Monday, March 7, 2011

President Lee and Protestant Prayer

Pictured above, "President Lee Myung-bak and his wife kneeled for audible public prayer at a national prayer breakfast Thursday," which has created a bit of a tempest in teapot here, as discussed in the article — Audible public prayer. More interesting is the first paragraph's explanation of the title:
    Audible public prayer is unique to Korean Protestantism as it is even called as “Korean Pray," though it can also be found in other countries. Audible public prayer began at the 1907 spiritual movement in Pyongyang, which was the capital of Korean Christianity in the first half of the 20th century. With audible public prayer, each congregation member verbalizes his or her own prayer unlike meditative prayer. This explanation is not enough, however, as the audible prayer is like crying out. Protestant history at the time described the audible prayer at Pyongyang`s spiritual movement as similar to a mourner`s lament.
The first Korean church I visited was a Presbyterian church, and I wanted to lave after hearing this "audible prayer" the article describes. Upon reflection, the event was a milestone in my discovery of what it meant to be a liturgical Christian, having grown up Lutheran, and my road to Catholicism.

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