Wednesday, September 02, 2009

The Hours and Liturgy and the Byzantine East: Books

Some of our readers, which include Eastern Christians and also those interested in Eastern Christian spirituality, will be interested in the Byzantine Catholic Prayerbook for the Home which I recently discovered by way of the Byzantine Catholic Forum -- a forum I have read for many years, though (mea culpa) which I have only recently begun to read regularly again.

The prayerbook, which I had not heard of until now, appears to contain various elements from the Byzantine hours, which is a made up from a variety of books in its fullest forms.

For those of you who are looking for a more thorough treatment, you might consider Divine Office: Horologion, Octoechos, Triodion, Menaion published by the Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy of Stamford. Even this, however, remains a "selection" from the Ochtoechos, the Menaia, the Triodion and Pentecostarion of the Byzantine East. (For more on this volume, see here.)

Another option, which includes selections from the Byzantine hours as well as the closest equivalent I have seen to the Latin rite pew Missal but for the Byzantine Divine Liturgy, is Byzantine Daily Worship, edited by Archbishop Joseph Raya and Baron Jose de Vinck, and published by Alleluia Press in 1969.

Even if you do not intend to use these for your own daily prayer, they are interesting to have on hand as a point of reference.

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