Whenever you pray, whether you are doing it on a regular basis or just a special occasion, you need to make sure that you are doing it the correct way. Fortunately, there are some simple steps that you can take to make sure that you are doing the right thing.
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Study the prayers before you use them
Having a solid understanding of the prayers before you pray Greek orthodox is important. One of the easiest ways to do this is to read a prayer book. You will find that there are many testable ones to choose from.
For example, you can find a number of books with the Jesus Prayer in them. The Comboschini Prayer Rope Prayer Book is a good starting point. You can also check out A Night on the Desert of the Holy Mountain for beginners. This is an excellent introduction to the Jesus Prayer.
The Holy Trinity Monastery’s Prayerbook contains the full text of the prayer. It is available from the Center for Traditionalist Orthodox Studies.
The Synekdemos is a popular prayer book of the Orthodox Church. It contains 1300 pages of text in the original Greek. It is a compilation of the daily services and prayers used by the Church.
Prayer is a large and almighty weapon
Among the many weapons in the arsenal of the Christian, prayer has a long and storied history. It is one of the most important components in redemptive praxis. In fact, it is not a singular activity, but a series of coordinated events. It is a means of joining the dots between God and humanity, and an invitation to eternal life.
It is an interesting tidbit of information that the classical Greek word for prayer is komposkini, which means it is a rope with a very simple design. It is made up of three knots, and is said to symbolize 33 years that Christ spent on earth.
There are a number of other things that a komposkini can do, from promoting good health and well being, to fighting the enemy. The best part is that it is not only an effective weapon, but also free.
Worship and veneration are distinct in the Eastern Orthodox Church
Among the differences between Eastern Orthodox Worship and Western Christian Worship are two elements. The first is that Orthodox Christians believe that there is a literal presence of Christ in the Eucharist. Although this belief has its own place, it does not entail an elaborate reverence of images.
The second is that Orthodox Christians accept seven sacraments. This includes baptism, which is the initiation of an individual into the Body of Christ. The sacrament of communion is only accessible to baptized Orthodox.
During the early centuries of Christianity, the Church was universal. There were no written rules about veneration of images. Those who wished to do so were considered heretics. However, after the ecumenical councils of the late fourth century and the seventh, statues and graven images were prohibited. In fact, after the seventh ecumenical council, no statues existed in the Byzantine church.
Prayer makes man alike with the Angels
During your prayer, you might be asked to pray for an angel. These are real beings. These are messengers who carry God’s message to human beings. They are also warriors. They can manifest in dreams and visions. They can appear in human form.
There are several references in the Bible about angelic interactions with humans. In the Old Testament, we find instances of angels speaking with men. In the New Testament, we see an angel proclaiming the coming of the Messiah.
The story of the wicked prophet Balaam in Numbers 22:34 is a good example of how angels can interact with humans. Balaam wants to curse Israel, but the angel of the Lord prevents him from doing so.
In the Bible, we also find a number of occasions where men talk to angels in a positive way. For example, Abraham speaks with three angels by the trees of Mamre. Jacob and Samson’s father also speak with angels.
Finding a quiet place to pray
Those who are members of the Greek Orthodox church may be curious as to how they go about finding a good prayer space. Thankfully, there are a number of resources to help. From the aforementioned website to the apporium that is the Orthodox Prayers app, there is plenty to ponder.
The best way to find a quiet place to pray is to be proactive. For example, you might want to call up your local priest and see if he is willing to drop in for a short visit. You might also consider asking your family or friends to bless your house. This is not only a nice gesture, but it is also a great way to spread the good word about your faith.
A lot of people will tell you that having a prayer space in your home is the most important thing you can do. Not only will this keep your mind at ease, but it will also enable you to spend quality time with your family and friends.