A privileged glimpse into a sort of working journal of a monk intent on achieving unceasing prayer. Igumen Chariton was a monk who joined the famed Valaam monastery at the turn of the century and became its superior between the two world wars. In 1936, he decided to publish this anthology, writings he had found most helpful in nurturing a fruitful life of prayer. A vast majority of the texts come from the writings of St. Theophan the Recluse, who Chariton felt faithfully summarized and transmitted the teachings of the Philokalia. (It is instructive to note that Chariton felt that the Philokalia itself might be too difficult for his readers -- mostly monks! A cautionary note for those of us who presume to approach that work!). Other writers make their appearance: Ignatius Brianchaninov, St. John of Kronstadt, St. Ephrem the Syrian, and St. John Cassian, as well as other writers included in The Philokalia. The burden of The Art of Prayer
is essentially to teach the disciple to ''stand before God with the mind in the heart'' -- all the riches of Orthodox anthropology and spiritual teaching can be drawn from a careful exegesis of this apparently simple formula. 287 pp.
An Eighth Day View:
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.