Anthologion Prayer Book
There are many prayer books, but those wanting an authentic and accessible expression of the Church's ancient cycles of liturgical worship, in its rich variety, can look to the Anthologion and its riches, composed by Saint John of Damascus and others.
From the very beginning, Christians gathered for prayer at fixed hours to pray. These prayers centered on the Psalms, and in the desert monasteries they developed into the daily prayers of the Church that we still use today.
The Anthology of Prayer or Anthologion is an Eastern Orthodox prayer book that uniquely includes a treasury of selections from the riches of Orthodox prayer and worship, including:
• The Book of Hours (Horologion) with Lenten and Paschal variations
• The Book of Eight Tones (Octoechos)
• The common services of Saints (General Menaion)
• Selections from Great Lent and the Paschal season (Triodion and Pentecostarion)
• Traditional morning and evening prayers
• Topical prayers for different occasions
• And much more
Suitable for use individually or with a group, this monumental book aims to fill the place that the Breviary or Liturgy of the Hours fills for Western Christians: offering the full daily office of prayer in a slightly simplified form, with texts for special feast days and seasons. It is a prayer library in a single book.
• Over 1000 pages of sacred prayers, scriptures, and hymns, forming the foundation of Orthodox prayer and worship
• High quality leather-bound softcover with sewn binding
• Two-tone red and black printing
• 10pt font designed specifically for readability
• Four ribbon bookmarks
• Designed for Pan-Orthodox use
• Abundant supporting material and clear instructions — with a little initiative and study, anyone can carry on the prayers of the Church in any circumstances with just a single book
“The man who lives in the world prays little, whereas the monk prays constantly. Thanks to monks, prayer continues unceasing on earth, and the whole world profits, for through prayer the world continues to exist; but when prayer fails, the world will perish…..When there are no men of prayer on the earth, the world will come to an end and great calamities will befall: they have started already.” (St. Silouan the Athonite)
St. Silouan was referring to monks whose calling is to pray for the entire world but now we, the laity, can share this calling with the use of the Anthologion. This prayer book allows us to unite our prayers with monks whose prayers are offered unceasingly at every hour of every day throughout the world.
This prayer book is also unique because the publishers provide a series of You Tube videos to instruct us in its use.
Whether the circumstances of daily life limit our time for prayer or whether we have abundant time to devote to daily prayer, this book meets our needs and allows us to join with the universal Church in the traditional prayers, not only for ourselves, but for the world. The Anthologion, designed for the Orthodox layperson, has become my constant companion throughout the day and I recommend it to those who want to expand their daily rule of prayer in concert with all Orthodox of the world!
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