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Praying the name of Jesus : the ancient wisdom of the Jesus prayer
Stinissen, Wilfried, 1927-2013.
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Mitt namn är i dig. English
First edition.
Publication Information:
Liguori, Mo. : Liguori Publications, 1999.
Physical Description:
vi, 132 pages ; 21 cm
General Note:
"Part I of this book, On the invocation of the name of Jesus, by Lev Gillet, a monk of the Eastern Church"--T.p. verso.

Part I is copyright 1949.
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Profoundly rooted in the Scriptures and first practiced centuries ago by the great teachers of the Eastern Orthodox tradition, the Jesus Prayer, with its many variations, is among the world's most ancient forms of devotion. But how does it apply to today's world? Why does it remain so popular among men and women, lay and religious, from all over the world and in every Christian religious tradition?With an eye toward the issues facing contemporary Christians, Father Wilfrid Stinissen shows readers the underlying reason why the Jesus Prayer continues to hold universal appeal for Orthodox and Catholics, Anglicans and Protestants, and all kinds of Christians of both Eastern and Western traditions -- it is a sign of hope in an age of anxiety, a beacon of light in a world of uncertainty. The prayer, in its simplicity and clarity, brings the new life granted by the Holy Spirit into vivid focus.Easily understood yet deeply profound, this book traces the evolution of the Jesus Prayer from its beginnings in the tradition of the Desert Fathers and the words of the Old and New Testaments through Christianity's expansion into the second millennium. In penetrating style, Father Stinissen demonstrates how the Jesus Prayer sums up the whole of the Gospel, bringing the body and the heart closer to Christ.

Author Notes

A distinguished theologian, frequent lecturer, and retreat master, Wilfrid Stinissen is a Carmclite friar associated with a community in Norraby Tagarp in the southern part of Sweden.

Table of Contents

Lev GilletWilfrid Stinissen
Part I On the Invocation of the Name of Jesusp. 1
Foreword to Part Ip. 3
I. The Shape of the Invocation of the Namep. 7
II. The Practice of the Invocation of the Namep. 9
III. The Invocation of the Name as a Spiritual Wayp. 15
IV. The Invocation of the Name as Worshipp. 21
V. The Holy Name as a Mystery of Salvationp. 23
VI. The Name of Jesus and the Incarnationp. 29
VII. The Name of Jesus and Transfigurationp. 33
VIII. The Name of Jesus and the Churchp. 39
IX. The Name of Jesus as Eucharistp. 43
X. The Name of Jesus and the Holy Spiritp. 49
XI. The Name of Jesus and the Fatherp. 53
XII. The Name and the Total Presencep. 57
Notesp. 61
Part II On Praying the Name of Jesusp. 67
Foreword to Part IIp. 69
1. The Tradition of the Desert Fathersp. 73
2. The Formulation of the Jesus Prayerp. 83
3. The Heart's Prayerp. 89
4. A Prayer Which Concerns Both Soul and Bodyp. 95
5. Unceasing Prayerp. 101
6. Tranquility and Temperancep. 107
7. Have Mercy on Me, a Sinnerp. 115
8. The Asceticism of Weaknessp. 121
Notesp. 129