I’ve always had a hard time with prayer books that use Elizabethan English — all those “thees” and “thine,” wouldst” and such never flow well for me. I figure that prayer ought to be in a language I am accustomed to and not require me to use a different vocabulary. For that reason, I was pleased to obtain this new prayer book as a gift: Prayer Book in Accordance with the Tradition of the Eastern Orthodox Church published by All Saints of Alaska Orthodox Church in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. The prayers in the text of this prayer book use a dignified, modern English and avoid archaic English pronouns and verbs. One occasionally finds archaic language only in the Lord’s Prayer (“Hallowed be thy name…”) and in a few Scripture quotations in introductions to certain sections. Otherwise, the prayers and text utilize modern English. Besides the wide selection of prayers are over 100 pages of quotes about prayer from the Holy Fathers.
Another attractive feature is the comb binding edition which allows the text to lay flat as it is used. (A paperback version is also available.) One can also obtain an epub version of this prayer book that can be used on your Kindle or Nook. A sampler look at the text can be read in this pdf here.
All in all, I find this one of the best modern English Orthodox prayer books currently available and give it a high recommendation. It can be ordered here direct from the parish or from St. John’s Monastery’s book store.