I don't know if this is the best area to request this info, but here goes - I am wondering if any of you could recommend a book(s) that provide an easy to follow "shape of the day" for an Orthodox family. My husband and I are Orthodox, but need LOTS of improvement in our practice. Now that I am home on another maternity leave, I thought it would be a good opportunity to really focus on improving our practice (I did work on it a bit during my first mat leave, but didn't get nearly far enough along). While I was working long crazy hours, I wasn't able to focus properly on God (as a teacher I was ideally supposed to keep my faith unknown to my students, and most of my colleagues were either VERY uncomfortable with people of religion, or openly hostile to religion - the number of perverted RC priest jokes I heard... or the arguments when the poor mennonite music teacher tried to include songs in weekly assembly repetoire that had anything to do with religion, even if it didn't directly mention God - she was at a loss considering most of the old children's favourites have a spiritual origin to them).
Anyway, something very clearcut, in the order of the day/week would be great. Not just the prayers, as that is easy enough to find, but also the physical/emotional/intellectual steps to be taken. Our church is old calendar (again - it was new calendar for awhile - I'm so confused - I remember cooking a vegan meal for our priest for our house blessing only to discover that in fact we wouldn't be fasting for another couple of weeks - I was in a car accident the day things got changed back and didn't catch on to the news!), in case that has any bearing on applicable publications. I pick up things here and there, but mostly I am just clueless. I would also like to better develop the ability to practice Christianity as a kind of natural mindset, if that makes any sense (pardon my sleep-deprived babybrain), that seems to be common amongst many of the Orthodox here - my husband and I grew up without religion/spirituality of any kind (my mom was only half joking when she suggested that Orthodoxy was a cult and my dad thought it was "cute" that I had found religion - sigh...) and so such a way of functioning in everyday life, is well, rather unfamiliar, although we are slowly developing some social relationships in our limited time with people who are more comfortable with this - I do find it's really vital to have this. That said, my father managed not to raise an eyebrow when I chanted a prayer before lunch the other day!
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