Russian Orthodox prayer rings represent the union between the individual and the Church and help one establish a relationship with God through prayer. Since ancient times, these rings have played has a protective role and encouraged pious deeds.
Inscribed upon this particular ring are the words from a penitential song to the Blessed Virgin Mary, which is sung in church from the week of the Publican and the Pharisee until the fifth week of Lent: (“Mother of God, guide me on the path to salvation”).
In it, we admit to our sins and ask the Blessed Virgin Mary to guide us on the path to salvation. Salvation (σωτηρια) in Christianity is understood as the healing of sin, which results in the person’s return to their pristine condition. This is an arduous and time-consuming process. Only God may help us complete it, but only if we wish Him to do so, and with our prayers and the prayers of our patron saints and the Blessed Virgin.