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Prayer Rope Guide Updated!

Way back in 2010, having been Orthodox for a mere two years, I undertook the task of creating a guide on how to make an Orthodox prayer rope (komboskini or chotki in Greek and Russian, respectively).

At the time there were very few guides online, and the ones that could be found were, to be honest, not of the best quality.

Since the time that I first created my guide I have made many, many prayer ropes, some for myself, but mostly for others.

Since that time, I have also been ordained as a priest into the Holy Orthodox Church, under the omophorion of Metropolitan Alexios in the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America.

A lot has changed, but my love for the beautiful practice of the prayer rope has not, and so I have finally gotten around to updating my guide! I have taken all new pictures, and have corrected and clarified different spots in the instructions.

You can find the updated guide by clicking the link to the Prayer Rope at the top of my page.

I hope that you will find it useful in your prayer life, and that God will have mercy on us all!

How to Tie an Orthodox Prayer Rope

Click the image above to download a guide I made on how to tie an Orthodox prayer rope. This guide can also be found in the Downloads section of this blog.

Surrendering to the Devil

I haven’t made a post in a while but I have a good excuse! I’ve been busy with making a new komboskini (prayer rope) since my old one somehow broke. I’m also working on creating a new .pdf that will guide you step-by-step on how to make your own! In the meantime though I just wanted to share a quote that was on my calendar for today. It is from Elder Paisios the Athonite:

When a person does not sharpen his mind thinking about God, but instead spends his time plotting and sharpening various schemes, he surrenders himself to the devil. It would have been better for him to have lost his mind completely. Then, at least, he would have some extenuating circumstances on the Day of Judgement.

We should should strive continuously to keep God in our mind, to cultivate a rememberance of the constant presence of God. In this way we will be best prepared to fight off the deviousĀ logismoi which attack us and try to draw us into sin. The Elder says thatĀ it would be better to lose our minds completely then to lend it over for the devil’s use. I pray that God will help us all in this struggle, and that he will not abandon us to the enemy!