Have mercy on us, Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God!

The so called Jesus prayer is a very much loved prayer in Orthodox Christianity. It’s so simple, yet so forceful: “Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, Have mercy on me, a sinner!” As the Orthodox church is widespread, the Jesus prayer is prayed and even chanted in many languages, such as in Church Slavonic and Russian – Gospodi pomilui (i.e. Lord have mercy), as in the last music video below.

It originates from various places in the New Testament, e.g. in the gospel according to St. Marc 10:47

– And when he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry out, and say, Jesus, thou son of David, have mercy on me.

Similar wordings also in St. Matthew (15:22–15:28):

–  Just then a Canaanite woman from that region came out and started shouting, “Have mercy on me, Lord, Son of David; my daughter is tormented by a demon.” But he did not answer her at all. And his disciples came and urged him, saying, “Send her away, for she keeps shouting after us.” He answered, “I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.” But she came and knelt before him, saying, “Lord, help me.” He answered, “It is not fair to take the children’s food and throw it to the dogs.” She said, “Yes, Lord, yet even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their masters’ table.” Then Jesus answered her, “Woman, great is your faith! Let it be done for you as you wish.” And her daughter was healed instantly.

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