Sunday, June 22, 2014

Kurie Eleison

One of the most famous phrases within the Christian world is “Kurie Eleison”, i.e. “Lord have mercy”. It is a phrase recited unceasingly by many Christians, especially the monks, as Saint Paul claims, “Rejoice evermore. Pray without ceasing. In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you” (Thessalonians 5:16-18). 

This small prayer is part of the famous Jesus prayer (Lord, Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy upon me). We read in the Bible: “This short prayer is a precious gift from God to man. My brethren, repeat all the time, either orally or with your thoughts, these words of saving power, for they enlighten the thoughts, calm the heart, burn up sin, scourge and drive away the demons (Mark 16, 17; Rom. 10, 13). St John of Climacus states: “With the name of Jesus scourge the enemies, for neither in heaven nor upon earth does there exist a more powerful weapon”. Additionally, St. John Chrysostom claims: “My brethren, cry the morning until the evening, and if possible, all the night: Lord, Jesus Christ, have mercy upon us. This name is terrible for the demons, and drives away the passions and illnesses. So let us confirm ourselves in this”.

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