The Jesus Prayer

The prayer that can change your life

We all need a good dose of silent prayer each and every day. Finding that perfect place in your home that can become your cave, or prayer closet, will afford you that sacred space wherein you can go deep into the heart and connect with God. That place wherein you can close off your family, your worries, your job, your distractions, and go deep into your heart wherein you will find the peace that comes from Christ.

The Jesus Prayer is the perfect prayer, for it is a prayer of adoration and praise, and a prayer that proclaims that Jesus is Lord and, as God, can grand mercy upon you. The simple prayer which invokes the Holy Name of Jesus can transform your life, and take you into the very Heart of God. This prayer is known as the Prayer of the Heart for the very reason that it is of the heart.

“Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me a sinner.” Said with the aid of a Prayer Rope (thus bringing your body into the action of the prayer), this prayer accomplishes Saint Paul’s admonition that we should “pray always”. It is a prayer that takes you out of yourself and into communion with Christ. It is a prayer that can change your life because through this prayer you can taste the presence of Christ beside you.

Love in Christ,
Abbot Tryphon

Photo: Mount Rainier, as seen from my favorite trail near the monastery.

Ambrose, who’ll be with us for the weekend, is the fifth young man in the past six months, to express interest in possibly pursuing the monastic life. It is inspiring to me to witness young people, in spite of the total secularization of our society, drawn to the monastic life.

Friday February 22, 2019 / February 9, 2019
Week of the Publican and the Pharisee. Tone five.
Fast-free Week. Fast-free
Martyr Nicephorus of Antioch (ca. 257).
Uncovering of the relics (1805) of St. Innocent of Irkutsk (1731).
Uncovering of the relics of St. Tikhon, Patriarch of Moscow and All Rus (1992).
New Hieromartyr Basil priest (1930).
New Hieromartyr John priest (1938).
Venerable Pancratius, hieromonk of the Kiev Caves (13th c.).
Venerables Gennadius (1516) and Nicephorus (1557), monks, of Vazhe Lake (Vologda).
Hieromartyrs Marcellus, bishop of Sicily; Philagrius, bishop of Cyprus; and Pancratius, bishop of Taormina; disciples of Apostle Peter (1st c.).
Venerables Aemilianus and Bracchio of Tours (6th c.) (Gaul).
St. Teilo, bishop (Llandaff in Wales) (6th c.) (Celtic & British).
Martyr Apollonias of Alexandria (249).
St. Romanus the Wonderworker of Cilicia (5th c.).
Hieromartyr Peter Damascene, bishop of Damascus (743).

The Scripture Readings

1 John 2:7-17

7 Brethren, I write no new commandment to you, but an old commandment which you have had from the beginning. The old commandment is the word which you heard from the beginning. 8 Again, a new commandment I write to you, which thing is true in Him and in you, because the darkness is passing away, and the true light is already shining.

9 He who says he is in the light, and hates his brother, is in darkness until now. 10 He who loves his brother abides in the light, and there is no cause for stumbling in him. 11 But he who hates his brother is in darkness and walks in darkness, and does not know where he is going, because the darkness has blinded his eyes.

Their Spiritual State

12 I write to you, little children,
Because your sins are forgiven you for His name’s sake.
13 I write to you, fathers,
Because you have known Him who is from the beginning.
I write to you, young men,
Because you have overcome the wicked one.
I write to you, little children,
Because you have known the Father.
14 I have written to you, fathers,
Because you have known Him who is from the beginning.
I have written to you, young men,
Because you are strong, and the word of God abides in you,
And you have overcome the wicked one.

Do Not Love the World

15 Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 16 For all that is in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—is not of the Father but is of the world. 17 And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever.

Mark 14:3-9

The Anointing at Bethany

3 And being in Bethany at the house of Simon the leper, as He sat at the table, a woman came having an alabaster flask of very costly oil of spikenard. Then she broke the flask and poured it on His head. 4 But there were some who were indignant among themselves, and said, “Why was this fragrant oil wasted? 5 For it might have been sold for more than three hundred denarii and given to the poor.” And they criticized her sharply.

6 But Jesus said, “Let her alone. Why do you trouble her? She has done a good work for Me. 7 For you have the poor with you always, and whenever you wish you may do them good; but Me you do not have always. 8 She has done what she could. She has come beforehand to anoint My body for burial. 9 Assuredly, I say to you, wherever this gospel is preached in the whole world, what this woman has done will also be told as a memorial to her.”

Abbot Tryphon

About Abbot Tryphon

The Very. Rev. Abbot Tryphon All-Merciful Saviour Monastery on Vashon Island, Washington. The Monastery is under the omophore of The Most Rev. Archbishop Kyrill of San Francisco and Western America, of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia. Situated in the heart of a beautiful forest, surrounded by the Salish Sea, the monastery is reached by ferry from either Seattle, or Tacoma, Washington.


  1. Thank you, Very. Rev. Abbot Tryphon. As an unbaptized seeker, I have embraced prayer in the last two months. My husband helped me by drilling my one lampada into the east facing wall of our guest room, below the cross.

  2. What wonderful news that there are five young men interested in the monastic life! I will be praying for Ambrose and the others in this period of discernment. The world needs them so much!

  3. Slava Isu Cristu Good Morning.Fathers… I just found your site and it is beautiful. Funny how being stuck in the house because of the fridige weather and tired of TV. just decided to look up some of the Orthodox site, which comfort me. Especially since I haven’t been able to get to church and I do not feel “whole” because of that, so I’ll go on the computer, and listen to the Beautiful 2-3hr Divine Liturgies and other sites of orthodoxy. I pray it’ll be soon to get back. I will get back to order a few things, I’m afraid I’m the last in my generation here that feels that way about Our Beliefs. Did go to Russia in 1988 for the melemiun with our priests, was grateful to be there. And to the Holy Land More appreciative of the Holy days we have. Pray now more that ever, that Boza will help all of us. I’m 85 and so glad I listened to my Mother and Dad about faith. and HE let me live this long, way past my parents and grandparents. Thank you for all I’ve read so far. ” God Grant you many years……”

  4. It touches my heart to hear about the monastic inquirers! God bless Ambrose and the rest, and may He lead them in the direction He wills.

  5. What a wonderful message today. I say the Jesus Prayer everyday and it works for me spiritually. Thank you for reminding us. All your messages should be in a book for us to read daily, just like “The Morning Offering”. How about a new devotional book like “The Evening Offering”? God bless you, go with God

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