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Prayer rope

– Description: – Historically, prayer ropes had 100 knots, but variations with 150, 60, 50, 33, 64, or 41 knots exist. – The knots are […]

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– Description:
– Historically, prayer ropes had 100 knots, but variations with 150, 60, 50, 33, 64, or 41 knots exist.
– The knots are typically diamond knots (ABoK #787).
– A knotted cross joins the prayer rope to form a loop, with beads at intervals for counting.
– The tassel symbolizes tears shed for sins and the glory of the Heavenly Kingdom.
– Prayer ropes are traditionally made of wool, with black as the common color.

– Use:
– Users hold the prayer rope in the left hand while praying.
– The prayer rope is wrapped around the left wrist when not in use.
– Orthodox monks and nuns receive a prayer rope during tonsure.
– The prayer rope is considered the “sword of the Spirit” in Orthodoxy.
– Prayer ropes are used to replace Divine Services with the Jesus Prayer in some cases.

– Wearing:
– Orthodox believers often wear small 33-knot prayer ropes on the wrist.
– Larger 100-knot prayer ropes are sometimes worn around the neck.

– History:
– The prayer rope’s history dates back to Christian monasticism’s origins.
– Pachomius the Great is attributed with inventing the prayer rope in the fourth century.
– Anthony the Great’s vision inspired the method of tying knots on prayer ropes.
– The knots on prayer ropes make little crosses to thwart the Devil.
– Prayer ropes allow for unceasing prayer, following Paul the Apostle’s guidance.

– External Links:
– Wikimedia Commons has media related to Komboskini.

Prayer rope (Wikipedia)

A prayer rope is a loop made up of complex woven knots formed in a cross pattern, usually out of wool or silk. The typical prayer rope has thirty-three knots, representing the thirty-three years of Christ's life. It is employed by monastics, and sometimes by others, to count the number of times one has prayed the Jesus Prayer (or occasionally other prayers).

Simple black Eastern Christian prayer rope without tassel

Prayer ropes are part of the practice of Eastern Christian monks and nuns, particularly within Eastern Orthodoxy, Eastern Catholicism, Oriental Orthodoxy. Among the Coptic, Ethiopian, and Eritrean Orthodox Churches, a prayer rope is known by its Coptic or Ge'ez name (mequetaria).


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