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« on: October 16, 2010, 02:50:17 PM »

I am interested in learning to pray the Rosary because I have heard that it is a great, tactile way to focus during prayer.  I think my prayer life has suffered because as busy as I am, it is difficult to find that quiet place where I am completely relaxed and focused on God's presence.

I own a Catholic Rosary that a friend from Brazil gave me, but I have been hesitant to use it because as a Protestant, I have a hard time feeling comfortable reciting the "hail Mary." 

I understand that the Orthodox version is quite different.  Is there a website where I could learn the Orthodox method for praying the Rosary/or is there a good explanation you can give me here?  Also, is there a reputable spot on the web I could order the rope/beads from?

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« Reply #1 on: October 16, 2010, 03:17:25 PM »

but I have been hesitant to use it because as a Protestant, I have a hard time feeling comfortable reciting the "hail Mary."

Well, if that is the issue, I doubt you should be any more comfortable with an Orthodox version.

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« Reply #2 on: October 16, 2010, 03:35:47 PM »

The Orthodox Rosary is, simply, the Jesus prayer, "Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, the sinner," repeated on the knots of a prayer rope (komboskini/chotki).  The simplest prayer ropes have 33 knots; it's usual to start out with one of those and work up to a rope with 100 knots or more.

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« Reply #3 on: October 16, 2010, 03:50:33 PM »

The Orthodox Rosary is, simply, the Jesus prayer. . .

This term is broader than that. It can mean as well (1) the Prayer Rule of the Mother of God (Богородичное Правило) which was used by St. Seraphim of Sarov, and (2) the Scriptural Rosary which is prayed by some communities and individuals of the AWRV.
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