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« on: June 21, 2011, 11:19:37 AM »

As part of my daily prayer rule I do morning prayers as soon as I rise and evening prayers right before I go to bed.  And it so happens that when I say these prayers I am in my pajamas (regular PJs, a t shirt and some pajama bottoms).  Is there anything "impious" or inappropriate about this?  I never really thought about it until today.  Thanks!
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« Reply #1 on: June 21, 2011, 11:21:39 AM »

I don't think God would care whether we prayed in our best church clothes or while we were stranded out in the jungle covered in mud and filth. The importance lies in the prayer, not the appearance of the one who says it. Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: June 21, 2011, 11:32:59 AM »

As part of my daily prayer rule I do morning prayers as soon as I rise and evening prayers right before I go to bed.  And it so happens that when I say these prayers I am in my pajamas (regular PJs, a t shirt and some pajama bottoms).  Is there anything "impious" or inappropriate about this?  I never really thought about it until today.  Thanks!

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« Reply #3 on: June 21, 2011, 11:47:25 AM »

As part of my daily prayer rule I do morning prayers as soon as I rise and evening prayers right before I go to bed.
This is what is important. The rest is just an accounting of inconsequential details.
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« Reply #4 on: June 21, 2011, 12:37:44 PM »

Given that, IIRC, St. Mary of Egypt was naked in the desert for a lot of years, and given that she probably prayed quite a bit, I'd say pajamas aren't bad to pray in.
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« Reply #5 on: June 21, 2011, 05:15:19 PM »

I've started saying my morning prayers in my exercise clothes during the first several minutes out on my morning walk/jog (started walking/running about 2 months ago). Part of me feels funny doing this, but at the same time I was finding that I wasn't saying the prayers regularly before, where I am doing so more now. 
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« Reply #6 on: June 21, 2011, 05:51:44 PM »

I have been on this forum for several months and finally I give  up. What does IIRC mean?
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« Reply #7 on: June 21, 2011, 05:57:58 PM »

I have been on this forum for several months and finally I give  up. What does IIRC mean?

I always have to Google that one.  "If I remember correctly." 
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« Reply #8 on: June 21, 2011, 06:02:56 PM »

IIRC means If I Recall Correctly.

@the OP: Pajamas at home are cool. If you want to read a pajama controversy, check out this thread:
http://www.orthodoxchristianity.net/forum/index.php/topic,32797.0.html

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« Reply #9 on: June 21, 2011, 07:44:44 PM »

Given that, IIRC, St. Mary of Egypt was naked in the desert for a lot of years, and given that she probably prayed quite a bit, I'd say pajamas aren't bad to pray in.
She prayed so much she levitated from time to time.
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« Reply #10 on: June 21, 2011, 07:49:47 PM »

As part of my daily prayer rule I do morning prayers as soon as I rise and evening prayers right before I go to bed.  And it so happens that when I say these prayers I am in my pajamas (regular PJs, a t shirt and some pajama bottoms).  Is there anything "impious" or inappropriate about this?  I never really thought about it until today.  Thanks!

Any inclination which stops you from praying comes from the enemy and should be resisted.

I belong to the "it is better to be sloppily-dressed and comfortable and able to keep your mind/heart on God than to be formally dressed and uncomfortable, distracted by the itching of your collar or tightness of your belt" school of thought.

Pyjamas are also good for prostrations!
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« Reply #11 on: June 27, 2011, 04:58:15 AM »

If it would make you feel a little more "formal" why not wear a nice neatly belted long housecoat?
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« Reply #12 on: June 27, 2011, 07:23:38 AM »

Every morning I cast aside my pyjamas, those foul garments of iniquity, and don sackcloth.
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« Reply #13 on: June 27, 2011, 08:36:09 AM »

I almost always say my private prayers in pjs!

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« Reply #14 on: June 30, 2011, 02:10:02 AM »

I know there is a canon about this somewhere...
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« Reply #15 on: June 30, 2011, 11:17:18 AM »

Was it praying in pajamas in XIX Century Russia?  No, it was not, I am the telling you!

The only thing worse than praying in pajamas is healing on the Sabbath!

What is next?  Young people having the underwear showing in the streets and Liturgy in English?  Utter debauchery, I am the telling you!




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« Reply #16 on: June 30, 2011, 10:45:00 PM »

That's way too funny.  Cheesy

(I say my prayers in my nightclothes all the time.)
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« Reply #17 on: June 30, 2011, 11:47:20 PM »

Every morning I cast aside my pyjamas, those foul garments of iniquity, and don sackcloth.
I'm relieved that I'm not the only one.   laugh Grin
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« Reply #18 on: June 30, 2011, 11:50:27 PM »

John the Baptist wore camel hair.  We need to do the same. police
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« Reply #19 on: June 30, 2011, 11:51:53 PM »

I used to pray in my "GAME OVER" t-shirt (my husband I wore them the week of my wedding) until I was struck with a bolt of lightning. And I thought He was zapping me for my awful Greek pronunciation!
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« Reply #20 on: June 30, 2011, 11:52:45 PM »

John the Baptist wore camel hair.  We need to do the same. police

This is true!  I also recall a saint (can't think of his name) who was a hermit, and nude.  After a time, his hair grew so long, it covered his body like clothing.  
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« Reply #21 on: June 30, 2011, 11:54:06 PM »

I used to pray in my "GAME OVER" t-shirt (my husband I wore them the week of my wedding) until I was struck with a bolt of lightning. And I thought He was zapping me for my awful Greek pronunciation!

Ok, now I'm afraid.  I will be a little more careful when trying to stumble through the Ukrainian half of my prayer book tonight... Wink
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« Reply #22 on: July 01, 2011, 11:21:24 AM »

This is true!  I also recall a saint (can't think of his name) who was a hermit, and nude.  After a time, his hair grew so long, it covered his body like clothing.  

St Onouphrius the Great.
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« Reply #23 on: July 01, 2011, 11:39:10 AM »

What grown man wears PJs?

This ain't the 1950s, or are PJs like head coverings an Orthodox Tradition?
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« Reply #24 on: July 01, 2011, 11:56:17 AM »

I believe I remember a verse somewhere saying "Approach the throne boldly and with Spider-Man underoos....."

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« Reply #25 on: July 13, 2011, 01:13:39 AM »

This is true!  I also recall a saint (can't think of his name) who was a hermit, and nude.  After a time, his hair grew so long, it covered his body like clothing. 

St Onouphrius the Great.
Also St Gebre Menfes Qudus of Ethiopia:
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« Reply #26 on: July 13, 2011, 01:14:39 AM »

That is some amazing hair, let me tell ya.
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« Reply #27 on: July 13, 2011, 10:45:34 AM »

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« Reply #28 on: July 13, 2011, 11:04:37 AM »

I usually just pray at home in a t-shirt and the basketball shorts I usually wear around the house. It doesn't matter what we wear. When we are before God, we are naked spiritually. He sees into our heart and we cannot hide anything from Him. All is visible to Him and I don't think He will care what we wear when we pray in our home. What matters more to Him is what our heart is wearing.
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