by Norris J. Chumley, Ph.D.
Executive Producer/Author, Mysteries of the Jesus Prayer and newly released Be Still and Know: God’s Presence in Silence
You may have heard about, or practice the special period of time observed by Christians called “Lent.” This forty-day period leading up to Easter (Pascha in Greek), is perhaps the most important time for Christians. During this time, believers self-reflect and contemplate on the Great Paschal Mystery: the total forgiveness and salvation God gives us through the suffering, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, the Son of God…….
Outwardly, it may appear that the early Christians experienced great suffering and trials in the desert; having to constantly worry about water and food, weather and harsh conditions. Externally, it may well have appeared that these people were dancing with insanity, wrestling with mental demons and casting away visions of the devil with constant prayer and meditation…….
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Perfect for yourself or a group. Go in-depth, discover the ancient history of the Church, learn how the prayer of the heart — the Jesus Prayer — came to be, and how it developed over centuries. Use the music and meditations CD at home, on your PDA, and wherever you go.
Watch the film over and over again — compare and illuminate the previously hidden spiritual treasures of monastic practices with the companion book. See 10 additional expanded scenes and interviews with the Study Guide, online.
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For nearly two millennia, the holy men and women of Eastern Christianity have built lives of reflection, humility, and constant connection to God around a simple sentence, the Jesus Prayer. Now you can use the Jesus Prayer to deepen your own practices and spiritual beliefs.
Dr. Norris J. Chumley—a documentarian and professor—reveals the history, practices, and abiding wisdom of this mystical tradition to the rest of the world. Chumley traveled to some of the early Church’s holiest sites with the Very Reverend Dr. John A. McGuckin, a priest and professor—to St. Anthony’s Monastery in the Egyptian desert and St. Catherine’s Monastery on Mount Sinai, to convents in Transylvania and to monasteries in Russia, the Ukraine, and Greece—in search of Christianity’s first mystical tradition and its modern-day practitioners.
The monks and nuns he met taught him how to move through the stages of the Jesus Prayer, and how it can foster an unceasing, and ever deepening, conversation with God.
Enriched with stunning color photographs of these holy sites, where photography is rarely allowed, Mysteries of the Jesus Prayer reveals the powerful theology packed into this prayer’s few words.
“The Jesus Prayer can be used by everyone . . . When prayer culminates in silence, we awaken to new awareness. Then, prayer becomes a way of noticing more clearly and responding more effectively to the world within us and around us.”
—Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, Archbishop of Constantinople and New Rome, from the Foreword
“The famous Jesus Prayer has helped believers move closer to God for centuries. Chumley’s entirely fascinating new book takes us on a spiritual journey that explores the origins of this rich mystical tradition. Prayer does not need to be complicated for us to communicate with God.”
—James Martin , SJ, author of The Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Everything
“This isn’t just a book about prayer. It is a full-on plunge into a prayer-filled adventure. Chumley takes you on a pilgrimage to some of the most enchanted places, and all you have to take with you is a one-line prayer that has been changing the world for centuries. Dive in.”
—Shane Claiborne, author, speaker, activist, and co-compiler of Common Prayer
“Led by twelve words of an ancient prayer, Chumley traverses a spiritual landscape unfamiliar to most westerners where he discovers a way of peace open to those who seek a deeper connection with God. Take this book and read. Even better, read this book and accept its invitation to pray.”
—Diana Butler Bass, author of A People’s History of Christianity
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Discover the ancient and powerful Jesus Prayer in this spiritual adventure of a lifetime. Known by generations of eastern Christians, this mystical prayer has been in use since the Apostles, but remains largely unknown in the west. For the first time on film, desert hermits, monks and nuns reveal the simple prayer, bringing us into their private cells, caves and sanctuaries in the Middle East, Mediterranean, Eastern Europe and Russia. Narrated by Dr. Norris J. Chumley and Very Rev. Dr. John McGuckin.
