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Today, many Christians use the Prayer Rope to pray the The Psalms of David have always been highly esteemed by the Church.
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Holy Mary, mother of God, pray for us sinners, now, and at the hour of our death. Praying the Rosary links the Gospel with contemplative prayer.
The banks are necessary to give direction and to keep the river flowing. So in prayer it is the inclination of the heart to God which alone matters. As the river moves into the sea, the banks drop away.
The words are..framework in which the prayer is held. So, too, as we move into the deeper sense of God's presence the words fall away and..shall be left in silence in the ocean of God's love." A handful of stones, a knotted woolen cord, a notched monastic staff, a string of beads...
By the 4th century, the Desert Fathers were using a knotted cord, known as a Prayer Rope.
By the 5th century or early 6th century, the prayer has been an enduring practice among Eastern rite and Orthodox Catholics, and in recent decades the practice has become more widespread among Roman Catholics.