Category Archives: prayer

Patrick Leigh Fermor on the Efficacy of Prayer (particularly monastic prayer)

“After the first postulate of belief, without which the life of a monk would be farcical and intolerable, the dominating factor of monastic existence is a belief in the necessity and efficacy of prayer; and it is only by attempting … Continue reading

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The Christian mystical experience and the limits of language

“If the mystic wishes to describe the mystical union of the soul with God and its effects, he has to make use of words which are not designed to express any such thing. For example, in order to express the … Continue reading

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The internet, curiosity, and hesychasm

“When you see articles promising lists, like “25 photos of bad plastic surgery,” do not click on those links. That’s the first step to hesychasm*.” Metropolitan Tikhon speaking at St. Vladimir’s Seminary graduation, June 1, 2015. (H/t Frederica Matthews-Green) C.f. … Continue reading

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Introductory Essay concerning Accidie – Francis Paget.

Introductory Essay Concerning Accidie. Yea, they thought scorn of that pleasant land, and gave no credence unto His word; but murmured in their tents, and hearkened not unto the voice of the Lord Most men may know that strange effect of vividness … Continue reading

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Evelyn Underhill on the Creed

“”Lord,” said St. Thomas Aquinas, “set my life in order; making me to know what I ought to do and do it in the way that I should.” The civilized world seems now to have reached the point at which … Continue reading

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Lord Astley’s Prayer

“Lord, help me today to realize that thou wilt be speaking to me through the events of the day, through people, through things, and through all creation. Give me ears, eyes and heart to perceive thee, however veiled thy presence … Continue reading

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Collect for the 6th Sunday after Trinity

“O God, who has prepared for them that love thee such good things as pass man’s understanding; Pour into our hearts such love toward thee, that we, loving thee above all things, may obtain they promises which exceed all that … Continue reading

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