Jesus prayer

      in Eastern Christianity, a mental invocation of the name of Jesus Christ, considered most efficacious when repeated continuously. The most widely accepted form of the prayer is “Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me.” It reflects the biblical idea that the name of God is sacred and that its invocation implies a direct meeting with the divine.

      The tradition of the Jesus prayer goes back to the “prayer of the mind,” recommended by the ancient monks of the Egyptian desert, particularly Evagrius Ponticus (d. 339). It was continued as the “prayer of the heart” in Byzantine Hesychasm, a monastic system that seeks to achieve divine quietness. Since the 13th century, mental prayer was frequently connected with psychosomatic methods, such as a discipline of breathing. In modern times the practice of the Jesus prayer was popularized by the publication of the Philokalia (1782), an anthology of texts by various authors on mental prayer.

* * *


Universalium. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Jesus Prayer — The Jesus Prayer, also called the Prayer of the Heart, is a short, formulaic prayer often uttered repeatedly. It has been widely used, taught and discussed throughout the history of the Eastern Orthodox Church. The exact words of the prayer have… …   Wikipedia

  • Jesus Prayer — noun A particular, brief prayer, in any of its various variants. ... The old monk tells him that the one prayer acceptable to God at all times, and desired by God, is the Jesus Prayer Lord Jesus Christ, have mercy on me …   Wiktionary

  • Jesus prayer —  Молитва Иисусова …   Вестминстерский словарь теологических терминов

  • Prayer beads — are traditionally used to keep count of the repetitions of prayers, chants or devotions by adherents of religion. Since the beads can be fingered in an automatic manner, they allow one to keep track of how many prayers have been said with a… …   Wikipedia

  • Prayer rope — Eastern Orthodox prayer rope of 50 knots and 5 wooden beads. A prayer rope (Greek: κομποσκοίνι, Russian: чётки, Romanian: mătănii, Macedonian and Serbian: бројаница / brojanica, Bulgarian: броеница) is a loop made up of complex knots, usually out …   Wikipedia

  • Prayer in Christianity — Part of a series on Christianity   …   Wikipedia

  • Prayer — For other uses, see Prayer (disambiguation). Mary Magdalene by Ary Scheffer (1795–1858). Prayer is a form of religious practice that seeks to activate a volitional rapport to a deity through deliberate practice. Prayer may be either individual or …   Wikipedia

  • Prayer of Saint Ephrem — The Prayer of Righteous Ephrem (Greek: polytonic|Εὐχἠ τοῦ Ὁσίου Ἐφραίμ, Euchē tou Hosiou Ephraim ), is a prayer attributed to Saint Ephrem the Syrian used with emphasis during the Great Lent, by the Eastern Orthodox Church and those Eastern… …   Wikipedia

  • prayer — I (Roget s IV) n. 1. [An earnest request] Syn. entreaty, request, intercession, thanksgiving, praise, petition; see also appeal 1 . 2. [An address to the deity] Syn. orison, invocation, act of devotion, supplication, devotions, benediction,… …   English dictionary for students

  • prayer rope — noun A loop made up of complex knots used by members of the Eastern Orthodox and Eastern Catholic churches to count the number of times they have prayed the Jesus Prayer …   Wiktionary

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.