Articles and Books


"Prayer without Ceasing" is necessary for all Christians
By St Gregory Palamas
"bear in mind the method of prayer – how it is possible to pray without ceasing, namely by praying in the mind. And this we can always do if we so wish...."

On Practicing the Jesus Prayer
by St. Ignatius (Brianchaninov)
"The correct practice of the Jesus Prayer proceeds naturally from correct notions
about God, about the most holy name of the Lord Jesus, and about man's relationship
to God. ..."

The Jesus Prayer
by Saint Theophan the Recluse
"Only with the help of this prayer can the necessary order of the soul be firmly maintained; only through this prayer can we preserve our inner order undisturbed even when distracted by household cares."

Guidance about the Jesus Prayer
By Father Paisios the Athonite:
"only certainty is repentance and let every spiritual edifice be built upon it and let us continually seek repentance from God and nothing else..."

On Prayer
Purification of the Heart

The Jesus Prayer: Method
by Archimandrite Sophrony
"Through prayer in the Name of Jesus in its ultimate realization unites man with Christ fully..."

The Jesus Prayer in St Gregory of Sinai
by Metropolitan Kallistos Ware
He describes both the for of the Prayer and the inward and outwrd techniques of prayer of the heart. Saint Gregory was on Athos the same time as St. Gregory Palamas but was not involved in the theological disputes so his teaching is focused on the practice of the Prayer.

The Power of the Name
by Bishop Kallistos of Diokleia
A classic exposition of the the Jesus Prayer. Excellent introduction to the teachings of the Hesychasts, the masters of stillness, showing us how anyone can make use of their teachings to come closer to God.

Jesus Prayer of the heart for the faithful living in the world.
By Elder Josheph
In the beginning it is necessary to say the prayer in a whisper, or even louder when confronted by duress and inner resistance. When this good habit is achieved to the point that the prayer may be sustained and said with ease, then we can turn inwardly with complete outer silence."

Omnipotent Prayer
Elder Joseph, the quieter and Spilaiotou
Always try to make sure that the prayer of Jesus Christ is included in your daily cycle, your work, your every breath and your every sense.

Saint John Chrysostom
Thoughts on the Jesus Prayer
…constantly call: “Lord, Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy upon me!” in order that this remembrance of the Name of our Lord Jesus should incite you to battle with the enemy. By this remembrance, a soul forcing itself to do this practice can discover everything which is within, both good and bad.

Jesus Prayer - by Metropolitan Anthony Bloom
"The use of the prayer is dual, it is an act of worship as is every prayer, and on the ascetical level, it is a focus that allows us to keep our attention still in the presence of God."

Hieromonk Ilie Cleopa preaching on the levels of the Prayer of the Heart (video)

Introduction to the Jesus Prayer - by Mother Alexandra
formerly Her Royal Highness, lleana Princess of Romania and Archduchess of Austria

On the Jesus Prayer - by Tito Colliander
"Prayer will call forth in inner calm, a peaceful relaxation in grief, love, gratitude, humility."

Jesus Prayer by Deacon Charles Joiner
"The Jesus prayer is recognized in the Church as a very important form of prayer to help us progress in our spiritual maturity by coming closer to a unity with God. Some say it is the only prayer we need to learn. The prayer is very simple."

Praying the Jesus Prayer
by Dr. Albert Rossi, of St. Vladimir's

"The Jesus Prayer provides one good way to pray constantly. In fact, the Jesus Prayer is the most widespread and most specifically Orthodox spiritual prayer..."

Use of Prayer Rope
From an article published in "Agioritiki Martiria," amagazine issued by the Xiropotamos Monastery. on Mouint Athos.

Difference Between The Jesus Prayer and a Hindu Mantra
by Dionysios Farasiotis
"What constitutes the infinite distance separating the Christian Jesus Prayer from the Hindu mantra, however, is that which lurks behind the name of the god being invoked in a mantra and invited into the soul."


The Art of Prayer: An Orthodox Anthology (Paperback)
by Igumen Chariton (Author)
A spiritual anthology drawn from the Greek and Russian traditions, concerned in particular with the most frequently used and best loved of all Orthodox prayers--the Jesus Prayer. Texts are taken chiefly from the letters of Bishop Theophan the Recluse, along with many other writers.

Writings from the Philokalia: On Prayer of the Heart (Paperback)
by E. Kadloubovsky (Translator), G.E.H. Palmer (Translator)
This is a collection of texts written between the fourth and fourteenth centuries by spiritual masters of the Orthodox Christian tradition. First published in Greek in 1782

On the Prayer of Jesus (Paperback)
by Ignatius Brianchaninov (Author), Kallistos Ware (Foreword)
Saint Ignatius Brianchaninov (1807–1867) provides wise instruction and advice covering all aspects of the practice, from how to get started, to approaching difficulties that arise, to dealing with friends and family who don't get what you're doing, to making this prayer (also called the Prayer of the Heart) the foundation of your life.
AudioBook Online

The Jesus Prayer (Paperback) Online edition
by Lev Gillet (Author), Kallistos Ware (Foreword)
Starting with the veneration of the Holy Name in the Old and the New Testament, the author traces the gradual development of the Jesus Prayer first in Byzantium and then in the Slav lands. He concludes with practical suggestions for its use today, showing how it is a prayer not only of the past but equally for the twentieth century.

The Way of a Pilgrim: The Jesus Prayer Journey Annotated & Explained (Paperback)
by Gleb Pokrovsky (Author), Andrew Harvey (Foreword)
Its anonymous author was one of the wandering pilgrims who were a regular feature of the Russian countryside from medieval times up until the early twentieth century. Through his eyes we get a charming look at rural life in nineteenth-century Russia, and with him we discover the secret to putting into practice the words of St. Paul: "Pray without ceasing."

A Night in the Desert of the Holy Mountain: Discussion with a Hermit on the Jesus Prayer by Metropolitan Hierotheos
The bishop is a frequent pilgrim to the Holy Mountain, the spiritual heartland of the Orthodox world. After a particularly fruitful visit with a hermit monk (a God-bearing elder who prefers anonymity), he wrote down their discussion about the Jesus Prayer and published it in Greek (now in over 9 Greek editions). It appeared in English in 1991.
Excerpt - Five Stages of Contemplative Prayer

The Name of Jesus
By Irenee Hausherr
Comprehensive documentation of how the Jesus Prayer evolved He examines the documents of the first millennium and a half of Christian tradition. In the first part he recounts the names by which the faithful addressed their Lord. In the second he traces from their writings the method of continual prayer taught and practiced by eastern ascetics.

Writings from the Philokalia On Prayer Of The Heart
Trans. by E. Kadloubovsky & G. E. H. Palmer

The Psychological Basis of Mental Prayer in the Heart by Fr. Theophanes (Constantine)
Online- a three-volume workwritten by an Orthodox monk dedicated to the the study of the foundations of the Jesus Prayer.

The Jesus Prayer: The Ancient Desert Prayer That Tunes the Heart to God
by Frederica Mathewes-Green
"The idea is to send some time every day practicing the Prayer... not robotically but sincerely.// This brief, all -purpose, very portable prayer takes root and spreads. In the process you hone your ability to discern God's presence.... Practicing the Jesus Prayer helps you sharpen your a ability to" tune it" to his presence just as you wold practice scales to hone your ability to identify musical pitch."


Metropolitan Kallistos Ware on the Jesus Prayer
Metropolitan Kallistos Ware spoke at St Mark Coptic Orthodox Church in Fairfax, Virginia on the Jesus Prayer. The first few minutes are Coptic praises and the introduction and lecture begins about 5:45 minutes.