Ok, dear Father, as she shakes her head in a clueless way. I hear these words used in Orthodoxy and yet I don't know what they mean. Sometimes I get the feeling that the mindset in the Orthodox faith is that we are supposed to learn by osmosis. But, I don't learn that way. Ah....blame it on my Western mind - I can just hear someone saying that we Westerners think differently. Well, as an educator I've learned that differentiated instruction is often necessary, that Howard Gardner was right, and that different people learn differently. So, Father, I give you a pedagogical opportunity here on Monachos, you being the mentor and me the mere mentee. Could you please answer the following questions in a clear, and preferabley concise manner?
1. When is the 9th hour? (9 pm?)
2. Why is there a 9th hour and what is its purpose?
3. What prayers are said during the 9th hour?
4. Why specifically is Vespers done and how should I benefit from it?
5. What is Compline?
6. When is Compline done?
7. What prayers are said during Compline?
8. What is the purpose of Compline?
9. What is the purpose of the Midnight Office?
10. What prayers are said at the Midnight Office?
11. What are Matins and Orthros specifically?
12. Is there a difference between Matins and Orthros?
13. Are there specific times that Matins and Orthros should be done?
14. What is the purpose of Matins and Orthros?
15. How should I benefit in attending Matins/Orthros?
16. What are the 1st, 3rd, and 6th hours?
17. What is the purpose for having these hours? (1st, 3rd, 6th)
18. What prayers are said during these 3 different hours?
There ya go. I think that is enough questions for now. It seems to me that there is this implicit understanding within Orthodoxy that I should just "get" the faith without actually being taught the faith. How that happens is beyond me, but I'm left feeling like an outsider. So, I suppose that is why we have forums like Monachos. Afterall, how can I appreciate and grow in my faith if I don't even understand it, or even know what I'm supposed to be doing?
This new thread has been created to treat of this specific theme, and begins with the following post offered in reply to the above:]
Wow, that will take quite a while to digest all that information! Can I complete reading all that prior to the eschaton?
While Christ told us to love God with all of our mind, I don't think He implied that a phd in liturgical studies is necessary....
I just shake my head when I see this complexity (see article link posted above).
See the discussion here:
starting with post #215
Edited by Archimandrite Irenei, 11 June 2011 - 06:18 PM.
Added moderator's note vis-a-vis move to new thread