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#1 Marianthy

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Posted 15 March 2013 - 03:37 AM

I was wondering what everyone is planning to read during Lent in preparation for Holy Pascha. I am torn between a couple of titles but would like to stick to one so that I can complete it !

 

Any feedback is appreciated!



#2 Richard A. Downing

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Posted 17 March 2013 - 08:18 AM

No one seems to be about these days.....

 

I'm reading Justin Martyr right now, and I'm planning to continue through the Ante-Nicene Fathers in chronological order.  It's hard going as the accessible English translations are 19th century and by protestants.

 

This is another one of those questions that you really need to discuss with your Spiritual Guide, who knows your spiritual situation.  But don't forget the Lectionary readings, and perhaps the Vesperal troparia and Matins canon from the Triodion - there is more than enough there really.

 

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#3 Norman George Barber

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Posted 17 March 2013 - 11:05 AM

Ascetical Homilies of St Isaac the Syrian, Cloth bound
Ladder of Divine Ascent, Cloth bound

#4 Herman Blaydoe

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Posted 17 March 2013 - 11:50 AM

This looks like an edifying read: Great Lent: A Time for Morality or a Time for the Heart



#5 Rdr Andreas

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Posted 17 March 2013 - 05:55 PM

The readings prescribed by the Church are enough for me.  Reading and fasting are by no means sufficient says St John Chrysostom.  Actions are needed, and I will try, with God's help, to avoid my habitual sins, to cease from being lazy and negligent, from criticising my brother, to refrain from anger, from irritability, from appetites and passions; I will try to love my neighbour, and to attend as many services as I can.  In short, I will try to live out the prayer of St Ephraim and to heed the words of the Great Canon.



#6 Kusanagi

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Posted 17 March 2013 - 07:09 PM

I have been recommended to read:

 

Ladder of Divine Ascent

St Dorotheos books.



#7 Paul Cowan

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Posted 17 March 2013 - 08:26 PM

The Psalter and if my passions rises up to read 3 chapters from each of the 4 gospels.



#8 Teofil Munteanu

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Posted 18 March 2013 - 02:07 AM

I would highly recommend you read Alexander Schmemann's Great Lent: Journey to Pascha; it is a very insightful book that will help you better understand Great Lent and will hopefully bear fruit in your spiritual life. I also suggest reading The Holy Bible and Lives of Saints daily, for spiritual nourishment. 

 

http://www.amazon.co...n/dp/0913836044


Edited by Teofil Munteanu, 18 March 2013 - 02:07 AM.


#9 Jason Hunt

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Posted 18 March 2013 - 05:43 PM

I will only be reading one book, the Rudder.

 

(I am not being serious )



#10 Jeremy Troy

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Posted 18 March 2013 - 06:45 PM

I'm going to try to read St. John of Kronstadt's My Life in Christ over Lent.



#11 Marianthy

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Posted 18 March 2013 - 07:09 PM

Thank you everyone for your replies. I belong to a Psalter group, so that is a given. I am going to read The Ladder it seems! 



#12 Rdr Andreas

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Posted 19 March 2013 - 09:18 AM

The Ladder is read in monasteries during Lent.



#13 Jean-Serge

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Posted 19 March 2013 - 01:41 PM

For me the reading will be the Lenten Triodion of course, the book of Great Lent naturally!



#14 Caleb Shoemaker

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Posted 20 March 2013 - 04:18 PM

My wife and I are reading The Lenten Triodion which I formatted (fairly poorly it turns out) for my Nook. I'm translating Joel as per instruction from my Spiritual Father.



#15 Jean-Serge

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Posted 20 March 2013 - 08:10 PM

My wife and I are reading The Lenten Triodion which I formatted (fairly poorly it turns out) for my Nook. I'm translating Joel as per instruction from my Spiritual Father.

 

 The lenten Triodon should be the "must read" because too many orthodox have a limited view of it, limited to Sunday and sometimes Saturday. Bu t on weekedays, wonderful things do happen and it prepares you for Easter...






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