Excerpt from
Mantzaridis, Professor Georgios, PH.D. Foreword. Precious Vessels of the Holy Spirit, By Herman A. Middleton.

In the same vein is the seeking of personal mercy with the phrase, “Have mercy on me,” in place of, “Have mercy on us.” When a monk says. “Lord Jesus Christ, have mercy on me,” he does not egotistically separate himself from others; but, on the contrary, he bears within himself all others, broadening his love without bounds, and shouldering their responsibility.

Elder Porphyrios would say, “Don’t you know that you and I are one?… In this feeling of our unity with the other is hidden the mystery of the spiritual life in Christ.” For this reason he would encourage his spiritual children, when they would pray for someone, to take the person’s place and to say again, “Lord Jesus Christ, have mercy on me.”

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