Re: Interfaith prayer (was Copts and Armenians too now! Archbishop Mark leads the)
- Dear Dimitra and list,
I agree with your interpretation of what does/does not constitute
ecumenical prayer. For example, on one occasion I led an akathist prayer to
the Theotokos among a group of Catholic ladies who meet regularly to recite
the Rosary. They were unfamiliar with the beauty and variety of the language
used in Orthodox worship, and were moved by this devotion to the Mother of
God in a format and melody they were not accustomed to. Some asked for
copies for use at home. If this constituted ecumenical prayer, then how
would we be able to witness our faith to others?
> 1c. Re: Copts and Armenians too now! Archbishop Mark leads the
> Posted by: "DDD" dimitradd@... ochichernie2
> Date: Thu Mar 1, 2007 8:05 pm ((PST))
> I could be wrong, but I understand "praying with heretics" to generally mean "praying along with them at THEIR services." The Akathist to the Mother of God is a completely Orthodox service or prayer. It was written by Orthodox. That, in itself, as far as I am concerned, "leads" the prayer by the Orthodox. Anyone can come into our church, for example, during the Akathist and sing along--be he a Copt or an atheist, and that will not make it an "ecumenical" service: *they* are praying *our* prayers.
> Now, if they all were singing something heretical, that would be a different matter.
> --Dimitra Dwelley
> On Thu, 01 Mar 2007 18:45:40 -0000, Athanasios Jayne wrote:
>>> "The Meeting of Orthodox Choirs" on the Triumph of
> Orthodoxy concluded by the late evening singing of an
> akathist to the Mother of God in Greek, which was sung
> by everyone in attendance (approximately 300 persons)
> with notes and texts prepared in advance. <<
> The Akathist to the Theotokos is a form of prayer.
> To sing this prayer together with Armenians and Copts,
> in an equal manner (that is, without the Orthodox
> *leading* the prayer), would be contrary to the holy
> Canons which absolutely forbid praying with heretics.