27 Moura/March 18
O, Madria Rhea, Jana of Steadfastness, Temperance and Self-Restraint, be with us. May the Pure Stream of Your Virtues, flow within me, in this world and in all the worlds to come.
Tomorrow is , the Day of Moura. It is the day when we commemorate the Divine Shattering of the Soul of the Holy Daughter.
Even though it is Sunnadi, there should be no liturgy or Rite of Sacrifice served. It is a somber, quiet day. We should be mindful of the suffering that the Holy Daughter endured during Her painful Descent down through the realms. We should contemplate Her Sacrificial Shattering which gave us our souls.
For all of us, even those who might have to work tomorrow, there should be time spent in the reading of scripture, quiet meditation and prayer. We should also veil (even if it is simply a wide headband/Alice band or a bandana scarf, which, I didn’t realize there was such a variety of styles until I did an image search of them! ).
One thing that I had always found meaningful in the Catholic Church during Good Friday, was the traditional (and I do emphasize Traditional Catholic over the modern Novus Ordo version) Stations of the Cross. This was something that one could do alone, in a quiet, empty church, any time of the year and we would all attend the official service on Good Friday.
On that day, we would follow along in our prayer books/missals while the priest processed all around the perimeter of the church where 14 plaques hung, each one depicting a moment of the Way of the Cross, events that reportedly took place as Jesus was led to be crucified. I realize now, that this was the Catholic Church’s version of a Mystery Play. It was very meaningful to us.
The priest was followed by altar servers who carried a cross and a censer. At each ‘station’ or plaque, the procession would stop, the priest would read the prayer, the congregation would recite the response and a verse from the haunting Stabat Mater hymn would be sung by all.
By the Day of Moura of next year, I would love to have a Janite Deanic version of this. It would be based upon the Descent through the Seven Gates, but, our own version. I feel that the story of the Passion of the Daughter in our scriptures was too heavily influenced by Christianity, so I would prefer to have a Janite version for the Mystery Play.
If anyone else has any ideas for our own traditions for Contrita, please let me know!
May Our Lady bless you,
Blessed is She.
ArchMadria Candra Sophia