“One way in which we can increase the talents given to us by God is “to celebrate a service in splendor” and thereby “communicate the word to those untaught.” (Matins Aposticha of Great and Holy Tuesday) A Practical Handbook for Divine Services will serve as an invaluable guide to all—priests, deacons, servers, readers and singers—who seek to increase their God given talent in fulfillment of these words.
It will also encourage all the laity who desire to enter more fully into an understanding of the Church’s Typicon, the “rule” which governs how Divine worship is offered in the church, and to internalize the principles that underpin it.
Whilst drawn from Russian sources, the texts also touch upon differences found in Greek usage. The primary source is the 1998 work of I.V. Gaslov, Orthodox Divine Services, which was written to address the need of the many new clergy ordained in Russia following the fall of communism. A Practical Handbook for Divine Services will be equally helpful to the many Orthodox clergy ordained in the West in the past twenty years or more who have not grown up within settled Orthodox communities.
Igumen Gregory (Woolfenden) was a noted Western liturgical scholar who was received into the Orthodox Church (Moscow Patriarchate) in 1996. He reposed in 2008.
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A Psalter for Prayer is the first major English edition to include all the prayers needed to read the Psalter at home according to an Orthodox tradition that reaches back to the time of the desert fathers, known popularly as the ‘cell rule’. In addition, the contents include many texts, traditionally printed in Orthodox Psalters, that are not easily found in English, such as the Rite for Singing the Twelve Psalms, directions for reading the Psalter for the Departed and much more. Click on the “Contents” tab for a full listing.
The Psalms and Nine Biblical Canticles have been adapted from the classic Miles Coverdale translation of the Book of Psalms and the King James Version of the Bible. The text has been carefully edited to agree with the original Greek of the Septuagint, as well as to the Latin and Church Slavonic translations, and has been approved for use within the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia.
Printed in large print on acid-free paper, with rubrics in red, this book is sturdily bound to withstand regular use. It is further enhanced by the two gold marker ribbons.
Quest for Reform of the Orthodox Church: The 1923 Pan-Orthodox Congress Author: Viscuso, Patrick Publisher: InterOrthodox Press
This revised reprint of our previous edition is an abridged version of the 4-volume Great Book of Needs set, small enough to fit in your pocket. It contains many essential prayers that take place often outside the Church building. This edition includes a more readable typeface with two bookmark. The sections of the book are:
Part 1: Childbirth
Part 2: Prayers for the Sick
Part 3: Confession and Repentance
Part 4: Prayers at the Time of Death
Part 5: The Church Year
Part 6: Various Blessings
Part 7: Prayers in the Home
Part 8: Agriculture and Livestock
Part 9: Man and Nature
Spiritual Psalter or Reflections on God excerpted from the works of our Holy Father Ephraim the Syrian
The Spiritual Psalter was said to have been a favorite Orthodox devotional texts in Imperial Russia. Excerpts from St Ephraim written in the first person are laid out similarly to the 150 Psalms. St. Theophan the Recluse, who complied this anthology of prayer commented that he considered this work to be one of his most important.