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Prayer Cord
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[German Version]

(Gk κομποσχοίνι/komposchoíni, Russ. čëtki) is used in Orthodox churches when reciting the Prayer of the Heart (Heart, Prayer of the). It is intended to aid concentration and help keep count of repetitions, for instance during more intense exercises including bows or prostrations (metanies). A prayer cord is made from a twisted cotton cord, with 100, 50, 300, or 33 knots along its length, often with pearls set between. The two ends come together in a cross, with a tassel attached. The…

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Petzolt, Martin, “Prayer Cord”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 18 September 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_SIM_08176>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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