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Friday, 10 February 2012

THE JESUS PRAYER ILLUSTRATED

The Jesus Prayer and this blogsite

This is a very ancient prayer

'Lord Jesus Christ
Son of God
Have mercy on me, a sinner'.

In the book ‘Praying The Jesus Prayer Together’ by Brother Ramon and Bishop Simon Barrington-Ward (Bible Reading Fellowship: ISBN 1 S4101 147 9), Brother Ramon writes (p 111)

‘The cosmic nature of the prayer means that the believer lives as a human being in solidarity with all other human beings, and with the animal creation, together with the whole created order (the cosmos)’

and earlier in the same book, Bishop Simon writes (p42)

At the heart of the creation, there must be a breaking and a re-making’

which is, indeed, the order and rhythm of the whole universe as we, at the beginning of the 21st century perceive it. Thus, whilst the prayer comes from antiquity, I feel, it entirely resonates with the themes of this blog or, far more correctly, the blog resonates with the prayer!

The intention, then, of this post and its accompanying video sequence is to borrow from these ideas to give a sense of the ancient and Orthodox-treasured prayer belonging to all Christians and spiritual seekers in the 21st century just as it has belonged for at least the previous millennium in the places it was nurtured.

Whilst this short post cannot possibly achieve that, there is much more information at ‘The Jesus Prayer’, the Prayer of the Heart’ at  monachos.net/content/monasticism  and Bishop Simon’s / Brother Ramon's book. There is also an excellent introductory article to the prayer by Metropolitan Anthony Bloom to be found at archangelsbooks.com/articles/spirituality/JesusPrayer_Bloom.asp and in a host of articles on the web accessible just by searching for Jesus Prayer.

A point frequently made in articles about the prayer and throughout the book is that The Jesus Prayer -

Lord Jesus Christ
Son of God
Have mercy on me, a sinner

Is a prayer that supremely, above most other prayers, can help Christians to embrace St Paul’s difficult injunction to ‘Pray without ceasing’ (1 Thessalonians 5.17)

I therefore offer this introduction, or possibly re-introduction, to the prayer with the following ideas for consideration

The Words
The Jesus Prayer is, perhaps, after The Lord's Prayer, one of the most helpful prayers of the Christian faith.It is a prayer for all time and for all people the world over. The rendering of it in a multiplicity of languages  in the accompanying video presentation is a reminder of this. (And I apolgise in advance if some of the texts are not perfectly rendered or accented: please Email me at the address shown below if this is the case and in due course I will amend the presentation)

The Images (which are all imagined)
These reflect in a very direct way the belief that Jesus Christ, the incarnate Son of God was and is at the heart of the creation of the universe, recognized by St Paul in Colossians Chapter 1 v 16, which text forms one of the basic ‘aims’ of this blogsite.

If you are minded to explore The Jesus Prayer further, my prayer for you is that you will be attracted to find out more about its origins, its nature and its purpose. This is only a very simple approach to the prayer. Its riches go far deeper and can transform and enrich the prayer lives of regularly practicing Christians, struggling Christians and seekers. May I encourage you to ‘dig deeper’

Trevor Thorn


The ten minute Jesus Prayer sequence runs from here with ten seconds for each language: (click the darker bar at the top of this image to be able to vary the screen size) 





Other material for LENT, HOLY WEEK and EASTER can be found HERE

Ten thousand billion suns - A scintilla of God’s Universe

Ten thousand billion suns - A scintilla of God’s Universe
It is currently thought that the Universe has at least 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 stars! Hence the use of the word ‘scintilla’ for a mere ten thousand billion.

Cross and Particle Accelerator (CGI)

Cross and Particle Accelerator (CGI)
Cross and Particle Accelerator. The words of 'A Prayer for Understanding' can be viewed by clicking on this image

Nebula (Embroidery)

Nebula (Embroidery)
Nebula (Embroidery) to accompany the poem 'Invitation' which can be found by clicking on the image.

Orange Galaxy

Orange Galaxy
'Orange Galaxy' posted to accompany 'Bounded and Boundless'. Go to the poem by clicking on the image.

Cosmic Icon 7 Summerflower

Cosmic Icon 7 Summerflower
Cosmic Icon 7 - Summerflower Nebula (Acrylic)

Cosmic Ikon 8 Moth

Cosmic Ikon 8 Moth
Cosmic Ikon 8: Moth Nebula(imagined-acrylic) The Gold field of deep space is intended to convey the Lordship of Christ over the whole of the Cosmos

Surprise garden rose (Photo)

Surprise garden rose (Photo)
This beautiful head of roses in our garden, which are giving off a delightful perfume in the morning sun, seems a fitting picture to link to the sonnet 'Evolution and Beauty'. Let the picture take you there. It is a surprise because it is growing high on a bush of otherwise pure yellow roses: amazing!

Cross and Vortex

Cross and Vortex
'Cross and Vortex' to accompany 'Stars and Planets Sing Your Glory'. Click on the image to go to the poem/hymn.

Gaseous Cosmic Threads (Mixed media)

Gaseous Cosmic Threads (Mixed media)
Gaseous Cosmic Threads: Mixed media - acrylics and painted threads

St Francis’ Sky (Photo)

St Francis’ Sky (Photo)
Warm Umbrian Hills: Click image to take you to the poem St Francis' Sky

Cosmic Labyrinth (CGI)

Cosmic Labyrinth (CGI)
'Cosmic Labyrinth' - This icon is a symbol of the path through the near reaches of the Cosmos with its 'Havens' where current advances in science (2012/13) are celebrated. By clicking on the picture you will be taken to the latest version of the poem of the same name.

Cross of Autumn Leaves (cropped Photo)

Cross of Autumn Leaves (cropped Photo)
Time, perhaps to consider a restorative break before the approach of Advent/ Christmas. Let this image take you to 'On Drawing Apart'.

IONA: The Marble Quarry (Photo)

IONA: The Marble Quarry (Photo)
On the South shore of Iona is a bay which shows the industrial scarring of a beautiful place. Read of it by clicking on the picture

Butterfly Nebula (CGI)

Butterfly Nebula (CGI)
The Imaginary Butterfly Nebula . Anything like this would be a real Curiosity! The image will link you to the reflection titled 'Curiosity' which is actually a celebration of the achievement of landing the Mars Rover of that name

Light of the World amidst stars (CGI)

Light of the World amidst stars (CGI)
'Light of the world' posted to accompany 'To Light'. Find the poem by clicking on the image.

Iona from Fionnphort (Watercolour)

Iona from Fionnphort (Watercolour)
Iona from Fionnphort. At this point of the Isle of Mull, the end of a pilgrimage or trip to Iona is in sight. Click on this picture to take you to the poem 'IONA - The Pilgrim Way'

Cross and simple Prayer rope (Photo)

Cross and simple Prayer rope (Photo)
Cross and simple prayer rope: make one like this to use as an aid to using ‘The Jesus Prayer'