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« on: January 17, 2011, 08:21:46 PM »

do non-Orthodox denominations practice prayer rules?  do they pray in the mornings and evenings?

when I was going to a Roman Catholic Church, there was no talk at all about private prayer. Orthodoxy was the first place I had heard of praying every day, and I absolutly loved it..  I would never be able to go without having some sort of prayer rule. 

is this commen in other denominations?
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« Reply #1 on: January 17, 2011, 08:26:58 PM »

Coming from a Protestant background you would probably pray before eating dinner, maybe pray if you were in danger, have a prayer in Church, and that's about it.

No rule basically, do what you want...it's just a mental excercise.
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« Reply #2 on: January 17, 2011, 08:38:47 PM »

I have some old Psalter Hymnals (Dutch Reformed) from the early 20th century, and in the back they have morning and evening prayers, prayers at table, and for other occasions. I don't know how many people used them as a daily rule, but they were available and intended as such.

My own family didn't use the hymnal texts, but we did always pray before bedtime and before and after meals.
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« Reply #3 on: January 17, 2011, 08:47:13 PM »

I have some old Psalter Hymnals (Dutch Reformed) from the early 20th century, and in the back they have morning and evening prayers, prayers at table, and for other occasions. I don't know how many people used them as a daily rule, but they were available and intended as such.

My own family didn't use the hymnal texts, but we did always pray before bedtime and before and after meals.

interesting, thanks!  I feel bad about this, but I do so wish I was raised in a more religous home.  it would have been a blessing to sit down and pray with my family, instead of making fun of those "stupid catholics praying the beads".
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« Reply #4 on: January 17, 2011, 10:57:34 PM »

Many Evangelical families will have a devotional time, usually after the evening meal or at bedtime. It will typically consist of reading a passage of Scripture (lots of guides are available), perhaps with some commentary attached, and then a prayer time.

Individuals are usually encouraged to have a private devotional time at least once a day, morning or evening.

I knew (and know) many Evangelical families and individuals who are very faithful in keeping these times and were certainly as pious in that regard as any Orthodox layperson. My own personal experience was "usually". It really wasn't a big leap for me to find these things encouraged in Orthodoxy. What I have appreciated is a stricter format, rather than praying whatever comes into my head - and is too frequently very self-centred and self-serving.
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« Reply #5 on: January 17, 2011, 11:39:20 PM »

Aside from Evangelical "pray what you feel like" devotional time (which I was raised in), there's also the Anglican Book of Common Prayer (descended from the Roman Breviary) which contains Morning and Evening Prayers.  A quick google search shows that Luther devised a simple morning and evening rule for his followers, as well.
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« Reply #6 on: January 18, 2011, 01:51:52 AM »

The RCC has the Liturgy of the Hours, which is expected to be prayed five times a day by clergy. I know several RC laypeople who do morning/evening/night prayer as their own private practice, and some who do a daily Rosary, but it is not required of the RC laity.
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« Reply #7 on: January 18, 2011, 02:29:02 AM »

The RCC has the Liturgy of the Hours, which is expected to be prayed five times a day by clergy. I know several RC laypeople who do morning/evening/night prayer as their own private practice, and some who do a daily Rosary, but it is not required of the RC laity.

It's called the Breviarium Romanum (for secular clergy), in it's traditional form and there are 8 offices (prime, lauds, terce, sext, none, vespers, compline and vigils [divided into 1st, 2nd and 3rd Nocturns]) 9 if you include the Mass which is referred to as the Holy Office. 7 in the novus ordo liturgy (no lauds) and they call it the Liturgy of the Hours. Several monastic groups have their own variations.

It's use mirrors our Canonical Hours in the weekly recitation of the psalter (monthly in the NO) with set and variable prayers, hymns and canticles for each hour.
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« Reply #8 on: January 18, 2011, 09:04:14 AM »

The Book of Common Prayer has many beautiful and edifying prayers.  Here is a thread about an Orthodox revision of it.  http://www.orthodoxchristianity.net/forum/index.php?topic=24362.0
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« Reply #9 on: January 18, 2011, 09:20:59 AM »

I never heard any talk about specific prayer rule during my Pentecostal days. There were of course a topics which were encouraged to be prayed but no specific set of prayers. But still prayer was highly encouraged and I find it really, really weird that there are Christian churches where private praying is not encouraged.
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« Reply #10 on: February 03, 2011, 09:51:31 PM »

When I was a Protestant we didn't have prayer rules, but we did sometimes call people prayer warriors.  angel They would have been horrified at the idea of reading out of a book or doing a set prayer rule--everything was supposed to be spontaneous. Which is interesting, because after a few weeks you could generally tell with 90% accuracy what people were going to pray when we did so in Church. "We thank you Father, and we just come to you Father, we pour our life out to you Father...etc." I'll give them credit for trying to get the people to pray though. They even had a prayer service on Saturday nights to serve as an alternative to going out and partying.
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« Reply #11 on: February 09, 2011, 03:10:00 AM »

I currently go to a Baptist church. My youth minister suggested creating a list of people you want to pray for every day and setting aside a time for it, but he didn't go so far as to suggest the prayers ought to be written out ahead of time. IIRC, The Book of Common Prayer contains a daily prayer rule, but I'm not sure how much it's used among modern Anglicans.
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