Catholic prayer rugs/mats
It's also an older Russian Orthodox practice, preserved by the Old Believers and Old Ritualists. It's not so much a rug as it is a decorated cloth, used to keep the hands from touching the floor when bowing or prostrating. You would bring it with you to church, and lay it out in the space in front of you (which would also help to catch any blessed bread that falls, though I am unsure how the distribution of antidoron works in Old Rite parishes). I also seem to recall there being a similar practice on at least Mount Athos, and perhaps other places as well.

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Catholic prayer rugs/mats - by Slayer - 02-23-2016, 11:37 PM
Re: Catholic prayer rugs/mats - by Renatus Frater - 02-23-2016, 11:47 PM
Re: Catholic prayer rugs/mats - by Beardly - 02-24-2016, 12:00 AM
Re: Catholic prayer rugs/mats - by VoxClamantis - 02-24-2016, 12:19 AM

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