Klyueva Vera

Prayful Practics in the Pentecostal Environment: Religious Communication ³Up-Down´

Klyueva Vera, Ryazanova Svetlana, (2016) "Prayful Practics in the Pentecostal Environment: Religious Communication ³Up-Down´ ", Vestnik Pravoslavnogo Sviato-Tikhonovskogo gumanitarnogo universiteta. Seriia I : Bogoslovie. Filosofiia. Religiovedenie, 2016, vol. 64, pp. 90-102 (in Russian).

DOI of the paper: 10.15382/sturI201664.90-102


The main tendencies in evolution of Protestantism, taking into account variety of its currents are analyzed: an individualization of personal religious experience, high intensity of religious life, an actual inclusiveness in life of community of believers, strengthening of mystical orientation of cult practice. Factors of increase in missionary potential of Protestantism are defined. The concept of religious communication as two-way communication between the person and God on the example of praying practices of the Russian Pentecostals in communities of classical and new Pentecostals of the Urals, Tyumen district and Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Okrug-Yugra is specified. The main vectors of religious communication are defined. The ratio of prayers, readings the Bible and glorification is established. Specifics of Pentecostal prayers, taking into account existence appellative (prayers about healing and blessings) and explicative (a prayer in languages, a glossolaliya) parts are marked out. Classification praying practices in forms (individual and collective) and to types is made (general/abstract or target). Specifi cs and a ratio of individual and collective prayers are especially analyzed. The special attention is paid to a glossolaliya as a peculiar feature of the Pentecostal movement, both classical, and a charismatic version. Rate of pronouncing prayers of a different target orientation is investigated. Basic formulas for prayers of blessings and gratitude are defi ned. Specifi c character of a prayer about healing in the Pentecostal environment is marked out. The role of the mystical address to God as unique emotion for this type of the communication giving the chance of personal contact with the sacral is considered. It is noted that participation in prayful practicians carries out the adapting function, realizing need of the believer for implementation of religious experience within community of believers, and compensatory, liquidating a condition of psychological discomfort.


Protestantism, Evolution of Religion, Modern Protestantism, Pentecostals, Charismatic Churches, Prayer, Classification of Prayers, Religious Communication, Glossolalia.


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