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How does your priest or pastor or rabbi make the building you worship in "sacred" or set apart from the world as a "holy" place? I am not excluding Muslims, here. I simply do not know what a religious leader in a mosque is called. (someone can fill me in on that, too.)
Orthodox churches are sacred space, or in the words of our old priest, "reclaimed creation"
As a Catholic, I believe that my body is the temple of the holy spirit, and that God is always with me, so a sacred space is not necessary. However, many Catholics I know have altars (like the top of a sideboard or dresser) with statues or pictures, sometimes incense, a bible, flowers, etc. in their homes.
|Of course the most sacred space we have as Catholics is in the presence of the Holy Eucharist, which we believe is the Body of Christ. The Eucharist is present during mass at our churches, and is reserved in a tabernacle (a locked box) at other times so that we can come pray in the presence of the Body of Christ.|
I am envious of the mystical beauty of Orthodox Churches! And I whole heartily look forward to the reconciliation of East and West--or one can pray at least, right? Because the Orthodox Churches I've been in (mostly Eastern Rite Catholic) are the most beautifully palpably Holy places.
The person who leads prayer at a mosque is the imam.
I'll be back for the rest of the question later...a poopy diaper calls!
~Jenni, rural frugal Alaskan, eternally married to Dragon
loving my wild things DS Wolf (12), 3 angels, DS Bear (6) & DS Eagle (3)
|Allahu Akbar God is Great(or Greater implying Greater than anything) (X4)
Ashadu alla illaha il Allah (I bear witness that there is no god but God) (X2)
Ashadu anna Muhammadan Rasullah (I bear witness that Muhammad is the messenger of God) (X2)
Haya ala Salat (Come to Prayer) (x2)
Haya ala Falah (Come to Success) (x2)
Allahu Akbar (God is Great) (x2)
La illaha il Allah (There is no god but God) (x2)
|Allah has written down the good deeds and the bad ones. Then He explained it [by saying that] he who has intended a good deed and has not done it, Allah writes it down with Himself as a full good deed, but if he has intended it and has done it, Allah writes it down with Himself as from ten good deeds to seven hundred times, or many times over. But if he has intended a bad deed and has not done it, Allah writes it down with Himself as a full good deed, but if he has intended it and has done it, Allah writes it down as one bad deed.|
|* wash your hands up to your wrists three times ( While doing this, I'll add the bit that I think... it's a sufi approach, and definitely not a required part of wudu. So, when washing my hands, I think "May these hands be instruments for peace")
* rinse your mouth three times ("May this mouth speak only the pleasing words, the healing words, the truthful words")
* sniff water into your nose three times ("May I someday smell the flowers of paradise")
* wash your whole face ("May this face shine with the light of compassion. May these eyes see the work of the Creator everywhere they look.")
* run your damp hands over your head, then put damp fingers on your ears, and then put your damp hands on the back of your neck
* wash your feet three times ("May these feet walk on holy ground.")
|"I am as My servant thinks I am. I am with him when he makes mention of Me. If he makes mention of Me to himself, I make mention of him to Myself; and if he makes mention of Me in an assembly, I make mention of him in an assembly better than it. And if he draws near to Me an arm's length, I draw near to him a fathom's length. And if he comes to Me walking, I go to him at speed."|
Mom to DS(8), DS(6), DD(4), and DS(1). "Kids do as well as they can."
For me, whenever I enter a mosque...or even a family's prayer room... or step onto a prayer rug...or even am somewhere beautiful in nature.. I feel like I've entered the sacred.
So...to be sacred...one need only mention God... or at least that's how I interpret it.
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