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#320363 04/30/09 12:07 AM
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I am a Latin Catholic who is becoming more and more drawn to the Eastern Catholic Church. There is a Ukrainian mission in my city that I plan to begin attending. Can anyone recommend any reasonably priced Eastern Catholic prayer books that are perhaps designed for beginners? I have an Orthodox friend (OCA) who has lent me the Jordanville Prayer Book and a couple of others, but I would like to find something that is Eastern Catholic.

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I would recommend the Byzantine Book of Prayer. It is a Byzantine Ruthenian Catholic prayer book published by the Byzantine Seminary Press. Here is a link.

http://www.byzantines.net/byzantinepress/books.htm

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There are many of us in the UGCC who use the Jordanville Prayer Book and also the Old Orthodox Prayer Book and recommend them highly.

You could also consider the 'The Divine Liturgy an Anthology of Worship' published by the Sheptitsky Institute in Canada - not just a resource on the Divine Liturgy but has a lot of prayers , preparation for Confession and other things. This is not cheap I know but very very good.

You will find it on this page
An Anthology for Worship [ustpaul.ca]

Hope that helps

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Allow me to second the suggestion to use the Jordanville Prayer Book and/or the Old Orthodox Prayer Book.

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If you would allow a stupid question from a dumb Latin.


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Because either of those two is better than any Eastern Catholic prayer-book on the market.

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ah... would the prayers be at all diffrent?

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More extensive and better translated.


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I also use the Jordanville prayer book and would recommend it.

I might suggest though, since you asked for something that is distinctly Eastern Catholic and you are also planning on attending a Ukrainian mission, that you consider either "Let Us Lift Up Our Hearts - a Prayer Book for the Faithful" which is 184 pages in Ukrainian and English or the more comprehensive "The Sacrifice of Praise" which is 937 pages in English with ribbon markers. Both books are hardcover and are UGCC approved publications. They can be purchased from the Eparchy of St. Josaphat's online store www.stjosaphateparchy.org [stjosaphateparchy.org] or from Eastern Christian Publications www.ecpubs.com. [ecpubs.com.]

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Dear Sea Knight, I would second the excellent recommendations of sister Anhelyna, especially the Anthology and the Old Orthodox Prayer Book. I have the Jordanville book but use it very rarely compared to the OOPB. Not only are the riches of the pre-Nikonian tradition presented, but I also prefer the English translation in the OOPB over the Jordanville book.

The only current Ukrainian prayerbook in English with the blessing of Patriarch Lubomyr is the Anthology . If you have any interest in learning the music of the propers and the Liturgy in the Galician/Kyivan tradition this is the best source. While most of the book is in English, the essential parts of the Liturgy, Panakhyda, and Octoechos are given in both Ukrainian and English.

The Anthology also has some very good devotional material such as the traditional Canon and prayer rule for preparation for Communion, post-Communion prayers, a nice examination of conscience based on the Beatitudes, the Little Hours, blessings of the priest on certain feast days, alternate ambonal prayers, etc. It is available from the St. Josaphat Eparchy bookstore link above, Byzantine Church Supplies in Philadelphia http://www.ukrcathedral.com/byzsup or the Metropolitan Andrey Sheptytsky Institute: http://www.ustpaul.ca/Sheptytsky/pubs/publications_main.htm



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