Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Mysteries of the Jesus Prayer - The Contemplative Tradition in Orthodox Christianity


This is an excellent documentary on the desert monks who seek internal silence and probably are the closest living link we have to the original Christian Orthodox desert mystics and their descendents in Eastern Europe. The home page for the film is here. Here is the intro from their site:
A Pilgrimage to the Heart of an Ancient Spirituality. 

"Mysteries of the Jesus Prayer" a new documentary feature film from SnagFilms (Comcast & Fios On-Demand) and HarperOne book, focuses on the mysteries behind the prayer that is thought to have first been practiced by the Apostles some 2,000 years ago. The prayer is still chanted by monks and nuns in far away caves and monasteries but is mostly unknown to the rest of the western world. Many say that with this prayer, it is possible to communicate directly with God.

Very Rev. Dr. John A. McGuckin and Dr. Norris J. Chumley bring you to ancient lands of peace and solitude, filming for the first time hermits, monks and nuns in caves, monasteries and convents who share this ancient mystical prayer. The documentary retraces their steps and beyond, bringing the wisdom of both ancient saints and living Christian spiritual masters to worldwide audiences.




Mysteries of the Jesus Prayer Synopsis
For the first time on film desert hermits, monks and nuns share their practices and invite us into their private cells, caves and sanctuaries in the Middle East, Mediterranean, Eastern Europe and Russia.

Film Credits

Director

  1. Norris J. Chumley

Producers

  1. David Aslan
  2. John A. McGuckin

Writers

  1. Norris J. Chumley
  2. John A. McGuckin

Executive Producer

  1. Norris J. Chumley

Editor

  1. David Aslan
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