By Ignatius Brianchaninov, Kallistos Ware
The Jesus Prayer is predicated at the energy of the identify of the Lord. during this unprecedented translation of Bishop Branchaninov's essay at the Jesus Prayer, we're brought to a non secular workout referred to as Hesychasm. Hesychasm offers expression to the strategy of enlightenment that has been in use in Christian monasteries within the East nearly from Apostolic occasions. Brianchaninov not just explains how the prayer works and the way to organize for the perform, yet places forth a number of teachings from Greek and Russian mystics at the Jesus Prayer. He additionally discusses the pitfalls that may be encountered alongside the best way and the way to prevent them, in addition to "material aids," reminiscent of the rosary and posture, for the perform.
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But at the same time the visual imagination and the reasoning brain are to be stilled. In the words of Evagrius of Pontus (d. ”33 “The mind during prayer,” writes Ignatius, “must be carefully kept formless, rejecting all imagination . . Images, if the mind admits them, become a curtain and a wall which separate the soul from God. Those who see nothing during their prayer see God, according to St. ”34 The Jesus Prayer, that is to say, is not a method of meditation on specific incidents in the life of Christ.
Ignatius, always generous in works of charity, did not even have enough money for his journey to the Caucasus and had to borrow cash from a friendly layman. For four years he struggled as best he could with his arduous episcopal duties, but the task exceeded his strength. In 1861 he resigned. Ignatius was allowed to retire to the small and secluded Nikolo-Babaevsky Monastery in the province of Kostroma, and here he died on 30 April 1867, in the solitude for which he had longed from his youth. He was glorified as a saint by the Russian Church in 1988, and is commemorated on the day of his death.
His period of service at St. Petersburg finally came to an end in 1857, when he was appointed Bishop of the Caucasus and the Black Sea. This was a vast diocese, founded not long before, and still not properly organized; for example, Ignatius found on his arrival that there was no episcopal residence. It seems a puzzling and even cruel assignment for someone in such precarious health. It is to be feared that one of the reasons for his appointment was envy; there were many who resented his spiritual influence in the capital and wished him out of the way.