If you haven’t already read it, Michael Spencer’s recent post introducing the “Liturgical Gangstas” is highly recommended.
The “gangstas” are five blogging pastors from different traditions (Eastern Orthodox, Anglican, Baptist, Methodist and Lutheran) plus a Roman Catholic layman, assembled by Michael for an ongoing panel discussion on matters relating to Christian spiritual practice. The first topic under discussion is how each of the gangstas would advise someone looking to grow spiritually over the next year.
The whole post deserves careful and repeated reading: one to bookmark and go back to when the well runs dry. There is a heartening degree of convergence in the answers – keep joining with the saints in worship each Sunday, receive the Lord’s body and blood frequently, maintain a discipline of personal Bible reading and prayer, avoid sin and look for ways to show love in action towards others – but each respondent brings a useful and distinct perspective from his own tradition.
The Orthodox contributor, Fr Ernesto, mentions the “simple Orthodox-friendly morning and evening prayer” published in the back of the Orthodox Study Bible. I’ve been making use of a version of these prayers since picking up a secondhand copy of the NT/psalms edition of the OSB last month. The prayers can be found online here (evening) and here (morning). (The gorgeous icon shown above comes from those linked posts: if anyone knows anything more about it, please let me know in the comments.)
I’ve prepared some PocketMod versions of these prayers for my own use (inspired by Mike Benoit’s PocketMod prayer book on which I posted recently). These have been lightly “Lutheranised”, for which I hope any Orthodox readers will forgive me. Changes include using the Lutheran Service Book version of the Nicene Creed, for example. I’ve also square-bracketed items which non-Orthodox Christians may wish to omit, such as invocations of the Theotokos, or references to Orthodox clerical hierarchies.
PDFs of the various forms can be downloaded below, and I’ve also included a link to the MS Word versions in case people want to make any further tweaks (apologies for it being MS Word, but that’s the only software I had to hand when making them). In particular, the “letter” versions of the PDF have in fact come out in an A4 format, due to limitations of the PDF software on the PC I’m using, so if someone can provide “proper” letter format PDFs then that would be much appreciated.
- Morning Prayer (A4) (PDF) | (Word version)
- Evening Prayer (A4) (PDF) | (Word version)
- Morning Prayer (Letter) (PDF) | (Word version)
- Evening Prayer (Letter) (PDF) | (Word version)