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Praying the Jesus Prayer

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"Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me."

This very simple prayer was developed in the deserts of Egypt and Palestine during the early centuries of Christian faith, and has been practiced in the Eastern Orthodox Church ever since. It is a prayer inspired by St. Paul's exhortation to "pray constantly" (I Thessalonians 5:17), and its purpose is to tune one's inner at

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Published August 1st 2011 by Paraclete Press
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Val Finnell, MD, MPH
This is the second time reading this short primer on the Jesus Prayer. The book is divided into three chapters. Chapter 1 is on History, Scripture, and the Meaning of Mercy. Chapter 2 deals with the heart, mind, and the nous. The final chapter gives some pointers on getting started in practicing the Prayer. At 61 pages, inclusive of bibliography and notes, this small book is a good introduction to Eastern Orthodox spirituality and ascetical practice.
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