4 Maia/April 21
O, Madria Grace, Jana of Compassion, Love and Mercy, be with us.
May the Pure Stream of Your Virtues flow within me, in this world and in all the worlds to come. Blessed are You.
First, we would like to thank Sorella Sophia, who has graciously agreed to fill the vital role of Prima Secretary to the JOP. Thank you, Sorella.
Hymnology is within the purview of the Iremian Order of the JOP. And so, as we begin our more creative phase of developing the Janite Tradition, we turn towards the vital role that music plays in liturgy and worship.
It has been said that an hymn is a very high form of prayer as is chanting, which is considered to be a prayer in song. Psalms are ancient hymns and today, in churches all around the world, these same psalms are chanted in haunting melodies. There is the exotic chant of Eastern Orthodoxy and the dulcet tones of Judaism. Then we have the angelic chant of the Gregorian West and the softly melodic chant of the Anglican Choral Evensong. Here is an exquisite example of Choral Evensong : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aRwhkBAeheM
Another more easily imitated, yet truly lovely and heartfelt method of chant for devotees is the Mari-Anna chant (Anna is another name for the Holy Daughter stemming from the Filianic Tradition) that is sung especially during the Season of Moura. (Scroll down to where is says ‘download link’ above the Maria Mantra): http://www.mother-god.com/maria-chant.html
Let us share our personal poetry and lyrics of praise and see if we can’t put them to music!
May Our Lady bless you,
Blessed is She.
ArchMadria Candra Sophia