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 Prayer Ropes
The use of the Orthodox prayer rope is ancient.
the prayer rope is used to count the number of times the prayer is said.
Prayer ropes are made with smooth cord are available in fl, brown, blue, red purple and gold.
www.dormitionmonastery.com /prayer_ropes.htm   (121 words)

 Comboschini (The Prayer Rope): Meditations of a Monk of the Holy Mountain Athos
The prayer rope is not intended to be used only by monks, but it can also be used by laymen and, generally, by anyone who wants to pray to God.
The prayer rope is not some kind of amulet with magic or exorcising powers, like those given to simple-minded people by magicians or mediums, worn on the wrist or round the neck.
The prayer rope is also a convenient way to keep track of the number of bows or prostrations a person makes during his prayer rule.
www.orthodoxinfo.com /praxis/comboschini.aspx   (3230 words)

 Prayer rope - Definition, explanation
Its invention is attributed to Saint Pachomius in the fourth century as an aid for illiterate monks to accomplish a consistent number of prayers and prostrations.
Monks were often expected to carry a prayer rope almost constantly, to remind them to pray constantly in accordance with Saint Paul's injunction in I Thessalonians 5:17, "Pray without ceasing."
The use of a prayer rope is a very practical tool in such cases, simply for keeping count of the prayers said.
www.calsky.com /lexikon/en/txt/p/pr/prayer_rope.php   (179 words)

 St Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary - Saying the Jesus Prayer
We are told that the prayer is for cab drivers, social workers, business persons, teachers, professional baseball players (not necessarily used to win a game), psychiatrists.
Beginning with this form of prayer, then we might be led to deeper inner stillness, prayer without words.
Prayer works in the Unseen Warfare as a power/gift from Jesus, given as a function of our ability to receive it.
www.svots.edu /Faculty/Albert-Rossi/Articles/Saying-the-Jesus-Prayer.html   (2945 words)

 How to tie an Orthodox Prayer Rope
But after the rope is formed to a circle, you will insert 4 strands of material (still not a problem for #1 rattail, but difficult for #2 rattail).
The length left (12-24", or 0.3 m to 0.61 m) is based on the method of joining the two ends of the prayer rope together to make a loop, once all the knots are tied.
Trim the lengths of the prayer rope material (the four strands) so that they are not seen.
www.wattfamily.org /prayerope.html   (4135 words)

 Prayer rope - OrthodoxWiki
Monks were often expected to carry a prayer rope with them, to remind them to pray constantly in accordance with St. Paul's injunction in I Thessalonians 5:17, "Pray without ceasing."
Another form of prayer rope was formerly in use in Russia, and is still preserved among the Old Believers.
The lestovka is used with the Jesus prayer, but also for counting litany responses, which will often total 12 or 33; for this purpose it is better suited than the more familiar variety of prayer rope.
www.orthodoxwiki.org /Prayer_rope   (544 words)

 Prayer rope - OrthodoxWiki
A prayer rope (chotki in Russian, komboskini in Greek) is a loop made up of knots, usually made of wool but sometimes of wood, that is used to keep track of the number of prayers which have been said.
It is usually used with the Jesus Prayer: "Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner." Historically it typically had 100 knots, although prayer ropes with 300, 50, or 33 knots or, less commonly, 250 or 12 can also be found in use today.
The Monk's Prayer Rope, taken from "Monasticism in the Orthodox Churches" by N.F. Robinson, 1964.
orthodoxwiki.org /Prayer_rope   (463 words)

 Saint Luke Orthodox Church - Ministries - Community
This prayer rope is knotted from wool, that is, it has been sheared from a sheep, a reminder that we are rational sheep of the Good Shepherd, Christ the Lord, and also a reminder of the Lamb of God Who takes away the sins of the world.
The prayer rope is one of the items given to an Orthodox Christian monk at the time of tonsure: it is given to him as his spiritual sword with which he, as a soldier of Christ, must make war against our spiritual enemy, the devil.
The prayer rope can also be placed over the head of our bed, in an automobile, with a small cross or icon, or in other appropriate places as a reminder of prayer and a kind of blessing and a holy and godly presence in our lives.
www.stlukeorthodox.com /html/supplication/prayerrope.cfm   (2248 words)

