School of Theology and Seminary Graduate Papers/Theses

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Date of Award


Document Type

Graduate Paper

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Theology


School of Theology and Seminary

First Advisor

Columba Stewart, OSB


The significance of the Jesus Prayer is that it is prayer of the mind in the heart whose aim is union with God or thus deification. Its roots can be found in praxis, the remembrance of God, penthos, the power of the name of Jesus, unceasing prayer, and apophatic prayer. These roots are essential for the Jesus Prayer because they nourish and sustain the Jesus Prayer, anchoring and providing its stability and depth. While these roots developed at different times and grew in different ways down through the centuries, each of them is important, interrelated, and critical for the Jesus Prayer. Consequently, this paper will examine each of these roots. In addition, this paper will explore the context, use, conditions for its use, and the levels of the Jesus Prayer. Finally, this paper will briefly review the fruits of the Jesus Prayer.


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