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Roman Catholics and some Anglicans use the Rosary as prayer beads. The Rosary (its name comes from the Latin "rosarium," meaning "rose garden"), is
an important and traditional devotion of the Roman Catholic Church, combining prayer and meditation in sequences (called "decades") of an Our Father,
ten Hail Marys, and a Glory Be to the Father, as well as a number of other prayers (such as the Apostle's Creed and the Hail Holy Queen) at the beginning
and end. Traditionally a complete Rosary involved the completion of fifteen decades, but John Paul II added an additional five.

Roman Catholics also use prayer beads to pray chaplets.

Eastern Christians use loops of knotted wool (or occasionally of beads), called chotki or komboschinia to pray the Jesus Prayer. Although among the
Orthodox, their use is mainly restricted to monks and bishops, being less common among laity or secular clergy. Among Russian Old Believers, a prayer
rope made of leather, called lestovka, is more common, although this type is no longer commonly used now by the Russian Orthodox Church. According to
the Catholic Encyclopedia, "The rosary is conferred upon the Greek Orthodox monk as a part of his investiture with the mandyas or full monastic habit, as the
second step in the monastic life, and is called his 'spiritual sword'."

In the mid-1980s the Anglican Rosary or "Christian prayer beads" was developed in the Episcopal Church. They have since been adopted by some Protestants.
The set consists of 33 beads (representing the 33 years of the life of Christ) arranged in four groupings of symbolic significance. Many Anglo-Catholics use
the "Dominican" rosary in addition to or instead of Anglican prayer beads.

Roman Catholics use the "Rosary" (Latin "rosarium," meaning "rose garden") with 54 + additional 5 beads
whereas Eastern Orthodox Christians use rosary with 100 knots, although prayer ropes with 50 or 33 knots can also be used.

The rosary used by Eastern Orthodox Christians also called as "Chotki" is made of knotted wool. Roman Catholics' rosary beads are composed of crucifix and center
which can be made of sterling silver and gold, beads are usually made of glass, amethyst, rose quartz stone, crystal, black onyx, lavender glass or pearl .


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