 Father Demetrios Serfes - Spiritual Nourishment For The Soul
The prayer rope was first made by monastics of the Church and the laity of the church then adopted the use of the prayer rope as well.
Monastics for example are told to use their prayer ropes, and say 1000 knot prayers in their cell -room, we too must spiritually discipline ourselves to say the prayer as often as we can....
Once we have the prayer of the heart, suddenly with all the presures of the day, one may be working, or doing something around the house, and the heart says the prayer all by itself, without you asking it to do so...this in itself is true union with our God.
www.serfes.org /spiritual/original.htm   (361 words)

Among many prayers that people read at an appointed time and from their prayer books, our Church gives us also the blessing to use other prayers that could be repeated continually.
We can do our prayers in every place and occasion: on a bus or airplane, when walking, on busy streets, waiting places, stadiums, etc. Many Christians lie down in bed with their prayer rope, and then pray quietly until they fall asleep.
Prayer ropes are not a piece of jewelry, but a tool for continual prayer.
www.svluka.org /SvLuka/Teens/PrayerRopes.aspx   (1224 words)

The Orthodox and Eastern Catholics have the Chotki, a prayer rope of 25, 33, 50, 100 or 103 beads, used to focus one's thoughts on the "Jesus Prayer" or "Prayer of the Heart".
The prayer ropes (Komboskini in Greek, Chotki in Russian or simply a prayer rope) are used in saying the Prayer of the Heart or the Jesus Prayer.
When this prayer becomes somewhat automatic the next step is to move the prayer from the head to the heart.
www.prayerfulrosary.com /Jesusprayer.html   (482 words)

 Prayer Ropes
Prayer ropes are made of finest quality satin cord.
The prayer rope could be separated by 10, 25 or 50 knots by glass, wooden or bone beads.
Prayer ropes are made in 30, 33, 40, 50 & 100 knots.
www.iconsnunanastasia.com /ropes.html   (149 words)

 The meaning and useage of the Prayer Rope.
The origin of the prayer rope is attributed to the time of the founder of coenobitic monasticism, St. Pachomius the Great (4th century), who introduced it as a means to help illiterate monastics say their daily prayer rule by accomplishing a definite quantity of prayers and prostrations.
With the subsequent decline of the spirit of prayer and reverence in Russia, the use of the prayer rope disappeared among the majority of the laity.
Thus, those who excelled in prayer, in order to avoid being subject to this self-deception, invented the prayer rope, which they proposed for the use of those who seek to pray not with written prayers, but on their own.
www.st-george-church.org /English/Prayer_Rope.htm   (720 words)

 Prayer without Ceasing
It has been granted to you to understand that the heavenly light of unceasing interior prayer is attained neither by the wisdom of this world, nor by the mere outward desire for knowledge, but that on the contrary it is found in poverty of spirit and in active experience in simplicity of heart.
Without prayer he cannot find the way to the Lord, he cannot understand the truth, he cannot crucify the flesh with its passions and lusts, his heart cannot be enlightened with the light of Christ...
It is a condition which is impossible to describe, and the discovery of this mystery of prayer is a foretaste on earth of the bliss of Heaven.
landru.i-link-2.net /shnyves/Prayer_without_Ceasing.html   (3212 words)

Such forms of prayer are to be found among the devotions of Saints of the Kyivan Baroque period such as St Dmytry Tuptalo, who adopted rosaries in honour of the "Joys and Sorrows of Our Lady" and who also recited a "Hail Mary" at the beginning of each and every hour of the day!
The Jesus Prayer could substitute for a Psalter and one hundred prayers could substitute for a Stasis or a third part with 300 prayers substituting for a kathisma.
When separated every ten knots, a prostration is performed on the larger bead or knot and the prayer rope is recited five times, as in some Orthodox monasteries.
www.unicorne.org /orthodoxy/articles/alex_roman/prayerrope.htm   (1593 words)

