ON THE PRAYER OF JESUS
The Prayer of Jesus, `Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me a sinner` repeated constantly, so as to assist `unceasing prayer` as the Apostle Paul commands, is as ancient as the New Testament Church itself, and yet is almost completely unknown by modern Christians. Bishop Ignatius clearly exposes the history, the depth and the value of this prayer, and of `Prayer of the Heart`, as well as the dangers of striving for unceasing prayer without an experienced spiritual guide. Bishop Ignatius clearly outlines the usage of the prayer, couching his explanation with extensive quotes from the Holy Fathers, the Philokalia, and the Scriptures. No person zealous for the `Prayer of the Heart` should ignore this important work.
Thousands have fallen in love with the anonymously authored book The Way of a Pilgrim—the account of an ordinary man`s encounter with the Eastern Orthodox Christian practice of the Jesus Prayer, which consists of the constant repetition of the short phrase, "Lord Jesus Christ, have mercy upon me." Here is the perfect introduction to this life-changing practice, as it was taught by one of the great spiritual lights of Russia. Bishop Ignatius Brianchaniov (1807–1867) provides wise instruction and advice covering all aspects of the practice, from how to get started, to approaching difficulties that arise, to dealing with friends and family who don`t get what you`re doing, to making this prayer (also called the Prayer of the Heart) the foundation of your life.