Hesychasm & St. Gregory Palamas
Fr. Paul Jannakos
The Jesus prayer, we all know. “O Lord, Jesus Christ Son of God, have mercy on me a sinner.” But what tends to be overlooked, especially by those of us here in America, is that one must gain a certain stillness in order to experience the wonderful blessings of the Jesus prayer, or any other prayer for that matter. The teaching of the Church is that in order for prayer to become perfected, i.e., for prayer to become what it is meant to be, it must spring forth as a well of grace from deep within the heart.
There is no “Bible” in the Bible
There are certain ideas that, once introduced, tend to change how people think of everything else. This is certainly the case with the Bible. For of all the ideas about the Scripture, the most recent is the notion of “the Bible.” The word “Bible” simply means “book.” Thus, it is a name that means “the Book.” It is a particularly late notion if for no other reason than that books are a rather late invention. [READ MORE HERE]