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Offline HeruvimTajno

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Imagery in Prayer confusion
« on: August 19, 2011, 01:18:10 AM »
I'm a Roman Catholic so obviously I'm used to the use of imagery in prayer. (Yes, I'm aware it's not patristic, don't scold me.)

I'm a bit confused, in Orthodox prayer are no mental images to be used ever or is it with specific types of prayer such as the Jesus prayer? Since iconography is a very important part of Orthodox prayer (and RC, but ours are just three dimensional. :D), does this mean use of physical imagery is acceptable but nothing mental? Wouldn't you need your imagination to write hymns and poems? I'm a bit loss, please help this Latin. :P
Let us who mystically represent the cherubim and sing the thrice-holy hymn unto the life-giving Trinity now lay aside all earthly care. Amen. That we may receive the King of All escorted invisibly by angelic hosts. Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia.

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Re: Imagery in Prayer confusion
« Reply #1 on: August 19, 2011, 02:00:44 AM »