Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Of Prayer Books IV- (A Pocket Prayer Book for Orthodox Christians)

A Pocket Prayer Book for Orthodox Christians, nicknamed by many in the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese as "Chairman Philip's Little Red Book", (although it is also available in a black cover) has been a best seller for well over forty years. It is a basic collection of morning, evening, and daily prayers for various occasions. It includes the text of the Divine Liturgy of St John Chrysostom (as used in the Antiochian Archdiocese), with preparatory prayers for Confession and Communion, thanksgiving prayers after Communion. A supplemental section of "prayers for various occasions" provides the Trisagion Prayers of Mercy, and the inclusion of various priestly prayers has ensured that the volume is almost always somewhere about the person of many priests and deacons. The language is classical Church English.

The Pocket Prayer Book is usually available in three covers. The most commonly seen is a basic red, sometimes with a textured pattern. Two vinyl cover options allow red or black (as noted above). While the font size is small, it has changed little since the old days of typesetting and so is surprisingly readable. The size, format and price of the Pocket Prayer Book make it an affordable book to own and take along, as well as a nice gift or "stocking stuffer".

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