I’m back on the Jesus Prayer most of the day. Constantly…moving my lips along with the words, silent on my breath…when I’m driving, when I’m typing, when I’m trying hardest not to lose my temper or lapse into future living instead of the now…present tense…

The Jesus Prayer is always present tense.

Today, sitting alone while the kids were all out playing I clung to my quiet house, my warm coffee cup, my three loads of laundry already done, boo-yah.

And as I recited the Jesus Prayer I had a thought or heard a voice or maybe I was just paying attention…for a change. I should know this in Greek, I should say this in Greek.

Right, good luck with that, sistah.

I tried to move it to the back of my mind and focus back to my prayer and it came again…urgent….”do this.”  Not a distraction then? Okay.

I looked it up on my phone, right then, sitting in my comfy chair, in the surprising quiet calm of my city house. There it was

first this-

Jesus Prayer for women, in Greek: Κύριε Ἰησοῦ Χριστέ, Υἱέ τοῦ Θεοῦ, ἐλέησόν με τὴν ἁμαρτωλόν.

back up…start again-

Kyrie Iesou Christe, Yie tou Theou, Eleison me tin amartalon.


once more, with feeling-

KEE-ree-ay ee-SOO khree-STAY, YAY too thay-OO, eh-lay-ee-SOHN meh TEEN ah-mar-tah-LOHN

I’m practicing…one day maybe it’ll come to me like water knows how to run downhill after a rain.


  1. I had not noticed that the Jesus Prayer is always in present tense–and it so obvious now that you pointed it out. I prefer to pray in English–I guard against any notion that any language is more holy than any other. I have been in Orthodox churches where the service is conducted strictly in slavonic or in Greek–I could not understand a word of it, although I appreciated it on a somewhat sensual level. However, if saying the Jesus Prayer in Greek helps you in your spirituality, then that would be the way to go.

    By the way, I must say again that you are a very talented writer–so glad I discovered your blog. Your work is of publishable quality. However, the small print on the dark background is difficult to read. God bless you.

  2. Wow! What a difference the white background makes. And it coordinates nicely wth your overall design. Now that your text is more visible, I feel that you are “coming out,” so to speak, asserting your voice and taking your steps on your path: and, by doing so, helping other travellers.

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