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« on: August 03, 2012, 07:25:48 AM »

Hi all,

I'm looking for a prayer book in English that is available in (or at least from) the UK. If someone could recommend one that has a decent selection of prayers including preparation for confession (very important) that would be great. Most of the prayer books I currently have are in Romanian and I can speak the language and understand it so I'm happy using them but the longer prayers take me an age to read. I have one English prayer book at present, the one by Archimandrite Ephrem Lash which seems to be the most widely available one over here, but I really don't like the modern English language - I've spent more than half my life in an area where people still say thee and thou in everyday speech, and I certainly expect it at least in a religious setting. I'd also like it to be small enough to carry around with me if at all possible.

If anyone could point me at a book that meets my criteria and preferably also where I can buy it from I'd be very grateful indeed.

Thanks

James
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« Reply #1 on: August 03, 2012, 12:11:01 PM »

The two most common prayerbooks in English are
1) the one published by HTM (HOly Transfiguration Monastery)
2) the Jordanville Prayer book (also available online)

I don't think you would have problems getting these over in the UK.  That said, I have no opinion of the one by Archimandrite Ephrem Lash.  The two I mentioned above use a more formal, Elizabethan English which may be more to your liking.  Also, they both contain a number of akathists and canons as well as apolytikia for most major feasts and commemorations.  Try one of those, though my preference is for the HTM.
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« Reply #2 on: August 03, 2012, 01:36:48 PM »

Hi all,

I'm looking for a prayer book in English that is available in (or at least from) the UK. If someone could recommend one that has a decent selection of prayers including preparation for confession (very important) that would be great. Most of the prayer books I currently have are in Romanian and I can speak the language and understand it so I'm happy using them but the longer prayers take me an age to read. I have one English prayer book at present, the one by Archimandrite Ephrem Lash which seems to be the most widely available one over here, but I really don't like the modern English language - I've spent more than half my life in an area where people still say thee and thou in everyday speech, and I certainly expect it at least in a religious setting. I'd also like it to be small enough to carry around with me if at all possible.

If anyone could point me at a book that meets my criteria and preferably also where I can buy it from I'd be very grateful indeed.

Thanks

James

Here's a good one that's in the quasi-Elizabethan English: http://www.stspress.com/products-page/books/orthodox-daily-prayers/
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