12 Abalon/Sept. 16
Full Apple Moon
(Columbadi/Doveday in honor of the Holy Daughter as the Great Dove of the Waters. Madria Grace rules this day whose Greek name is Tethys.)
O, Madria Grace, Jana of Compassion, Love and Mercy, be with us.
First of all, I would like to apologize for completely forgetting that yesterday was Thurs. I kept thinking it was Friday! The date has been corrected on the previous post re: Full Apple Moon/Prayer List. (My faithful editor is away, or she would have caught that! 🙂
Secondly, I would like to remind our Devotees that we only use white wine (or white grape juice) in our Rite of Sacrifice and in our Liturgy. Red wine represents blood. White wine represents Spirit. It is Our Lady’s Spirit that we receive during both the Sacrifice and the Communion Rite.
A quick word on the scriptures and catechism for those who are new:
The two editions of the scriptures that we use are:
The New Celestial Union edition and the Sacred Myths and Rites of the Madrians (both links may be found under resources). Other editions do not contain all the scriptures that are used by the Janite Deanic Tradition.
We view the Myth of Creation and the Myth of the Divine Maid/ Daughter as sacred, inspiring stories which use various sources to speak of a perennial Mystery. The scriptures are based, in part, upon the Pelegasian Mythos, the Myth of Persephone and Demeter, the Christian Mysteries and the Passion mythos of Inanna, although I think most would agree that the goddess of sex and war is not a suitable Image/Form for the Most Pure Holy Daughter. These mythos were never meant to be taken literally. Rather, they are human stories which speak of a Sacred Cosmic Drama which takes place out of time.
It is interesting to note that many prominent biblical scholars, as well as certain Gnostics of their day, teach that, similar to certain Judaic sects which were prevalent shortly before the time of Christ, Paul did not know of an historical Jesus. Rather, he knew of a non-incarnate Jesus whose Sacrifice took place out of time. (We must keep in mind that several of the Epistles of Paul are known forgeries and certain verses were late additions to the text.)
This is analogous to our understanding of the Holy Daughter. Like Sophia, She took on a rarefied Form, but She never incarnated as an human being. And yet, She is very real. Some Deanics believe that the Holy Daughter suffered a Descent through the Realms and when She reached the nether-world, She died. Others believe that like Sophia (and the Shekinah), She suffered the Descent down through the Realms in order to become the World Soul, so to speak, to become Immanent and One with us. Both viewpoints are acceptable. The word Moura, expresses both versions of this Mystery quite beautifully.
We would also like to point out that the Janite community does not accept any notion of original sin or that we willfully ‘turned away’ from the Celestial Mother through our own moral fault. Rather, our Creed makes clear that we left Our Mother in order to gain knowledge. (And, to evolve our souls.) This was, in no way, any type of Original Sin. And so, when we read the Mythos, we must keep these points in mind.
While we accept the first part of Heart of Water, verses 1-31, and also 47-64; verses 32-46 were specifically written for certain households in the past and are actually anathema to the Janite Deanic Tradition. These verses have been misused in the past and have no place in our Faith.
In our edition of the Catechism, as found in the above menu, we have removed references to the Original Sin notion as well as the idea that men’s souls ‘return to being female’ which is another doctrine which we find completely unacceptable. We do not believe in an ‘all female universe”.
May Our Lady bless you,
Blessed is She.
ArchMadria Pamela Lanides