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|Part of the series Mirianism|
|‘Idtā d-Madniiḥā d-Miryin|
|1||Foundations of Faith|
|*||Discussion on Mirianism|
Christian prayer varies from situation to situation. Prayer maybe in the form of worship or an act of need, be it good health, spiritual guidance from the Holy Spirit, confession, or an act of reparation. Mirian prayer (ṣluwta’), in particular, is mostly an act of devotion and growth through "Christ-realization". A prayer can never be a real prayer if it is not completely understood by the one who is praying it. It is dangerous to ask for something in prayer if one does not know what he/she is really asking for, or if it is worth praying for. The saying "prayer feeds the soul" is true in a sense that it brings us closer and to realization of God.
Prayer in the Early Church
Many people within the early church were mostly of Jewish background and history, so a large portion of the private prayers of its members were in Hebrew and resembled the common Jewish service. Praying three times a day became the common practice of a church member at the time, but it was not yet a practice encouraged among a group of people. Yeshwa encouraged his followers to pray in the privacy of their own homes, and not try to impress others with their piety.
Liturgical prayer (also called "Devotion" or segduw) is often used to cultivate peacefulness, love, faith, charity, friendship, forgiveness, and warmth. Use of prayer beads (gediyl) and head coverings (ṭalliyt) is equally important to devotional prayer in that the items symbolize concentration and humility (humbleness).
Since the Mirian Church adheres to a liturgical tradition, it uses specific prayers adjusted to the season of the Liturgical Year. Moveable feast days such as Yaoldo (Christmas), Peškā (Passover), and other days of Holy Week, have services devoted to prayer before any type of feast begins.
Prayer to saints
In Mirianism, prayer to saints can be in the form of veneration or a request of intercession. Saints (ṣadiyk) are regarded as examples to be followed and are believed to be able to help mortals on earth if they are asked for (Luke 16:19-31, James 5:16). Some passages from the Book of Revelation, such as 5:8 and 8:3-4, show that there was an early belief in the effective prayer of all saints, living and dead. Invoking the heavenly hosts is an even more ancient practice, as recorded in the Psalms 103:20-21 and 148:1-2.
Prayer for the dead
The tradition of Prayer for the Dead is derived from books within the Mirian canon, but traditions passed on by those books which have inspired them are still practiced within the Mirian Church. One of the most famous of scriptures supporting the practice of praying for the dead is 2 Maccabees. As with the Mirian Church, 2 Maccabees is still considered canonical by some liturgical Churches today, including the Roman Catholic and Orthodox Churches. Other scriptures, not widely accepted as canonical by some (e.g. Modern Jews, Protestants), that seem to warrant praying for the dead include the Book of Tobit (4:18) and the Book of Sirach (7:37). The book of Tobit is included in the Mirian Church canon. Practitioners in the Apostolic age (circa 33 AD - 100 AD), such as St. Paul and hypothetical followers of him, encouraged not only prayer for the dead, but "baptisms" for the dead also (1 Corinthians 15:29 and 2 Timothy 1:16-18).
Vocal prayer, in Mirianism, is prayer made with the lips, may be loudly (within Liturgical recitation) or silently (within contemplative prayer). Practices of vocal prayer include:
- Renouncing distraction, often by closing the eyes
- Presenting oneself by bowing the head, placing hands together or lifting them upward, or making the sign of the cross
- Making a request and/or give praise for grace, enlightenment, assistance or just praising and thanking God
- Invoking the name of Jesus Christ, or the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
- Closing, often with "Amiin"
Meditative prayer (Hēghāyā) is used to focus on the teachings recited in the Gospel and of the saints. Meditation is also used to come into mystical communion with God, and to be at peace with one's self. Mother Teresa said "We all need time for silence, to reflect and to pray."
Certain physical gestures often accompany Mirian prayer, including the sign of the cross. Kneeling, bowing and prostrations are often practiced in more traditional branches of Christianity. At other times the older orans posture may be used, with palms up and elbows in.
- ↑ Prayer in Christianity
- ↑ Ibid.
- ↑ Ibid.
- ↑ Teresa, Mother. Meditations From A Simple Path. New York: The Random House Pulishing Group, 1996.
- ↑ Prayer in Christianity