Jesus Prayer

CHRISTIAN WISDOM: Dealing With Others—The Smaller Circle by Frederica Mathewes-Green

August 17, 2017

From: The Illuminated Heart Illumine our hearts, O Master who lovest mankind with the pure light of thy divine knowledge, and open the eyes of our minds to the understanding of thy Gospel teachings, for thou art the illumination of our souls and bodies, O Christ our God. (Prayer before the reading of the Gospel Liturgy of St. James, Fourth Century) Anna misses her brother, the monk Timothy, every day, but some days she envies him.  On days like today she would rather sleep on the ground and eat dry bread than go to dinner at her mother-in-law’s house. Irene is a beautiful woman, accomplished, musically talented, and intelligent.  Even her hair is perfect.  In her presence Anna feels like a country mouse.  In Irene’s house, [...]

CHRISTIAN WISDOM: The Jesus Prayer by Frederica Mathewes-Green

August 10, 2017

From: The Illuminated Heart Illumine our hearts, O Master who lovest mankind with the pure light of thy divine knowledge, and open the eyes of our minds to the understanding of thy Gospel teachings, for thou art the illumination of our souls and bodies, O Christ our God. (Prayer before the reading of the Gospel Liturgy of St. James, Fourth Century) Theodore keeps reading over a letter he and Anna received last year from Anna’s brother, Timothy, who joined a group of monks on Mr. Sinai a few years ago.  Timothy wrote that he was being taught to abide in prayer by repeating a short verse from scripture over and over, whenever his mind would otherwise be idle – or not idle, since we all know how the restless nous seeks trouble.  He [...]

PRAYER: Introduction To The Lenten Season — Prayer by Harold A. Buetow

February 8, 2016

From Embrace Your Renewal Back in the fifteenth century, in a tiny village near Nuremberg, lived a family with eighteen children.  Eighteen!  In order merely to keep food on the table, the father, a goldsmith, worked almost eighteen hours a day at his trade and at any other paying job he could find.  Despite their seemingly hopeless situation, two of the children of Albrecht Durer, the elder, had a dream.  They both wanted to pursue their talent for art; but they well knew that their father would never be financially able to send either of them to Nuremberg to study at the academy. After many discussions, the two boys finally worked out a pact.  They would toss a coin.  The loser would go down into the nearby mines and with his [...]

PRAYER: The Stages Of Prayer by Carlos Carretto

November 3, 2014

From Letter from the Desert Prayer is words, poetry, song. Turn your ear, O Lord, and give answer For I am poor and needy. Show me, Lord, your way, so that I may walk in thy truth Guide my heart to fear your name. (Psalm 86) Often it contains a shout, a cry, a groan of anguish. Lord my God, I call for help by day; I cry at night before you. Let my prayer come into your presence. O turn your ear to my cry. For my soul is filled with evils; my life is on the brink of the grave. I am reckoned as one in the tomb: I have reached the end of my strength, like one alone among the dead; like the slain lying in their graves; like those you remember no more, cut off, as they are, from your hand. (Psalm 88) And sometimes an explosion of joy: I love [...]

PRAYER: How A Warrior Of Christ Should Prepare For Battle In The Morning, by Lorenzo Scupoli

June 23, 2014

From Unseen Warfare As soon as you wake up in the morning, pray for a while, saying: “Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy upon me.”  Then your first work should be to shut yourself in your own heart, as if taking up position in an arena.  Having established yourself there, bring yourself to the consciousness and feeling that your enemy and the passionate urge against which you struggle at the moment is already there, on your left, ready for immediate attack; therefore rouse against them a firm resolve to conquer or die, but never to submit.  Realize also that on your right there stands, invisibly present, your Commander, our Lord Jesus Christ, with his holy mother and a host of holy angels, with Archangel Michael [...]

PRAYER: An Entire Theology In The Jesus Prayer, by Norris J. Chumley

March 10, 2014

From Mysteries of the Jesus Prayer Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner. Two of the most important facets of praying the Jesus Prayer are contemplation and stillness.  The purpose of Christian contemplation is to experience God directly, to put oneself in the presence or awareness of the Divine.  There are many forms of contemplation in many religions, but contemplation in Christianity is significantly different, because the Presence that Christians seek in contemplation is not an abstraction or a beautiful idea but the incarnate Jesus Christ, God the Son, the Second Person of the Holy Trinity, who as the Bible says came down from Heaven and for the salvation of the world became man. In mystical texts stillness (or [...]

PRAYER: Ways of Praying (5) — Praying In The Heat Of The Moment (includes Kything and the Jesus Prayer), by Andrew Dreitcer

February 1, 2013

From: Prayer Practices for the Way of Peace, Choosing Peace Through Daily Practices (This is a continuation of a piece, the first part of which was posted on an earlier date.) As I have suggested, the Christian tradition has developed a richness of prayer.  There may be a form of prayer for every sensibility.  In this section, I present a number of ways of praying that may be practiced in order to help form an interior foundation for peace in oneself and in the world. Praying in the Heat of the Moment For those of us who can manage to set aside a designated chunk of time each day for prayer, all the ways of praying I have described to this point may offer fruitful resources.  But many of us have great difficulty finding and keeping [...]