Re: Written prayers
- About written prayers
Concentration is just something that most of us cannot have all the time. Whatever you say, you cannot concentrate on one thing for more than ten minutes. Your mind escapes from your grip. Honestly speaking, are you fully immersed in the holy mass from the start to the finish? Doesn't your mind drift away unknowingly? Don't the modulation of recitation of prayers, the chimes of the bell, crossing, frequent kurialaayisson and Amen bring you back to the holy service from the wandering of your mind? So, written prayers will help you hold on to or at least come back to the presence of God. Please remember in a congregation, all the people are not capable of full time concentration. For such people a written prayer in their hands will help them remember they are in the presence of God. This is the advantage of having a written prayer as an object in your hand.
Also remember, Jesus Himself has understood that many people do not know how to pray, and the result is, as you know, Our Lord's Prayer. So, if an ignoramus is guided, there is nothing wrong in it. Man first imitates and then shows his originality.
As long as written prayers are based upon the cardinal principles of Christianity, this whole issue is much ado about nothing. Let the poor people depend upon written prayers. You wiseacre, talk to God straight in your own wonderful verbosity.
V P George
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