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33 intercessions to pray, using a 33-knot prayer-rope

In Orthodox Christianity: in general on September 15, 2008 at 3:37 pm

As many of you know, we Orthodox frequently use a komboschoini (“kom-bo-SKEE-nee”), or “prayer-rope,” for aid in developing interior prayer of the heart. All prayer which is pleasing to God ascends from a heart which is set upon Him. The use of aids in prayer, such as movements of the body, books, ropes, etc., all provide a ladder upon which we can ascend to heavenly contemplation (theoria). The komboschoini is a woolen rope, consisting of knots of various sizes: as small as 33 (sometimes even smaller) and as large as 300. At each knot, fingered by the left hand, one says the Prayer of Jesus, “O Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, the sinner!” This is repeated once for each knot. This is the basic use of the rope.  There is a great volume of spiritual literature about this holy prayer and its practice. But the prayer-rope can be used for other prayers as well, as you will see, below.

There are many kinds of prayer: petition, compunction, confession, worship, contemplation, intercession. It is this last one which is the subject of this post.

Last May, I received from John Tsapos’ list a 33-knot intercession on the komboschoini. It was sent out in Greek. Below is my translation. Perhaps you will find it helpful for your own daily intercessions!

When you begin, take the rope in your left hand, with your forefinger and thumb on the cross of the komboschoini and say, while making the Sign of the Cross with your right hand, “In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.” If you like you can say the trisagion (“Holy God…”) and the other customary prayers through the Lord’s Prayer (“Our Father…”). Then, moving to the first knot on the komboschoini, say the first petition given below, and on each knot thereafter, each succeeding petition.  After all 33 are complete, say “Through the prayers of our holy Fathers, O Lord Jesus Christ, have mercy on us. Amen.”

  1. Be mindful, O Lord, for the peace of the world!
  2. O Lord Jesus Christ, have mercy on our Church and our Orthodoxy.
  3. O Lord Jesus Christ, have mercy on our Bishop and his clergy.
  4. O Lord Jesus Christ, have mercy on all Orthodox clergy and laity in every land.
  5. O Lord Jesus Christ, have mercy on our spiritual father and his community.
  6. O Lord Jesus Christ, have mercy on our country and on our armed forces.
  7. O Lord Jesus Christ, have mercy on the civil authorities.
  8. O Lord Jesus Christ, have mercy on those who hate us, on those who love us, and those who pray for us.
  9. O Lord Jesus Christ, have mercy on our parents, our sponsors, and our teachers.
  10. O Lord Jesus Christ, have mercy on our brethren and relatives, according to the flesh and spiritual.
  11. O Lord Jesus Christ, have mercy on the elderly and the monastics.
  12. O Lord Jesus Christ, have mercy on infants, the defenseless, and the powerless.
  13. O Lord Jesus Christ, have mercy on the youth in schools.
  14. O Lord Jesus Christ, have mercy on the adolescent and our youth.
  15. O Lord Jesus Christ, have mercy on the drug-addicted, alcoholics, and smokers.
  16. O Lord Jesus Christ, have mercy on the marriages of Orthodox families.
  17. O Lord Jesus Christ, have mercy on our sisters who are pregnant.
  18. O Lord Jesus Christ, have mercy on the widows and orphans.
  19. O Lord Jesus Christ, have mercy on our brothers and sisters who are martially separated and tempted.
  20. O Lord Jesus Christ, have mercy on the weak in soul and body.
  21. O Lord Jesus Christ, have mercy on those who do works of mercy and labor in the holy monasteries and parishes.
  22. O Lord Jesus Christ, have mercy on the pious pilgrims of monasteries and churches.
  23. O Lord Jesus Christ, have mercy on those who journey by sea, by land, or by air, those who are imprisoned and the despairing.
  24. O Lord Jesus Christ, have mercy on the poor and our brethren who are afflicted.
  25. O Lord Jesus Christ, have mercy on our judges and elected representatives.
  26. O Lord Jesus Christ, have mercy on those who are deceived and blaspheme our Orthodoxy.
  27. O Lord Jesus Christ, have mercy on us and grant peaceful seasons.
  28. O Lord Jesus Christ, guard us from sickness, wrath, and danger, and enlighten our physicians and nurses.
  29. O Lord Jesus Christ, guard us from poverty, danger, and misfortune.
  30. O Lord Jesus Christ, guard us from heat, fire, and earthquake.
  31. O Lord Jesus Christ, guard us from flood, drowning, and frost.
  32. O Lord Jesus Christ, grant rest also to the souls of our fathers, mothers, brethren, relatives, grandfathers and great-grandfathers.
  33. O Lord Jesus Christ, have mercy on me, the sinner!

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In Orthodox Christianity: in general on September 15, 2008 at 2:22 pm

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