Q: What is a Russian Rosary?
Called Chotki, the Russian rosary is a version slightly different from the Byzantine rosary, dating back to the seventh century. It has one hundred knots and is usually made of wool. Each group of ten knots is separated from the next group by a special knot. The cross at the end is usually also made of knots. It is said that Saint Basil had used a similar "rosary."
Each knot corresponds to a pious ejaculation called the "Jesus Prayer." In the parable of the Pharisee and the tax collector or publican (Luke 18:9-15), the latter humbly stood in the back of the Temple and prayed, "Lord have mercy on me, a sinner." He went home justified, says Jesus in the parable. This promise, but also the explicit reference to the "Lord" gave the prayer the name Jesus Prayer. The invocation used for each knot may vary. The Russian rosary uses the following Jesus Prayers:
Lord Jesus Christ, son of God, have mercy on us.
1) The Russian rosary begins with the Invocation of God's Mercy:
2) It is followed by the recitation of either Ps. 50 (Miserere) or Ps. 129 (De Profundis)
3) Next comes the Profession of Faith
4) Most important is the Prayer of Jesus (one hundred times)
The conclusion is an expression of praise addressed to Mary, and the
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