Jesus Beads

A prayer rope (Greek: κομποσκοίνι, komboskini; Russian: чётки, chotki (most common term) or вервица, vervitsa (literal translation); Romanian: metanii / metanier; Macedonian and Serbian: бројаница, broyanitsa; Bulgarian: броеница, broyenitsa) is a loop made up of complex knots The prayer rope is part of the habit of Eastern Orthodox monks and nuns and is employed by monastics (and sometimes by others) to count the number of times one has prayed the Jesus Prayer or, occasionally, other prayers. Historically, the prayer rope would typically have 100 knots, although prayer ropes with 50 or 33 knots can also be found in use today. Hermits in their cells may have prayer ropes with as many as 300 or 500 knots in them. The prayer rope is symbolizing the flock of Christ though in modern times other materials are used also. The traditional color of the rope is black (symbolizing mourning for one’s sins), with either black or colored beads. The beads (if they are colored) and at least a portion of the tassel are traditionally red, symbolizing the blood of Christ and the blood of the martyrs. In recent times, however, prayer ropes have been made in a wide variety of colors. When praying, the user normally holds the prayer rope in the left hand, leaving the right hand free to make the Sign of the Cross. When not in use, the prayer rope is traditionally wrapped around the left wrist so that it continues to remind one to pray without ceasing. If this is impractical, it may be placed in the (left) pocket, but should not be hung around the neck or suspended from the belt. The reason for this is humility: one should not be ostentatious or conspicuous in displaying the prayer rope for others to see.
During their tonsure (religious profession) Eastern Orthodox monks and nuns receive a prayer rope, with the words: Accept, O brother (sister) (name), the sword of the Spirit which is the word of God (Ephesians 6:17) in the everlasting Jesus prayer by which you should have the name of the Lord in your soul, your thoughts, and your heart, saying always: “Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me a sinner.” Orthodoxy regards the prayer rope as the sword of the Spirit, because prayer which is heartfelt and inspired by the grace of the Holy Spirit is a weapon that defeats the Devil. https://www.amazon.com/Handmade-Christian-Orthodox-Komboskoini-prayer/dp/B00FA2Z3NC/ref=pd_sbs_201_2?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=B00FA2Z3NC&pd_rd_r=6635YKJ9HFGTXDCZDM55&pd_rd_w=L7fKS&pd_rd_wg=8YBys&psc=1&refRID=6635YKJ9HFGTXDCZDM55

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This is a new favorite devotion of mine!
“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”. When not in use the chotki can be wrapped around the left wrist like a bracelet but never as a decoration, as a reminder to pray without ceasing.

“In addition to private recitation, the Jesus Prayer may be said standing, with bows, or prostrations. The main focus is to pray without ceasing. When using the Chotki, it is customary to begin with making the sign of the cross….

“The Jesus Prayer is said on each bead.
“For special intentions, you substitute the name of another who is ill or in need of special prayers.

“Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on … (the intention)
“It is appropriate to…

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Jesus and Thor (and the Prodigal Son)

This a post I’ve been planning to write for a long time now. Here it finally is.

Banishment of Thor

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Thor: Thor is banished exiled to Earth away from Asgard after rebelling against and disrespecting his father Odin.

Prodigal Son: The Prodigal Son leaves home disgracefully after becoming exasperated with life under his father’s rule.

Thor on Earth

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Thor: Thor comes to Earth, stripped of his powers, from the supernatural world of Asgard.

Jesus: Jesus leaves behind the glory of Heaven to walk among us.

Thor’s repentance

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Thor: Thor realizes his selfishness and immaturity after he is told his father is dead and resolves to make things right.

Prodigal Son: The Prodigal realizes the misery of his situation and decides to ask his father’s forgiveness.

Thor sacrifices himself

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Thor: Thor takes a fatal blow from the Destroyer to spare his girlfriend Jane and her city from the rage of his evil brother Loki.

Jesus: Jesus allows Himself to be crucified to save His Bride the Church and all the world from the tyranny of the devil.

Thor is restored to life by his sacrifice and regains his powers

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Thor: Thor proves himself worthy of the hammer (which has the symbol of the Trinity on it) and its power by his selfless act of heroism and is restored to life and power.

Jesus: Jesus rises from the dead three days after His Passion and reveals the fullness of His glory to the world.

