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Heart, Prayer of the
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[German Version]

The heart is the “seat of all human powers” (Feofan the Hermit). In a basic disposition, it provides the multiplicity of sequential moments of life with stability. Oriental Christianity always idealized the state of prayer (katástasis), understood as a constant feeling which, as such, already merits the designation “prayer.” In order to attain it, careful “attention to the heart” (prosochḗ) must be given: first, the banishment of evil thoughts and then positive attention, heeding divine inspiration that originates in the heart itself. In …

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Špidlík, Tomáš, “Heart, Prayer of the”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 19 May 2022 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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