 Holy Nativity Convent - Prayer Ropes
Prayer Ropes >> (komboskini in Greek, chotki in Russian) are used in saying the Jesus prayer or other short prayers.
These prayer ropes are available in fl, purple, crimson, dark blue, light blue, gold or white.
The knots on these prayer ropes are usually surmounted by a bead and are decorated with a cross.
www.holynativityconvent.com /Prayer_Ropes.html   (304 words)

 A Prayer Rule by St. Theophan the Recluse
It is better to perform a small number of prayers properly than to hurry through a large number of prayers, because it is difficult to maintain the heat of prayerful zeal when they are performed to excess.
Prayer does not mean that we just recite prayers, but that we assimilate their content within ourselves, and pronounce them as if they came from our minds and hearts.
Prayer ropes are suggested for use by those who desire to pray using their own prayers, not prayers from a prayer book.
www.orthodox.net /articles/prayer-rule-theophan-the-recluse.html   (1580 words)

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How it's used: A person touches each knot and says the Jesus Prayer: "Lord Jesus Christ, son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner." Repeating the prayer is meant to help a person focus on the presence of God and what God is trying to say to him.
This series of prayers became known as the Paternoster, and eventually strings of beads were used to keep count of the prayers.
There is no tradition of using prayer beads in Judaism, but many observant Jewish men count prayers by touching the fringe on their traditional prayer shawls, or tallit.
www.northjersey.com /page.php?qstr=eXJpcnk3ZjcxN2Y3dnFlZUVFeXk3JmZnYmVsN2Y3dnFlZUVFeXk2NDgyNjg3   (897 words)

 Byzantine Prayer Rope
The central prayer prayed with a prayer rope is the Jesus Prayer, also called the Prayer of the Heart, which is based on the words of the tax collector Luke 18:13, and the words of the blind beggar Bartimaeus in Mark 10:47.
This prayer is repeated as one moves from one knot to the next, totalling 100 or 101 repetitions.
In addition to the Jesus Prayer, other prayers may be prayed at the beginning, at the end, and on the beads dividing the knots.
www.grigaitis.net /?doc=articles/chotki/index.html   (2718 words)

 www.kneelingwetriumph.com - Prayer Resources
We believe that through prayer God breaks the bondage of sin, shines light into the darkness, brings sinners to repentance, restores marriages, builds families, changes hearts, gives victory in personal struggles, gives us the mind of Christ, heals wounded souls, directs our paths, works miracles, establishes holiness, exposes sin, brings revival, and advances His kingdom.
Prayer is not a preparation for the battle, it is the battle.
"Prayer is primarily a wartime walkie-talkie for the mission of the church as it advances against the powers of darkness and unbelief.
kneelingwetriumph.com /prayer   (5694 words)

 Rosary & Choti (Prayer rope) - The Byzantine Forum
After the Patristic period, Roman Catholics began to use their repetitative prayers on prayer ropes as background for meditation on the Mysteries of Salvation.
This prayer has always been part of the private prayer rule or devotion of many Byzantine Catholic and Orthodox clergy and laity.
The Prayer of the Heart is more of a private devotion taken up by individuals or given as part of the Rule of Prayer by a Spiritual Director.There are no regular devotions related to it or to the use of the chotki.
www.byzcath.org /forums/ubbthreads.php?ubb=showflat&Number=81727&page=180   (1866 words)

 Centering Prayer--Beliefnet.com
I do feel peace while simply reciting the prayers silently and using a prayer rope in conjunction with this.
I think the Jesus prayer is one that works best as contemplative meditation in the style of St. Ignatius, rather than one with which one would associate breathing techniques.
That is not to say it wouldn't have a centering aspect to it, but knowing that Kyrie Eleison finds as its source the parable of the tax collector and the pharisee, a vividly described tale, picturing it as it was told helps, for me.
www.beliefnet.com /boards/message_list.asp?boardID=419&discussionID=288843   (307 words)

