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03 August 2010

Hesychasm

I may have become a hesychete.
I have recently begun the practice of keeping a prayer on my lips and in may heart at - if not all times then - as many times a day as I am prompted by the spirit to pray.
I pray versions of the Orthodox hesychastic prayer sometimes called the Jesus prayer:

Lord Jesus Christ 
only son of the Sovereign
have mercy on me
a sinner.

Holy Child Jesus
son of God
lamb of God
have mercy on me 
a sinner.

Lord Jesus
son of the living, loving God
have mercy on me
a sinner of your own redeeming.

There is something about these words that have passed through the gospels and been reified by the Church. I can't let them go.

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