Matthew The Poor, Orthodox Prayer Life, pp.212

“The sun passing over the earth produces day;
and the holy and adorable Name of the Lord Jesus,
unceasingly shining in the mind,
gives birth to a countless number of sun-like thoughts.”
St Hesychius of Jerusalem

“A monk, whether he is eating, or drinking,
or sitting, or travelling,
or doing anything else,
must constantly cry out:
Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me!
that the Name of the Lord Jesus,
descending to the depths of the heart,
may humble the snake nestling in the fields there,
and save and vivify the soul.
Therefore continue unceasingly with the Name of the Lord Jesus,
that your heart may embrace the Lord,
and that the Lord may embrace your heart,
and that these two may be one.”
St John Chrysostom

Do not separate your heart from God,
but remain with Him,
and always guard your heart
with the remembrance of our Lord Jesus Christ,
until the Name of the Lord
takes root in your heart
and it thinks of nothing else
– that Christ may be magnified in you.”
St John Chrysostom


Matthew The Poor, Orthodox Prayer Life, pp.128-201

“Give up the passions of this world…
that the Light proceeding from the Father
may find you.
He will bid His servants to unbind you
and let you go
to the Light where His Father is.
Would that our bands were torn
that we might see our God!”
St John of Dalyatha, Homily on Caution and Precaution

“It is not the self-critical who reveals his humility
(for does not everyone somehow
have ti put up with himself?).
Rather it is the man who continues
to love the person who has criticized him.”
St John Climacus (The Ladder, 22.17)

“Turn this body in which you are clothed
into a censer in which you burn
all your evil thoughts and musings.
Raise them before the Lord
that He might raise your hearts to Him.
Ask Him
with all the might you possess in your minds
to bring down His immaterial fire from on high
to consume all that is found in that censer
and purify it.”
St Antony the Great, Letter 6.8

“Close the door of you cell to your body,
the door of your tongue to talk,
and the gate within to evil spirits.”
St John Climacus, The Ladder 27.19

“Hush your heart
that your heart may speak,
and hush your heart
that God may speak.”
St John of Dalyatha, Homily on the Gifts of the Spirit