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Archimandrite Arsenios Katerelos

The Jesus Prayer and its application

 

The translative endeavour of the present essay titled "The Jesus Prayer and its application" into the English language is within the cadre of offering to our distant Orthodox, in Christ brethren.


 English language

Size: 12.5X20.5
Pages: 175
ISBN: 978-618-81489-4-9

First Edition 2016

 

Publisher and Central Distributor:

© Christian Orthodox Philanthropical Society of 
Friends of the Pantokrator Sacred Retreat of
Melissohorion "Saint Gregory Palamas"

 

 



"For just as the Sun is light for the bodym,
thus is prayer for the soul"

(Saint John Chrysostom)

 

The last instruction of our Lord Jesus Christ -"Go forth and preach to all the nations..." (Matth. 28:19)- has been applied by the Church since the beginning and until this day, through Her reliable persons, the successors of the Holy Apostles -priests and missionaries- not only directly, by means of their spoken word, but also indirectly, by means of the written and spoken word, with the contribution of technology. Similarly, the translative endeavour of the present essay titled "The Jesus Prayer and its application" into the English language is within the cadre of offering to our distant Orthodox, in Christ brethren.

As regards direct communication with God, human languages are only a relative thing, given that in essence, that which communicates and becomes united with God through Grace is man's heart, his soul, through which the Holy Spirit "intercedes in our favour, with ineffable sighs" (Rom. 8:26) when we receive Him within us -that is, "when the Spirit dwells within us and walks among us" (2 Cor. 6:16).

We could subsequently say that the chief -and par excellence- language by which we communicate with God is the language of the Holy Spirit. Even so, it is merely a prelude and a foretaste of that which will take place in the future, inasmuch as the language of the future aeon according to Abba Isaac the Syrian will be silence, because then, thanks only to the Grace of the Holy Spirit, there will be full communion on with God, but also between mankind, in the land of the living.

As we all know, in our day the languages of the present, deteriorating form of the world -and with the contribution of our weaknesses- are unable to ensure full communion between men, as a result of which, it is never achieved completely in every place and in every age. The Jesus Prayer however is able to bestow the language of the Holy Spirit to man, making it possible for him to converse in silence with God, incessantly, even from this lifetime.

We are therefore expressing our grateful thanks, firstly to the venerable Elder Kyrillos, Abbot of the Sacred Retreat "Pantokrator" of Melissohori, also to the sacred Brotherhood that surrounds him, as well as the Christian Orthodox Philanthropical Society of the friends of the said Retreat, with the name "Saint Gregory Palamas", which is under the shelter of the Very Reverend Abbot; despite the paucity of the text, they have been willing and have condescended to the realization of this translation, for the bemefit of a more widespread flock and for the glory of God.

We likewise extend our heartfelt thanks to Ms. Ekaterina Nikolopoulou, who was the translator of the said text. We also pray that the well-intentioned souls of those either close to, or far from, our Orthodox faith -who may thirst for a prayerful communication with God, but are not familiar with the Greek language- will sense and comprehend through the present English translation of the text, that our Orthodox Catholic Church truly experiences the noetic Jesus Prayer within Her bosom; that She truly possesses the prayer of the Pentecost which has been delivered by the Apostles and that She is also responsibly passing it on to Her flock, through Her Saints.

May the blessings of the Holy Fathers accompany all those who have subjected themselves to the labours of translating and publishing, and may the breath of the prayerful Grace of the Jesus Prayer touch, warm and set ablaze the hearts of those who desire the divine delight that comes from the incessant communication through prayer with our Lord and God, Jesus Christ.

In closing, we humbly ask for the blessings and prayers of those who have studied the present essay and have obtained some morsels of spiritual benefit.

Archimandrite Arsenios Katerelos

 

The single-minded Prayer -"Lord Jesus Christ, have mercy on me"- is the simplest, but also the most powerful "weapon" of prayer for the faithful -either Monk or layperson. This brief prayer, which was delivered to us by our ancient, holy Fathers of the 6th century, is a condensed form of the entire confession of the Christological Faith of our Church, the complete dogma on the Incarnation of Christ and God, "in Whose name every knee should bend, of those in heaven and on earth and below the earth" (Phil. 2:10) and with Whose name the powers of perdition are "flogged" (Ladder of Divine Ascent, 21:7).

The book titled "The Jesus Prayer and its application", by the respected and beloved Elder, Arsenios Katerelos -a very familiar Spiritual Father, Preacher and author in our Homeland- constitutes an invaluable aid for a Christian's introduction to the art of the precious "Prayer". The Archimandrite Elder Arsenios has deposited the sacred experiences and the teachings of the Elders, Saint Paisios the Hagiorite and Isaac the Lebanese, near whom he had learnt the monk's way of life, enriched with the teaching of the holy Fathers, but also with the discretion that has been based on his own hesychastic experience. 

It is with joy that we are delivering this extremely useful guide in the English language, with our prayers that "the most sweet Jesus Christ" will grant the readers of this edition the supernatural delightfulness and benefit of the incessant Prayer.

The Abbott of the Sacred Monastery
"Pantokrator" of Melissohori

† Archimandrite Kyrillos

 

  Foreword 7
  Prologue to the English Edition 9
  A FEW WORDS ABOUT FATHER ARSENIOS KATERELOS   12
1. INTRODUCTION 15
2. THE ELDER PAISIOS AND HIS TEACHING REGARDING THE PRAYER   19
3. INTRODUCTORY HOMILY ON THE PRAYER 35
4. PREREQUISITES AND BENEFITS OF THE PRAYER 53
5. THE FIRST STAGE OF THE PRAYER 71
6. THE METHOD AND THE STAGES OF THE PRAYER 95
7. THE ADVANTAGES OF THE PRAYER 115
8. THE PRAYER FOR THE LIVING AND THE DECEASED 137
9. THE METHOD OF THE PRAYER WHEN ADDRESSED TO THE HOLY MOTHER, TO THE SAINTS, AND FOR THE DECEASED   155

A FEW WORDS ABOUT FATHER ARSENIOS KATERELOS

Father Arsenios Katerelos had become acquainted with the Blessed Paisios the Hagiorite in the summer of 1979, at the age of 17.  From then on he continued to have a close and frequent spiritual contact with him, through to the repose of the Saint in 1994. 

When Fr. Arsenios was still a layperson, the Blessed Paisios had recommended Fr. Isaac the Lebanese as his Elder, who resided in the Hut of the Resurrection at Kapsala of the Holy Mountain (and reposed in 1998).

The Elder Isaac was a genuine and very close pupil of the Blessed Paisios, who had also given him the Grand Angelic Schema.  The Elder Isaac had abandoned Lebanon for the Blessed Paisios’ sake, and had relocated permanently to the Holy Mountain.

During his time at the Holy Mountain (at Kapsala, Panagouda, etc.), Fr. Arsenios was given the opportunity – first as a layperson, later as a novice monk and eventually as a hieromonk – to participate in many Services and Night-vigils with the Blessed Elder Paisios, along with certain other fathers.

Generally speaking, Fr. Arsenios was able to actually hear the teachings of the Blessed Paisios, and was frequently given the opportunity (with the blessing and the exhortation of his Elder, Isaac), to pose various questions to him, on a variety of spiritual topics, both personal and general.





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