‘Jesus Prayer’ Summer Study At Saint Job Of Pochaiv

Saint Job of Pochaiv News:
 
Over the next three months the women of Saint Job of Pochaiv Orthodox Church, a group called Pages and Prayers, will be studying the Jesus Prayer: “Lord, Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner.
 
The study will start with a showing of the movie “Mysteries of the Jesus Prayer” at 6:30 pm. Tuesday, June 25.
 
For nearly two millennia, the holy men and women of Eastern Christianity have built lives of reflection, humility, and constant connection to God around a simple sentence, the Jesus Prayer. Dr. Norris J. Chumley—a documentarian and professor—reveals the history, practices, and abiding wisdom of this mystical tradition to the rest of the world.
 
Book cover of The Way of a Pilgrim. Courtesy/Saint Job of Pochaiv 

During the following month, the women will be reading The Way of a Pilgrim by Nina A Toumanova and meet again July 23 to discuss their readings.  

An anonymous Russian peasant of the nineteenth century sets out to seek the truth, attempting to follow St. Paul’s command to pray without ceasing”. By chanting the Jesus Prayer he attains a greater intimacy with God.
 
Generations of readers, including Christians of all persuasions, have benefited by reading of the pilgrim’s attempts to discipline his mind toward a constant awareness of God’s presence as manifested through Christ’s mercy.
 
Orthodox prayer rope. Courtesy/Saint Job of Pochaiv 
 
The following month on Aug. 27, the women will welcome Mele Tekosis, a young woman from Colorado Springs, Colo., to learn how to tie knots to make an Orthodox prayer rope, an aid for the repetition of the Jesus Prayer.
 
The public is welcome to attend the movie, read with the women and learn how to tie the prayer rope.
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