By Kenneth C. Bicknell
Have you been in a scenario the place you needed to reference a number of diversified prayer books since you couldn't keep in mind the prayer you desired to recite through middle? good, fear not more. A publication of Orthodox Prayers for the Orthodox Christian is a set of fifty-six conventional Orthodox prayers mixed into one publication. “I bear in mind having no less than 3 varied prayer books to reference as a toddler whilst praying. This was once continuously a bother, simply because I needed to seek via every one searching for the prayer that i wanted at that specific time. This additionally brought on hassle for somebody that used to be praying close to me, because the ruffling of books may be very distracting, that is why I wrote A booklet of Orthodox Prayers for the Orthodox Christian” (quote via Fr. Kenneth C. Bicknell, O.S.B.).
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