Jesus Beads

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  • Olive wood Jesus beads
  • Attractive case with Jerusalem Cross
  • Traditional devotional tool
  • Nicely packaged for gift-giving

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 wooden Jerusalem cross, the beads may be tucked in a stamped black pouch (included) for protected transport and storage. The beads and cross are handcrafted using the pruned branches of the olive trees growing on the hills of Bethlehem and Jerusalem. 

A printed card includes a brief explanation and history: 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. This is known as the Jesus Prayer, or the Prayer of the Heart, which invokes the Holy Name of Jesus and implores His divine mercy. (You can read about the "Jesus Prayer" in the Catechism of the Catholic Church, paragraphs 2665-2669.)

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  • Olive wood
  • Jesus beads: 14" (L)
  • Pouch: 4" x 4"
  • Boxed for gift giving
  • Developed by the monks of Saint Meinrad Archabbey

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  • 5 Feb 21st 2012
    What a unique find

    They are beautiful The case is compact for carrying them with you wherever you go. Using the Jesus beads is another peaceful way to find comfort.

    Barbara The Writer

  • 5 Jan 16th 2012
    Perfect, special, love it!

    Substantial, heavy piece. Love it.


  • 5 Dec 20th 2011
    Just What I Needed/Wanted

    During the day, if I'm going out, and might have to wait, I take them with me. At night, they help me wind down at the end of the day. The last thing I think of at night is Jesus. What could be better? Best Uses: Honoring Our Lord, Meditation, Relaxation; Cons: I can't think of any; Pros: can be used anywhere, Compact, Easy to use


  • 5 Sep 18th 2011
    I bounght two, one for me and one a gift

    Once I received my order, I was really touched by the beads' history and meaning. As a result I purchased the beads for a dear friend. She loves the beads and they have a special place on her home altar.


  • 5 May 21st 2011
    Simplicity itself!

    Most of the time my mind races 50 miles an hour. The Jesus Prayer and these beautiful beads slow my thoughts down and help me get anchored in Christ. Thank you Catholic Company, for making the beads available.


  • 5 Feb 17th 2011
    Great gift for anybody

    It's beautifully made and help me to relax by praying and breathing slowly at the same time. I got one for myself and other for one of my best friends.

    Chicago Mom

  • 5 Jan 14th 2011
    Jesus Beads

    These Jesus beads are light and can be carried easily - they are an excellent aid to prayer, I cannot praise the utter awe-inspiring beauty of the cross enough. Pros: Beautiful pouch, Easy to Carry, Made in USA, Splendid Cross


  • 5 Oct 2nd 2010
    Great Devotional Tool

    Great devotional item. A reminder that God does not demand complicated prayers for us to be heard. Praying the Jesus beads takes us back to the history of christian prayer and gives one a true sense of the presence of God when praying this simple but wonderful supplication to the Lord.


  • 4 Jun 20th 2010
    Love this!

    I love these beads! Great for prayer, memorization, and meditation for devotional purposes. The paint on the cross may come off under certain conditions, or just over a long period of time, but the metal underneath is beautiful all the same. Enjoy to the glory of God!

    Richard M

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