This unique Komboskini is handmade using Black Onyx, Blood Jade, Obsidian, Trumpet Wood, Beeswax, Sterling Silver Barrel Clasp and Pewter Ornamental Cross, Black acrylic Letter Beads with white lettering which incorporate the "Jesus Prayer" wording in phonetic Greek "KYPIE IHCOY XPICTE ELEHCON ME" which translates as "LORD JESUS CHRIST HAVE MERCY ON ME" directly into the Komboskini beginning with double Blood Jade teardrop shaped beads which together form the shape of a heart for the Prayer of the Heart that follows in the contemplation of the Jesus Prayer. There are two Black Onyx beads between each word in remembrance of the two natures of Christ, human and Divine. There are three Black Onyx beads preceding the name of Christ in remembrance of the Holy Trinity.
The pre-tassel is a remembrance of Christ's crucifixion on Calvary and consists of Twin Trumpet Wood beads in symbolism of the Glory of the Holy Cross Christ was crucified for us on, Twin Black Onyx beads in symbolism of Christ’s overcoming the darkness and sin of this world for us, an Obsidian Double Cross in remembrance of the two natures of Christ and the redemptive nature of cross, the human that died for our sins and the Divine that rose again in Glory for our salvation.
The Black colored stepped between non-plumed and plumed repentance tassel to symbolize the Novice Monastic's step from a life in the world into the spiritual life in the total service to the Divine.
In this Monastic Series Komboskini the body of the Komboskini, the pre-tassel and repentance tassel have been through a treating process using pure Beeswax which is the monastic symbol of perseverance and adds to the feel and significance of the komboskini in use during prayer.
The Komboskini has the traditionally correct 33 Beads (Black Onyx) for the 33 years of Christ's life with the additional 25 acrylic letter beads and two Blood Jade beads for a total of 60 Beads. The pewter floral cross and Sterling Silver barrel clasp is centered in the middle of the word Christ with 30 beads to each side in remembrance of St John Climacus' monastic 30 rung Ladder of Divine assent.
This unique Komboskini may also be worn as a Pectoral Cross Necklace with the pre-tassel and repentance tassel draped down the back of the wearer. The barrel clasp allows of easy exchange of different crosses that the wearer may hold dear for different occasions.