Prayer: Silver Star of the waters / Shining Star of the shimmering waters

I would like to take a moment to explain the recent changes in the Silver Star of the waters prayer. This prayer is very basic to our Faith. The Madrians put it in the place of the Hail, Mary on their rosary. For the Koré Di-Jana Ekklesia a.k.a. Janites, the Silver Star prayer is the equivalent of the Our Father in Christianity and so that is its place on the Koré Di-Jana Ekklesia Janite Mysteries Rosary. https://deanic.com/prayers-and-rites/the-janite-mysteries-rosary/  It is our most sacred prayer.

This is the original Madrian prayer from 1977 [1]:

Silver Star of the Waters
that hath laughed all the world into being,
beyond all knowing
is the Splendour of Your Light.
Enfold my spirit, within Your Mighty hand
that the Pure Stream of Your force
may flow within me,
in this world
and in all the worlds to come.

Our archivist Mr Race MoChridhe & our Traditions founding ArchMadria Emerita (High Priestess/Bishop Retired) Pamela:
“Recently, Mr. Race MoChridhe and I have been discussing the Silver Star of the Waters prayer. It has always been assumed that this most basic of prayers (for the Madrians and Janites), had been written in honor of the Celestial Mother. But, it didn’t seem to make sense that it referred to Her as the Silver Star because Silver is the color of the Gentle Light of the Holy Daughter.

However, as Mr. MoChridhe noted and, quite synchronistically, I, myself recently noticed, [see the following explanation for the prayer Shining Star of the Shimmering Waters] the Celestial Mother is referred to as the Silver Star in our scriptures.

Mr Race MoChridhe has given me permission to share his insights:

I wanted to share an insight I had only recently, as I have been working on the fourth edition critical text for the Teachings, about the Silver Star. I realized that the opening of the prayer is constructed as an appeal to the three persons of the Trinity as a single addressee. As you mention, “Silver Star of the waters” obviously refers most directly to the Daughter through its invocation of the color silver and its oblique reference to the star of the Nativity, but it can also have reference to the Mother in light of Mythos 6:8, which identifies the star that represents Her in Her descent to the underworld as “silver”. The following phrase, “That have laughed all the world into being” naturally pertains most specifically to the Mother through the Creation story. The third line, “beyond all knowing is the splendour of Your Light,” then seems to address the Dark Mother [Great Mother] by reference to the fourteenth verse of the Sermon of the Apple-Seed, which declares that “there can be no knowledge of the Absolute; for to know is to have passed beyond knowing” (some versions, including the third edition ECE, read “beyond knowledge”, but I now favour the “beyond knowing” reading as more likely to have been original). Thus (if my reading is correct), Mother, Daughter, and Dark Mother all receive a particular acknowledgement in the prayer’s opening without compromising the sense of unity in addressing the one Déa.” Mr. Race MoChridhe

Of course, Mr. MoChridhe made it clear to me that this was a personal insight on his part and does not necessarily reflect the intention of the original composer of the prayer.

As we are very Trinitarian in our devotions and in our Wheel of the Year, (the Fifth Season of Moura being the time of the Great or Dark Mother in the Koré Di-Jana Ekklesia / Janite Rite), this interpretation of the Silver Star prayer, where the entire Trinity is being addressed in the very first sentence, is perfect for us.

I wish to thank Mr. MoChridhe for sharing this wonderful insight with me and for allowing me to share it with our devotees.”

(Slightly adapted for the Koré Di-Jana Ekklesia a.k.a. Janite Tradition from the original Madrian.) [3]

Known as the Trinitarian Silver Star of the Waters prayer

Silver Star of the Waters
Who has fashioned all the world into being,
beyond all knowing is the Splendour of Your Light.
Enfold my spirit, within your Mighty Mantle
and may the Pure Stream of Your Grace flow within me,
in this world and in all the worlds to come. Blessed are They.

The Koré Di-Jana Ekklesia / Janite Tradition have chosen ‘fashioned all the world into being‘ as opposed to laughed. Both express the Creation of the Mother, but Janites refer to the Secret of the World verse 4, “All that is was fashioned by My Mother out of the laughter of Her heart and the cunning of Her hands“. Therefore, we feel that ‘fashioned’ is correct (for Janites) because the Celestial Mother did not so much ‘laugh’ Creation into being, rather She fashioned it out of the joy of Her Heart and with the cunning of Her hands.

Adapted Prayer here: https://deanic.com/prayers-and-rites/trinitarian-silver-star-of-the-waters/

The explanation for the adaptations of the prayers Trinitarian Silver Star of the Waters and Shining Star of the Shimmering Waters

Silver Star of the waters, that have laughed all the world into being: this verse comes directly from scripture, from the Mythos of Creation chapter 6, verse 8 when the silver star represents Celestial Mother in Her descent to the underworld.

8) And in the darkness after the second day, a silver star appeared in the Heavens, Whose brightness was too great for them to look upon.

