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Orthodox Prayer Ropes (Chotki / Komboskini)

Prayer ropes are used by Eastern Orthodox Christians to pray the "Jesus Prayer". Because of its Christian symbolic value, we tie the prayer ropes from 100% Merino wool threads. Our selection includes chotkis of 50, 100, 150 and 300 knots, but also wrist bracelets of 33 knots. Except for the 33 knot models, all the other models come with multiple divider beads, a knotted cross and a tassel.

The "chotki" term is a transliteration from "чётки", which is the russian translation for "prayer rope". Likewise, the "komboskini" term is a transliteration from "κομποσκοίνι" which also translates to "prayer rope", but this time from the greek language. So as you can see, both of these terms refer to one and the same thing.

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For Eastern Orthodox Christians, wool is a reminder that we are rational sheep of the Good Shepherd, Jesus Christ, and also a reminder of the Lamb of God Who takes away our sins. Divider beads are placed along the prayer rope, one for the 33 knot wrist model, two for the 50 knot model and four for the 100, 150 and 300 knot models. The beads can help us counting the knots while praying.
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The Jesus Prayer Resource Library
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Those who have read The Way of a Pilgrim are familiar with the expression 'The Jesus Prayer'. It refers to a short prayer the words of which are: 'Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner,' constantly repeated. The Way of a Pilgrim is the story of a man who wanted to learn to pray constantly (1 Thes 5:17). As the man whose experience is being related is a pilgrim, a great many of his psychological characteristics, and the way in which he learned and applied the prayer, were conditioned by the fact that he lived in a certain way, which makes the book less universally applicable than it could be; and yet it is the best possible introduction to this prayer, which is one of the greatest treasures of the Orthodox Church. - Metropolitan Anthony Bloom
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A snippet of wisdom from "The Way of a Pilgrim"...
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"Sit down in silence. Lower your head, shut your eyes, breathe out gently, and imagine yourself looking into your own heart. Carry your mind, that is, your thoughts, from your head to your heart. As you breathe out, say, 'Lord Jesus Christ, have mercy on me.' Say it moving your lips gently or simply say it in your mind. Try to put all other thoughts aside. Be calm, be patient, and repeat the process very frequently."


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