It is a great way to sacralize the sameness of our everyday.
The Jesus Prayer is a simple way to bring us into unceasing contact with Jesus in unity with our Eastern Christian brothers and sisters. The recent meeting of Pope Francis and Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill in Cuba is proof of the treasure at the heart of Christian unity.
By contrast, Rome’s primary expectation of the Orthodox is that they would accept the sovereignty of the Pope over all their churches.
If I had a run-in with the Ancient One like Paul did I sure as heck would be praying without ceasing too. How could I say them non-stop and still go to work and school without whispering about like a mad man? The book is a work of Eastern Christian mysticism that, you guessed it, deals precisely with the question of how to pray without ceasing. Diadochos, perhaps the earliest known practitioner of the prayer, taught that a person can arrive at inner stillness through its repetition.
For the rest of us I was pretty sure it wasn’t going to happen. Some time later, and not by chance, I stumbled upon at a used book sale. Even earlier, among ascetics in Nitria and other desert areas, a short prayer known as an “arrow prayer” was common.
The richness of the Jesus Prayer deepens our prayer life by simplifying it.
As a person who likes to complicate things to the point of not doing them (prayer is no exception), the simplicity of the Jesus Prayer unties all my knots and defeats my excuses.
You may also find some helpful information comparing Orthodoxy with Roman Catholicism in our pastor Fr.
Andrew Stephen Damick‘s “Orthodoxy and Heterodoxy” in either its podcast or book form.One of the most common mistakes is an assumption that surface similarities mean that there really isn’t any major difference between Roman Catholicism and Orthodoxy.Following are some questions and answers that address many of the most common issues that Roman Catholics may wonder about: What is necessary for unity between Rome and the Orthodox Churches?Orthodoxy has not made any similar alteration to its mode of worship.While Orthodox worship has changed somewhat over the centuries, the changes have been extremely gradual and comparatively minor.This page gives an introduction and answers some of the most common questions about the differences between Roman Catholicism and Orthodox Christianity.