It is clear, in the Mythos, that this is referring to the Divine Mother. It is She, Whose ‘Brightness is too great to look upon’ and in the next verse, we see the children of the Earth rejoicing because they recognize that it is the Mistress of All Things or the Mother of All things coming to rescue Her Holy Daughter.

9) And the children of the Earth rejoiced, saying, it is the Mistress of All Things come to seek Her Daughter.

Frederic Leighton – The Return of Persephone (1891)

However, this relates to the founder Madrians combining the Inanna Myth with the Persephone Myth and finally the Christian Jesus Harrowing of Hell theology.

The Koré Di-Jana Ekklesia a.k.a. Janites base our Mythos on pre-patriarchal non-fallen Divine Sophia. In Their Perfect and Good Realm (“The Real” in our Scriptures, visualised as a Rose Heaven), Divine Sophia as Holy Daughter discusses with Her Celestial Mother Mari-Sophia, those beings and states who have wandered so far from their Divine Source – Déa to become almost spiritually dead/ceasing to exist. Holy Daughter voluntarily takes on Her fate (like Pre-Hellenic Persephone) and descends which causes Her unimaginable extreme suffering to rescue every being and state from non-existence. In giving of Herself, in this state of physical density and isolation, the World Soul becomes shattered. We believe that like the Holy Shekinah, Holy Daughter Sophia became the World Soul, where She is Immanent with us. She clothes us in Her Soul and the Living Flame of Her Divine Spark resides within us. So the Myth is different – still, She is our Saviouress and Soteria.

Also within the Eastminster Critical Edition of scripture edition 3, Critical Apparatus, 2.2.7 The Primordial Color, there is no single color for Celestial Mother white precedes supernal silver, gold, a supernal color unknown.

Therefore we chose a verse directly from our Liturgy which is Shining Star of the shimmering and replace depths with waters clearly indicating the primordial waters of creation.

And yes, we believe that Déa created the Cosmos through Pure Joy, from the laughter of Her Heart. But further, the Koré Di-Jana Ekklesia a.k.a. Janites and the Lucienne Traditions [2] teach that Déa created the Cosmos through the Divine Song or the Oran Mor, which means the Divine Song of Creation. And so, laughed would also rightly be sung. However, we chose fashioned for the prayer to indicate that Déa not only sung creation into being, She designed it using the cunning of Her hands which gave shape to each fragment.

5) and Her hands knew cunning. 6) And She stretched forth Her hands and gave a shape to each fragment and no one was like any other. (The Mythos of Creation, Chapter I verses 4-6).

mary mantle of mercy

While Mighty Hand certainly expresses the Power and Might of Déa, Her Mantle of Protection is a much more potent, feminine and significant form of imagery taken from within both our scriptures and our Faith.

1) Ye, that are weary with the world, ye that are lonely, ye that have suffered hardship, that have suffered hurt, come, gather about Me and be ye enfolded in My Mantle.

2) In the inner silence thou shall hear Me, and in the inner darkness shalt thou see Me.

3) And the future shall be better than the past.

4) Come, seek protection in My mantle, for I have turned no creature from Me; be thou sheltered in the folds of My garment.

5) For the ills of the world shall pass away, even as the terrors of the night,

6) And the dawn shall be bright with splendour and sweet with the singing of the blessed souls.

7) And I shall be thy comfort in the darkness. (The Mantle, verses 1-7).

And finally, while the Pure Stream of Force means Energy or Grace, for some, it seemed to convey coercion or compulsion. For the Divine Feminine religion, Grace is a beautiful translation for Streams of Force or Divine Energy.

And so we have our final form [3]:

Known as the Shining Star of the Shimmering Waters prayer

Shining Star of the shimmering waters,
Who has fashioned all the world into being,
beyond all knowing is the Splendour of Your Light.
Enfold my spirit, within your Mighty Mantle
and may the Pure Stream of Your Grace flow within me,
in this world and in all the worlds to come. Blessed are You.

Adapted Prayer here: https://deanic.com/adapted-madrian-prayers-in-use-by-kore-d-jana-ekklesia-janites/shining-star-of-the-shimmering-waters-for-our-celestial-mother-bright-mother/

Let us Bless The Holy One,
Blessed is She.

Let us thank the Seven Janae of Power.
Thanks be to the Seven Janae.

ArchMadria Emerita Pamela & Prima Madria Sophia (my birth and spiritual name)

Notes:

[1] See the article: Madrian Prayers from 1977 Catechism booklet (with Free PDF download) https://deanic.com/prayers-and-rites/madrian-prayers-from-1977-catechism-booklet-olm/
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[2] The Lady of Light Chantry (The LLC), A Deanic Matronite Harmonium (Lucienne Tradition). Founder: ArchMatrona (High Priestess/Bishop) Ghrain
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[3] Copyright of the Déanic Order of Koré Di-Jana (Janite Order of Priestesses/J.O.P.) For personal use, only. Permission for the members of the Déanic Order of Koré Di-Jana (Janite Order of Priestesses/J.O.P.) to share on their media with all due crediting.

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