Which is why I do not understand prayer beads during Liturgy.
I use the prayer rope at the Divine Liturgy. Every time that a moveable hymn, chant, or prayer is sung in Greek (I don't understand Greek yet) and that the book provided by my parish don't cover these parts, I keep my focus, my mind and my heart toward God by using the Prayer rope. Once the part that I cannot understand is passed, I go back to the liturgy.
Instead of drifting away, I keep my focus on God while I cannot understand what is going on, thus the Prayer rope.
In case I did not say it, Thank You!
Never would have thought if it, as our Liturgy is in English.
Priest or layman with beads, AFAIK, are not listening to The Liturgy, reflecting on what was just sung.
Ben John makes sense! (Doesn't happen often around here, so thanks again, Ben).