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Protestantism and Tradition I'm coming at this answer from a Protestant perspective. Since I've seen a variety of folk in my branch of Christianity hold hands during prayer, I'll assume you've been observing my people. We've inherited from Paul a suspicion of traditional rites and practices. When we do observe some custom, we are very likely to either: ...


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I really like this question. It draws attention to an important point to be made, which is, of all the things explicitly managed by the Church, personal prayer is relatively low on the list. As a Catholic belonging to a predominately Southern Baptist extended family (most of them consider fried chicken a sacrament in lieu of potluck), I must constantly ...


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When Jesus fed the 5,000, the Gospel of John records that Jesus took the bread and gave thanks: Jesus then took the loaves, and when he had given thanks, he distributed them to those who were seated. So also the fish, as much as they wanted. John 6:11 ESV Additionally, in Mark's account of Jesus feeding the 4,000, Jesus again gives thanks, presumably ...


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As broad as it may appear, here is how we can summarize it. Matthew 22:35-40 (NIV) One of them, an expert in the law, tested him with this question: “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and ...


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To which Saints may a Catholic pray, and when can this begin? Actually a catholic can privately pray to anyone whom he/she thinks can intercede on their behalf. In fact Catholics do not see any difference in asking you to pray for me and asking my dead grandma (if I believe she is in heaven) to pray for me. Is it restricted to only those who are designated ...


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St. Joseph is the terror of Demons because all of demons effort is nullified if one seeks refuge to St. Joseph and also because he is pure, and demons cannot stand against his purity. Even though there is no official dogmatic pronunciation in this regard by the Catholic church, numerous private revelationsexample and traditions have held that St. Joseph, ...


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The answer to your question is in several Scriptures. In the book of Matthew He told us first of all that we should pray directly to the Father, and not for rewards here on Earth. Matthew 6:5 through 7 KJV 5 And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the ...


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//Are saints supposed to be omnipresent, or are you just rolling the dice that they are paying attention to you at that moment?// No they are not omnipresent (or omniscient for that matter), only God is. But they can hear our prayers by the power of God. Since we believe they are in heaven where they dwell in God, it is not strange that they can hear ...


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The actual question is : Are there any specific rules at all in any denomination of Christianity? I am Roman Catholic and can answer for my denomination. Rules about prayer, meditation, and devotion ... The laity are expected to attend Mass each Sunday and on other specified Holy Days of Obligation, and to faithfully pray and meditate the ...


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Long prayers are more convenient to end with the name of Jesus; Lord/Father I pray that you be with me as I am going to ...... And Lord I also pray that .... Lord I also need your grace in ..... [many requests]... ... All this I ask in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen. Short prayer or command is convenient to start with the name of Jesus; In the ...


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God does answer every prayer, but the answer may be “No, I don’t think so.” Mgr Robert Mercer said as much in a sermon (at the funeral of a priest who, gravely ill, died a few days after ordination): It goes without saying that we are disappointed that God gave no miracle of healing. Jenny and Philip went to Walsingham. They prayed. We all prayed. ...


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What does it mean to pray "in Jesus' name"? Is it a magical formula that guarantees that your prayer will be heard? For example: Dear God, please give me a new bike and a chocolate cake and a magical telephone and an elephant. Also, please kill all the bad people. In Jesus' name, Amen. Does that prayer make more sense because it has "In Jesus' name" at ...


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When Jesus said to go into your closet to pray, what he was saying is that your prayer is to be between you and your God. Please notice: All Scripture is quoted from the King James translation. Matthew 6:1 Take heed that ye do not your alms before men, to be seen of them: otherwise ye have no reward of your Father which is in heaven. The long and ...


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As @Matt said it's not that significant because they can be used interchangeably (and are both used, I use our in prayer all the time when with other people). I wanted to address your comment to Matt's answer. Heavenly Father is used so often in a indirect manner because of the personal relationship LDS feel they have with God. If I was talking to my ...


