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Welcome to the official website for Sacred Heart Byzantine Catholic Church in Livonia, Michigan! This website contains a great deal of information about Sacred Heart Byzantine Catholic Church, as well as information about the Byzantine Catholic Church herself.

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Peter Milenky Band - Bartimej - Zmiluj sa (English version)

Use of the "Jesus Prayer"
with Byzantine Rite Prayer Rope (Chotkis)

Many religious traditions make use of a set of beads or knots on a string as an aid to prayer. It is a way of connecting the activity of the mind and heart with the body. It can be used with any short prayer in a practice that can teach one to "abide in prayer", as the Apostle Paul taught. Over the course of centuries of ascetic Christian practice, the use of a simple phrase called the "Jesus Prayer" or "Prayer of the Heart" became identified with use of the Prayer Rope. This phrase is: "Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me a sinner".

The prayer ropes are usually made of knotted wool yarn. The knot is a complicated one constructed of nine interlocking crosses. It was taught by an angel to a monk who was being troubled by the demons as he tried to complete his prayer rule. Orthodox prayer ropes usually have 33 knots, 50 knots, or 100 knots. Beads are often incorporated in the rope after every 10 or 25 knots. A cross and a tassel are usually attached to the rope. The knotting of prayer ropes is a common monastic activity, partly because Orthodox [and Byzantine Catholic] monastics make use of them as a primary "weapon" in the spiritual warfare. (Source: http://www.holywisdom.net/chotkis.html)

"A prayer rope is often employed in conjunction with the (Jesus) Prayer, not primarily in order to count the number of times it is repeated, but rather as an aid to concentration and the establishment of a regular rhythm.

"Lord, even the devils are subject to us in Your Name." -Lk. 10:17

Recommended booklet on the Jesus Prayer:
Kallistos Ware. The Power of the Name The Jesus Prayer in Orthodox Spirituality (SLG Press, 1974 [1986]) (click here to purchase)


Marking 70th Anniversary of the End of the Holocaust

Speaker: Martin Lowenberg (Survivor of 6 Nazi Concentration Camps)

7 p.m., Monday, April 13th, 2015

Sacred Heart Banquet & Conference Center
29125 Six Mile Road (east of Middlebelt Road), Livonia, MI 48152

ADMISSION FREE!

Martin Lowenberg was born in Schenklengsfeld, Germany in 1928 -- five years before Adolf Hitler came to power. And that day, January 30, 1933, forever changed Lowenberg's life. Nazis marched along the streets of Lowenberg's hometown to celebrate Hitler's appointment as Chancellor of Germany and burnt down his family's home.

After one year living in the ghetto, Martin said he was separated from his family and taken to the newly constructed Kaiserwald Concentration Camp when he was 15 years old. "I had to say good-bye to my parents and my twin brothers. I never ever saw them again," he said.

Lowenberg later found out his parents and younger twin brothers Fritz and Kurt were transported to the Auschwitz Extermination Camp in Poland, where they were killed.

"When my family arrived, my parents were immediately taken into the gas chambers," said Martin. "I found that out after visiting a museum in Jerusalem. Their names were in the museum."

Mr. Lowenberg doesn't know what happened to his twin brothers, who were 9 years old at the time, but is afraid they were taken by Nazi Dr. Josef Mengele, who enjoyed doing experiments on twins. "I only hope he is not the one who put his fingers on my little brothers. I will never know because he killed over 300 twins," he said.

(Portions of above copy drawn from Monica Drake article, Oakland Press: May 3, 2013)