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There is indeed much evidence that silent prayer was taught and practiced in the early church. Several examples from the first few centuries will demonstrate this: Clement of Alexandria (150–215) writes: Prayer is, then, to speak more boldly, converse with God. Though whispering, consequently, and not opening the lips, we speak in silence, yet we cry ...


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There are two main Protestant arguments against asking the deceased saints to intercede for us: It is seen as contradicting the Bible's prohibition on contacting the dead. These are found most clearly in the Jewish Law, which is not binding on Christians, but is still considered to be solid wisdom in this case. Do not turn to mediums or seek out ...


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The point of this passage is that the petitioner is asking for Mary, Theotokos, to pray to her Son, Jesus Christ, to assist them at that time, and at their death. It is hoped that her prayer and support will assist with the life of the petitioner, and assist them with grace to meet the Lord with final perseverance and strength. While the process of death ...


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The difficulty in answering this question is that the liturgy of the early Church was largely oral in nature, and so we contain virtually no records from the early Church itself regarding what it exactly did in its own liturgy. Contrary to the author who posted the quote you use, if we have evidence of the Lord's Prayer in use even several centuries later ...


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Prayers that are supposed to automatically release souls from purgatory are "declared to be apocryphal" (i.e. false) and are prohibited, according to the Acts of the Holy See 32 p.243, as promulgated by Pope Leo XIII. Reiicienda sunt folia, et libelli, in quibus promittitur fidelibus unam alteramve precem recitantibus liberatio unius vel plurium animarum ...


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Part of the answer can be found in Colossians 1:24. Now I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake, and in my flesh I complete what is lacking in Christ's afflictions for the sake of his body, that is, the Church. The question a Christian must answer is, "What is lacking in Christ's afflictions?" I think most would agree that nothing at all is lacking, ...


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As far as the Hebrew הִתְפַּלֵּל (hitpallēl) goes, I’m pretty sure1 the only example of prayer clearly directed at people (rather than God/gods) is Isaiah 45:14, which doesn’t come across as "pray" in most translations I’ve looked at, presumably because the idea is troubling. Thus says the LORD: “The wealth of Egypt and the merchandise of Cush, ...


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First of all, God is the one who decides which prayers he answers, not us. I take it for granted that he hears all prayers, and it would be presumptuous to say prayers addressed to X go unheard. Nevertheless, Christ taught that we ought to pray the Father, in his name. Let's just do it and not wonder whether he will answer other people's prayers or not. ...


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There are very few issues on which "Christians" would come to (near) unanimous agreement about, but there is a high probability that you've found one here: Could the OCD behaviours of an atheist be (legitimately) considered as prayer? 99.9% of Christians would say No. cf. Matthew 6:5-15 for what actually does constitute Christian prayer.


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I am a WELS Lutheran. The idea that we refuse to pray with other Christians is a carricature of us. It is not totally accurate. My pastor says that public prayer is always off limits but private prayer is something that requires a bit of discretion. I have a good example of something that happened in our church. The parocial school that is attached to ...


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1883. The earliest printed example I have found specifically referring to the acronym ACTS is from a serial story by "Marion Harland" (Mary Virginia Terhune) that was printed in an August 8, 1883 publication of the periodical The Continent: Our Mr. Burgess once informed a youthful theologue in my hearing that "the monosyllable 'ACTS' formed an excellent ...


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Ravi Zacharias sort of assumes (but I don't think ever tries to prove) that God is sovereign, and in that sovereignty has decided to give us wills of our own. To begin the chapter "Does Prayer Make Any Difference?" in Zacharias' book Has Christianity Failed You? Zacharias states that Christianity does not promise that you will have every question fully ...


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The spacing on the beads are the same in both directions. You do not even need beads, I use an app on my phone, i'm techno savy. You can use your fingers and keep track of the mysteries that way. I have prayed the Rosary many times before Mass, hardly anyone has the beads as they pray together. There are many ways to pray the Rosary. Many things to ...


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One clue to the meaning comes from the introductory words to the prayer: Through Mary’s unblemished hands and the Divine Heart of Jesus, I offer... In other words, the pray-er is only able to offer what he offers through someone else's action or intercession. In this case, the reason we are able to offer Jesus' sacrifice is because it was done on our ...


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The Tie Between Luther and Augustine Luther entered an Augustinian monastery when he became a monk, so it is not surprising that he was heavily influenced by Augustine. An excellent survey of the one real letter we have of Augustine's that treats his overall view of prayer (not specifically applied to the study of the Bible) is in the 4 Principles on ...