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Searched the raccolata for bacon and came up empty. So I'd suspect if there is any bacon blessing, it is a private devotion. Although its adherents are clearly numerous. The official organization who evaluates popular piety is the Congregation for Divine Worship. And you can read tons about its rules here. I'd imagine that if this prayer were made ...


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In the Catholic Church, there are two "types" of worship. On the one hand, there are the public liturgies of the Church (primarily the Mass and the Liturgy of the Hours); on the other hand, there are all other devotions. These are known as private devotions, and, for the most part, are not subject to rules specifying how they are to be prayed. We see this ...


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The Roman Catholic definition of prayer just means to communicate to God or the saints. To "pray" to a deity is to ask the deity for something, which involves communication. This is different from worship, which means to honor or show respect. Because a prayer means communication and worship means respect, prayer may be an act of worship or reverence. When ...


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He prayed in public over the fish and bread, "Jesus then took the loaves, and having given thanks..." [John 6:11a]. The "high priestly prayer" of John 17 starts, "Jesus spoke these things; and lifting up His eyes to heaven, He said..." Given that He also taught in the synagogues, it seems highly likely He prayed frequently in public (though never to "be ...


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Many Christian groups practice this. It's quite common. So much so, that it's considered ordinary among many groups. It's especially common in Charismatic groups, but it's also found in more conservative groups such as Baptists. From Joyful Heart Ministries: To classic Pentecostals lifting the hands in praise and prayer is second nature, flowing ...


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Perhaps it is because of this confusion that you describe that your title and body do not really seem to match. I will try to clear up this confusion and answer your underlying question. The question seems to be: "Why are Christians not more concerned with ritual and seem so divided on what they should do as Christians? Why are they so different from the ...


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Q1: I understand Wesleyan perfectionism to be rather more amiable than often assumed. The theory is not that a Christian shall attain to an utter and persistent inerrancy. It is that a moment of pure faith in God is possible and in that moment, for as long as it lasts, there is nothing in which that Christian is morally at fault: past sins are forgiven or ...


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We know that God listens to and answers our prayers: Matthew 7:7: "Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you." John 14:13: "And whatever you ask in my name, I will do it, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son." Psalm 116:1: "I love the LORD because he hears and answers my prayers." Matthew ...


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Let's break down the scriptures you used. This kind... In Matthew 12:45 we read that there is a demonic hierarchy. Some demons are more wicked, or more powerful, than others. Matthew 12:45 Then goeth he, and taketh with himself seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and they enter in and dwell there: and the last state of that man is worse ...


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Group prayer is actually encouraged, but I have to mention that group prayer shouldn't replace private prayer. KJV - Matthew 18,18-20 18 Verily I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever ye shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven. 19 Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth ...


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Group prayer is powerful. Group prayer is natural. Group prayer is necessary. Christians are to grow in their faith by being in a community of believers. "Lone Ranger Christians" are out of place both in the body of Christ and in a local body of believers. We need one another. We complement one another. We exercise our spiritual gifts in the context and ...


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Each year, the Vatican announces the Pope's Intentions for the year ahead (see e.g. http://www.ewtn.com/faith/papalprayer.htm ) - so by praying for the intentions the last Supreme Pontiff indicated for that month, surely you are praying for the Pope's Intentions, even when there is no current Pope?


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You have to remember that the Old Testament canon was not set by Christians. but Jews. The RCC Old Testament canon is that of the Septuagint, a Greek translation of the Jewish Holy Scriptures done by Jews in the third century before Christ, and by extension, before the church was even thought of. Back then, the Jewish canon obviously included these extra ...


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This is not complicated; just Pray. We know that The Lord knows our heart, as he is all knowing. If you prefer to kneel or assume a biblical Praying Position that is fine. If you prefer Praying lying in bed, this is fine as well. There are many people who have no other choice but to Pray lying down. The quadrapelegics have found out that Praying to The ...


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The New American Bible (used at the Catholic Mass) uses the "Holy Hands" translation and that's a pretty 1-to-1 translation from the Latin puras manus don't know about the greek, but other Bibles translate it as hands that are sanctified which means the same thing, but certainly reads differently and might have a different connotative meaning. In ...



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