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Author: Metropolitan Gregory (Postnikov)
This pocket-sized book, originally published in Russian in 1904, is a short but comprehensive work offering guidance to the Orthodox Christian on how to conduct himself through the course of the day. Following an appeal to the reader, the author describes how one should conduct oneself in the morning, in relation to the Lord God, in common situations of life, in daily work, during meals, during the afternoon rest, in the evening, before sleep, and during sleeplessness. The author concludes with a consideration of prayer and guidance on how to spend Sundays. A biography of the author, Metropolitan Gregory (Postnikov) of St. Petersburg (1784-1860), concludes the work.
Solidly rooted both in Holy Scripture and the Tradition of the Orthodox Church, this short work can serve as a gentle yet uncompromising guide, appropriate for every Christian, for how to live a holy life within the circumstances of our daily lives.
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Posted by Paul Bartlett on 8th Aug 2017
Highly recommended as a spiritual guide for laypeople. Although this small book was written over a century and a half ago, and therefore does not deal with some matters that moderns in the world might have to contend with, nevertheless, it provides sound counsel, simultaneously exalted and practical. It is the kind of book which one might read through a first time to get an idea what is in it and then read again multiple times more slowly and contemplatively in order to absorb the teachings to consider how one might put them into practice in one's own daily life. Physically, the book is nicely printed and bound and is small enough that it could fit into a coat pocket or purse for easy carrying.
Posted by Reinhard on 29th May 2015
It starts off with the basics, and brings to mind how we have to behave ourselves; it calls to mind how we are weak in our fallen nature, and only inspires me to work ever harder in my repentance.
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