Praying to the Saints
My main stumbling block to conversion when I first started looking into Orthodoxy was prayer to Mary and the saints. Obviously, it’s not okay. What’s wrong with you? said my Protestant friends. Both groups considered the issue so self-evident that it didn’t require further thought. The New Testament has a lacuna on the issue of Christians in heaven.
The angels in heaven were intimately involved in what was happening on earth, according to Enoch and Revelation, which reveal assumptions held by the Church at the time about the state of those in heaven. They clamor impatiently for judgment to be poured out on their oppressors, and exult after the judgment has been passed. In the first century, it was part of Christian faith for tho
The Church knew from its Judaic inheritance that all those in heaven prayed for those on earth. The Protoevangelium, offering legendary details of Mary’s childhood, dates from the mid-second century. We should also note that such Marian devotion could owe nothing to pagan influence.
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.
Which way do Orthodox Christians pray?
Members of the Pentecostal Apostolic Faith Mission continue to pray facing east, believing that it is “the direction from which Jesus Christ will come when he returns,” as do Byzantine Orthodox Christians and members of the Church of the East.
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.
Why do Orthodox Christians pray to the east?
We worship together in the Orthodox Church because we believe the same things; we hold the same faith and practice the same worship; praying together, facing east, is part of the tradition of the Church of Christ to which we belong.
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.
Can Catholic pray Orthodox prayers?
Can a Catholic pray Orthodox prayers? Intercessory prayer to saints is supported by Roman Catholic Church doctrine, and it is also practiced in the Eastern Orthodox and Oriental Orthodox churches. Some Anglo-Catholics believe in saintly intercession.
Why do the Orthodox pray to saints?
In the Eastern Orthodox and Oriental Orthodox churches, intercessory prayer to saints is also very important. The Catholic doctrine of intercession and invocation was established by the Council of Trent, which teaches that “the saints who reign together with Christ offer up their own prayers to God for men.”
How does Greek Orthodox differ from Christianity?
The Orthodox Church shares many beliefs with other Christian churches, including the belief that God revealed himself in Jesus Christ, as well as the incarnation, crucifixion, and resurrection of Christ.