A strand of 100 wooden beads, the Jesus Beads are a devotional tool honoring the name of Jesus and imploring the mercy of God. Marked with a cast metal Jerusalem Cross, the beads may be tucked in an included stamped leather pouch for protected transport and storage. A 3" x 3" gift card features the Jerusalem Cross design on one side, and a brief history of the Jesus Beads and an explanation of how to use the beads on the other. Gift packaged. Beads measure 11 1/2" long; pouch, approx. 3" x 3".
Jesus Beads originated in the tradition of the Orthodox and Eastern Catholic Churches. Called a Chotki, the strand may have as many as 100 beads, or as few as 25.
The Chotki is traditionally used as a silent "breath prayer," with "Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the Living God" prayed on inhalation and "have mercy on me, a sinner" prayed on exhalation. The Jesus Prayer, or the Prayer of the Heart, invokes the Holy Name.