Lucid Love by L. Joseph Letendre

Lucid Love

The Journals of Father Alexander Schmemann: 1973–1983
translated by Juliana Schmemann
Crestwood, New York: St. Vladimir’s Seminary Press, 2000
(351 pages; $19.95, paper)

reviewed by L. Joseph Letendre

Between his 1951 arrival in New York and his death in 1983, Fr. Alexander Schmemann emerged as one of the best-known Orthodox Christian figures in this country. As dean of St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary, he was pivotal in developing that school into a world-class center of Orthodox studies. His scholarly work made him a pioneer in the field of Orthodox liturgical theology and the father of a eucharistic revival within the Orthodox Church. His books and essays, most notably For the Life of the World, drew praise from a wide range of readers, including Thomas Merton. For 30 years, Fr. Schmem . . .