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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 by calling 877/484-1600 or online.

Table of Contents

Prefacev
Part One: Our Vision for Christian Living
What is an Eastern Church? 8
What Eastern Christians Believe11
Living in the Heavenly Realm14
Part Two: Daily Life in the Domestic Church
We are a Domestic Church18
The Icon Corner21
Prayer in the Domestic Church24
The Jesus Prayer28
Reading and Praying the Bible30
Giving Our Table to the Lord34
Almsgiving in the Christian Family38
Part Three: The Church and its Worship
Of Earthly and Heavenly Families42
Worship and the Domestic Church44
How to Keep the Lord's Day47
The Family and the Divine Liturgy50
Through the Year with the Domestic Church53
Celebrating Namedays77
Part Four: Special Moments of Encounter
Blessings: Moments of Encounter82
Entering the Spiritual Family85
The Image Restored88
Marriage: the Great Mystery90
Ministry in the Local Church94
To Sleep in the Lord97
Prayer for the Dead101
Foods at the Memorial Service103
Growing in the Christian Life107
Appendix
Resources for the Eastern Christian110
   

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