Jesus

lindscriptorium

Holy Island, United Kingdom

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Created: 2001

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Jesus

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‘Jesus’ was commissioned as a Christmas card by a Christian Publisher. It is designed to emphasise the holiness and beauty of the name & could be used as an aid to meditation perhaps with the Jesus prayer.

The classical form of the Jesus Prayer is, “Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner.”

The actual words of our short prayers can vary.
We might say the classic version of the Jesus Prayer, or we might say, “Lord Jesus Christ, have mercy on me.” We may say, “Lord Jesus, have mercy.” Or, we might say a Psalm verse, or a Bible quote, or some other prayer. Monks of old said, “Lord, make haste to help me. Lord, make speed to save me,” all day long.

The history of the Jesus Prayer goes back, as far as we know, to the early sixth century, with Diadochos, who taught that repetition of the prayer leads to inner stillness. Even earlier John Cassian recommended this type of prayer. In the fourth century Egypt, in Nitria, short “arrow” prayers were practiced.
Abba Macarius of Egypt said there is no need to waste time with words. It is enough to hold out your hands and say, “Lord, according to your desire and your wisdom, have mercy.” If pressed in the struggle, say, “Lord, save me!” or say, “Lord.” He knows what is best for us, and will have mercy upon us.
Extract from http://www.svots.edu/Faculty/Albert-Rossi/Artic...

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