Does anybody know where a good quality pocket sluzhebnik may be had, with English and Slavonic on facing pages? By "good quality", I mean one with more than skeletal rubrics and with reasonable English. I already have a Slavonic and an English one so I'm not really after suggestions for those.
Orthodox service books are very light on rubrics. They are inadequate for serving a service properly. Clergy learn at seminary and from older priests, so it is a matter of oral transmission. In your case, I imagine you have to keep your eyes peeled and see what is done.
I have certainly found this to be the case, Irish Hermit. There is very much a sense that the bare rubrics will be supplemented with experiential transmission, through teaching and observation. That said, some are better than others. The Christ of the Hills
book for the Hierarchical Liturgy was quite detailed. This
sluzhebnik (large pdf warning for those with slower connections) is by far the most detailed that I have encountered for the more usual form of the Liturgy.
There are other useful guides and publications out there. I learnt on Sunday of a meticulously precise guide for every aspect of diaconal liturgical service, in every service, in every conceivable scenario, with various numbers of deacons. My curiosity was piqued. Then I learnt it is only available in Russian. Then I sat down in the corner and cried a little.
I think it is easier today than it is for those of an earlier time, when there was separation from the well-established monasteries and well-trained priests of Russia/Serbia/Athos but where information was not as easily disseminated as it is today. The internet is incredibly useful, although one does have to be circumspect about whom one approaches for help and guidance so as to avoid the situation of the one-eyed leading the blind. I know of clergy who are largely self-taught and do the best they can with what little direction they have been given but who would perhaps not make the best teachers. Also, others have been influenced by certain schools of liturgical thought. Having a bishop who takes time to answer questions is, of curse, immensely beneficial. It also removes any question of personal whim from one's practice.
Thank you, all.