Daily Prayers for orthodox Christians
"Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, and give thanks in all circumstances in Christ Jesus, for this is God's will for you in Jesus Christ."
- 1st Thessalonians 5:17
“He who is able to pray correctly, even if he is the poorest of all people, is essentially the richest. And he who does not have proper prayer, is the poorest of all, even if he sits on a royal throne.”
- St John Chrysostom
“It is of great significance if there is a person who truly prays in a family. Prayer attracts God’s Grace and all the members of the family feel it, even those whose hearts have grown cold. Pray always.”
- Elder Thaddeus of Vitovnica
Edited by N. Michael Vaporis In memory of Gregory (Tavlarides) Taylor
The need for a bilingual edition of the Synekdemos, the very popular prayer book of the Orthodox Church, has been present for a long time among Greek Orthodox Christians. Unfortunately for the translator/editor, the Synekdemos contains some 1300 pages of text in the original Greek, making the publication of a bilingual volume of the entire book a cumbersome task.
The present volume is much more modest. It contains only the first part of the Synekdemos, that is, the prayers and services used by Orthodox Christians on a daily basis. I hope that despite this limitation the book proves useful for those who wish an English translation of the daily prayers and services but would also like to have the original Greek text on the facing pages.
I owe special thanks to Father Peter Chamberas for reviewing the entire volume and offering many valuable suggestions. Thanks are due to the translation committee of the faculty of Hellenic College/Holy Cross Greek School of Theology whose English translation of the Creed is used here. I am also indebted to Fathers Thomas FitzGerald and George Papademetriou, Professor Ioanna Buttlar Clarke, Miss Georgia Stathopoulou, and Miss Eleni Baker for their invaluable suggestions and assistance. Any imperfections are, of course, my own.
Father N. Michael Vaporis