I understand that the Roman Church has valid sacraments. there is a Catholic Church within short walking distance of my dad's house with eucharistic adoration. can I go and pray with my (Orthodox) prayer books before our Lord there? a friend is suffering liver failure, and I feel that I really need to do this, if it is OK.
Well, the can 'o worms picture speaks volumes, as witnessed by the discussion here. There isn't much that I have to add, other than A) God knows your heart; B) Icon corners are GREAT; C) the space and atmosphere of a chapel of eucharistic adoration lend themselves to quiet, peaceful, uninterrupted prayer, meditation, (and the occasional quiet nap
); D) I once had a priest (Orthodox) who advised that it presented no problem whatsoever to pray in a chapel of eucharistic adoration (but then, he's not a priest anymore, either
); E) I certainly wouldn't have a problem doing so--God knows my heart, too!; F) Good advice to check with your priest; G) God will hear your prayer *wherever* you are when you pray--in fact, He probably knows your prayer before you even consciously formulate it--remember, God doesn't need our prayers, prayer is for *us* and those for whom we pray.
As for the whole issue of who recognizes who's sacraments as "valid", I would only say that Orthodox Christians are welcome to pray, worship, AND commune with Catholics. Just ask any Catholic priest. The "courtesy", if you want to call it that, is not reciprocated by the Orthodox. (I'll probably get into hot water here for saying that