Author/Artist: Igumen Chariton
Publisher: Faber and Faber
A collection of texts on prayer, first published in Russian in 1936 and drawn from Greek and Russian sources. The spiritual teaching of the Orthodox Church appears in its classic and traditional form, but expressed in direct and vivid language. This English translation was first published in 1966.
He writes in the Finnish translation of 'The Art of Prayer': "Two years after 1936 when the Art of Prayer was published Igumen Chariton published another book on the same subject with over 500 pages." This book had a subtitle called "Discussions Aroused by the Anthology of the Jesus' Prayer Between and Elder and a Priest Actiing in the World". Most of the publication was destroyed during the Winter War.
Igumen Chariton's book is meant for daily reading. A guide is invaluable, but lack of one is no reason for not starting to practice the Prayer of the Heart; at some stage God will help!
Reijo Elsner, Denmark