I know I don't owe any of you an explanation but I thought I would tell you why I didn't go to Vespers last night. I worked six days this week, each morning waking up at 2am so on Saturday I was really exhausted and spent the evening home, recouping! There were times when I was tired and went to Vespers anyway and I have always been "extra blessed" during those times but I guess you have to know the difference from being tired and being really worn out. Last night, I was worn out.
I do have a question that I have been meaning to ask about the differences between Metania and prostrations. For my prayer rule, I use the St. Philips prayer manual from Fellowship of St. John the Divine which I learned about from Fr Joseph Hunnycut of Orthodixie fame and during the morning prayers it says:
O come, let us worship and fall down before God our King.
O come let us worship and fall down before Christ, our King and our God.
O come let us worship and fall down before Christ Himself, our King and our God.After each sentence, an instruction is inserted in parenthesis, simply saying metany. Is it proper to do a full prostration instead? Or is that going overboard? I actually like prostrations better than metany because, believe it or not, it is easier to just go full on the ground than to bend down and touch the floor.
I'd love your thoughts and wisdom on this!
In the meantime, I'll stay with the prostrations....
P.S., if you are interested in the prayer manual, go to this website