By Frederica Mathewes-Green
First end result of Prayer will deliver readers of all denominational backgrounds into the prayer event of first millennium Christianity via immersion during this attention-grabbing textual content, a poetic hymn written within the 8th century. This terribly attractive paintings, nonetheless chanted by way of jap Christians each Lent, weaves jointly previous and New testomony Scriptures with prayers of desire and repentance. It deals historic methods of seeing Christ that may however consider new to so much readers today.
This insightful ebook bargains readers a chance to stroll via a vintage textual content from the Christian East in a chain of 40 prayerful readings with accompanying observation and questions for additional reflection.
We requested Frederica Mathewes-Green why she wrote this Lenten examine and this was once her response:
"Researching this booklet immersed me within the Scriptures as no different Christian prayer-text has. i used to be in awe of the profundity of St. Andrew of Crete's meditation at the biblical textual content, and the resonances he exposed in it from one finish to the opposite. it truly is extra magnificent that he wrote this round 720 A.D., while there have been no learn is helping to be had like contemporary concordances, indexes, and marginal references. via widespread day-by-day worship, he quite had ate up the Bible, and assimilated it. but the Canon doesn't come off as a dry, theological tour-de-force. It breathes along with his craving to be completely reworked through the sunshine of Jesus Christ, and his brave wish to root out no matter what in him resists that gentle. St. Andrew's wisdom of the Scriptures, his unflinching exam of himself, and peculiarly his radiant love for Jesus Christ make this an ideal ebook for research in the course of Lent."
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