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Mysteries of the Jesus Prayer

Rev. Dr. John McGuckin and Dr. Norris Chumley travel to ancient lands to film the hermits, monks and nuns who share for the first time an ancient mystical prayer with the outside world.  The prayer, Kyrie Eleison, is thought to have been practiced by the Apostles some 2,000 years ago.

Chumley and McGuckin trace the footsteps of these desert hermits, monks and nuns, who fled the noise and decadence of city life to dedicate themselves to the life of the spirit. The filmmakers are committed to bringing this largely unknown chapter of early Christian history to life, as they focus on the mysteries behind the prayer, still chanted in far away caves and monasteries.

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Auburn Update 

Mysteries of the Jesus Prayer is scheduled for release in early 2011.

For More Information 

For more information, you can contact Norris Chumley, the filmmaker, at:

(212) 979 1471
E-mail: [email protected]

You can also visit for more information.

You can also contact Laura Healy, Program Administrator at Auburn at:

Phone: 212-870-3155 or 212-662-4315
E-mail: [email protected]

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