What does “Amen” mean in Christianity
I can not pray, just repeating words that I have memorized since childhood. Personally, it seems to me that this is like with candles in the church: if you do everything consciously, it will be reckoned, and if not, then it will be just a waste of time and wax. Therefore, the priest in our church already knows well: from time to time I will surely appear on the threshold with the next “What does that mean?” what does this word mean?
Batiushka interpreted this too. It was so interesting to listen to him that I recorded the conversation in the form of theses.
When I came home, I started telling my friends … And I realized that it would not only be interesting and useful for them. So!
What language did this word come from?
Since Hebrew, and its pronunciation in our language has not changed much. In ancient times, it sounded like “Amen” (with emphasis on the second syllable).
Interestingly, the modern Western branches of Christianity (for example, Catholicism) slightly changed this word — their priests and faithful pronounce it, emphasizing the first syllable.
There are two theories of the translation of the word «Amen»:
- It means «all is true,» «true,» or «so be it.» That is, it is a logical ending of a sermon or prayer, “sealing” everything said earlier.
- This is one of the versions of the word AUM, known to very few Christians. It means confirmation of the Divine Being, that is, the Divine Divine, consisting in all living things (including you and me). According to this theory, saying “Amen”, it is necessary to purify and “lighten” the soul as much as possible, because this word can awaken that part of our being that is as close as possible to the Creator.
Interestingly, in the Judean language, the words related to him are considered: “to believe” (“trust”), “reliable” (“solid”, “permanent”).
When is he spoken?
- As a «point» when reading prayers, sermons, sacred texts. And it does not matter where this prayer sounds — under the arches of the church or at home, and who reads it — the father or the ordinary person. This word ends all the popular prayers: “Our Father,” “Symbol of Faith,” prayers for the next dream. By the way, in some such prayers and parishes, the word «Amen» is found not only at the end, but also in the center, after certain phrases, such as «Now, ever and ever and ever.»
- The word is also found inside Scripture. There it serves as a confirmation (gain) of the truth of everything written.
- In the book of the prophet Isaiah, as well as the Revelations of John the Divine, “Amen” is one of the names of the Lord (in this case, it means “God of truth”).
If you read the Bible carefully, you will notice that for the first time “Amen” is found in the Third Book of Kingdoms. In that text, the word served as an oath, to enhance solemnity.
A little later, the word changed its «tonality». Yes, during the divine services that took place during the time of the Old Testament, the faithful answered “Amen” in response to the glorification of the priests.
Thus, the word oath has become a traditional liturgical term.
Why exactly at the end of the prayer?
Most often, “Amen” is a sign of the end of a prayer. This word is used as a “seal”, a spiritual “clamp”.
Saying it, the believer, as it were, says: I agree with all that has been said and firmly believe that my words and appeal are true.
As for the prayer, which the priest reads during the service, here «Amen» acts as a «dialogue» between him and other people present. After all, as all church-going people know, we come to the service not in order to stand, listen and light a candle, but for the sake of a common, collective prayer.
But if in Catholicism all Christians are distributed with little books with psalms, which they collectively sing while serving, then in Orthodoxy the liturgy (reading, singing) is conducted by clergymen. The faithful join the divine service with the help of short phrase-formulas, the main among which is such a “seal”.
By the way! The priests say: even if you rarely attend church and while standing, you stand silently (or do not know what to say, or because of embarrassment say proper words to yourself), the main thing is that you do it with pure thoughts and from the heart.
Indeed, in any prayer, the main thing is not pomp, pretentiousness and slimness, but sincerity. Clear your thoughts and think about the good — then your prayer will surely be reckoned!
Other popular acclamations found in prayers
Acclamations are verbal (sometimes verbal-musical) formulas that people proclaim during church services or private prayers. As you already know, the most popular is “Amen.”
However, in the prayers you must have heard other, not quite clear, words. For example…
- Hosanna. Translated from the Hebrew word means «save me», that is, most often it is a prayer for salvation. However, no less often this word means praise, glorification (say, it was his people who shouted at the time of Jesus Christ’s entry into Jerusalem).
- Hallelujah. From Hebrew translates as «praise the Lord.» In psalms can serve as an introduction, and the final word.
- Kyrie Eleison. Means «Lord, have mercy.» Often this phrase ends prayer parts (petitions) of worship. In the Russian church, the Russian version of such acclamation is more often used.
In what other religions is it customary to say «Amen»?
- Judaism. It is believed that the letters that make up this word are taken from the first letters of the phrase “God is the faithful King” (in Hebrew sounds like “El Meleh Neeman”). In addition, there is another Jewish acclamation, similar to this one — “sel”, which means “stop and listen”.
- Islam. In this religion, the word «Amen» is usually pronounced during namaz (daily obligatory prayer), as well as reading the first sura, that is, the chapter of the Quran.
In both of these religions, “Amen” is a traditional word that concludes psalms and prayers.
You can learn more about the meaning of this sacred word from this video:
Guess today with the help of the tarot spread "Day map"!
For proper divination: focus on the subconscious and do not think about anything at least 1-2 minutes.