St. Ignatius Brianchaninov’s concluding words from the book
On the Prayer of Jesus:
“By our attentive prayer let us seek to turn the gaze of our mind to ourselves so that we discover within ourselves our sinfulness. When we discover it, let us stand mentally before our Lord Jesus Christ in the company of the lepers, the blind, the deaf, the lame, the paralyzed, the possessed; and let us begin our mournful cry of prayer before Him from the poverty of our spirit and from a heart crushed with sorrow for our sinfulness.
Let this cry be infinitely abundant. . . . .
. . . . let it be clothed in the brief but meaningful prayer:
Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me a sinner.
from On the Prayer of Jesus, from the Ascetic Essays of Bishop Ignatius Brianchaninov, translated by Father Lazarus, forward by Bishop Kallistos Ware. New Seeds: Boston & London, 2006. pp. `139-40.
Chapter One in audio: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zE-LbzdXogE
On Bishop Ignatius: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ignatius_Bryanchaninov
For more on the Jesus Prayer: http://www.orthodoxprayer.org/Jesus%20Prayer.html