What it means to pray
Pray is also used as an adverb in Orthodoxy, as a preface before a polite request; this definition does not imply a specific recipient of the request; a Christian could pray to anyone, for anything, as long as they do not worship (i.e. devote their entire being) anyone other than God.
What is a saint?
Every baptized Orthodox Christian is called to be a saint, and saints are “those who will inherit salvation” (Hebrews 1:14) through whom God is “bearing witness,” according to the Orthodox Church.
Why do Orthodox Christians pray to saints?
When an Orthodox Christian prays to a Saint, we ask him or her to intercede for us before God’s throne (2 Cor. 5:20; Phil. 1:19; James 5:16; Job 42:8; Gen 20:7).
But isn’t this worshiping the saints?
Worship entails dedicating one’s entire life to the one being worshiped, and the worship given to God is solely His. Orthodox Christians do not worship saints, but we do venerate them, which means we respect and love them because we recognize their holiness comes from God.
The power of intercessory prayer
We can intercede before God through Christ, who empowers (and commands) us to pray for one another and all of creation. There is great power in prayer, and even greater power in making that prayer tangible. Pray for one another, that you may be healed.
Intercessions are normal
We can approach the Saints and ask for their assistance; they pray nonstop in God’s presence for those of us who are still awake, and they serve as a shining example for all of us who hope to one day be saints in our own right. Why wouldn’t you want them praying for you?
Is praying to saints idolatry?
Because prayer is a part of Christian worship, sending prayers to what is considered an idol is considered idolatry. While most people think of an idol as an inanimate object, an idol can be anything, including a person who receives unauthorized worship or veneration, whether spirit or human.
Do Orthodox Christians pray to God?
Worship unites people to God in prayer and to the Church, the body of Christ, for Orthodox Christians. The main service is called the Divine Liturgy, during which people receive bread and wine.
Do Orthodox Christians pray to God or Jesus?
The Jesus Prayer is an important form of prayer for many Orthodox Christians; it is a sentence that is repeated many times, such as “Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner.” The purpose of this repetition is to allow the person to focus solely on God.
Why do Protestants not pray to saints?
Other Protestantism Many Protestants consider intercessory prayers to the saints to be idolatry, because they are an application of divine worship that should only be given to God himself, and it is being given to other believers, dead or alive. Saint is also used to refer to any born-again Christian within some Protestant traditions.
Why do they pray to saints?
It arises because both groups conflate prayer with worship: when we pray to the saints, we’re simply asking them to assist us by praying to God on our behalfu2014just as we ask our friends and family to dou2014or thanking them for doing so already.
Is it right to worship saints?
Finally, we Catholics do not worship Mary, the saints, or their images or statues; rather, we ask Mary and the saints to intercede for us on our behalf because they have a place in Heaven with God; and we do not worship images of Jesus, Mary, or the saints.
How often should Orthodox Christians pray?
In preparation for the Second Coming of Christ, Oriental Orthodox Christians (such as Copts and Indians) and members of the Mar Thoma Syrian Church (an Oriental Protestant denomination) use a breviary such as the Agpeya and Shehimo to pray the canonical hours seven times a day while facing eastward.
Does the Orthodox Church pray to Mary?
Both the Catholic and Orthodox traditions regard Mary as subordinate to Christ, but uniquely so in that she is seen as above all other creatures, according to practitioners. Devotion to the Virgin Mary does not amount to worship, which is reserved for God.
What the difference between Orthodox and Catholic?
Orthodox believers reject the pope’s infallibility in matters of doctrine and consider their own patriarchs to be human and thus susceptible to error, similar to Protestants who reject any notion of papal primacy.
Does the Orthodox Church use the rosary?
The number of beads varies by religion or use: Roman Catholics use a 59-bead Rosary, while Eastern Orthodox Christians use a knotted prayer rope called a komboskini or chotki with 100 knots, though prayer ropes with 50 or 33 knots can also be used.
What prayers did Jesus pray?
The canonical gospels mention Jesus praying to God several times, including three times on the cross:
- “Father, forgive them
- for they do not know what they do” (Luke 23:34)
- “My God, My God, why hast thou forsaken me?” (Matthew 27:46, Mark 15:34)
- “Father, into thy hands I commit my spirit” (Luke 23:46)
- “My God, My God, why hast thou forsaken me?” (Matthew 27:46, Mark 15:34
How many times do Greek Orthodox pray?
In Oriental Orthodox Christianity, the Agpeya and Shehimo are breviaries used to pray the canonical hours at seven fixed times of the day in an eastward direction.
Do Protestants believe in the communion of saints?
To reaffirm Jesus Christ’s unique mediatory role, major Protestant Reformers denied the saints’ intercessory role and viewed the communion of saints as all believers in Christ.
Do Baptists recognize saints?
Baptists “honor Mary as Jesus Christ’s mother,” but believe in “communion of saints as primarily a present reality among Christians,” and don’t pray to Mary or “deceased Christians” lest they “infringe on Jesus Christ’s sole mediatorship.”
Do Protestants believe in purgatory?
Some Evangelical Protestants believe in the resurrection of the body and the idea that everyone will be raised on the Day of Judgement to be judged by God. Protestants do not believe in Purgatory; some Protestants believe there is no such place as Hell, only levels of Heaven; and some Protestants believe in the resurrection of the body and the idea that everyone will be raised on the Day of Judgement to be judged by God.