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We will not be taking orders for knotted prayer ropes until August 1st, 2024.

We are knotting prayer ropes for orders placed in April, and customers are waiting 8-12 weeks to receive their prayer ropes. Until we can fill orders within a reasonable period, knotted prayer ropes made by the sisters will not be available to order on our online store until August 1st.

Knotted prayer ropes from Mount Athos and Russia will still be available to order.



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Bethlehem Olive Wood

This biblical wood is from orchards that have been bearing fruit in Bethlehem since the time of Our Lord. Our olive wood beads are made by an Orthodox family in Bethlehem. We are pleased to offer the work of their hands, and to support in a small way their struggle in that troubled heart of the Orthodox world.

Particular to the olive wood series is the additional 10 mm bead, appreciated especially by men looking for a hefty prayer rope they can easily run through their fingers. Prayer ropes with the 10 mm beads include carved beads to mark each section and cherry wood crosses; prayer ropes with the 6 mm and 8 mm beads are enhanced with brown, buri seed cross beads and olive wood crosses.

The trees from which this wood is harvested are lovingly cared for and diligently nurtured. The excess growth is pruned and the branches are then used for beads and various carvings.