The Hours of Prayer: A Book of Devotion is a book of the cycle of services published by the American Carpatho-Russian Diocese of the U.S. I used to have a perfect bound version of this book, but the recent one I bought is the spiral-bound one. Overall I would definitely recommend this book. Here are some random thoughts about it…
- The spiral binding makes it easier to hold than a regular book is, which is certainly nice if you’re standing for a while in prayer.
- There are no inter-hours in this book. I can’t recall if there were in the last edition that I had.
- At about 5” x 8” in size, and having 222 pages, the book is very manageable and light, and certainly easier to hold than the huge horologions.
- The translation is rather modern, so if you want something akin to the KJV then this isn’t it.
- Some of the words seem a bit off to me. For example: “My lips shall gush with hymns when You have taught me Your statutes”. Is “gush” really the best word they could find there? As a point of comparison, the KJV has that line as: “My lips shall utter praise, when thou hast taught me thy statutes.”
- They use the term “Birthgiver of God”. Not that it’s a big deal, but I tend to prefer Theotokos.
- Including in the book are 1) an introduction, 2) Midnight Office for all seven days of the week, 3) Matins, 4) the Hours, 5) Vespers, 6) Compline, 7) various Tropars and Kondaks, 8) Typika, 9) brief morning, mid-day, and evening prayers, and 10) preperation prayers for holy communion and prayers for after communion.
- It has the different texts that are used in Great lent, and they are set apart in shaded boxes.
- They use trespasses/evil in the Our Father.