- Pathfinder

Reply To: Are there elements of ancient and/or modern Near Eastern Christianity that are present in your own church/faith life? If so, what are they? If not, would you be open to implementing any?

Patrick Bereit

Thomas, I have to agree on your like for utilizing the senses during prayer. It can assist in directing our whole selves to God in worship, as Psalm 141:2 “Let my prayer arise before You as incense.” I recommend visiting an Orthodox Church as well as Eastern Rite Catholic Churches to see this beauty within the liturgy. My first time I visited an Orthodox Church (Ethiopian and then Coptic), I didn’t know all the details of what was occurring but I could sense the reverence, devotion, and presence of God in this place. It truly is heavenly! The mentions of monasticism also very much interest me and I’d love to learn more on it!