Fr. Alexander Schmemann
liturgical theologian who later taught at
St. Vladimir's Seminary in New York and played a
major role in the early history of the OCA.
- NOTE: Many short pieces not listed below can be found
at the homepage already mentioned.
Last Public Prayer of Fr. Alexander,
The Orthodox Church (20/2): 1
What is Important and What is Not,
Holy Trinity Cathedral LIFE, (1/6) .
On the value of seeking the
truth, even if this
leads to controversy
The Church is Hierarchical,
SVS Quart. (3/4):36. Defending this position
against the lawyer
Ralph Arkush, who felt that
implicitly disenfranchises the laity
and is incompatible with sobornost.
The Parish in the Church,
Condemns as heretical the ideas, widespread
in XX Century America, that
as independent corporations apart from their
bishop and that priests are mere employees
of the parish council.
Ecclesiological Notes, (1967).
SVS Quart. (11):35.
A sophisticated discussion of the
sacramental character of the
Between Utopia and Escape,
The modern world's two great tendencies --
and the pessimist's urge to "drop
out" -- are heresies,
distorting the Christian view of the world as created good,
fallen, and redeemed. "It is for us, Christians, to reconstruct
this unique faith, in which there are no illusions ... Our faith is not
based on anything except on these two fundamental revelations:
God so loved the world, and: The fallen world has been secretly,
Women and the Priesthood,
A very brief comment, expressing the view that
the controversy in heterodox denominations
over ordination of
women is largely the
result of importing a worldly mentality into
the church and assuming that exclusion from the clergy
means exclusion from power.
Forgiveness Sunday, a sort of
précis of the book Great Lent
with interesting reflections on the subject of
Children and Church:
On Sunday, children
belong in church
-- and at the Liturgy,
not in Church School,
which should be at another time.
- On Historical and Contemporary Persons:
Byzantium, Iconoclasm and the Monks,
SVS Quart. (3/3): 18.
Also refutes the idea that the Eastern Empire was
In Memoriam -- Archimandrite Cyprian Kern, (1960).
SVS Quart. (4/1): 50.
In Memoriam - Bishop Cassian (Bezobrazov),
SVS Quart. (9/1): 3.
In Memoriam -- Lev Aleksandrovich Zander, (1965).
SVS Quart. (9/1): 40.
Leonty of America,
Evlogy of Paris, and
Vladimir of Paris.
Metropolitan Leonty, (1975).
Orthodox America, 1794-1976, edited by
Constance J. Tarasar and John H. Erikson
In Memoriam - Vladimir Lossky:
- On Liturgical Theology:
- On American Orthodoxy:
- On Ecumenism
- On the Western Rite
(which he accepted in principle, but did not favour
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