Rites and Rituals of the Coptic Orthodox Church
Dictionary of Coptic Orthodox Church Terms and Terminology
A Greek word "ησυχία" meaning stillness, quiet, tranquility. This is the central consideration in the prayer of the Desert Fathers. On the external level, it signifies an individual living as a solitary; on a deeper level, it is the possession of interior quiet and peace. More specifically it means guarding the mind, constant remembrance of God, and the possession of inner prayer.
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