[B-Greek] Koine prayer books
steve at puluka.com
Tue Jul 19 22:40:31 EDT 2005
Eric Weiss wrote:
> I have St. John Chrysostom's Divine Liturgy in a Koine Greek-English
> diglot (from Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church in Dallas) - or at
> least it appears that Chrysostom's liturgy uses Koine Greek grammar,
> as it reads pretty familiarly to me. Do you know where I can purchase
> an Orthodox Prayer Book that is likewise in KOINE Greek and English
> (i.e., not a "modern Greek" English-Greek diglot) - e.g., with
> Chrysostom's and Basil's, etc., prayers in their original Greek
> (which I assume was Koine or near Koine)?
As I understand the language, Byzantine era Greek is still quite similar
to Koine. Liturgical texts from the Orthodox tradition are in this
A nice daily prayerbook that is a diglot Greek/English is published by
Holy Cross. The book has about 100 pages of prayers that are dual
numbered, the Greek and English share text and page numbers. This is a
basic collection of daily prayers. These are excerpted from the
Synekdemos, the standard peoples prayer volume from the Greek tradition.
I always liked the idea of a prayerbook being a traveling companion.
The full Synekdemos covers the full year with variable parts and is over
a 1,000 pages.
The Symbol of Faith
Prayers at mealtime
Prayers before sleep
The six Psalms (the core of Matins)
Preparation for Holy Communion
Thanksgiving following Holy Communion
Vaporis, N Michael, ed. Daily prayers for Othodox Christians. Brookline,
MA: Holy Cross Orthodox Press, 1986.
Masters Student, SS Cyril & Methodius Seminary
Cantor, Holy Ghost Church, Mckees Rocks PA
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