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Euan Cameron says, in Interpreting Christian History, page 126-7, the early Church had no cult of saints, but around the time of the persecutions, Christians began to commemorate their martyrs, to inspire their successors and protect their memory. A little later, some Church Fathers decided that the saints must still feel the same concern for the faithful ...


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As an earlier respondent noted, Stephen prayed to the Lord Jesus at the moment of his death. Other examples of prayers directed to Jesus include Peter, while attempting to walk on water, and the disciples on the boat when Jesus calmed the storm. 28 And Peter answered him and said, Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee on the water. 29 And he said, ...


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It seems the "anything" is to apply to the binding and loosing. Those two or three, or more, who have come and gathered in agreement to discipline the unrepentant person, they are asking that in accordance with their conclusion, that person is to be bound, removed from fellowship. Understanding that, you then have to speculate what is God's part in this ...


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Thanks for your question. While the Wikipedia page is an adequate description, I recommend you also look at the webpage of the Christian Science church itself to see how they describe their own beliefs to the public, Www.ChristianScience.com. And you can refer to Science & Health with Key to the Scriptures, by Mary Baker Eddy for the complete explanation ...


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I think the Biblical model of meditation is not to do with emptying your mind, but on filling your mind with the good things of God. There are plenty examples in Psalms: Ps 119: 15 I meditate on your precepts . . . Ps 119: 97 Oh, how I love your law! I meditate on it all day long. Ps 77: 12 I will consider all your works and meditate on all your mighty ...


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What is the Biblical argument used by Evangelical Christians against the Catholic doctrine of the invocation of the saints? We can see a principle of equality with other Christians (and even angels) in our work for the Lord that would preclude elevated status for some. Revelation 19:10 And I fell at his feet to worship him. And he said unto me, See ...


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You already mentioned that you had seen support for this in the Apocrypha (otherwise known as the Deuterocannonical text). As such, it became a Tradition to ask the Saints for intercessory prayers, because of the belief that they can in fact pray for us. And on top of that... my question is if there is biblical authority to support the proposition ...


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I did a little research and I found some answers. Through his intercessory ministry in heaven and through the Mass, Jesus continues to offer himself to his Father as a living sacrifice, and he does so in what the Church specifically states is "an unbloody manner"—one that does not involve a new crucifixion. "Do this in remembrance of me" can also ...


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This might be semi-authoritative since it comes straight from the only approved Marian apparition site in the United States. Up near Green Bay, Wisconsin there is an outdoor rosary walk with the opposite mysteries for people of the sinister disposition. For instance, when you walk around clockwise, you see 1st glorious mystery, 1st luminous. Etc... On a ...


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To me, this question boils down to the following: Is it logically possible that "prayers for the past" or "retroactive prayers" are efficacious, given a Reformed perspective In other words, does it make any sense (either logically or theologically) to pray for something which might already be "set in stone" as a part of history. I address that in the ...


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The question correctly emphasizes that intercession of the saints and invocation of the saints are not the same doctrines. Both are taught in Catholicism but only the former is taught in Evangelical Christianity. The New Testament is explicit that the saints in heaven intercedes for the saints on earth: "And the smoke of the incense of the prayers of ...


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I don't think there's any official C of E doctrine about this. I think it's worth remembering that prayer is not any kind of magic spell, and that the Almighty is not bound by space and time. Conversing with the Lord about what you'd like to happen is one thing; being disgruntled when you don't get what you asked for, as if the Lord were a genie from a ...


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There is a canon law prohibiting common prayer with heretics. It therefore depends on who is interpreting the relationships between denominations. The particular priest most probably has the conviction that Christians that are in communion with Rome are heretics. Others will tell you a different story. Hope that this clarifies more than it adds more ...


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To those who read the scriptures, Blessed Virgin Mary was one of those who meditated. Luke 2:51 says ".... and his mother kept all these things in her heart." (RSV) . Some other editions indeed use the word "meditated on " in lieu of "kept in mind". How would Mary have meditated on the events involving Jesus ? By sitting still for long hours ? No, a humble ...


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I'm a Catholic, so I guess you can take my words with a grain of salt, but I think the defining feature of Christian meditation is the focus on God through Grace. From my point of view, the physical techniques that the, say, Buddhists use are not wrong per se, but rather are just things humans can do to help them contemplate something. Since Buddhists and ...



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