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The Art of Prayer: An Orthodox Anthology Paperback – July 31, 1997
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One comment. If you've attempted to read the Philokalia but have been put off by the demands it makes of its readers, please pick up this book. It will prepare you for the spiritual treasures found in the Philokalia.
First of all, it is firmly rooted in Scripture. It is based on the prayer of the blind man: "Jesus, thou Son of David, have mercy on me," and that of the repentant Publican: "God, be merciful to me, a sinner." In addition, it invokes the Most-Holy Name of Jesus: "There is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved" (Acts 4:12), and "Wherefore God also hath highly exalted Him, and given him a name which is above every name: that at the Name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things on earth, and things under the earth" (Phil. 2:9,10). The apostle also tells, "No man can say, Lord Jesus, except by the Holy Ghost" (1 Cor. 12:3).
Furthermore, this prayer is awesome in its simplicity, consisting of only a dozen words. It is at once an affirmation of faith and repentance. When said in full diligence, humility and sincerity, avoiding vain repetition, the words and message of this beautiful prayer will engrain themselves in our being; as Saint Theophan the Recluse put it so beautifully, the Prayer becomes "a murmuring stream within our souls."
This book is an anthology by Igumen Chariton of Valamo, based on the notes he took out of the works of Sts. Theophan, Ignatii Branchianinov, the Sayings of the Desert Fathers, and of course, the Philokalia.Read more ›
He writes in the Finnish translation of 'The Art of Prayer': "Two years after 1936 when the Art of Prayer was published Igumen Chariton published another book on the same subject with over 500 pages." This book had a subtitle called "Discussions Aroused by the Anthology of the Jesus' Prayer Between and Elder and a Priest Acting in the World". Most of the publication was destroyed during the Winter War. Let us hope that it will be published some time!
Igumen Chariton's book is meant for daily reading. A guide is invaluable, but lack of one is no reason for not starting to practice the Prayer of the Heart; at some stage God will help!
The book is based on the writings of two great russian Saints of the nineteenth century. Anyone who is looking for the inner Kingdom shall purchase this book.
"Pray without ceasing" (5:17)
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This pilgrim may not be far enough along the way to appreciate this book! I've certainly found some helpful ideas, but won't be keeping the book around for future reference. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Martha Littlejohn
One of the most incredible books I have ever read. It should be required reading for every Christian in the world. Absolutely amazing.Published 19 months ago by Mikael Germany
This book is the definitive and authentic exposition of the struggle and experiences of prayer since early Christian times. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Mary Dreisbach