The Jesus Prayer

also known as
“The Prayer of the Heart”
“The Prayer of the Most Holy Name”

Is a prayer that developed in the early monastic tradition, but quickly spread throughout the Church. Today, it is practiced by thousands of faithful, laity as well as religious and monastics, all over the world.

The Jesus Prayer is a very simple and easy prayer to learn. It consists of just a few powerful words repeated over and over again:

“Lord, Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner,” or

“Lord, Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on us,” or

“Lord, Jesus, have mercy,” or just the single word “Jesus.”

The exact wording is not important, as long as it includes the most holy name of JESUS. If we persevere in saying the prayer frequently, we will find a formula that best suits our particular needs and speaks to us the most.

Although very simple, the Jesus Prayer is also a very profound prayer. In one brief sentence, it expresses the essence of our Christian faith and summarizes the entire Gospel message. When we say, “Lord, Jesus Christ, Son of God”, we proclaim that Jesus is indeed Lord, the eternal and unbegotten Son of the living God. He is the “Christos,” the “Anointed One” promised by our Heavenly Father — the Saviour of the world. When we say, “have mercy on me, a sinner,” we confess our faith and our trust in His infinite mercy and love. The Lord God will pour out an abundance of His mercy and loving kindness upon us; He will love us, forgive us, heal and comfort us. All we need to do is to ask. Each time we sincerely call upon His name, we receive His grace, His forgiveness and peace. The Jesus Prayer is a holy, wonderful prayer, and it is a great gift from God to be able to pray it.

With the help of the Jesus Prayer, we begin to believe and experience the presence of God dwelling within our heart and around us. The prayer sows deep within our souls the great truth, that God is always present within us, and that we are truly, in the words of St. Paul, “living temples of the Holy Spirit.”

The Rule of Saint Pachomius

As given to the Venerable Father Pachomius the Great, according to tradition, by an Angel of the Lord.

 Short Rule

This Short Rule for the Jesus Prayer may be accompanied with simple metanies, or with full prostrations.

Arrow Prayers

Any of these short “arrow” prayers can be used as an alternative to the Jesus Prayer. Depending on the situation or need as it arises, select one prayer and repeat it attentively, as long as you wish.

Sir Brother Victor Fednya of the UCBC

Pray while standing or sitting, running, laboring, resting, travelling or retiring.

Make the sign of the cross (3 times)

In the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

Pray the “Our Father”

Our Father, Who art in Heaven,
Hallow be Thy name;
Thy kingdom come;
Thy will be done on earth as it is in Heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread;
And forgive us our trespasses
As we forgive those who trespass against us;
And lead us not into temptation,
But deliver us from evil.


Pray the “Hail Mary”

Hail Mary, full of Grace, the Lord is with Thee.
Blessed are Thou amongst women,
And blessed is the fruit of Thy womb, Jesus.
Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners,
Now and at the hour of our death.


Pray the “Apostles Creed”

I believe in one God, The Father, The Almighty,
And Creator of Heaven and Earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, His only Son;
Who is our Lord, our Savior and our Redeemer.
He was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary.
He suffered died and was buried
One the third day he rose again in fulfillment of the scriptures.

I believe in one Holy Catholic, Apostilic Church



Pray the “Glory be to the Father”


Pray the “The Jesus Prayer”

Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the living God,
Have mercy upon me, a sinner.


Announce your ‘Mystery’ upon larger knot in each section

Recite your OWN Mystery: Your Intention, Grace, Thanksgiving, Mission, Adoration, Humility.

Pray “O my Jesus”



Anima Christi Jesus



2 thoughts on “The Jesus Prayer

  1. St Josaphat,please grant my sister miraculous Healing of her acute spondylosis nerve pain from her neck right thru her calves and please heal her of her giddiness, I plead for yr intercessions in Jesus mighty name.Amen

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