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First Fruits of Prayer: A Forty Day Journey Through the Canon of St. Andrew

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One of today's most popular spiritual writers and commentators interweaves the Old and New Testament Scripture with prayers of hope and repentance, offering ancient ways of seeing Christ that will feel new to readers of all denominational backgrounds. ...more
Hardcover, 195 pages
Published January 1st 2006 by Paraclete Press (MA) (first published December 30th 2005)
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May 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
A reread for me and I love it more each year.
I read this book through Lent; perfect for daily tastes of the ancient hymn that is still used by Orthodox Christians during Lent today.
Not my favorite Khouria Frederica book. I think it might have worked best if it hadn't been a 40 day Lenten devotional. I do love the Canon of St. Andrew of Crete and appreciated some of her reflections.
This is a book that I hesitate to give a rating to. In some ways, I did enjoy it very much, and in other ways, I struggled. I've participated in the Great Canon of St. Andrew of Crete several times before reading this book, and it's definitely a unique and quintessentially Lenten experience. The repetitiveness of it, along with the darkness and the sorrowful quality to the music are quite moving, so I looked forward to moving even deeper into that experience. But in practice, I found it jarring ...more
Paul Dubuc
Apr 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
Praying through the Canon of St. Andrew has been a blessed experience for me during Lent. This tradition of Eastern Orthodox Christianity was new to me. Frederica Matthews-Green's notes and considerations for each day are an essential guide. Lent is a season of lament for suffering and for sin. This year we live through a climate of worldwide suffering during Lent. Especially in a time like this the confessions of the Canon may seem overdone to many in our Western culture but, for me, they were ...more
Tom Blair
Jul 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This became my morning prayer for several months. I am Anglican, not Orthodox but I found it comforting to begin my day with a reading and prayer for the Canon of St. Andrew. I have much to be thankful for and have to start giving that thanks.
I think this book gets better and better each time I read it. Perhaps it is because this year our Church School has been teaching on the Old Testament, but I felt that the words of St. Andrew's Canon really were reaching me.
I also appreciate Kh. Frederica's comments and reflections, more so each year.
An excellent Lenten read, and a big thank you to my dear Goddaughter who gave me this in 2006, I've been greatly edified.
May 03, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: theology
This book was hardish to get through, I started it in March, and now it's August even though it's separated into 40 very doable chapters. I guess I wanted to do it well. Some of the side notes that Frederica adds are obvious, then others are super helpful. I feel like it's a book I should read again so that it can change me more. ...more
Jan 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
Read this over the 40 days of Lent and found it very worthwhile. Many things to think about from a different Orthodox Christian perspective, and the author provides explanations and scripture proofs for the various elements of the Prayer of St. Andrew.

Jan 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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How wonderful to have the Canon of St. Andrew divided into 40 readings and accompanied by Frederica's helpful notes. This is a recurring favorite daily meditation for 40 day fasts, and a true blessing. ...more
Mar 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I read this every year as part of my Lenten observance. The Canon is a marvelous read for this time, and Frederica's commentary and thoughts helps one delve into the text more. Recommended. ...more
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Excellent book for Lenten Reading- the Orthodox canons of repentence
Jun 23, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: on-faith
Okay, so I didn't actually finish it, but it's a devotional and I read enough to know that I do like it, but may reserve it for Lenten reading. ...more
Dr. Brian Keen
Mar 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Excellent for Great Lent.
Thom Crowe
Feb 27, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: orthodoxy
Good way to get through the Cannon of St. Andrew of Crete during Lent.
Anam Cara
May 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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We gave this book to families in our home group to use as a Lenten study. WE got so much out of it when we read it several years ago.
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