Just a bit of background: I hail from a Traditional Roman Catholic background, but have recently developed a keen interest in Eastern Orthodoxy - in terms of how Orthodox understand the Christian faith, the Traditions, the Liturgy, etc. I have obtained and read several books on Orthodoxy, e.g. Bishop Kallistos Ware and Vladimir Lossky, as well as some works by apologetics.
I am interested to learn and understand more about Orthodox Liturgy, and am therefore looking to procure the essential Service Books that one would need in order to cover all aspects of the Liturgy. As I initially understood it in very broad terms, what I would require as an absolute minimum are:
1. One volume of the fixed portions of the Liturgies themselves (the four (4) main ones - St. John Chrysostom, St. Basil the Great, St. James and Presanctified Gifts), but should also include calendar references to the appointed readings for the day.
2. One Gospel Lectionary
3. One Psalter
4. One Epistle Book
I currently own the following:
1. "The Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom"
by the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of North and South America (http://www.amazon.com/Divine-Liturgy-Saint-John-Chrysostom/dp/0917651170/
2. "Service Book of the Orthodox Church"
by Isabel Hapgood
I find the Hapgood service book to be very good, in that it has the complete texts for all the fixed parts, but also includes a neat table of all the movable parts by date (though, the actual texts of the readings are not included here, whereas they are in the other book).
However, I have since come across this web-page that appears to provide a much longer list:http://www.saintjonah.org/services/library.htm
To this end, I have a few questions which I hope someone can help me with:
1. Is there such a thing as an 'all-in-one' volume, equivalent to the Roman Catholic Missal
? Would the Horologion
be such a volume?
2. The recommendations provided in the above link notwithstanding, which editions of the Psalter, Epistle Book and Gospel Lectionary are highly recommended?
3. Is there a major difference in using Liturgical books that correspond to the Byzantine vs. Slavic rites?
Thanks & regards,