Wednesday, 5 October 2005

The Jesus Prayer 7

To finish this series on the Jesus Prayer, we might point out the following. God is not something sensible. Hence, God will not appear to you in images, colours, voices and so on. While you are praying the Jesus Prayer you should be concentrating on the words of the prayer and ignoring these sorts of things.

Here are a few books that you might find interesting:

Anonymous. The Way of the Pilgrim and The Pilgrim Continues His Way. Translated from the Russian by R. M. French. Originally published: 2nd Ed., 1954. New York: Harper. Fourth Printing by the Seabury Press, 1972. New York, NY, USA: The Seabury Press. Also: 1991, New York, NY, USA: HarperSanFrancisco, A Division of HarperCollins Publishers.

(Sakharov), Fr Sophrony. 1991. Saint Silouan the Athonite. Translated from the Russian by Rosemary Edmonds. Tolleshunt Knights by Maldon, Essex, UK: Stavropegic Monastery of St John the Baptist. Also: 1999. Crestwood, New York, USA 10707: St Vladimir’s Seminary Press.

Wounded by Love. The Life and the Wisdom of Elder Porphyrios. 2005. English translation by John Raffan of Bios kai Logoi (see next entry). Limni, Evia, Greece: Denise Harvey (Publisher).

Gerontos Porphyriou Kausokalybitou (Elder Porphyrios [Ba├»raktares] of [the Athonite Skete of] Kausokalybia). Bios kai logoi (Life and discourses). B’ Ekdosis (2nd Edition), 2003. Chania, Crete, Greece: Hiera Mone Chrysopeges (Holy Monastery of Chrysopege). (In Modern Greek, original from which the English translation in the preceding entry was made.)

The Philokalia. The Complete Text compiled by St Nikodemos of the Holy Mountain and St Makarios of Corinth. Translated from the Greek and edited by G. E. H. Palmer, Philip Sherrard and Kallistos Ware with the assistance of others. Five Volumes. 1979–. London, UK: Faber and Faber.

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