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Books on Prayer

School for Prayer (Paperback)
by Metropolitan Anthony Bloom
Exploring the relationship between prayer and worship, and looking at well-known prayers. Also, gives practical advice.

Living Prayer(Paperback)
by Metropolitan Anthony Bloom
Explores the relationship between worship and prayer and then goes to look at well-known prayers such as the Lord’s Prayer. Help and encouragement in learning to pray.

The Art of Prayer: An Orthodox Anthology (Paperback)
by Igumen Chariton (Author)
A spiritual anthology drawn from the Greek and Russian traditions, concerned in particular with the most frequently used and best loved of all Orthodox prayers–the Jesus Prayer. Texts are taken chiefly from the letters of Bishop Theopan the Recluse, along with many other writers.

Writings from the Philokalia: On Prayer of the Heart (Paperback)
by E. Kadloubovsky (Translator), G.E.H. Palmer (Translator)
This is a collection of texts written between the fourth and fourteenth centuries by spiritual masters of the Orthodox Christian tradition. First published in Greek in 1782

On the Prayer of Jesus (Paperback)
by Ignatius Brianchaninov (Author), Kallistos Ware (Foreword)
Saint Ignatius Brianchaniov (1807–1867) provides wise instruction and advice covering all aspects of the practice, from how to get started, to approaching difficulties that arise, to dealing with friends and family who don’t get what you’re doing, to making this prayer (also called the Prayer of the Heart) the foundation of your life.

The Jesus Prayer (Paperback)
by Lev Gillet (Author), Kallistos Ware (Foreword)
Starting with the veneration of the Holy Name in the Old and the New Testament, the author traces the gradual development of the Jesus Prayer first in Byzantium and then in the Slav lands. He concludes with practical suggestions for its use today, showing how it is a prayer not only of the past but equally for the twentieth century.

The Way of a Pilgrim: The Jesus Prayer Journey Annotated & Explained (Paperback)
by Gleb Pokrovsky (Author), Andrew Harvey (Foreword)
Its anonymous author was one of the wandering pilgrims who were a regular feature of the Russian countryside from medieval times up until the early twentieth century. Through his eyes we get a charming look at rural life in nineteenth-century Russia, and with him we discover the secret to putting into practice the words of St. Paul: “Pray without ceasing.”

A Night in the Desert of the Holy Mountain: Discussion with a Hermit on the Jesus Prayer by Metropolitan Hierotheos
The bishop is a frequent pilgrim to the Holy Mountain, the spiritual heartland of the Orthodox world. After a particularly fruitful visit with a hermit monk (a God-bearing elder who prefers anonymity), he wrote down their discussion about the Jesus Prayer and published it in Greek (now in over 9 Greek editions). It appeared in English in 1991

2 Responses to “Books on Prayer”

  1. Barry Dickinson said

    Where do I get a copy of School for Prayer by Metropolitan Anthony.
    Need it for our weekly church bulletins which I author each week.
    Regards and thanks,

  2. Marinaki said

    School for Prayer

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