The making of a prayer rope isÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€š a spiritual exercise and devotion, as is the writing of Icons.ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€š It is not specifically limited to monastics but is seen as an approved activity of monastics.
The knot of theÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€š paryer rope is tied in a special manner in which 7 crosses are made in producing the knot. On each cross is said the prayer, "Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, Have mercy on me a sinner" thus each KnotÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€š has seven prayers on it. If theÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€š prayer rope is being made for a certain person, often the name of the person is subsitituted forÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€š the word "me" making the prayer rope even more personal. While the most common producer of these prayer ropes available to the world at large are Orthodox Monasteries, I have known elderly people and disabled people who sit in their beds making paryer ropes for family, friends, and newly converted as a part of their own spiritual life.
To recieve the gift of a prayer rope is to recieve a bouquet of prayers from one who loves the Lord.