January 28, 2021

Open Thread: What’s Our Message?

So Evangelicals….what will be your version?


  1. I pray with PURPOSE (40 days that is)
    I pray when I pass a cop car
    I pray without ceasing [except during breaks]
    I pray in my sleep
    I prayed for my wife… to bad you didn’t
    I’m praying for you right now
    I fast between meals

    Now I’m just getting silly.

  2. I would say I pray the Jesus Prayer, but that’s probably not very evangelical of me. Sigh. I do have a tab open and saved to +Alan’s site with his rendition of Orthodox prayer beads trying to decide if I should purchase one.

  3. Does it count that I started praying it before I knew it was “The Jesus Prayer”?

    Hmmmm. Since I began the practice of “breath prayers” through reading Bro. Lawrence, probably not. Oh well.

  4. I put on my long flowing robe, find a busy street corner and recite, at the top of my lungs, Matthew 6:1-14 over and over again. I can even say it backwards.

  5. I pray badly. He still hears me.


    Cool mutton chops.


  6. I often sin … I pray for mercy and forgiveness

    Cause God is gracious … I pray ‘thank you Jesus’

  7. Todd Erickson says

    Just ordered an Anglican Rosarie today. I’ve looked at the prayers for both the Catholic and the Anglican, and A. the Anglican is not so weird on Mary (There was a church we saw in Orlando this past week, the Shrine of Mary, Queen of the Universe. Um?) and B. much more flexible between prayers of thanksgiving, etc.

    I need, at some point, to go invest in the library it would take to figure out the offices, because I that they would be neat to invest in as well. Difficult from a Nazarene Background.

    I have messed with the centering prayers that Brennan Manning talks about, but i’m so type B that scheduling them is non-existent.

    Also very much enjoyed the book “Enjoying the presence of God”, which has interesting things to say about prayer.

  8. I pray.

  9. sue kephart says

    I teach a prayer class

  10. Dana Ames says

    Todd Erickson,
    try the Northumbria Community daily prayer- at least until you figure out if you want to do something else. No need to invest, it’s free on line:



  11. Todd Erickson,

    Here is another free (Catholic) Daily Office resource, also from the UK:


    Also available in a “pray as you go” version for Windows Mobile devices (ca $50) and the iPhone ($33), for a lot less money than the printed version.

    Very useful.

  12. I pray for the Pope’s intentions for this month 🙂


  13. I’d probably be better off praying, but I’m stuck in the blogosphere. 🙂

    Actually, I find prayer to be one of the hardest things for me. I too easily get distracted, whether I’m praying impromptu, following a book of hours or BCP, or praying the rosary. It’s really a frustrating thing, though I’m sure I just need a little “practice” at it, learning how to control my thoughts. I find myself most often praying that I’d be able to pray. There is the prayerful woman that I wish to be, and there is the wishful woman that I am.

  14. Dave138,
    In regards to your comments about the final prayer of the rosary, the “Hail, Holy Queen” aka “Salve Regina”: this is in the pattern of the many Catholic prayers. After praying to God, we often end with a final plea for Mary’s help and prayers, before going to bed or about our day. The rosary, for all its Ave Maria’s, is not considered to be a Marian prayer: it is Christ-centered with a Marian character, as John Paul II put it in his letter Rosarium Virginis Mariae.

    The final antiphon is a bit like asking Mary to “watch our back” with prayer while we aren’t praying ourselves. That’s why we ask for prayers “in the hour of our death” and “to bring us to Jesus after this exile”.

    The Office of Compline, the last one of the day, ends with one of four Marian antiphons, the Alma Redemptoris Mater, the Ave Regina, the Regina Caeli Laetare and the Salve Regina, depending on the season. In this post-Easter season, we sing the Salve Regina.

    It is also customary for Dominicans (and Franciscans too, I think) to chant the Salve Regina while a brother is dying, around his deathbed. Again, there is a sense that Mary can pray for us when we cannot ourselves.

    I also think there are very similar Marian final prayers in the Eastern Church, the post-eucharistic “Panagia”, I believe it is called. Perhaps Fr.Ernesto can fill us in?

  15. You, God, are the air I breath;
    You are Bread I eat…

  16. I looked up the Anglican Rosary. It looks like there are prayers that are said on each bead, but there are no mysteries. Is that correct?

  17. There are beautiful Eastern Marian prayers.

    I’m a little perplexed by the Catholic denomination of May as the month of Mary. We Orthodox celebrate the Dormition of the Most Holy Theotokos (Mother of God) the first two weeks of August, during which we fast and hold the services of the Paraklesis to the Most Holy Mother of God:


    I have come to look forward to those weeks of August as “Lady Days”. The priest is vested in blue and white (the colors of the Most Holy Mother of God, and, before her, of the Shekinah).

    It is good to see Mary-friendly Protestants.

  18. I read InternetMonk.com

    And in small letters below

    To better understand the post-Evangelical wilderness

  19. I am of iMonk

  20. MuleChewingBriars:
    We Latins also celebrate the Assumption of Our Lady on August 15th, and I’ve heard of some traditional Marian devotions falling in the 30 days after that feast, although I’ve never known it myself.

    But I think May is more popular because of its connection with the season of Spring and Mary’s connection with new life, the Incarnation. So the reason seems to be natural, not liturgical. Among the Greeks, May was connected with Artemis, the goddess of fecundity, and for the Romans, May was dedicated to Flora, the goddess of blooms. It is fitting that these mere shadows should be replaced by the true flower of new life, the lilium inter spinas, the virgin Mother of God. As a hymn says, O felix fecundata!

  21. MuleChewingBriars, that is a very good question, and one which inspired a poem by Gerard Manley Hopkins, “May Magnificat”:

    MAY is Mary’s month, and I
    Muse at that and wonder why:
    Her feasts follow reason,
    Dated due to season —

    Candlemas, Lady Day;
    But the Lady Month, May,
    Why fasten that upon her,
    With a feasting in her honour?

    Is it only its being brighter
    Than the most are must delight her?
    Is it opportunest
    And flowers finds soonest?

    The rest of it is here:


  22. Our current liturgical guide lists 12 prayers that may be prayed by the priest after Holy Communion. Of them. One of them is a prayer to Mary asking for her intercession. A second one is a “magnification” of Blessed Mary and is not a prayer.

    The Orthodox do not have May as a “Mary” month. To the liturgically inclined, let me point out that the liturgical year compresses tons of history into just one year, so it can sometimes make you wonder why a particular feast is celebrated in a particular place. But in brief:

    Lent-Holy Week-Pascha (Easter)-Pentecost — is its own cycle based on the first moon after the equinox (see the Old Testament)

    Christmas – 25 December
    The Annunciation – 25 March (9 months before His birth, makes sense, right?)
    The Birth of John the Baptist – 24 June (6 months before His birth, check what Archangel Gabriel said to the Virgin Mary)
    Nativity of the Theotokos – 8 September
    Dormition of the Theotokos – 15 August (her birth is celebrated in September and her death is celebrated 12 months later)

  23. Michael,

    I showed this thread to my wife, and without hesitation she answered, “I have a quiet time.”


    In the peace of Christ,

    – Bryan

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