16 Astrea/Dec. 13
O, Madria Vicka, Jana of Courage, Strength and Valor, be with us.
May the Pure Stream of Your Virtue flow within me, in this world and in all the worlds to come.
We would like to express our congratulations to ArchMatrona Georgia E. B. Cobb of the Lady of Light Chantry on the sixth anniversary of her consecration as bishop on Dec. 12. Many blessings and best wishes, Serene Matrona!
Tonight is the Full Star Maiden Moon. The Rite of Sacrifice may be celebrated up to three nights after the Full Moon.
There seems to be a misunderstanding about our decision to become a private Order. Some are taking this decision to mean that our religion is for females only. The Deanic Faith may be practiced by everyone, regardless of gender.
In trying to form the Janites as an Ekklesia, I found that I was being spread too thin. It was my decision to form the Order with the express purpose of training future priestesses, ministering to our priestesses and forming a sister-hood. (Not as nuns, per se, but kind of on the same idea. More like lay-sisters.) Down the road, some of these priestesses might choose to serve public liturgy to everyone. Others, will choose to remain private priestesses.
There is a lot we, as Janites, have to concentrate on: formal formation programs for deaconesses and priestesses; writing books and publications,art work, hymns, public and private teaching and so forth. I felt that it was important that we have this central ‘hub’ of priestesses, if you will, those who are at the Still Centre of the Fora, so to speak, some of whom will one day serve the public. Others will choose to remain as contemplatives, similar to contemplative Orders like the Carmelites in the Catholic Church, except they serve Dea in their homes rather than in a convent.
The Greater Deanic Faith is the Ekklesia, but different Orders within it are forming, each with an expressly different purpose. Our purpose is the formation of priestesses and a sisterhood.
As Sister Sorella has expressed it on her blog with an edit of my own: Within the Deanic Faith, the Janite Tradition is open to all regardless of gender and it may be practiced either alone or as part of a blended Path such as Deanic Christianity or Deanic Judaism, etc. The Janite written teachings, prayers and rituals such as the Sun Wheel and calendar etc (Janite Tradition) are on public blogs.
It is the Janite Order (of Priestesses / J.O.P.) that is restricted to female devotees over the age of 18 ONLY.
Sorella Sophia has been doing some spectacular work on Labyrinths. I am so excited about her research and her work that I plan on incorporating Labyrinth spirituality as a Janite Tradition. A future article will be appearing either on her blog (https://mydevotionstodea.wordpress.com/ or on Di Jana.
May Our Lady bless you,
Blessed is She.
ArchMadria Candra Sophia