Is this type of question allowed? Can I ask something about Christian habits, like prayer requests?
- In the Roman Catholic Church, there is a little book titled "Prayer Requests" that allows people to sign their names before, during, or after the service. How do Roman Catholics use the signatures? Do the prayers involve personal contact? Should the prayer notify the one being prayed for that the one being prayed for is receiving a prayer by the prayer? How do online prayer requests work? Given the nature of the Internet, online prayers may be less intimate and less sentimental than handwritten prayers or oral prayers, as writing or speaking may take more thought than simply typing blindly on the Internet or clicking on a button. Is there a distinction between a regular prayer and a heartfelt prayer, or is that distinction just made up by outside observers of Christianity? Finally, does the Roman Catholic Church use these prayers and the list of contacts in the book as a way to contact people who may request the sacrament of the anointing of the sick? During the sacrament, do Catholic priests really come to your house and perform the sacrament? Do they really touch the sick, even if the illness is highly contagious? How do they deal with sick, homeless Catholics or non-Catholic relatives?
- How do practicing Christians observe Lent and Advent?
- How is the feet-washing ritual observed during the season of Lent?
- How is the Lenten eucharist different from an eucharist from other days of the year?
- What do Christians do on their saint's day, as opposed to, say, their own birthdays (though this may apply more to Spanish-speaking countries)?