Anthologion Prayer Book

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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.


  • The new 2nd Printing includes two additional ribbon bookmarks, additional material, and corrections from the 1st Printing
  • 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
  • Highly readable 10pt font
  • Six 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

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Customer Reviews

9 reviews

  • 5

    Highly recommend

    Posted by Audrey Benjamin on Jan 20th 2024

    Explains day services of the orthodox church in depth, prayers, fasting chart, prayers for before and after communion. A daily use book for orthodox Christians, a must have in my opinion.

  • 5

    Fantastic prayer book

    Posted by Tyler on May 22nd 2023

    I have used a lot of Orthodox prayer books over the years. In my opinion, each prayer book has its strengths. While some aspects of this translation of the Anthologion are different than what I am used to, overall this is a fantastic prayer book and a solid translation. I still substitute in a few places with the version I have memorized, but that is just out of convenience and what I am used to. This book shines in breadth of services it contains including the dynamic parts and containing some of the regular commemorations celebrated. It is also setup to let you do as much or little as you may be able to. If you struggle sometimes, like me, to just do the regular morning and evening prayers, this will help you. And when you are able and wanting to do more, it's all at your fingertips. As someone who sometimes travels, this keeps all the regular prayers and services, including Typica and a tiny book of needs with me at all times. I also love the section on preparation for confession. TLDR: don't hesitate to buy this!

  • 5


    Posted by John Mark on May 6th 2022

    Stunning book. It’s basically an Orthodox/Byzantine breviary for those who want to pray more than morning and evening prayers. I often follow along at Great Vespers in church and used it to follow along during Holy Week services and the accuracy and similarity of translations was astounding. Perfect for clergy and laity alike, this is a beautiful book, affordable and it might be the best prayerbook out there, period.

  • 5


    Posted by Kevin on Apr 24th 2022

    This prayer book was recommended to me and I couldn't be happier with it. It's absolutely beautifully made, and the print is perfect size. Quick shipping and very well packaged also. I think everyone should own this book and I hope to buy more as gifts. Thank you very much.

  • 4

    I love this version of the Horologion for Readers use

    Posted by JAMES WILINSKI on Apr 19th 2022

    Would highly recommend this Anthologian for those who wish to pray the Daily Office in the Byzantine tradition

  • 5


    Posted by Michael Dykes on Feb 16th 2022

    The Ahthologion here from St. Ignatius Press is a wonderful addition to any Orthodox Christian's prayer library. Perhaps not for those newly converted to orthodoxy, but for those of us who have been Orthodox for several years, and in my opinion, for any Orthodox layperson wanting to pray any of the daily services: Matins, the Hours, Vespers, etc; this highly professionally printed and exceptionally well-put-together volume allows us to pray as much or as little of all of the Canonical Hours from the Horologion as we are able, by providing all of the "common" of those services; i.e. the unchanging portions, as well as a large portion from the Octoechos, and a small selection from both the Lenten Triodion and the Pentecostarion. Additionally, included are the contents of the General Menaion for Major Feasts as well as a basic "parish typicon" to enable us to add the "propers"; i.e. the changeable portions of the services into the offices. The parish typicon is a very basic order for combining the propers and commons and thanks to how well this volume is put together, is extremely easy to use. Excellent job and well worth the $45 not only due to the contents, but also the quality of the book, the binding, etc. Thank you so much, and have a blessed upcoming Great Lent!!!

  • 5

    Anthologian Prayer Book

    Posted by Bryan Gerard LaHaise on Jan 24th 2022

    The Best Orthodox Prayer Book Ever.

  • 5


    Posted by Patrick-Liam Hewitt on Dec 8th 2021

    Today for the first time I prayed every daily service and it was… exhausting but beautiful! And I will continue to do so! A wonderful book and the only prayer book I will be using from now on.

  • 5

    The Anthologion Prayer Book

    Posted by Judy Roush on Aug 24th 2021

    “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!