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.
This Russian Orthodox prayer ring carries the short prayer ГDи помилуй (“Lord, have mercy”), the oldest and common to all Christians, which is inscribed thrice, to the glory of the Most Holy Trinity. One is supposed to utter this prayer while recalling one’s sins. According to St. John Chrysostom, “He who says: Have mercy on me, has been absolved, for those who have been pardoned shall not be punished. He who says: Have mercy on me, has gained the Kingdom of Heaven, for those pardoned by God are not only spared punishment, but are granted all things good in the future”.