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« on: March 25, 2005, 03:10:01 AM »

I know this might sound silly, but I'm wondering if there is a site where I can get free Orthodox goodies, especially Orthodox cross necklaces and small prayer ropes. 

Most Orthodox crosses seem to be very expensive.  I'm just looking for a plastic Orthodox cross, or one that isn't too elaborate.  Free if possible, but I'd be willing to pay less than five dollars for one, too.  Also, a free prayer rope would be cool, but not completely necessary, since I just use my rosary to say the Jesus prayer right now. 

Thanks for any help you can give me!  Cheesy
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« Reply #1 on: March 25, 2005, 04:08:34 AM »

Try Festal Creations.  Their stuff is not free, but it is inexpensive and the quality is pretty good.

http://www.festalcreations.com/
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« Reply #2 on: March 25, 2005, 09:46:08 AM »

Your local church's bookstore would be a good place to look. Small non-precious metal neck crosses should be less than $10. A wrist-prayer rope should only be a few dollars as well.
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« Reply #3 on: March 29, 2005, 02:38:44 AM »

Your local church's bookstore would be a good place to look. Small non-precious metal neck crosses should be less than $10. A wrist-prayer rope should only be a few dollars as well.

As an inquirer, may I ask what a wrist-prayer rope is?  Is it similar to a Rosary, and are certain prayers to be prayed with it?

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« Reply #4 on: March 29, 2005, 04:21:38 AM »

A prayer rope is called a chotki. It is traditionally used among Orthodox monastics in their personal prayer rules. It consists of a series of knots. The monastic uses it to keep track of repetitions of the Jesus Prayer* by feeling the knots. They typically come in sizes of 33 knots, 100 knots, etc. A wrist-sized chotki will have 33 knots, after the years our Lord was on Earth. Lay people, with the supervision of their spirtitual directors, have also occasionally used a chotki in their personal prayer lives as well. It is somewhat similar to a Rosary, except that there is to be NO imagination of events when concentrating on prayer.

This site has an article that tells just about all you could want to know:

http://www.st-george-church.org/English/Prayer_Rope.htm

This site has a picture:

http://www.oramaworld.com/product_info.php/products_id/70024/p/Prayer_Rope_50_knots.html





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« Reply #5 on: March 30, 2005, 11:15:30 PM »

Choirfriend,

Thanks for the helpful links.  I'd like a wrist-prayer band, but the one advertised is made of wool, which I'm allergic to.  Do you know if it's permissable for prayer bands to be made of other kinds of fabric?

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« Reply #6 on: March 31, 2005, 04:40:26 AM »

Mathetes,

I don't know about in other churches, but you often find that Romanian Orthodox prayer ropes (the shorter ones anyway) are actually made of strings of wooden beads rather than knotted wool. I have a short (33 bead) one like this as well as a woolen 100 knot rope. I've also seen, I believe, prayer ropes made from some synthetic material for sale on an internet site somehwere, but they did look rather garish. Some Orthodox might perhaps not be in favcour of the beaded prayer ropes because they look a little like rosaries, but it doesn't bother me - if it's good enough for the monks and nuns who made them it's good enough for me. I'll see if I can find you any links on non-woolen prayer ropes. Failing that I can always get you a wooden beaded one from Putna monastery in Romania via one of my relatives. It might take some time though.

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« Reply #7 on: March 31, 2005, 04:45:41 AM »

Mathetes,

I just turned up this link for a site selling wooden beaded prayer ropes:

http://www.holywisdom.net/chotkis.html

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« Reply #8 on: March 31, 2005, 05:15:58 AM »

Synthetic materials are super common. You should have no trouble finding one if you are looking for it at Orthodox sources. Beads are possible too, but not as common.
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« Reply #9 on: April 05, 2005, 10:09:51 PM »

Brother James,

Thanks for this lead:

http://www.holywisdom.net/chotkis.html

I'm sorry to have been away the last few days.  Sometimes my job drastically limits my PC time.

In Christ,
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« Reply #10 on: April 06, 2005, 03:37:47 AM »

Mathetes,

You're welcome. I'm just glad I didn't have to go to my relatives in Bucovina to find one - they'd probably have thought I'd gone mad. They already sometimes think of me as a little over-devout, in that every time I visit I go to as many monasteries as I can even though I've been to them many times before, I buy icons and prayer ropes and candelas (I think they're vigil oil lamps in English?) etc. It could just be because I'm a convert and we tend to be a over-zealous on occasion, but I truly feel I owe the Romanian Church, and especially her monasteries, a very great debt. She lead me to Christ when I was floundering in the wilderness. If I ever can be of further help, let me know.

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« Reply #11 on: April 02, 2006, 01:52:05 PM »

Pictures of prayer ropes silk and wool
can also be found at ReligiousMall

http://www.religiousmall.com/prs_praying_ropes.html
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