Book Review: Praying with the Orthodox Tradition

Book Review:  Praying With the Orthodox Tradition

Introduction by Callistos Ware, Editor Stefano Parenti, translateor and editor Paula Clifford; St. Vladimir’s Seminary Press, 2002.

I have purchased this from at the suggestion of an Orthodox friend who knows that I play a persona from 1000AD Byzantium in my Society for Creative Anachronisms (SCA) fun time. The cost of the book was only $10.00 and it was just what I needed!

These prayers date from 800AD.  These prayers were in use by Christians from that time and by Orthodox to the present.  PERIOD CORRECT prayers!!  This book includes a good bit of history and the times of the day when the various prayers would have been used.

It would have been even better if the book had paralleled the prayers in the original Greek along side the English translations but it serves my purposes well enough as is!  It isn’t like I can read Greek.  I also own a prayer book of prayers written and used by St. Thomas Aquinas that parallels the Latin he wrote them in with the English so I can understand and appreciate them but he is a later period than my persona.

I enjoy that my hobby that brings me so much fun with history is also a great lot of fun in learning more about the history of the Church and thus of my own Faith.  That makes this book enriching in my prayer time today as well as enriching the prayer of my period persona for SCA.

So now I have the information to make a prayer book for my persona!  FUN!!

Home School

This book would be highly useful to the home school family who desired to study prayer and history as part of their study of religion.

The book indicates when the prayers were put into use and discusses them within the context of the Orthodox tradition.  Why would a Catholic home school family study something from the Orthodox? Because until the Great Schism, we were ALL ONE CHURCH and that which predates the Schism is as much our history as theirs.  In recent years the bulk of the theological and practical disagreements have been discussed and the two lungs of the Church are closer than they have been in a long time even if a few stumbling blocks to unity remain.  We share so much history and the Sacraments, and most of the theology that it is a good thing to understand our Eastern brothers and sisters better.

All in all, considering price, content, and usefulness I heartily recommend this book to anyone with an interest in Christianity, History, or SCA!


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