Month: October 2010

Holy Ascension Orthodox Monastery in Resaca, GA

Just a few pictures from the trip a friend and I made last weekend to visit the Holy Ascension Monastery in Resaca:







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Jesus Prayer

The Jesus Prayer in various languages:

* Arabic: أيها الرب يسوع المسيح ابن الله, إرحمني أنا الخاطئ
* Armenian: Տէր Յիսուս Քրիստոս Որդի Աստուծոյ ողորմեա ինձ մեղաւորիս
* Belarusian: Госпадзе Ісусе Хрысьце, Сыне Божы, памілуй мяне, грэшнага
* Bulgarian: Господи Иисусе Христе, Сине Божий, помилуй мене грешника
* Chinese: 主耶穌基督,上帝之子,憐憫我罪人。
* Church Slavonic: Господи Ісусе Христе Сыне Божїй помилѹй мѧ грѣшнаго
* Croatian: Gospodine Isuse Kriste, sine Božji, smiluj se meni grešniku
* Czech: Pane Ježíši Kriste, Syne Boží, smiluj se nade mnou hříšným
* Dutch: Heer Jezus Christus, Zoon van God, ontferm U over mij, zondaar
* Finnish: Herra Jeesus Kristus, Jumalan Poika, armahda minua syntistä
* French: Seigneur, Jésus Christ, Fils de Dieu, aie pitié de moi, pécheur
* Georgian: უფალო იესუ ქრისტე, ძეო ღმრთისაო, შემიწყალე მე ცოდვილი
* German: Herr Jesus Christus, Sohn Gottes, erbarme dich meiner, eines Sünders
* Greek Κύριε Ἰησοῦ Χριστέ, Υἱέ τοῦ Θεοῦ, ἐλέησόν με τὸν ἁμαρτωλόν
* Hawaiian: Ē ka Haku ‘o Iesu Kristo, Keiki kāne a ke Akua: e aloha mai ia’u, ka mea hewa
* Hungarian: Uram Jézus Krisztus, Isten Fia, könyörülj rajtam, bűnösön
* Indonesian: Tuan Yesus Kristus, Putera Allah, Kasihanilah aku, orang berdosa
* Italian: Signore Gesù Cristo, Figlio di Dio, abbi misericordia di me peccatore
* Filipino: Panginoong Hesukristo, Anak ng Diyos, kaawaan mo kaming makasalanan
* Japanese: 主イイスス・ハリストス、神の子よ、我、罪人を憐れみ給え。
* Korean: 하느님의 아들 주 예수 그리스도님, 죄 많은 저를 불쌍히 여기소서
* Latin: Domine Iesu Christe, Fili Dei, miserere mei, peccatoris
* Lithuanian: Viešpatie Jėzau Kristau, Dievo Sūnau, pasigailėk manęs nusidėjelio
* Macedonian: Господи Исусе Христе, Сине Божји, помилуј ме грешниот
* Malay: Wahai Isa-al-Masih, Putra Allah, kasihanilah aku, sesungguhnya aku ini berdosa
* Maltese: Mulej Ġesù Kristu, Iben ta’ Alla l-ħaj, ikollok ħniena minni, midneb
* Norwegian: Herre Jesus Kristus, forbarm deg over meg
* Polish: Panie Jezu Chryste, Synu Boga, zmiłuj się nade mną, grzesznikiem
* Portuguese: Senhor Jesus Cristo, Filho de Deus, tende piedade de mim pecador
* Romanian: Doamne Iisuse Hristoase, Fiul lui Dumnezeu, miluieşte-mă pe mine păcătosul.
* Russian: Господи Иисусе Христе, Сыне Божий, помилуй мя грешнаго
* Serbian: Господе Исусе Христе, Сине Божји, помилуј ме грешног
* Slovak: Pane Ježišu Kriste, Synu Boží, zmiluj sa nado mnou hriešnym
* Spanish: Señor Jesucristo, Hijo de Dios, ten piedad de mi, el pecador
* Ukrainian: Господи Ісусе Христе, Сину Божий, помилуй мене грішного

The books I mentioned in the video:
* The Desert Fathers – http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0140…
* The Philokalia (vol. 1) – http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0571…
* The Way of a Pilgrim – http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0385…

Resources for further reading online:
* Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Denver: Jesus Prayer – http://www.denver.goarch.org/prayer/j…
* The Jesus Prayer, by Metropolitan Anthony Bloom – http://archangelsbooks.com/articles/s…
* On Practicing the Jesus Prayer, by St. Ignatius Brianchaninov – http://archangelsbooks.com/articles/s…
* The Power of the Name by Metropolitan Kallistos of Diokleia – http://www.oodegr.com/english/psyxoth…
* Introduction to the Jesus Prayer, by Mother Alexandra – http://archangelsbooks.com/articles/s…
* Becoming the Jesus Prayer by Fr. Michael Plekon – http://www.incommunion.org/2005/01/17…
* Orthodox Church in America: The Jesus Prayer – http://www.oca.org/OCchapter.asp?ID=195
* Spirituals Counsels of St. Pochomios of Chios – http://www.johnsanidopoulos.com/2010/…
* Mysteries of the Jesus Prayer – http://mysteriesofthejesusprayer.com/

The Holy Monks pray even for demons


(H/T: John Sanidopoulos at MYSTAGOGY)

By Elder Paisios the Athonite

Monks do not only pray for the living and the dead but even for the most miserable creatures, the demons, who, unfortunately, even though thousands of years have passed, have become worse and have progressed in their evilness.

Once a monk* felt much pain and, while he was kneeling at prayer, he said the following: “You are God and, if You want, You can find a way to save these miserable demons who first enjoyed such great glory, but now are full of all the evilness and cunning of the world. Without Your protection, they would have devoured all human beings.” While he was saying these words, praying in pain, he saw a dog’s head next to him sticking out his tongue and mocking him. It seems that God allowed for this to happen in order to inform the monk that He is ready to accept the demons provided they repent, but they themselves do not want their salvation.

One realizes from this incident not only the great love of monks, which they receive as a type of boundless love that is of God, but also the love of God, which is ready to save the demons as well, in spite of the billions of crimes they have committed, if only they would repent.

* We know from other stories of Elder Paisios that he is likely here talking about himself, since he later confessed that he once fasted and prayed for two weeks for the salvation of the devil, but the devil appeared to him after all that and merely mocked him.

Source: Epistles, Elder Paisios of Mount Athos, Thessaloniki, pp. 90-91.