Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Continuous Prayer

The Jesus Prayer according to many Church Fathers is an essential to our spiritual growth. It is said to be as old as the Church itself. Practising it continuously reminds us of Christ throughout our life, having Him at the centre of our existence. Metropolitan Anthony of Sourozh explains:

‘A last way in which we can pray is the use, more or less continuous, of a vocal prayer that serves as a background, a walking-stick, throughout the day and throughout life.
What I have in mind is something which is specifically used by the Orthodox. It is what we call the ‘Jesus Prayer’, a prayer which is centred on the name of Jesus. ‘Lord Jesus Christ, son of God, have mercy on me a sinner.’ This prayer is used by monks and nuns but also it is used by our lay people.
It is the prayer of stability, because it is the prayer that is not discursive – we do not move from one thought to another – it is a prayer that places us face to face with God through a profession of faith concerning him, and it defines a situation concerning us. It is the profession of faith which, according to the mind of most Orthodox ascetics and mystics, is a summing up of the whole Gospels.’[1]

[1] Anthony of Sourozh, Creative Prayer, 2004, p.56.

1 comment:

  1. the real meaning of stability . . . not a place in space, but a place in the heart