Fr Alexander Schmemann

“Sin—whether we call it ‘original’ sin or ‘primordial’ sin—has broken the unity of life in this world, it has broken time, and time has become that fragmented current which takes us into old age and death. It has broken our social relations, it has broken families. Everything is diabolos—divided and destroyed.”

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Delivered on Forgiveness Sunday, March 20, 1983, at St Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary Chapel, before the Rite of Forgiveness.

Published with the approval of Juliana Schmemann in the St. Vladimir’s Theological Foundation Newsletter.

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