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The Name of Jesus

The Names of Jesus Used by Early Christians and the Development of the "Jesus Prayer"

Irénée Hausherr; Translated by Charles Cummings, OCSO

The Name of Jesus
The Name of Jesus

ISBN: 9780879079444, CS044

Details: 368 pgs, 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 x 3/4
Publication Date: 04/01/1978
Cistercian Publications
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'Pray continually,' Scripture exhorts. 'Do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus.'

Striving to obey, christian monks of the East joined adoration and compunction in unceasing prayer. In the course of fourteen centuries, they developed what some have called 'the only perfect way of prayer', the Jesus Prayer: Jesus Christ, Sone of God, have mercy on me (a sinner).'

How did the Jesus Prayer evolve? In this penetrating study, Irénée Hausherr examines the documents of the first millennium and a half of christian tradition. In the first part, he recounts the names by which the faithful addressed their Lord. In the second, he traces from their writings the method of continual prayer taught and practiced by eastern ascetics

'Since I am a Christian,' he writes, 'nothing concerning Christ can leave me indifferent, least of all his names, because these are identical in a certain sense with his very person.'

Irénée Hausherr, SJ, (1881-1978) was a Jesuit of Alsatian origin and specialist in Greek patristic and monastic spirituality.

ISBN: 9780879079444, CS044

Details: 368 pgs, 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 x 3/4
Publication Date: 04/01/1978
Cistercian Publications

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. . . deservedly a classic in spiritual writing and necessary reading for all those interested in the method of Eastern Christian prayer.
The Heythrop Journal

For the reader who desires God, here is the book that speaks to the heart.
The Living Church