Hour of Mercy: The Chotki

The Divine Mercy Chaplet is in many ways a descendant of the Byzantine Rosary or “Jesus Rosary,” otherwise known as the Chotki. The Chotki is based upon the “Jesus Prayer,” the prayer of the Publican from the parable, combined with Peter’s profession of faith: “Jesus Christ, son of the living God, have mercy on me, a sinner.” There are certain variations, sometimes involving other Gospel verses. Like, the version I’m attaching has the Ephesus prayer (second half of the Hail Mary), probably an incident of Latinization: “Holy Lady, Mother of God, pray for us sinners.” Or some people say, after the “Jesus Prayer,” the prayer of St. Dismas: “Remember me, O Lord, when you come into your kingdom.” Or the petition on the beads could be simply, “O Jesus, have mercy on me.”

One example is that both the Chotki and the Divine Mercy Chaplet, besides being based upon the please of mercy to Jesus, involve the Trisagion (the Thrice Holy Hymn).

Anyway, here is a guide to how to say the Chotki.
It’s in PDF and laid out so you can print it into a pamphlet.

Most Byzantine devotions start with the same basic set of prayers, which you can find on this EWTN link.

In the name of the Father + and of the Son, and of the
Holy Spirit. Amen. (Three times.)

-Glory be to You, our God; glory be to You!

O Heavenly King, Comforter, Spirit of Truth! You are
everywhere present and fill all things. Treasury of
Blessings and Giver of Life, come and dwell within us,
cleanse us of all stain, and save our souls, O gracious
Lord.

-Holy God, holy and mighty, holy and immortal, have
mercy on us (Three times.)

-Glory be to the Father +and to the Son, and to the
Holy Spirit, now and ever, and forever. Amen.

O Most Holy Trinity, have mercy on us; O Lord, cleanse
us of our sins; O Master forgive our transgressions; O
Holy One, come to us and heal our infirmities for your
Names’s sake.

-Lord, have mercy! (Three times.)

-Glory be to the Father + and to the Son, and to the
Holy Spirit, now and ever, and forever. Amen.

OUR FATHER Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be
thy name, thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth
as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread,
and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who
trespass against us, and lead us not into temptation
but deliver us from evil.

-For yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory,
Father + Son, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit,
now and ever, and forever. Amen. -Lord, have mercy!
(Twelve times) -Glory be to the Father +and to the Son,
and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever, and forever.
Amen.

-Come, let us adore the King, our God. -Come, let
us adore Christ, the King, our God. -Come, let us adore
and bow down to the only Lord, Jesus Christ, the King
and our God.

After this comes one of the Penitential Psalms, usually Psalm 129/130 (De Profundis) or Psalm 50/51 (Miserere)

Nicene Creed

Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the Living God, have mercy on me, a sinner (100 times)

It is truly right to bless you, O God-bearing One, as the ever-blessed and immaculate Mother of our God. More honourable than the cherubim and by far more glorious than the seraphim; ever a virgin, you gave birth to God the Word, O true Mother of God, we magnify you.

Lord, have mercy

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, now and for ever and ever. Amen. (three times)

By the prayers of our holy fathers, O Lord, Jesus Christ, our God, have mercy on us.

In the Name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen.

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