Prayer rope

A prayer rope (Greek: κομποσκοίνιkomboskini; Russian: чёткиchotki (most common term) or вервицаvervitsa (literal translation); Arabic: مسبحة, romanized: misbaḥa; Romanian: metanii / metanier; Serbian: бројаница / brojanica – broyanitsa; Bulgarian: броеницаbroyenitsa; Coptic: ⲙⲉⲕⲩⲧⲁⲣⲓⲁmequetaria / mequtaria; Geʽez: መቁጠሪያ/መቍጠርያmequteria / mequeteria) is a loop made up of complex woven knots formed in a cross pattern, usually out of wool or silk. Prayer ropes are part of the practice of Eastern-Catholic and of Eastern Orthodox monks and nuns[1] and are employed by monastics (and sometimes by others) to count the number of times one has prayed the Jesus Prayer or, occasionally, other prayers. The typical prayer rope has thirty three knots, representing the thirty three years of Christ's life.[2] Among the Oriental Orthodoxy, it is used in the Coptic, Ethiopian, and Eritrean Orthodox Churches, where it is known by its Coptic or Ge'ez name.

Simple black Eastern Orthodox prayer rope without tassel