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Orthodox Prayer Ropes, 50 Knot Chotki
Chotki Orthodox Prayer Rope. Handmade 100% Wool Prayer Rope, comes complete with a brief history leaflet and the Jesus prayer. Historically, the Orthodox prayer rope would typically have 100 knots, although prayer ropes with 50 or 33 knots are also available. There are even small, 10-knot prayer ropes intended to be worn on the finger. Hermits in their cells may have prayer ropes with as many as 500 knots in them. Our Prayer Ropes have a knotted cross where the prayer rope is joined together to form a loop, and beads at certain intervals between the knots for ease in counting. The longer prayer ropes have a tassel at the end of the cross; its purpose is to dry the tears shed due to heartfelt compunction for one's sins. The tassel can also be said to represent the glory of the Heavenly Kingdom, which one can only enter through the Cross. Wool, symbolizes the flock of Christ and the traditional color of the rope is black (symbolizing mourning for one's sins), with either black or colored beads. The beads (if they are colored) and at least a portion of the tassel are traditionally red or blue, symbolizing the blood of Christ and the blood of the martyrs. In recent times, however, prayer ropes have been made in a wide variety of colors.