Overview

This short anthology offers new insight into ancient forms of Christianity still little understood in the West. It introduces and displays the rich diversity of the Eastern Orthodox Churches -- Egyptian Copts, Armenians, Syrians, Indian Malankara, Ethiopian and Eritrean -- through their distinctive traditions of prayer and worship. It provides a survey of the history and theology of the Eastern Orthodox traditions as well as an anthology of their prayers. "With unceasing lips, an unsilenced heart" (St. Cyril), ...
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Prayers From The East

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Overview

This short anthology offers new insight into ancient forms of Christianity still little understood in the West. It introduces and displays the rich diversity of the Eastern Orthodox Churches -- Egyptian Copts, Armenians, Syrians, Indian Malankara, Ethiopian and Eritrean -- through their distinctive traditions of prayer and worship. It provides a survey of the history and theology of the Eastern Orthodox traditions as well as an anthology of their prayers. "With unceasing lips, an unsilenced heart" (St. Cyril), these prayers attest to the rich abundance of Eastern engagement with the divine.
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Richard Marsh is Canon at Canterbury Cathedral and Director of its International Study Centre. He is the author of Black Angels: The Art and Spirituality of Ethiopia (2001) and a contributor to Ink and Spirit (2001).
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781451417050
  • Publisher: Augsburg Fortress, Publishers
  • Publication date: 4/1/2004
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 329 KB

Table of Contents

Armenian prayer of guidance 9
St. Gregory the Illuminator 10
St. Gregory of Narek 13
Hovhannes Garnetsi 16
St. Mesrob Mashtots 17
Sabak Dzorop'orets'i 20
An Armenian blessing 23
Armenian prayer before retiring at night 24
Opening of the Armenian orthodox liturgy 25
Amenian liturgy : confession of the clergy 27
Armenian liturgy : confession of the people 29
Armenian liturgy : the peace 31
Armenian prayers of intercession 33
Armenian preparation for distribution 35
Armenian prayer before meals 37
Armenian prayer for all occasions 38
Armenian marriage service 39
From Armenian Matins 42
From the Armenian Memorial Office 44
Coptic anaphora of St. Cyril 46
Coptic beginning of the anaphora 48
Coptic blessings 50
Coptic intercession 52
Coptic kiss of peace 54
Kiss of peace from the liturgy of St. Cyril 56
Coptic litany of the congregation 57
Coptic liturgy of St. Cyril : prayer of reconciliation 59
Coptic orthodox compline 61
Coptic orthodox intercession of the most holy mother of God 65
Coptic orthodox midnignt prayers 68
Coptic orthodox prayer before communion 71
Coptic orthodox prayer after communion 72
Coptic orthodox prayer before meals 73
Coptic orthodox prayer for the third hour 74
Coptic orthodox prayer of the veil 77
Coptic orthodox prime 79
Coptic orthodox vespers prayers 81
Coptic prayer for laying on hands 85
Coptic prayer for those who have asked for prayers 87
Coptic prayer of St. Severus 88
Coptic orthodox prayers before and after confession 89
Ethiopian anaphora of the apostles 91
Ethiopian prayer : pilot of the soul 93
Ethiopian prayer to the virgin 94
Indian orthodox prayers for the morning 96
Syrian beginning of the liturgy of our lady 97
Syrian anaphora of St. James 99
Syrian canon of the faithful brethren 103
Syrian epiclesis : the invocation of the Holy Spirit 104
Syrian evening prayer 106
Syrian homily of St. Jacob of Serugh 111
Syrian hymn before communion 113
Syrian hymn of Mar Ephrem the Syrian for compline 114
Syrian introduction to prayer 117
Syrian introduction to the Lord's Prayer 119
Syriac liturgical supplications 121
Syriac post-communion homily of St. Jacob 124
Syriac praise of the cherubim 126
Syrian prayer of divine dispensation 127
Syrian prayer of thanksgiving 129
Syrian prayer of the ninth hour 131
Syrian prayers of confession and absolution 132
Syrian prayers for the kiss of peace 134
Syrian prayers for the morning 136
Syrian prayers during Passiontide 140
Syrian supplication to the blessed virgin 142
The blessing of an icon in the Syrian tradition 144
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