This Week's Best-Sellers: Prayer Books and a Two Very Popular Romanians

It's Friday! Time to show you this week's best-selling titles. Two-thirds of this week's most popular books were written by Romanians. Who would have guessed?

Let the countdown commence...

8.) The Experience of God, vol. 5: The Sanctifying MysteriesDumitru Staniloae
Written by a beloved theologian of the Romanian Orthodox Church, Fr. Dumitru Staniloae's six-volume series remains an Orthodox classic. This volume takes on the sacraments, their significance, and how they lead us to holiness.

7.) The Experience of God, vol. 4: The Church: Communion in the Holy Spirit, Dumitru Staniloae
Another title from Fr. Staniloae! In Volume 4, Staniloae addresses a common question: how does the Holy Spirit use the Church to bind us all together? 

6.) Pocket Prayer Book, Antiochian Archdiocese
Currently in its fourteenth printing, this perennially popular prayerbook is just the right size for popping into a purse or pocketbook. (Forgive us our excessive alliterations.) Includes occasional prayers and the Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom. 

5.) Introducing the Orthodox ChurchAnthony M. Coniaris
We often sell this catechetical classic by the dozens--churches around the country use it in their catechism and "Intro to Orthodoxy" classes. Its author, Fr. Coniaris, has served the church for over fifty years.

4.) The Holy Trinity: In the Beginning there was Love, Dumitru Staniloae
Noticing a trend yet? Here we have yet another title by Fr. Staniloae, a slim but potent volume examining the doctrine of the Holy Trinity. 

3.) The Experience of God, vol. 6: The Fulfillment of Creation, Dumitru Staniloae
This last title in Fr. Staniloae's series deals, fittingly, with eschatology. 

2.) Daily Prayers for the Orthodox Christian, Nomikos Michael Vaporis
This prayerbook, published by our very own Holy Cross Orthodox Press, is always one of the best-sellers not only for the week, but the year. Fr. Vaporis' collection includes everything from Small Compline to prayers for before and after Holy Communion. A favorite of Orthodox Christians around the world. 

1.) Orthodox Canon Law Reference Book, Vasile Mihai
We just can't keep this book on the shelves! Fr. Mihai, currently serving in Savannah, Georgia, compiled this practical guide to Canon Law for clergy and laypeople alike. It covers every topic imaginable. (Did you know, for instance, that if a church building catches fire during the Liturgy, the priest is to take the Holy Gifts and continue the liturgy elsewhere? We sure didn't!)

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