. But he is hungry for God. Behind all the hunger of our life is God. All desire is finally a desire for Him.

    Men   Desire   Life Is  
    Alexander Schmemann (1973). “For the Life of the World: Sacraments and Orthodoxy”, p.14, St Vladimir's Seminary Press
  • Academic theology is false.

  • For one who thinks food in itself is the source of life, eating is the communion with the dying world, it is communion with death. Food itself is dead, it is life that has died and it must be kept in refrigerators like a corpse.

    Thinking   Dying   World  
    Alexander Schmemann (1973). “For the Life of the World: Sacraments and Orthodoxy”, p.17, St Vladimir's Seminary Press
  • In the process of replacing the old religions, Christianity became a religion.

  • Love is the essence of the holiness of the Church.

    Alexander Schmemann (1988). “The Eucharist: Sacrament of the Kingdom”, p.137, St Vladimir's Seminary Press
  • Principles are what people have instead of God.

  • How torturous is the "churchly" language one must speak in church - the tone, style, habit. It is all artificial; there is a total absence of a simple human language. With what a sigh of relief one leaves this world of cassocks, and kissing and church gossip. As soon as one leaves, one sees: wet bare branches, fog which floats over fields, trees, homes. Sky. Early dusk. And it all tells an incredibly simple truth.

    Home   Kissing   Simple  
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