16 Rosa/June 28
O, Madria Sofia, Jana of Intelligence, Intuition and Wisdom, may the Pure Stream of Your Virtues flow within me, in this world and in all the worlds to come. Blessed are You.
We have readers and members of the Sisterhood who are not of the Janite Tradition. Some readers might be Madrian, others are Filianic, Auroran, Lucienne, etc. We also have male followers of our blog. Additionally, the JOP Sisterhood includes Madrians and Aurorans.
As such, we do not expect everyone to follow Janite customs. For instance, when I announce the Rite of Sacrifice for the Full Moon each month, it is a Janite and Lucienne custom to veil (wear a scarf or hat) during our rituals. We had also expected males to wear some type of religious hat, so this custom was not just for females.
For us, as Janites, it is an highly symbolic gesture in honor of Our Lady. It is part of our ‘religious garb’ if you will.
I have written extensively about veiling during our rites in the past and so, I will not repeat this here.
Just because a religious custom is right for Janites does not mean it is right for everyone. Nor do we expect it to be. And that goes for all of our religious customs and ways.
And so, when I or Madria Rosalie are giving specific instructions for our rites, rituals and holy days, they are intended as instructions for the Janite Tradition only, especially for our clergy and those in priestess training. Others may feel free to adopt them or not, as they wish.
Even Janite devotees, who are not clergy, are not fully obligated to follow our customs outside of our future chapels/temples.
I hope this clarification is helpful.
ArchMadria Candra Sophia