Thursday, 15 September 2011

The Prayer rope 1

An Orthodox prayer rope is sometimes made of wool. Why? Because it reminds us of Christ the Good Shepherd and Lamb of God.  A monk from Mount Athos wrote:

" This prayer rope is knotted from wool, that is, it has been sheared from a sheep, a reminder that we are rational sheep of the Good Shepherd, Christ the Lord, and also a reminder of the Lamb of God Who takes away the sins of the world. And the cross likewise speaks to us of this sacrifice and victory of life over death, of humility over pride, of self-sacrifice over selfishness, of light overdarkness."

Everything the Orthodox do is so that they can constantly keep Christ before their hearts and minds. As you use the Jesus Prayer it does precisely that.

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