how-to: using a prayer rope

close up prayer rope

In the first part of this post, how to: the jesus prayer, we talked about what the Jesus prayer is and why it plays such a vital role in our spiritual lives.  Now, we’ll discuss how to practice the Jesus prayer using a prayer rope.

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how-to: the jesus prayer

prayer rope knots

Many Orthodox Christians have heard of the Jesus Prayer, or seen a prayer rope.  Some wear them on their wrists as a symbol of faith.  But, many people, do not know the origins or the importance of this prayer.  [Read more...]

50-knot Prayer Rope Giveaway

Prayer Rope

For those of you not keeping up with the book club discussions, I wanted to let you know about a contest that is currently running.  I will be making a 50-knot prayer rope in a color of your choice!  [Read more...]

Learn to Make Prayer Ropes {Workshop}

Just a quick note, I am off to celebrate my birthday with a nice afternoon at the monastery. :)

I wanted to post very quickly that I am *finally* going to attempt a video on how to tie prayer ropes. I mentioned doing this ages ago but couldn’t figure out how to do it. I think I have it figured out now, so I’m going to give it a whirl.

The video itself will not be posted until probably next week but I will be posting a supply list and some background information on prayer ropes and the Jesus Prayer shortly.

If you are interested in learning please leave a comment so I have an idea of how many people will be joining us!

Terrific New Book…


I wanted to let you all know about a new book entitled The Prayer Rope, published by St. Nektarios monastery in New York.

It is a little book full of wonderful information and quotes on the history of the prayer rope and different ways to use it. It also discusses the fruits of practicing the Jesus prayer and it’s origins.

With Christmas being right around the corner I’m thinking this would make a great stocking stuffer. It’s only $5!

I especially enjoyed the wonderful iconographic illustrations. This one here is of a layperson using a prayer rope. I thought it was beautiful.

If anyone is interested in purchasing this book contact:

St. Nektarios Monastery
100 Anawanda Lake Rd.
Roscoe, NY 12776
Tel: 607.498.5285

Prayer Rope Sign-ups

Recently I posted a poll to see how many people would be interested in learning to make prayer ropes via this blog. If you were one of the people who expressed interest, I’d like for you to email me at Sylvia{at}OrthodoxMom{dot}com with your full name, parish name and location. I’d like to have them all by the end of next week, say May 10th or 11th. Be sure to get a blessing from your spiritual father for this!

I am going to attempt to create a youtube video and post it. I will post pictures and a materials list that you will need in the next couple of days. I can’t wait to see how many people we get! In the meantime there is a great little book called Comboschini (The Prayer Rope): Meditations of a Monk of The Holy Mountain Athos that I recommend you read before we begin. It is only about 30 pages long but discusses the process of making prayer ropes and practicing the Jesus prayer. It will help get you in the right frame of mind spiritually. You can order it from AZ: 520.868.3188 or TX: 830.833.0246.

“I advise all Christians to make Crosses and Komboskinia (Chotkis) and and I pray to God to bless them, so they can keep them as amulets.”

“I advise you to make komboskinia, all of you, young and old, and hold it in your left hand and cross yourselves with your right hand and say: Lord Jesus Christ have mercy on me.”


-St. Kosmas Aetolos