Unorthodox Prayer Ropes


The Unorthodox Prayer Rope

Virtually every religion on earth has some kind of bead tradition. Christianity is no different.

The Orthodox tradition of Christian faith has long been part of the Christian bead tradition. The prayer rope is part of that tradition.

Some years ago I developed an interest in Orthodox prayer ropes. Because of a long personal history with the Boy Scouts and four years as a “Top-Side” sailor in the Navy, knots have been of some interest to me and after buying an Orthodox Prayer Rope I started looking into learning to tie the rope.

Orthodox prayer ropes use a special knot. It is said that once tied, even the devil can’t untie it. It is probably because it is incredibly difficult to tie it is equally difficult to untie. Despite many hours of trying, I was successful in tying the know only once.

Still interested in ropes, I started searching for a knot I could tie. I discovered the “Crown Knot.” While still complicated, it is much easier than the traditional Orthodox knot.

These ropes are called “Unorthodox Prayer Rope” because of the differences between my ropes and the traditional Orthodox rope. One difference, of course, is the knot. Additionally, traditional Orthodox ropes are made from wool. Your rope is made from nylon paracord. Additionally, traditional Orthodox ropes have a cross that is also made from the wool cord and traditional knots. These ropes feature an olive wood cross. Orthodox prayer ropes are made in 33, 50 or 100 knot lengths. Unorthodox ropes are all 50 knot lengths.

There is no wrong way to use beads or prayer ropes. The traditional use of an Orthodox Prayer rope is one way. It is most often used as a counter in repeating “The Jesus Prayer” which says, “Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me a sinner.” The person praying begins with the largest knot (where the cross is tied in) inviting God to join you in prayer. Then beginning with the first knot pray the Jesus Prayer with each knot around the circle.

If this doesn’t appeal to you, find your own method that works for you. The real key is to move you closer to God in prayer. Ropes and beads are tools to help you in that effort.

Published by drjkbroyles

I love Mike Ashcraft's book, "My One Word." For the past nine years I have participated and encouraged others to participate to in the "My One Word" Challenge. My first word was discipline was my word the first year. Since then my word has been focus, sight, jungle, peace, concentration, serve, genuine and this year is fit. I seek to be fit for my health, my family, my church, my ministries. I seek to be fit in any are of my life where God might point to me. I also have a nickname, "Dr. B." When I was a public high school teacher, Dr. B. is what most of my students called me, at least in my presence. I am still called that by many people though I no longer teach in public schools. I am the author of "Average Joe: With an Extraordinary Story" (available on Amazon). The book fits into the genre of "Biblical Fiction" or "Christian Fiction" and features some of the Bible's lesser known characters. The name of my blog is, "Fork in the Road." Life is filled with forks in the road. It isn't a matter of if we encounter a fork in the road, but when will we and how many will we experience in a lifetime. I love to strum my guitar. I am not a great guitar player but I enjoy it. I also enjoy writing music. I get excited with I feel a new song emerging. I live with my wife Cindy and our little dog, "Bishop" in Lufkin, Texas. I spent the past 30 years as a United Methodist pastor, serving churches all over east and southeast Texas, from just north of Tyler to south of Houston, from the Gulf Coast to east of Madisonville. I currently serve Perritte Memorial UMC in Nacogdoches. I spent one year in the classroom, teaching High School government, economics, psychology, and sociology. Cindy and I have been married for 43 years. We have two grown sons and six grandchildren, three boys and three girls. I enjoy preaching and all it's aspects from research to writing to the actual preaching event. I also love writing, reading. I have dabble in drawing and "painting" with pastels as well as woodworking and woodcarving. My current projects are two ukuleles. I collect, repair and restore guitars too. I play the guitar (badly, but I still do) I also enjoy working with paracord on various projects, mostly prayer ropes I usually give away. I hold an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Business Data Processing, from San Jacinto College in Pasadena, TX, a Bachelor of Science in Political Science with a minor in History from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, TX, a Master of Divinity from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX and a Doctor of Ministry from Carolina University of Theology. This blog started out as devotional writings. In August of 2020, I made a major change to the blog, switching to a daily theme format. Sunday Sermon-usually my manuscript sermon Miscellaneous Monday-misc. writing, poetry, ministry Tuesday Thoughts-Devotion Wed. with Wesleys-hist. & theol. of early Methodists TED Talk Thursday-Video & appl. in current theology Five for Friday-5 things I've seen & my thoughts Sing-Along Sat. - Usually a new song I have written I write, "Strumming a G-Chord with Dr.B." to get my thoughts onto something permanent. After all, they say, once something is on the internet it never really goes away. Still, I hope you enjoy reading it. Who knows, it might generate a bit of discussion between you and me and anyone else who might make their way here. Seeking the Genuine, Keith Lufkin, Texas August 2020

8 thoughts on “Unorthodox Prayer Ropes

    1. Alan, much like you make prayer beads, I make prayer ropes. I call them unorthodox because of the differences between what I make and actual Orthodox prayer ropes which are available on several websites.

      1. Have you published the instructions? I like yours better. I have a rosary from a church in Louisiana made of knots. Yours, Being a bit different is extremely interesting because the user can make there own tradition as you suggested. Is it easy enough for kids? Love it.

      2. I had printed the instructions and gave them with ropes I made/sold (I was selling a few to help pay our apportionments). This week I posted the instructions you are commenting on, on my personal website. Where else would you suggest I post them?

      3. I haven’t been selling them since year end. I may sell some again at some point in the future if we struggle with apportionment payout again next year. I also have learned to tie rosaries (I’ve made one) and ACTS or Anglican ropes (I’ve made one of them as well) but right now I am focused on the 50 knot ropes. I have been trying to get them made for my church members and made them for others too. I will get you on my list but I am having a minor surgical procedure on my left hand next week and that will keep me from working on them for a bit.

      4. Most of what is on my page are blog posts. I just posted the prayer ropes so people would have some kind of idea how to begin using them until they figured out what works for them.

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