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Christ the Bridegroom

« 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. Cheesy), 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. Tongue

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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« Reply #1 on: August 19, 2011, 02:00:44 AM »

This is discussed a little bit here:


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