Gregory Palamas: The Triads (Classics of Western Spirituality)Gregory Palamas: The Triads (Classics of Western Spirituality)
Gregory Palamas
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Gregory Palamas - monk, archbishop, and eminent theologian - dedicated most of his active life to theological argument, centered on one basic truth: The living God is accessible to personal experience, because He shared His own life with humanity. Palamas wrote nine treatises entitled For The Defense of Those Who Practice Sacred Quietude, considered to be his most important work. Since these treatises are written in three groups of three books each they are often referred to as the Triads. This book contains extensive excerpts from Palamas' famous work that in the words of the book's distinguished editor John Meyendorff, "introduce the reader into the very substance of the religious experience of the Christian East.
     

 
The Philokalia: Volume 4The Philokalia: Volume 4
G.E.H. Palmer, P. Sherrard & K. Ware, eds. & trans.
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The Philokalia is a collection of texts on prayer and the spiritual life, written between the fourth and fifteenth centuries by spiritual masters of the Orthodox Christian tradition. In volume four St Symeon the New Theologian speaks about the conscious experience of the Holy Spirit and about the vision of the divine and uncreated Light. St Gregory of Sinai provides practical guidance concerning the life of the Hesychast and the use of the Jesus Prayer. St Gregory Palamas, discusses the distinction between the essence and the energies of God.

Includes the writings of St. Symeon the New Theologian, Nikitas Stithatos, Theoliptos, Metropolitan of Philadelphia, Nikiphros the Monk, St. Gregory of Sinai and St. Gregory Palamas.
     

 
The Art of Prayer: An Orthodox AnthologyThe Art of Prayer: An Orthodox Anthology
Igumen Chariton
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Drawing on Greek and Russian spiritual masters, especially the letters of Theophan the Recluse, these readings center on the Jesus Prayer. They discuss oral prayer, the unceasing prayer of the heart, the dangers of illusion and discouragement, the need for seclusion, and how to attain inner peace.
     

 
John Climacus: The Ladder of Divine Ascent  (Classics of Western Spirituality)John Climacus: The Ladder of Divine Ascent (Classics of Western Spirituality)
John Climacus
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The Ladder of Divine Ascent was the most widely used handbook of the ascetic life in the ancient Greek Church. Popular among both laity and monastics, it was translated into Latin, Syriac, Arabic, Armenian, Old Slavonic, and many modern languages. It was written while the author (579-649 CE) was an abbot of the monastery of Catherine on Mount Sinai. As reflected in the title, the ascetical life is portrayed as ladder which each aspirant must ascend, each step being a virtue to be acquired, or a vice to be surrended. Its thirty steps reflect the hidden life of Christ himself. This work had a fundamental influence in the development of Christian monasticism generally, and particularly the Hesychastic, Jesus Prayer, or Prayer of the Heart movement.
     

 
Nil Sorsky: The Authentic WritingsNil Sorsky: The Authentic Writings
David Goldfrank(Translator) & Matthew Kelty(Editor)
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Nil Sorsky (1433/34-1508) was the founder of the Sora Hermitage, an initiator of scete monasticism among the Russian Christians and is closely identified with the Orthodox contemplative prayer known as hesychasm, or stillness. In these writings, Sorsky, known as Russia's "Great Elder," speaks across five hundred years to modern readers today. This introduction to his life and works allows English readers to share in the celebration of the 500th anniversary of Nil's death, and to mark his continuing influence on monastic life and Orthodox Christian spirituality today.
     

 

 
Philokalia: The Eastern Christian Spiritual Texts--Selections Annotated & ExplainedPhilokalia: The Eastern Christian Spiritual Texts--Selections Annotated & Explained
Allyne Smith
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A collection of writings by monks from the fourth to fifteenth centuries, the Philokalia more than any other text reflects the Eastern Church's interpretation of the Bible's meaning. Simply translated, the title means "love of the beautiful," which reflects the text's emphasis on mystical and contemplative practices to engage all of our senses in the acts of worship and prayer.

This introduction to the wisdom of the Philokalia illuminates a text that until now has intimidated the general reader in its scholarly translations from Greek and Russian. Allyne Smith focuses his thoughtful selection on seven themes that recur throughout the five-volume work-repentance, the heart, prayer, the Jesus Prayer, the passions, stillness, and theosis. Smith's enlightening, accessible facing-page commentary fills in the historical and spiritual context, clarifies core teachings, including the Eastern understanding of salvation, and draws connections to modern-day practices, such as contemplative prayer.
     

 
The Jesus Prayer: The Ancient Desert Prayer That Tunes the Heart  to GodThe Jesus Prayer: The Ancient Desert Prayer That Tunes the Heart to God
Frederica Mathewes-Green
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In The Jesus Prayer Frederica Mathewes-Green offers a comprehensive yet accessible introduction to the most mysterious prayer of Christian tradition. In the earliest centuries of faith, Christians in the deserts of Palestine and Africa sought a short prayer that could be easily repeated, to acquire the habit of "prayer without ceasing." The result was The Jesus Prayer: Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me. This jewel of Eastern Christianity aims at enabling a person to be in God's presence, rather than trying to focus upon feelings or thoughts of God.

The first section offers a concise overview of the history, theology, and spirituality of Orthodoxy, so that the Prayer can be understood in its native context. Following, is a conversational question-and-answer format that takes the reader through practical steps of incorporating this prayer into daily life.
     

 
The Way of a PilgrimThe Way of a Pilgrim
Helen Bacovcin
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This classic work of Russian spirituality tells of an anonymous peasant's quest for the secret of prayer. The Pilgrim searches high and low to know what St. Paul meant when he instructed fellow Christians to "pray continuously." Roam the 19th century, humbly seeking truth and finding joy in abundance while joining the happy wanderer, who holds only a knapsack and a few crusts of bread, yet finds goodness aplenty wherever he goes.
     

 
The Way of a Pilgrim, Annotated & ExplainedThe Way of a Pilgrim, Annotated & Explained
Translated by Gleb Pokrovsky, Gleb Pokrovsky
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The classic of Russian spirituality--now with facing-page commentary that illuminates and explains the text.

The Way of a Pilgrim is the timeless account of an anonymous wanderer who set out on a journey across nineteenth-century Russia with nothing but a backpack, some bread, and a Bible, with a burning desire to learn the true meaning of the words of St. Paul: "Pray without ceasing." In this completely accessible new abridgment, all the terms and references are explained for you--with intriguing insights into aspects of the text that are often not available to the general reader.


     

 
On the Prayer of JesusOn the Prayer of Jesus
Ignatius Brianchaninov
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One of the finest spiritual writers in 19th-century Russia, Bishop Ignatius---whose most famous work is The Arena---gives us an ideal companion to The Way of a Pilgrim, explaining how to recite the Jesus Prayer, handle difficulties which arise from the practice, and integrate it into one's life. 144 pages, softcover. New Seeds.
     

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