How to Pray the Chotki

The Chotki and Jesus Prayer, one of my favorites, please use it in your prayer life.

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Some of you may remember a while back, I wrote a post on how to pray the rosary: here. However, today I want to give my two cents on how to pray the chotki.

Oh you don’t know what a chotki is? Well let me try to help you out there!


It is a very ancient form of prayer that predates the rosary dating back to at least the 4th century. Monks of old said the prayer all day long in this manner…

“Lord, make haste to help me. Lord make speed to save me.”

The prayer rope, (Chotki/ Komboskini), consists of 25, 33, 50, 100 or 103 beads or knots and is used to focus one’s thoughts on the “Jesus Prayer” or “Prayer of the Heart”.  It said to have been inspired  by the words of St. Paul in 1 Thessalonians 5:17, ‘Pray without ceasing.”

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