About the icon and rope.

The icon at the head of this blog is a writing of Christ the Lifegiver. This particular writing comes from Holy Transfiguration Monastery, Warren Street, Brookline, Massachusetts. Christ holds a copy of the four Gospels in his left hand, and his right hand is raised in blessing.

The prayer rope also comes from Holy Transfiguration. It is wool, and has 100 knots broken into four groups of 25 by beads. I was given this icon and rope as an ordination gift and have prayed in front of it ever since.

To begin:

Come let us worship God our sovereign (prostration or bow)

Come let us worship Christ, our sovereign and our God (prostration)

Come let us worship Christ himself, our sovereign and our God (prostration)

On each knot: Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner.

At each bead, a prostration.

After the final prostration: O Heavenly Sovereign, the Comforter, the Spirit of Truth, who art in places and fillest all things, Treasury of Good Things and Giver of Life, come and dwell in us, cleanse us from every stain and save our souls, O Gracious Lord. Amen.

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