- Publisher: Alleluia Pr; 2 edition (December 1989)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0911726071
- ISBN-13: 978-0911726077
- Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 6 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,045,576 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The daily prayers of the Church (e.g., evening prayer [Vespers], and morning prayer [Matins]) provide one a great way to infuse one's daily activities with God and a greater prayerful spirit. Sometimes the book gets a little confusing as one adapts the prayers for the differing feast days and seasons, but the core of the prayers is pretty straightforward, so you can work on them and then try to adapt the prayers for the seasons and feasts days as you get more confident. Enlisting the aid of a priest or religious is another possibility if you feel lost.
The book also has the Divine Liturgies in it and also the common prayer service for the dead and various devotions like the Marian Akathist. I was amazed at how much the book was able to contain and yet keep a readable font and reasonable size!
On a final note, Byzantine Daily Worship has great explanations of the theology behind Byzantine liturgy and prayer (which are bound together inseparably), which are particularly welcome for this Roman Catholic who is still learning more about the East.
who observe the Eastern Byzantine rite. Clearly
an earlier reviewer is unaware that the Catholic
church incorporates many, many rites other than
just the Roman (Latin) rite, and has done so for centuries.
This is what makes the Catholic church truly catholic
(=universal). This is a common mistake, even among
Roman Catholics. Many of the latter believe that
just because they best know the Roman rite, they
cannot sample the "heaven on earth" offered by
the other rites of the Church, all of which are
sanctioned and encouraged by the See of Rome.
This book is the best equivalent to the
Latin Liturgy of the Hours that I've found. It is clear,
and is a great introduction to those who already know
or who wish to know the mode of worship that long
preceded the Tridentine and Novus Ordo masses of
the Latin church. Byzantine worship is a whole new
experience for most westerners, and one that is
deeply nourishing to the soul. I heartily recommend
this book as a personal adjuct to worship in the
Byzantine rite of Catholicism.
My only criticism of the book is that it does, at times, lapse into the most peculiar archaisms when it comes to rendering the more complex translations. It is also designed for American use. We, naturally, amend the various political entities to fit in the context of Australian life, but that is the beauty of the Byzantine tradition - you are supposed to make it fit the local circumstances.
This book is one of my most treasured possessions and I highly recommend it. I only wish it could be either reprinted or a Second Edition made.
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