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Prayers from different Orthodox jurisdictions.

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For a while I've been using the morning and evening prayers from the Antiochian website http://www.antiochian.org/morning-prayers , and finding them helpful (even if the discipline of a prayer rule is something I'm finding quite difficult ). It crossed my mind that, as the church I've been to a couple of times is Russian Orthodox, perhaps I ought to use their daily prayers. So, I looked them up, and talk about daunting! They go on for ever! That got me wondering: for private devotions, is it normal to stay with materials from one's own jurisdiction, or pick and choose within the constraints of the EO?
 

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I don't know what "normal" is.  I use The Orthodox Study Bible, A Prayer Book for Orthodox Christians, the GOARCH website, and the OCF webpage.
 

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Jurisdictional boundaries are fluid. Use whichever version (i.e. wording) inspires you.

As a beginner, you might find the Rule of St Pachomius useful:

http://www.saintjonah.org/services/stpachomius.htm
 

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Thanks for the suggestions, Christina and Arachne.

Porter, it's a church in the Diocese of Sourozh, http://www.sourozh.org/ the British and Irish branch of the Moscow Patriarchate.
 

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We use Daily Prayers for Orthodox Christians from Holy Cross, but it's really not enough material and options for my satisfaction. I suppose eventually we'll be defaulting to the Jordanville. What I really wish is that Sophia Press would re-release their book, partly because it's just so beautiful ... Oh wait, would you look at that, it's back in stock!

https://melkite.org/products-page/prayer-books
 

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In my experience, Greeks tend to follow a slightly more "liturgical" format for their private devotions. That is, our prayer books generally have Small Compline for evening prayers (with the option for inserting a canon or akathist in the middle) and morning prayers based off of parts of either the Midnight Hour, Matins, or both. I personally like this "liturgical-based" style, but I am also Greek. An advantage to the "Russian-style" prayers is that you don't have to worry about keeping your rule within the order of services (for instance, during Holy Week, it is bizarre to pray Compline after one has already done Matins for the next day, though I guess its not really that big of a deal).

For "Greek-style" prayer books, I recommend two:

Holy Transfiguration Monastery's and "An Orthodox Prayer Book" put out by New Rome Press (the latter of which is available in a very nice pocket-sized hardcover version). If you have questions on either, let me know!
 
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I would ask the priest at the church you're attending what translation the church uses for the more common prayers (the Trisagion, for instance) or what he uses in his own personal prayer.
 
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