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“ It is with spiritual delight that we welcome and introduce... the living tradition and profound Mysteries of the Jesus Prayer.” – Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew
“...a pilgrimage to some of the most enchanted places, and all you have to take with you is a one-line prayer that has been changing the world for centuries. Dive in.” (about the companion book)
– Shane Claiborne, AUTHOR, SPEAKER, ACTIVIST, AND CO-COMPILER OF COMMON PRAYER
“In a time when all people yearn for Divine Stillness in their hearts, this film lifts one from the noise and chaos of the ‘much too with us’ world to that place where God speaks quietly to every person.”
– A Humble Priest
With 31 pages of lesson plans, descriptions, historic teachings, topics for contemplation and discussion, and ideas for prayer and outreach – the Mysteries of the Jesus Prayer Study Guide is perfect for churches, universities, seminaries and individual use. It may be used with a teacher or group leader, or as independent study. It is full of beautiful color photographs from each location in the movie – places where cameras have never been before. Eleven (11) short online films featuring extended footage, scenes not included in the movie, extra interviews and demonstrations — the study guide is in PDF form (instantly downloadable) with links to online films.
* Each Study Group member needs an individual copy, please. We are offering this Study Guide without copy restrictions, on the honor system, but we do need to recoup costs of making the film and writing the materials. Thank you for your understanding and support.*
NOTE: It is necessary to view the films online. Internet access is necessary for the links to the films. The Study Guide is not available in DVD form, nor are the film sections downloadable. Each Study Guide PDF download contains everything needed: descriptive texts, topic points for contemplation and discussion, suggestions for participation and practice, and private links to the online films.
NOTE: It is necessary to view the films online. Internet access is necessary for the links to the films. The Study Guide is not available in either print or DVD form, nor are the film sections downloadable. Each Study Guide PDF download contains everything needed: descriptive texts, topic points for contemplation and discussion, suggestions for participation and practice, and private links to the online films.
1) Monasticism: What is it?
Tour of St. Antony Monastery and Conversation with Fr. Lazarus & Fr. Antony
2) The Jesus Prayer
Interview with Mother Maria, Agapia Convent, Romania
3) Desert Monasteries
A visit to St. Catherine’s monastery at Mt Sinai, and talk with His Eminence Archbishop Damianos of Sinai.
4) Monastic Vows
Abbess Josephina, Varatec Monastery, Romania
5) Two Hagiographies: The Life of St. Antony the Great & Life of St Sergei of Radonezh
Father Lazarus & Father Ruwais, Saint Antony’s Monastery, Egypt
Tretyakov Gallery, Vision of the Youth Bartholomew painting
Visiting Trinity Lavra of Saint Sergius, Sergyiev Posad, Russia
6) Holy Mountain Monasteries
His Eminence Archbishop Iustinian, Saint Ana Monastery, Romania
7) Icons and Orthodoxy
His Eminence Patriarch Daniel of Romania, on icons
The Mandylion icon by Andrei Rubilev – Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow
8) Epilog: What is The Mystery?
Patriarch Kiril’s Pentecost sermon on the Mysteries of the Kingdom of God
CD: (Music and Meditations)
Music from the feature documentary film. Meditative, contemplative and peaceful. A transcendent mix of ancient and contemporary music, sounds and natural elements. With ancient Christian chants and prayers that you can use in your practices.
Composer Rich Devletian says:
- I went about researching and collecting music from each location/culture we visit in the film. – The movie’s score moves through time as we progress through the locations, starting first with monophonic drones, moving to simple chord structures, and eventually indulging in complex harmony (similar to the growth of the musical tradition in the church over the course of thousands of years). – Took elements from folk arrangements of each culture to provide direction in instrumentation & modality. – Fused the sounds of the clergy’s everyday life with the original music in order to create a seamless soundscape to accompany us on our journey.
Purchasing the actual CD from us helps a great deal, although it may also be downloaded on iTunes and CDBaby.com immediately.
For a sample of the Main Theme music, please click here.