THE ART OF PRAYER: AN ORTHODOX ANTHOLOGY COMPILED BY IGUMEN CHARITON OF VALAMO TRANSLATED BY E. KADLOUBOVSKY AND G. E. H. PALMER EDITED WITH AND INTRODUCTION BY BP. KALLISTOS WARE
What is Prayer? What is its essence? How can we learn to pray? What does the spirit of the Christian experience as he prays in humility of heart? Such are the questions which this book sets out to answer. It presents a picture of prayer in its various degrees, from ordinary oral prayer to unceasing prayer of the heart; above all, however, it is concerned with one particular prayer, known in the Orthodox Church as the Jesus Prayer. One of the simplest of all Christian prayers, this consists in a single brief sentence, ‘Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy upon me.’ Ten words in English and in other languages it is even shorter. Yet around these few words many Orthodox over the centuries have built their spiritual life, and through this one prayer they have entered into the deepest mysteries of Christian knowledge. The present anthology helps to explain how men have come to discover so much in so short a phrase.