Recent reviews of the Prayer Book in Accordance with the Tradition of the Eastern Orthodox Church:
OrthoCath blog, David Brown July 3, 2011
I’ve always had a hard time with prayer books that use Elizabethan English — all those “thees” and “thine,” wouldst” and such never flow well for me. I figure that prayer ought to be in a language I am accustomed to and not require me to use a different vocabulary. For that reason, I was pleased to obtain this new prayer book as a gift: Prayer Book in Accordance with the Tradition of the Eastern Orthodox Church published by All Saints of Alaska Orthodox Church in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. The prayers in the text of this prayer book use a dignified, modern English and avoid archaic English pronouns and verbs. One occasionally finds archaic language only in the Lord’s Prayer (“Hallowed be thy name…”) and in a few Scripture quotations in introductions to certain sections. Otherwise, the prayers and text utilize modern English. Besides the wide selection of prayers are over 100 pages of quotes about prayer from the Holy Fathers.
Another attractive feature is the comb binding edition which allows the text to lay flat as it is used. (A paperback version is also available.) One can also obtain an epub version of this prayer book that can be used on your Kindle or Nook. A sampler look at the text can be read in this pdf here.
All in all, I find this one of the best modern English Orthodox prayer books currently available and give it a high recommendation. It can be ordered here direct from the parish.
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Amazon review - ebook
I have used the paper version of this prayer book for a couple of years, and given it as a gift to many others who have a similarly high appreciation for this prayer book. Here is the Table of Contents:
-Morning and Evening Prayers
-Prayers for Various Occasions
-Daily Scripture Reading Plan
-Daily and Resurrectional Tropars and Kontaks
-Festal Tropars and Kontaks
-Preparation for Holy Confessions
-Preparation for Holy Communion
-Thanksgiving for Holy Communion
-Service for Sunday Absence
-Service to the Holy Theotokos
-Akathist to the Sweetest Lord Jesus
-Akathist to the Holy Theotokos
-Akathist to the Glory of God for All Things
-The Holy Fathers on Prayer (this is about half of the book...)
I have liked this prayer book for many reasons. It has prayers for most occasions; it can be my grab-it-and-go prayer book because of its contents. The prayers are easy to read aloud. It is written with modern pronouns (You, not Thee) but as I am used to the old style, I can "translate" on the fly.
The Kindle version is wonderful! Many typos are fixed, there are references to praying for the Queen, AND for the President, so the book is usable by English-speaking North America. And while the quotes from the Holy Fathers are lovely to have, in the paper book, this section adds to the bulk and the weight--but not so on a Kindle.
I am thankful that the publishers have made this available on the Kindle format. With this and my Orthodox Study Bible available at a moment's notice, I have wonderful resources for prayer and spiritual reading.
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