Why do we use the prayer rope? What is its history? What is a prayer rope? How is a prayer rope made? What power does the prayer rope have? How do we pray with the prayer rope? What prayer can we say when we make a prayer rope? Why is the devil afraid of the prayer rope?
The prayer rope is the means that helps the one who prays to concentrate at the time of prayer. First, one is concentrated with one’s mind and then follow one’s heart to Jesus Christ. The rosary is an instrument that helps to call on our Lord Jesus Christ, the Virgin Mary, the saints, the angels. We call on all of them to help and defend us.
Once upon a time, there was a king and he went hunting with their guards. In the forest, they took separate paths. Everyone set up a trap. After a while, the robbers went to the place where the king was. One of the robbers took his gun. The other took his coat. The other took his hat. The king handed over everything he got because he was alone and had to surrender. The last robber said to the king: “I will take your flute.” The King said: “Yes, I will give it to you, but allow me to show you how to use it… “Yes, my pleasure,” replied the robber. The king took the flute and began to play a musical piece with which he called his guards. This musical piece was like a code word. Then his guards ran to the king and arrested the robbers. Robbers are like the devils. The flute is like the prayer rope. The sound of the flute is like the prayer.
When we are in spiritual or physical danger, we take the flute, that is, the prayer rope saying the prayer: “Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner.” The guardian angels, the saints, the Virgin Mary, our Lord Jesus Christ rush to save us from temptation, the devil and the demons. This is the power of prayer with the prayer rope.
We carry the prayer rope wherever we go. We use it as a powerful instrument of prayer, not as a decorative element, either in the car or at home but also in every temptation or sadness or danger or before we go to sleep. In this way, we follow Saint Paul’s exhortation, that is, to “pray without ceasing” (I Thessalonians 5:17).
According to tradition, Saint Pachomius founded with the help of St. Anthony the first monastery in Thebes in Egypt in AD 320. Inner prayer was practiced by all the monks either during the services or their personal struggle. However, the cunning devil confused them so that they got too tired. While praying, Archangel Gabriel appeared to Saint Pachomius. The Archangel was holding a prayer rope in his left hand and gave it to Saint Pachomius. Then he took a thread and showed him how to make the prayer rope in such a way that the devil was very afraid of it. So when the monks were holding the prayer rope, the devil could not bother them. Each knot is cross-knit and consists of nine crosses that represent the nine orders of angels.
The prayer rope is not only for the monks but also for the laity. Whoever says the prayer with the prayer rope the devil and the demons go away because the devil is vanquished by the Sign of the Cross. Whoever wishes to drive the devil away should have a prayer rope with which one will ask for the intercession of God and the saints. The prayer rope helps whoever wants to find peace and tranquillity because it brings the peace and tranquillity of Christ, the Virgin Mary and the saints.