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These bracelets are generally known as Christian Orthodox prayer rope, but are also called Komboskini (Greece), Chotki (Russia) or Brojanica (Serbia, Montenegro and Macedonia) depending on the region. Prayer Bracelets are traditionally used by Eastern Orthodox Christians for concentration and guidance during prayer. The “Jesus Prayer” being the most popular one used.
These bracelets come in many variations but always have 33 knots, resembling the 33 years of our Lord Jesus Christ. This significant number has also inspired our brand name 33Knots.
These bracelets come with a great story that people just love. Here's how the story goes. A very very long time ago there was a monk that was amongst the first to wander into the desert to spread the word of the Lord. This monk came up with the idea to use a rope to count his prayers. For every prayer he recited he made a knot.
Everything was just fine until one day during his prayer he got a vision of the Devil, which threw the monk out of concentration. The monk was surprised to see that the knots he made were mysteriously untied.
The monk tried to pray again, but everytime he got the same vision with the same result. But the brave monk was not to give up so easily. He kept on trying, but every passing day it got worse, the poor monk got very exhausted and it seemed the Devil would have his victory.
Thankfully Archangel Gabriel came to the rescue. Gabriel appeared in the monks dreams and showed him how to tie a special knot that vanquiches the Devil. The very next day the monk started to pray and to tie the special knot that consist of 7 small interlocking crosses. The Devil appeared again, but when he tried to untie the knots the special bond of the knots repelled him back to hell.
This brave humble monk stood his ground and kept on going even in his darkest hours. Ultimately claiming victory over evil. We all know this legendary monk. He was Saint Anthony the Great.
So now you know who invented the prayer rope bracelets and necklaces we all still use today. Well, it's no wonder that these bracelets and necklaces are so extremely popular.
Authentic Orthodox prayer bracelets are handmade by monks in Orthodox monasteries reciting a prayer for every knot they tie. So these are truly religious bracelets that are purified by the church. Next to their religious value, many believe that by wearing this blessed item they will be kept from harm. It became sort of a tradition in Orthodox countries to give these items as a gift to family, friends and loved ones to keep them save.
In recent years these bracelets also became very popular because several famous people and athletes wear them. The most popular athlete is Novak Djokovic the tennis star, who wears a bracelet every match he plays. This has resulted that a lot of non-religious people started wearing them, and thus slowly but gradually spreading its wonderful history and story to all corners of the world.
These prayer rope are also made as necklaces. Instead of 33 knots they have 100 knots or even 300.
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