That's interesting. As Catholics we pray to God, the Supreme Being who made all things, Our Father who art in heaven. Now you are telling me that in the Holy Orthodox Church you do not pray to the Supreme Being who made all things, you do not pray to Our Father who art in heaven, but to someone different?
And what about Mary, the Holy Theotokos and Mother of God. As Catholics many of us pray to Mary, the Mother of God and the Holy Theotokos every day? Do you pray to a different person or do you pray to the same Holy Mary, Mother of God as Catholics?
I just wanted to voice a slight objection to how the Roman Catholics who seem to hold the Mother of God in such high esteem....refer to her on such a familiar basis as simply "Mary". I've heard this a number of times and it offends me.
Just a couple of weeks ago I was at a function where a Byzantine Catholic priest stood up for the closing prayer and then gave a few words. His constant referral to "Maria" just irritated me. Maria, who? Fraulein Maria?
As for the Holy Trinity, isn't the correct understanding of the relation between all Three important?
For example, if you have a family of three individuals....the entire family "structure" depends on their relation to one another. They could be both parents and a child, 3 siblings, a grandparent, parent and grandchild, cousins, etc.
Isn't the correct understanding of their relationship to one another a major factor in our relationship and understanding of them?
I explain the Holy Trinity in simple words to my little students.
God the Father is the candle. Christ is the Light of the world, and thereby the flame. God the Holy Spirit works invisibly and is felt not seen, therefore, He is the heat emitted by the candle. Yet, both flame and heat are an integral part of the candle. The candle is the source of both.