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Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner.
Those 12 simple words are so ancient and so powerful. Try the Jesus Prayer right now, and share it with your friends.
Here’s what His All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew wrote about using the Jesus Prayer, in his foreword for “Mysteries of the Jesus Prayer,” by Norris J. Chumley, Ph.D.
Everyone is invited to respond to the call of Christ; monks and nuns simply realize this goal in a unique way. Similarly, the Jesus Prayer has its roots in Scripture, particularly in the exhortation of St. Paul to “pray without ceasing” (1 Thess. 5.17) Thus, the mysteries of the Jesus Prayer are not the privilege of a few, but the vocation of all.
The Jesus Prayer is the prayer that St. Paul means when he says to pray unceasingly. It’s not just for monks and nuns who speak for the first time about it in the book and movie.
The Jesus Prayer can be used by everyone as a concise, arrow-prayer that leads directly from our heart to the heart of God via the heart of the world. It is the realization – beyond the recitation of conventional prayers – of the power of silence. For when prayer culminates in silence, we awaken to new awareness. Then, prayer becomes a way of noticing more clearly and responding more effectively to the world within us and around us.
Try the Jesus Prayer for yourself. Experience the possibility of a new connection with the grace of God. Discover the peace of Christ within yourself, and join a growing community of people who pray the prayer. Visit our website, www.JesusPrayerMovie.com