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« on: May 26, 2011, 10:13:15 PM »

I've been doing some research recently on western sacramentals, particularly the rosary and the scapular, including their history and use as well as the theological implications and teachings about them.

In so doing, I've started to wonder about the use of western sacramentals and devotions by the Western Orthodox. My search has been less than fruitful. While information is available on Orthodox use of the rosary, I've found less information about Orthodox use of novenas, scapulars and other traditionally western devotions. While many of these sacramentals and devotions in the Roman Catholic Church have non-Orthodox elements, so does the full Roman use of the rosary, and yet it has been used in an Orthodox manner amongst the Western Rite (and promulgated by church leaders and saints, including St. Seraphim of Sarov).

So, I was wondering if anyone knows (especially any of our WR Orthodox) of an Orthodox use of usually western sacramentals and devotions, such as novenas, scapulars, chaplets and medals? I appreciate your knowledge! Grin
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« Reply #1 on: May 26, 2011, 10:55:58 PM »

I don't personally know anyone that utilizes these, although there are a handful of novenas in the St Ambrose Prayer Book, IIRC. Perhaps some of our Gregorian parishes use them, having more of a RC background as opposed to an Anglican one.

The only such thing my parish regularly offers is the Rosary.
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« Reply #2 on: May 26, 2011, 11:47:09 PM »

No scapulars used in the Western rite then?
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« Reply #3 on: May 27, 2011, 11:21:30 AM »

so does the full Roman use of the rosary

Could you explain this? Maybe I don't know what the full Roman use of the rosary is. As of yet I have been unable to find something unorthodox about the rosary.

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