Thor defeats the destroyer in battle

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Thor: Thor’s first act after his resurrection is to wage battle on the destroyer and destroy it.

Jesus: By the power of His Death and Resurrection, Jesus defeats the devil and destroys the power of death.

Thor returns to Asgard and promises Jane to come back for her

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Thor: Thor goes back to Asgard to save his home world and bring Loki to justice, promising Jane to return for her someday soon.

Jesus: Jesus ascends into Heaven forty days after His resurrection and promises to come back soon.

Thor defeats Loki

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Thor: Thor puts a stop to Loki’s evil schemes in a grand final battle.

Jesus: Jesus will crush the head of Satan once and for all at the great battle at the end of the world.

Thor is welcomed by father with open arms and given a grand banquet

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Thor: Thor is reconciled to his father and welcomed with feasting.

Prodigal Son: The Prodigal Son is forgiven by his father with great rejoicing and a magnificent feast is prepared.

Thor is restored to his royal position in Asgard and re-bonds with his father

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Thor: Thor takes his rightful place in the Asgardian royal family and honors his father.

Jesus: Jesus is seated at the right hand of the Father and glorifies Him forever and ever.

Jane searches for Thor

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Thor: Jane resumes her scientific investigations to search for Thor in anticipation of his promise.

Jesus: The Church, Jesus’ Bride, works and waits in hope of His Second Coming.

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Odin — God the Father

Thor — Jesus

Frigga — Mary

Jane — the Church

Heimdall — St. Michael

Lady Sif and the Warriors Three — angels

Loki — the devil

 

Effort for the Canonization of Holy Leo Lovasik

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Step One: Buy and read the book Our Lady’s Knight by Fr. Lawrence G. Lovasik

Step Two: Start asking for a miracle from Leo by saying this prayer in confident faith daily without giving up

Most Holy Trinity, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, I adore You profoundly and I thank You for the great blessings You have lavished upon our United States. By the infinite merits of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and through the intercession of the Immaculate Heart of Mary I implore You — if it should be for Your greater glory and the good of our souls — to glorify in the sight of Your Holy Church Leo Lovasik, granting us through his intercession the grace which we implore. Amen!

Step Three: When you receive your miracle, record it in a way so that it will be able to be investigated if necessary.

Step Four: Repeat Steps…

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Why St. Philomena Should Be Co-Patroness of the USA Under the Immaculate Conception

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Reason 1:  Our Flag. 

Reason 2: My Dreams. 

Reason 3:  She is the Patroness of Chastity and chastity is probably the virtue most under attack in our country right now.

Reason 4:  She is the Patroness of Youth. We live in a youth-centered culture and the future depends on who wins the hearts of the next generation, good or evil. See also “Our Lady of America” by Sister Mildred Mary Neuzil p. 24-25.

Reason 5: She has served, throughout the history of the Church, as Mary’s antidote to Liberalism. 

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Ven. Archbishop Sheen’s Spiritual Adoption of an Unborn Child

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These prayers are said daily for nine months.  God will not refuse them!

Jesus, Mary, and Joseph, I love you very much. I beg you to spare the life of the unborn baby that I have spiritually adopted who is in danger of abortion. Amen.

The name I wish to give my baby is ______.

Jesus, may Your peace and Your love embrace the hearts, minds, and souls of the family, friends, and loved ones who encourage this abortion and lead  them all to Your Sacred and Eucharistic Heart. Amen.

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Three Reasons I Will Not Be Seeing The Doctor Strange Movie

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In November of this year Marvel will be releasing another movie, this one about the “Sorcerer Supreme” Doctor Strange. Marvel created Doctor Strange in 1963 to be one of their comic book heroes.

Many, many, people (myself included) are HUGE fans of Marvel and the near infinite number of epic heroes they have produced: the Avengers, Daredevil, the Fantastic Four, Spider-Man…. Marvel‘s masterminded genius has succeeded in creating a whole fantastical universe that people have been happily losing themselves  in for more than 65 years now. Catholics like myself have even been spiritually uplifted by the Christ-like  virtue and self-sacrifice exhibited in many of Marvel’s heroes that remind us of the beautiful calling of the Scriptures: “No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” “learn to do good. Make justice your aim: redress the wronged, hear the orphan’s plea, defend the widow.”…

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