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Offline JLatimer

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Prostrations, in and out of church
« on: April 11, 2010, 12:54:45 AM »
I know prostrations are nixed from Pascha to Pentecost in church, but what about during private prayers at home? Should one also not do prostrations at home during this season?
1 Samuel 25:22 (KJV)
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Re: Prostrations, in and out of church
« Reply #1 on: April 11, 2010, 09:41:53 AM »
Christ is Risen !
     On Pascha our priest told us to basically nix all prostrations untill after Pentecost
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Re: Prostrations, in and out of church
« Reply #2 on: April 11, 2010, 10:17:51 AM »
I know prostrations are nixed from Pascha to Pentecost in church, but what about during private prayers at home? Should one also not do prostrations at home during this season?

Why?  Hasn't Christ risen in your home?

Prostrations are not to be done anywhere until Vespers on Pentacost, when the deacon says "let us bow the knee" and the priest prays the prayers of the Church callling on the Holy Spirit to come down on us.  In Arabic, Pentacost is also called "Prostration/Worship [the same word means both] Sunday."

In Aramaic, Hebrew, Arabic, Greek etc. the word for resurrection also means to stand up. Standing up we say "Christ is risen!" and so we too shall rise.

So stand up for Jesus, and proclaim His holy Resurrection!
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Re: Prostrations, in and out of church
« Reply #3 on: April 11, 2010, 02:01:54 PM »
So stand up for Jesus, and proclaim His holy Resurrection!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dIuBihdxSSA

Stand up, stand up for Jesus
As soldiers of the cross.
Lift high his royal banner;
It must not suffer loss.
From victory unto victory
His army he shall lead
Till every foe is vanquished
And Christ is Lord indeed.

Stand up, stand up for Jesus;
The trumpet call obey;
Stand forth in mighty conflict
In this his glorious day.
Let all his faithful serve him
Against unnumbered foes;
Let courage rise with danger
And strength to strength oppose.

Stand up, stand up for Jesus;
Stand in his strength alone;
The arm of flesh will fail you,
You dare not trust your own.
Put on the Gospel armor;
Each piece put on with prayer.
Where duty calls or danger,
Be never wanting there.

Stand up, stand up for Jesus;
The strife will not be long;
This day the din of battle,
The next the victor’s song.
The soldiers, overcoming,
Their crown of life shall see
And with the King of glory
Shall reign eternally.

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Re: Prostrations, in and out of church
« Reply #4 on: April 12, 2010, 02:16:40 AM »
So stand up for Jesus, and proclaim His holy Resurrection!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dIuBihdxSSA

Stand up, stand up for Jesus
As soldiers of the cross.
Lift high his royal banner;
It must not suffer loss.
From victory unto victory
His army he shall lead
Till every foe is vanquished
And Christ is Lord indeed.

Stand up, stand up for Jesus;
The trumpet call obey;
Stand forth in mighty conflict
In this his glorious day.
Let all his faithful serve him
Against unnumbered foes;
Let courage rise with danger
And strength to strength oppose.

Stand up, stand up for Jesus;
Stand in his strength alone;
The arm of flesh will fail you,
You dare not trust your own.
Put on the Gospel armor;
Each piece put on with prayer.
Where duty calls or danger,
Be never wanting there.

Stand up, stand up for Jesus;
The strife will not be long;
This day the din of battle,
The next the victor’s song.
The soldiers, overcoming,
Their crown of life shall see
And with the King of glory
Shall reign eternally.
Is this something you hope will contribute substantially to this thread?
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Re: Prostrations, in and out of church
« Reply #5 on: April 12, 2010, 03:09:37 AM »
So stand up for Jesus, and proclaim His holy Resurrection!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dIuBihdxSSA

Stand up, stand up for Jesus

 LOL. :)  I think you have contributed substantially to this thread, Alveus!  Keep up the humor and good work! 
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Re: Prostrations, in and out of church
« Reply #6 on: April 21, 2010, 11:28:41 AM »
The Russian Old-Rite has appointed times when prostrations are always made such as at "It is truly meet . . .". What happens during the Paschal season is that many of the normally required prostrations are lightened to a bow from the waist.

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Re: Prostrations, in and out of church
« Reply #7 on: April 21, 2010, 03:23:43 PM »
Is this something you hope will contribute substantially to this thread?

Are you asking as a moderator or as an annoying person?
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Re: Prostrations, in and out of church
« Reply #8 on: April 21, 2010, 03:29:58 PM »
Is this something you hope will contribute substantially to this thread?

Are you asking as a moderator or as an annoying person?
Neither.  I just hope you'll give us some insight as to how your quote of a Protestant hymn contributes to discussion of the subject of prostrations, since you didn't qualify this when you submitted your post.
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Re: Prostrations, in and out of church
« Reply #9 on: April 22, 2010, 05:00:17 PM »
I never witnessed any layman doing a prostration during my entire childhood.

I know some won't like me saying this, but, the truth is that the pews in the church prevented it.

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Re: Prostrations, in and out of church
« Reply #10 on: April 23, 2010, 01:42:19 AM »
I never witnessed any layman doing a prostration during my entire childhood.

I know some won't like me saying this, but, the truth is that the pews in the church prevented it.
Not necessarily so. Back home we didn't have any pews, that doesn't mean people were rushing to do too many prostrations.

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Re: Prostrations, in and out of church
« Reply #11 on: April 23, 2010, 01:35:05 PM »
Back home we didn't have any pews, that doesn't mean people were rushing to do too many prostrations.

There's a difference between not being able to do something and choosing not to.