Thursday, January 21, 2010

Fr Schmemann on the boundaries of the Eucharist

"The only real fall of man is his non-eucharistic life in a non-eucharistic world . . . Man was to be the priest of a eucharist, offering the world to God, and in this offering he was to receive the gift of life . . . When we see the world as an end in itself, everything becomes itself a value and consequently loses all value, because only in God is found the meaning (value) of everything, and the world is meaningful only when it is the ‘sacrament’ of God’s presence."

- Taken from For the Life of the World, by Fr Alexander Schmemann (1921 - 1983), long-time Dean of Saint Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary.


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