 Prayer Rope
Hi there, I am interested in purchasing two 300 knot prayer ropes.
Most obvious of these is the Greek Orthodox Church, centered in theory in Istanbul to this day, and so it is not surprising that the Church would use the flag.
These THEMES have only this message to send: "..It is full time now for you to wake from sleep".It is time for repentance and joyful mourning.
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 PRAYER ROPE - GoGoSearch.com
There is typically a knotted cross at one end, and a few beads at certain intervals between the knots.Its invention is attributed to Saint Pachomius in the fourth century as an aid for illiterate monks to accomplish a consistent number of prayers and prostrations.
The use of a prayer rope is a very practical tool in such cases, simply for keeping count of the prayers said.The prayer Rope has its origins from the Father of Orthodox Monastacism, St. Anthony.
He started by tying a leather rope for every time he prayed his Kyrie Eliesons, or Lord have Mercies, and the Devil came and would untie it to hrow his count off.
www.gogosearch.com /wiki/prayer_rope   (339 words)

 St. Gabriel's Episcopal Church, Rosary
The Anglican Rosary is a relatively new form of prayer which uses a blending of the Roman Catholic Rosary and the Orthodox Jesus Prayer Rope.
Contemplative prayer is enriched by these symbols whose purpose is always to focus and concentrate attention, allowing the one who prays to move more swiftly into the Presence of God.
It is suggested that you pray around the circle of the beads three times (which signifies the Trinity) in an unhurried pace, allowing the repetition to become a sort of lullaby of love and praise that enables your mind to rest and your heart to become quiet and still.
www.saintgabriels.org /rosary.html   (752 words)

 Jesus Beads, An Ancient Tradition of the Jesus Prayer   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Greek Orthodox prayer ropes are of 33, 50 or 100 knots.
Nine jesus prayers and one big prostrarion, 9 more prostrations and one big prostrations and so on, until the round is finished.
This is the basic russian use of the chotki, noting of course, every spiritual father gives different prayer rules.The Chotki has been used as a silent "breath prayer," with "Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the Living God" prayed on inhalation and " have mercy on me, a sinner" prayed on exhalation.
www.ourroserosary.com /jb.htm   (323 words)

 Prayer and Faith Healing, Jesus Prayer
Prayer of the Heart or Prayer of Jesus is a method adopted by Russian mysticism and developed at Mt. Athos.
The Prayer of the Heart was often used as a method of contemplation in Russian monasticism.
The philosophical basis for the Prayer of the Heart dates back to the Greeks and St. Gregory Palamas, who believed that after the body and intellect are purified man can regain intuitive wisdom, as before the fall of mankind depicted by Adam.
www.holisticonline.com /Prayer/Spl_prayers/hol_prayer_jesusprayer.htm   (545 words)

 Prayer Ropes, The Prayer Of The Heart   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Prayer ropes (komboskini in Greek, chotki in Russian) are used in saying the Prayer of the Heart also known as the Jesus Prayer.
These prayer ropes are made usely for the Prayer of the Heart and we can note that you can get one with 100 knots, 50 knots, or 33 knots.
These prayer ropes are available in fl, purple, crimson, dark blue, gold, or white.
www.serfes.org /orthodox/prayerropes.htm   (272 words)

 Prayer Ropes, The Jesus Prayer
Prayer Ropes are custom made to order with 100% washable lamb's wool and real glass, metal or wood beads.
Custom Work bead placement is available on all prayer rope styles as shown on the last two images.
R005 (100 knot prayer rope) normally comes with 4 beads and is shown in the image above customized with 6 extra beads.
www.geocities.com /churchtailor/prayerope.html   (172 words)

 Rosary Workshop: History - Alexander Roman
In addition to the woollen prayer rope or "chotki" the Slavs devised a leather prayer counter with steps or ladders which was called the "vervitsa" or "step-ladder" (to heaven).
The Eastern Orthodox Prayer Rope originates from St Pachomios, who was a disciple of St Anthony the Great (3rd century), and St Pachomios by Divine inspiration from an angel, invented the specific knot used by us in the Eastern Orthodox Church to make Prayer Ropes.
Regarding the Orthodox tradition of worship, including the Prayer Rope, we have not been out "excavating", since the tradition was never broken, and is attested to from about the 5th century and onwards.
www.rosaryworkshop.com /HISTORY-AlexRoman.html   (2421 words)

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