- Mar 14, 2017
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- Alphaville Zone Sud
This is superb, this message needs to be heard, and I literally cannot find a word sufficient to express the enormous gratitude I feel for your timely posts reminding us of all of this, in a compact manner. You are the true champion of genuine Orthodoxy in the face of the dangerous imposter of Netodoxy, a dismal shadow of the Orthodox faith formed by reading a few poorly written articles by heretics and misguided fanatics, combined with certain dangerously inaccurate 20th century books which propagate erroneous myths about our religion and what it entails.Iconodule said:While I brood on my prospective essay, I'll just make a few points I've made before, that seem lost on a lot of folks here:
- The rosary is not a parallel practice to hesychastic prayer. That is not its origin or intended purpose. The rosary emerged as a way for laymen to easily perform the divine office, AKA the hours. Treating the rosary as a parallel or rival practice to the prayer of the heart/ Jesus prayer is stupid.
-If we are to use the terminology of the desert fathers and Philokalic authors, the rosary is psalmody, not prayer. Psalmody and prayer are distinct practices within the spiritual life, both regarded as important. One is discursive and varied, the other is utterly simple and focused. If you don't know the difference then you have no business talking about imagination and prayer since you have no idea what either word entails in the context of Orthodox spirituality.
-Meditation on sacred events is something built into the liturgical cycle as well as a necessary aspect of reading scripture and viewing icons. If you attend church and listen to hymns about the annunciation, nativity, etc. you will meditate on these events. In the Philokalia several authors, including Evagrius Pontikos, advocate a vivid reflection on death and the last judgment. St Mark the Ascetic recommends meditating on the life of Jesus and all his saving acts. This is not just a blip in the radar, either. Centuries later, St Nicholas Cabasilas advocates meditating on the life of Jesus as a constant activity for all people. Shouting "prelest" and "idolatry" any time such meditations arise in Catholic practice reflects ignorance or hypocrisy.