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Widely used by Eastern Catholic and Orthodox Christians since its publication in 1986, A Guide for the Domestic Church has been reissued in a full-color, updated version for another generation of Eastern Christian families. A kind of cookbook for Christian family life, A Guide for the Domestic Church is an easy-to-read presentation of the Eastern Churches’ vision for the Christian home along with specific directions for those wishing to incorporate Byzantine spirituality into their home lives through the Church year. This book contains step-by-step directions for family prayer, hints for keeping the fasts, setting up an icon corner, celebrating namedays and participating in the Church’s special moments of encounter with God (baptisms, marriages, funerals and memorial services). The second edition includes newly-available resources and recipes as well as links to online distributors and manufacturers of religious supplies. A Guide for the Domestic Church does a wonderful job of explaining both the whys and the hows of Eastern Christian family practice, telling you where to find icons, lamps, incense, and so forth, and what to do with them. A Guide for the Domestic Church Second Edition (116 pages, $15.00) is available online.

Table of Contents

Preface v
Part One: Our Vision for Christian Living
What is an Eastern Church? 8
What Eastern Christians Believe 11
Living in the Heavenly Realm 14
Part Two: Daily Life in the Domestic Church
We are a Domestic Church 18
The Icon Corner 21
Prayer in the Domestic Church 24
The Jesus Prayer 28
Reading and Praying the Bible 30
Giving Our Table to the Lord 34
Almsgiving in the Christian Family 38
Part Three: The Church and its Worship
Of Earthly and Heavenly Families 42
Worship and the Domestic Church 44
How to Keep the Lord's Day 47
The Family and the Divine Liturgy 50
Through the Year with the Domestic Church 53
Celebrating Namedays 77
Part Four: Special Moments of Encounter
Blessings: Moments of Encounter 82
Entering the Spiritual Family 85
The Image Restored 88
Marriage: the Great Mystery 90
Ministry in the Local Church 94
To Sleep in the Lord 97
Prayer for the Dead 101
Foods at the Memorial Service 103
Growing in the Christian Life 107
Appendix
Resources for the Eastern Christian 110
   

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