Mysteries Of The Jesus Prayer DVD

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Noted theologian Dr. Norris J. Chumley teams up with historian John A. McGuckin to explore early monastic Christian life, but they make an incredible discovery about an ancient prayer that puts humankind in direct contact with God. For nearly a decade, McGuckin and Dr. Chumley traveled the globe to speak with religious leaders about the 13 holy sites where Christianity originated. Though the sacred sites they visited in such places as Egypt, Mount Sinai, Eastern Europe, and Russia opened their eyes to aspects of Christianity long forgotten by the mainstream church, it was the repeated discussion of an ancient, divine prayer that proved most compelling to the two seasoned adventurers. Dubbed the "Jesus Prayer" by the faithful, the chant is said to establish a tangible connection between humankind and the creator. Now, for the first time in modern history, this secret is finally revealed to the Western World.

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“Without prayer it is not a monk, but a man in a black dress,” says a monk in a black cassock. And so the story begins to unfold of the ancient monologistos prayer, the Jesus Prayer, that has survived since at least the third century. Norris Chumley’s documentary film, Mysteries of the Jesus Prayer, navigates an interesting space between the ancient and contemporary world, giving us a glimpse into the prayer life of the Christian ascetic.

In the ancient world, one only had to walk down the road to an abandoned church or look up to the caves in the side of the hill to glimpse at the holy ascetic in action. In early Christianity, the movement was seemingly unstoppable. The ascetic Jerome (4th C.E) wrote that fifty thousand monks lived in Pachomian communities in Egypt. While the number was likely far smaller, it nevertheless reminds us that Christian ascetic practice was far more common in the past than it is today, now found most profoundly in the rarefied communities we see in Chumley’s film.

The ancient ascetic was present in society, yet seemingly out of touch. The most remarkab

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Author Norris Chumley
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Width (mm) 135
Height (mm) 193

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