Orthodox Prayer Rope Bracelet/ Komboskini/ Brojanica/Chotki with Saint Mary Bead
A 33 knot Orthodox Prayer Rope made out of satin rattail with a double-sided metal cross bead of Saint Mary on one side, and a cross on the other in the center. Beads were imported from Serbia. Able to be slipped on-slipped off for simplicity. These bracelets will fit wrist sizes of 8 - 8 1/2 inches.
The prayer rope is not some kind of amulet with magic or exorcising powers. On the contrary, it is a purely Orthodox holy object used only for praying and nothing else.
At any time of the day when we have free time, without being seen by anyone, secretly, we hold the prayer rope with our left or right hand and move from knot to knot with our thumb whispering simultaneously or meditating upon the prayer: “Lord Jesus Christ have mercy on me” or “Most Holy Theotokos save us”.
When praying, the prayer rope is normally held 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.
The prayer rope is considered to be 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.
I would not advise wearing these as showering for it may stretch. :)