The Jesus Prayer

“I should say the Jesus Prayer humbly, as if into His ear.”

Saint Pachomios of Chios

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“Keep saying the Prayer! Lord Jesus Christ, have mercy on me! Lord Jesus Christ, have mercy on me! This is what will save you. The Name of Christ will illumine your mind; it will strengthen your Soul; it will help you in the war against the demons; it will cultivate the virtues; and it will become everything for you.”

Saint Joseph the Hesychast

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“With each Jesus Prayer, God’s heart quietly responds: ‘I am with you.'”

Elder Raphael Karelin

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“Let us stand devoutly before the Cross of Christ and say: ‘Lord Jesus Christ, have mercy on me.’ That says everything.”

Saint Porphyrios of Kavsokalyvia

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“The Jesus Prayer… has filled Paradise with Holy men and women.”

Elder Amphilochios Makris

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“We should constantly and unceasingly repeat the Jesus Prayer. Only the Name of Christ must remain inside our heart and mind; when we neglect our prayer, that is our communication with God, the devil finds the chance to confuse us with negative thoughts. Thus, we end up not knowing what we want, do, or say.”

Saint Paisios the Athonite

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“Before temptation has the opportunity to draw the tempting thought into your mind, destroy it with the [Jesus] Prayer. Don’t let it be!”

Saint Joseph the Hesychast

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“The Jesus Prayer is a work common to the Angels and to men. With this Prayer, men quickly approach the life of the Angels. The Prayer is the source of all good deeds and virtues, and drives far away from man the dark passions. In a short time, it makes man worthy to obtain the Grace of the Holy Spirit… The Prayer is Divine rejoicing. There is no other Spiritual weapon that can so efficiently hinder the demons. It burns them like fire burns the brush.”

Saint Paisios Velichkovsky

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“The Jesus Prayer is the life jacket of the Soul and the body.”

Elder Amphilochios Makris

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“My children, do you Pray? And how do you Pray?… with the Prayer of Jesus you should Pray, with the ‘Lord Jesus Christ, have mercy on me’. Thus you should Pray. This way is good.”

Saint Nikephoros the Leper

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“When someone is involved in manual labor, it helps him a lot to say the Jesus prayer and at the same time perform his task. When someone is doing work that needs concentration, i.e. he is driving a car, or he is operating on a patient, he should also say the Jesus prayer so God can help him and enlighten him; however, he should pray with his heart, and use his mind to concentrate on his work and thus avoid doing any mistakes.”

Saint Paisios the Athonite

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“The Jesus Prayer is a golden thread that will not let a Christian go astray!”

Saint Seraphim of Sarov

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