The prayer rope is an important symbol in the Eastern Catholic monastic tradition.
Monks or Nuns are given the prayer rope after their tonsure.
What prayer is recited during the tonsure of a monastic as the prayer rope is being given?
“ Accept, O brother/sister (name), the sword of the Spirit which is the word of God in the everlasting Jesus prayer by which you should have the name of the Lord in your soul, your thoughts, and your heart, saying always: “Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me a sinner.”
“The Church must breath with both lungs” John Paul II
In the Eastern Catholic as well as in the Orthodox churches some liturgical services can be replaced when necessary by praying the Jesus prayer, anywhere from 300 to 1,500 times depending on the service being replaced.