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Orthodox Prayer Life: The Interior Way

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Saints who experience the power of prayer say it gives them wings to fly: wings of elation from being in proximity with Jesus Christ and relief from the burden of a sinful conscience. Once engulfed in the grace of the Holy Spirit, the person in prayer experiences death to sin, resurrection in the Spirit, and mystical ascension to the Father. The visible touches the Invisib ...more
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Published May 22nd 2019 by Saint Vladimir's Seminary Press (first published October 7th 1953)
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Jun 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Most Christians are aware of two traditions, the Latin West and Byzantine East. There are two additional and equally important traditions that need further study by most westerners, the Alexandrian and Syrian.

Matthew the Poor (Matthew elMaskeen) is one of the best known recent Desert Fathers and a significant writer of the Coptic\ Alexandrian tradition.

This excellent work is readily accessible to all English speakers and brings the Light of the East and the Egyptian Desert to us.
Jul 14, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Contemplative prayer from the Orthodox tradition. A fascinating perspective on the life of prayer that digs much deeper than most modern Coptic Orthodox writing. Fr. Matthew the Poor writes very practically on what a complete prayer life can look like and how to get there. This book was a revelation to me, including many things that I had only heard hints of in my reading of the early Fathers and nothing at all about in modern Coptic preaching. I found it most similar to what some Catholic autho ...more
Aug 06, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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الأسلوب الذي يتبعه الأب متى في تجميع الأقوال والنصوص القديمة حول نفس المواضيع المختلفة التي تدور حول الصلاة، هذا الأسلوب جعلني أشعر بحقيقة الهدف من الصلاة في حياتنا، بحيث تصبح أبعد ما يكون عن مجرد روتين يومي أو واجب ديني. جميل أيضا أن تتيقن من أن جميع ما تمر به في حياتك وأفكارك يصلح كمادة للصلاة. فالله يتقبل صلاتك ويتفاعل معها على مستويات كثيرة. هو طريق مرسوم.. لكنه ضيق، كشف خباياه الكثيرون قبلك فلا تشعر بالعجز إن لم تعتد الصلاة قبلا. حرفيا فقد استطاع الكتاب أن يزرع في شوقا حقيقيا لجميع أنواع ال ...more
Joseph Ghali
This Book Changed a lot in my life, and shaped My Knowledge about the Lord and The Relationship with Him, Father Mathew Was and still one of The Rare Spiritual Authentic Leaders in the Christian World
Mar 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
كتاب عظيم بمسابه مرشد ومعلم ورحله روحيه دسمه وممتعه ولكنه يحتاج ارشاد من معلم او اب اعتراف يعلم جيدا حالتك الروحيه ولو اتعاملت بحرفيه المكتوب هيكون متعب جدا محتاج انه يقرأ اكثر من مره وببساطه لانه ممكن يقلب بصغر نفس بس اجمالي من اعظم مما قرأت
Apr 04, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I liked it for the collection of quotes it brought around the subject of prayer.
Jun 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is one of the most important books I've ever read. It's more a matter of having worked through it because author and compiler, Matta El Meskeen, has provided us with an incredible treasure of resources for the inner journey. It is a kind of mini philokalia. This book will be intimidating to Protestants, but not as intimidating as philokalia itself. So, I'd say that Matt El Meskeen has done us all a huge favor and condensing and making more accessible so much of the wisdom of the desert dwel ...more
Josh Gaudreau
Dec 19, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a book I'll have to come back to. Didn't finish, but only because I felt I wasn't ready or mature enough in prayer to continue. What I did read was fantastic though and I need to practice it. ...more
Davoud Taghavi
Aug 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Father Matthew the poor was undoubtedly a mystic on the highest level, but the book was really written for a wider audience and is really toned down in terms of its level. Some readers can be underwhelmed. Every chapter is divided into two parts: his own writings on a particular subject of the topic discussed and then included excerpts and sayings from the desert fathers.
Mary Jen
Oct 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Practical ways to understand prayer life. Every chapter has a quote by another church father/saint that gives input into that chapter's topic. Some of the topics were way above my paygrade, but the emphasis on quiet time and contemplation were extremely helpful ...more
Coptic Net
Mar 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is great book about the importance of prayer.
Master Rakoty
لتحميل نسخة الكترونية من كتاب حياة الصلاة الأرثوذوكسية الاب متي المسكين
Jul 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
الصلاة حياة . هى حديث مستمر مع الخالق . مع صاحب السلطان. الصلاة هى صداقة و عشرة مع ملك الملوك الساكن داخلك
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Jun 10, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Jul 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
علي مدار سنة او اكتر كنت واخد الكتاب دة كدراسة شخصية بس اقدر اقول انه أثر فيا ولمس قلبي في اغلب صفحاته وغير مني كتير وعلمني حاجات اكتر .....احلي كتاب ممكن اقراه عن الصلاة والوجود في حضرة الله
Feb 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Father Matta El-Meskeen (Maskeen or Maskine ; translated as Matthew the Poor )

الأب متى المسكين

+ وُلد عام 1919.
+ تخرج من كلية الصيدلة عام 1943.
+ اشتغل في المهنة حتى سنة 1948.
+ كان يمتلك صيدلية في دمنهور.
+ وباع كل ما يملك ووزعه على الفقراء ولم يحتفظ إلا بثمن التذكرة ذهاب.
+ ترهبن في دير أنبا صموئيل في الصعيد يوم 10 أغسطس 1948 [اختار هذا الدير لأنه كان أفقر دير وأبعد دير عن العمران وأكثرهم عزلة].
+ كان


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