Category Archives: Love’s Glory

Union of Wisdom and Glory

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The invocation, Hallelu Yah, springs from the union of wisdom and glory in the Spirit’s unceasing prayer in the inmost heart, crying Abba, Father, ascribing all illumination and insight to the Father through the Son, whose wisdom and glory are trustworthy and true.  Christ’s kiss of grace inspires heart and mind with ineffable love, anointing the soul with hallowing fragrance.  The Name… Read more »

Prophecy and Prayer

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Prophecy is generated in the Word that names the Name, whilst prayer proceeds in the Spirit to abide in the Word, revealing a place of grace in the midst which unveils the Face.  This place of grace has no shadow, being the place where grace unveils uncreated light, revealing the unveiled Face of glory.  In this place of grace, Great… Read more »

Trusting wisdom’s recognition

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Elders do not trust themselves but in wisdom’s recognition of God present and aware in his Name.  The Holiest of Holy Unions at centre in the midst cannot be grasped conceptually or analysed logically without degenerating into reifications which seduce the unconfused into confusion and the indivisible into division.  Seers live from the mysteries of this union but do not presume to… Read more »

Timeless Presence

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The Hesychast wisdom of stillness points beyond the world’s strident exteriors to the timeless presence of God in his Name.  The Hesychast poetics of prophecy regenerates the degenerated imagination, purifying old prophetic symbolism in the uncreated energies of wisdom and glory, radicalising its prophetic power to awaken the heart, sustaining pure prayer of the Spirit in the midst.  Invisible angels listen… Read more »

In Thee, by Thee, now-I am

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Saint Sophrony the Hesychast, canonised by the Patriarch of Constantinople on November 27th 2019, completes what he calls his Confession and Spiritual Autobiography (‘We shall see him as he is.’ 1988) with witness to the Name ‘I AM.’  “Now, O my Christ, in Thee and by Thee…Now – I am” (‘We shall see him’ p 234).  This witness cost him… Read more »

Wisdom of the Beloved Disciple

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The wisdom of the Beloved Disciple is perhaps the most profound of all living wisdom streams flowing into the mainstream of Orthodox Christian wisdom, watering the living roots of desert Hesychasm, wisdom that beholds the glory of the slaughtered Lamb, full of grace and truth (John 1:14; 1:29; Rev 5:6-14).  The Beloved Disciple beheld the glory of the Word made flesh,… Read more »

Crowning and enthroning

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Wisdom, clear as crystal, flows from the glory that enthrones the Name, communicating the life-blood of boundless love that flows forth as grace from the wounds of the slaughtered lamb, restoring healing glory to the Father in his Kingdom.  Christ dwells in the midst of this glory, enthroned with the Father at centre, where all centres coincide.  He is the wisdom… Read more »

Christ healing fear

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Desert Hesychasm bears witness to the mysteries of Christ in the heart, the mystery of Baptism which it lives as purification through turning, the mystery of Chrismation which it lives as  illumination through seeing, and the mystery of the Eucharist which it lives as glorification through divine-human being.  It lives these mysteries by awakening to Christ, Christ who is the… Read more »

Pinnacle of paths

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The Holy Name ‘I AM’ is the pinnacle of paths, as we see when Jesus transmits its glory with wisdom in the words, ‘Before Abraham was, I AM’ (John 8:58).  Uncreated glory is what Hesychast tradition lives as glorification of the Name, imparting joyous union of wisdom and glory.  But it is also endurance of persecution for God’s Name’s sake,… Read more »

Love is the meaning of glory

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Mother Julian of Norwich was shown that love was our Lord’s meaning; ‘I AM,’ love’s glory, the ground of all our beseeching (Revelation of Love ch. 86).  Like Dame Julian, desert wisdom questions the enduring meaning of being, searching out the hidden ground of uncreated, deifying grace.  Prophecy transmits the Name so that prayer may receive its gracious gifts, opening… Read more »