There are many forms of the Jesus Prayer, as well as many variant spellings and pronunciations of the name Jesus. The Hebrew pronunciation would be Yeshua. In the original collage above, which I designed, I use ISUS, which is a Latinized form of the Old Believer Russian Orthodox spelling. I encourage people to meditate on the Holy Name and experiment with praying the Holy Name to discover which language and form of the Jesus Prayer resonates most deeply within your heart.
Here is the full form of the traditional Jesus Prayer in Greek (shown in the Latin alphabet):
Kyrie Iesou Christe, Yie tou Theou, Eleison me ton amartolon.
Kyrie Iesou Christe, Yie tou Theou, Eleison me tin amartolon.
These prayers would pronounced like this:
KEE-ree-ay ee-SOO khree-STAY, YAY too thay-OO, eh-lay-ee-SOHN meh TOHN ah-mar-toh-LOHN
KEE-ree-ay ee-SOO khree-STAY, YAY too thay-OO, eh-lay-ee-SOHN meh TEEN ah-mar-toh-LOHN
One can hear the Greek pronunciations here at http://www.chanttherosary.com/prayers/jesus-prayer/
Instead of praying “have mercy on me”, some prefer to pray “have mercy on us”, which in Greek would be “Eleison emas”
Simplified forms of the Jesus prayer:
One can adapt the Jesus prayer to one’s preferred form. Some of the most simplified versions are “JESUS, MERCY / IESOU ELEISON”, “LORD HAVE MERCY / KYRIE ELEISON”, “CHRIST HAVE MERCY / CHRISTE ELEISON”. The form I tend to make use of is “KYRIE IESOU CHRISTE ELEISON”. I also like to combine the Latin Holy Name of Our Lord with the Latin Holy Name of Our Lady, adding Sanskrit seed-syllables as a prefix, in an abbreviated Rosary form of prayer: OM MARIA, HU JESU
Fr. Matthew Fox’s 4 Jesus Prayers of Creation Spirituality:
via negativa Jesus prayer: “Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me”
via positiva Jesus prayer: “Lord Jesus Christ, the fullness of life, fill us”.
via creativa Jesus prayer: “Lord Jesus Christ, maker of parables and artist of healing, co-create with us (or) Lord Jesus Christ, artist and parable maker, inspire our creativity”
via transformativa Jesus prayer: “Lord Jesus Christ, prophet and warrior, make us strong champions of justice (or) Lord Jesus Christ, you who took on the empire, support our prophetic call”
Biblical basis of the Jesus Prayer:
But the tax collector, standing far off, would not even look up to heaven, but was beating his breast and saying, ‘God, be merciful to me, a sinner!’
Then he shouted, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!”
(New Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition)
Elder Ephram of Katounakia reciting the Jesus prayer:
Björk – Prayer Of The Heart/The Jesus Prayer – Music Video
Fr. Dewi’s original booklet on the Rosary Mysteries, which include additional 5 Prophetic Mysteries, can be viewed on Scribd: https://www.scribd.com/document/375002319/Rosary-Mysteries
THE HOLY FACE