Friday, 11 November 2011

Praying the Jesus Prayer with inward purpose

"We are taught, when reciting the Jesus Prayer, to avoid so far as possible any specific image or picture....The Jesus Prayer is not a form of imaginative meditation upon different incidents in the life of Christ. But, while turning aside frm images, we are to concentrate our full attention upon, or rather within, the words. The Jesus Prayer is not just a hypnotic incantation but a meaningful phrase, an invocation addressed to another Person.....And so the Jesus Prayer should not be said mechanically, but with inward purpose; yet at the same time the words should be pronounced without tension, violence, or undue emphasis...."
Bishop Kallistos Ware: The Orthodox Way

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