Recent Ecumenical Talks
There is so much happening behind the scenes it is so exciting! Through ecumenical talks, we have come to virtually a complete accord within the community. More to come in the near future, but for now, our catechism has been largely restored to its original. The only exceptions being that we added a question about the Janae and a couple of questions (that do not appear in the Filianic edition of the catechism) have been eliminated for the time being, until the talks are complete. We have also restored the Creed, although we have retained one or two elements from the long-form along with our stanza on the Janae.
This accord has largely come about due to a past clarification on both Original Sin and a recent clarification (well, I discovered it only recently) on the Death of the Holy Daughter by the Chapel of Our Mother God, taken together with recent discussions that I have had with two members of our greater community.
This Filianic clarification on the Death of the Daughter, with which we are in complete agreement because these have always been our own teachings, as well, has made all the difference for Janites, as far as our place in the community is concerned. And we are very edified and grateful for this clarification.
And when we speak of the death of the Daughter, we must understand that we are dealing with a highly complex subject. It is not possible for the Daughter to cease to exist (although in a certain symbolic sense the Filianists regard the Hiatus — the day between the years, after the Sacrifice of the Daughter and before Her resurrection at the new year — as a time when She is not); but then it is not possible for any soul to cease to exist. Death is the transition from one state to another, and for the Divinity to enter death is for Her to enter the world of transition — to be bound to samsara, the turning wheel of Werde — descending from the realm of Pure Being to that of becoming.
Thealogically it may be expressed in the form that since the Mother, who is Pure Being, is life itself, separation from Her is death.
Feast of Flowers
Tomorrow is the beautiful festival of Flowers, called Floralia in the Janite Tradition after the ancient Roman festival (which, unfortunately, eventually became a bit debauched. But that was not how it was when it originated.) It is also known, in our religion, as Flori-Maia. The Rite of Sacrifice or the Liturgy is not mandatory. But, for those who wish to offer the RoS, Madria Sophia will be offering some lovely ideas for scriptures and prayers.
Sophian connection to Madrian Daughter God:
We have been told, by sources that will remain un-named, that the Madrian Inanna Is equivalent to the Gnostic Aeon named Sophia. This is in addition to the fact that Sophia is Living Stream.
Sophian Poem as found in an issue of the Madrian Magazine, The Coming Age:
Sophia has come :-
Hear the words
She uttered as I knelt before Her
Heedless of the storm and drowning rain :
“You have seen the curve of a rainbow –
I am come to complete the circle
And bring you joy”…
I have lain under my new colours
And bathed in their radiant fullness
While She smiled above me,
Her hand upraised in haunting peace.
Chaste Her mind, Her heart, Her soul,
For friends She has the creatures of the field…
Her peace guards the autumn winds from harm
And lingers softly in the green spring rain.
One look from Her clear-eyed Truth
And the sullen run like stags
Gladdened by the sunlight on a mountain range…
sent in and printed on page 2 of The Coming Age periodical, issue 3, Summer, 1977 (spelling corrected). Thanks to the research of Madria Sophia.
This poem, especially the quote, remind me so much of other apparitions of Sophia that have occurred, including to well known Russian mystics. Unlike the majority of Marian apparitions in which Mary gives very long-Catholic Church oriented speeches (which, many suspect were words coming from the Church authorities rather than the actual visionaries), and usually, Her visions are very closely tied with Sophia’s connection to Nature.
The Ground of All Being
The First Mystery in our religion is known in Janite Tradition as ‘Terram’ which means earth or land. The Mystery itself is Our Lady as the Ground of All Being. Some have taught that the Ground of All Being is Absolute Deity, but the Madrian Catechism states that it is the Celestial Mother Who is the Ground of All Being. Under Chapter II, question 11: “Who is our Celestial Mother?
Answer: The Mother is the Creator (Creatrix) of the world and the Ground of All Being.
Janites understand Absolute Deity to be the Source of All Being. We agree with the Madrian teaching that it is the Celestial Mother Who is the Creatrix and Ground of All Being. Therefore, the Sacred Season of Fall and the First Mystery rightly belongs to the Celestial Mother. In Filianism, the Wheel of the Year is divided into two halves, the Daughter half of the year which begins with Nativity and ends the day before Rosa Mundi. And the Mother half of the year which begins on Rosa Mundi and ends the day before Nativity.
Janites divide it up slightly differently. We begin the Daughter half of the year with the first day of Astrea and it ends on the last day of Flora. The Mother half of the year begins on the first day of Rosa and ends on the last day of Samhain. However, the in-between time of Moura, we consider to be the time of the Great Mother, although it is also the time of the Passion of the Holy Daughter.
The crux of the matter being that the Sacred Season of Autumn or Fall is the Time of the Celestial Mother. She is the Apple of Wisdom.
1920’s Madrians? A call for information.
And, finally, I think it’s time we make public what some of us have been discussing privately. In the beginnings of Madrianism, it was stated that the Madrian religion came out of Traditional Households and that this was begun in the latter 1920’s.
Interestingly enough, a few short years ago, I had discovered a wiki article about various Madrian Households through-out England and along the Rhine area, if I remember correctly. About a year later, I was searching for that article and it disappeared. It was very short. Just a paragraph or two. No details.
It is said that the first Madrians practiced under the guise of Traditional Catholicism and that it began with eleven women, shortly before WWI, who saw a vision of Our Lady. When I first heard this, as a former Traditional Catholic, myself, a TON of stuff about the Madrians finally made sense. But, that is a matter for another time. It is our understanding that the religion, as it has been handed down to us, is not quite the same as that of the earlier, Traditional Madrian households, if they existed. But, it took its inspiration from them.
We, all of us, truly want to learn the truth of the origins of our beautiful religion and so we are putting out a call: if you or anyone you know has information about the earlier Madrians, the Traditional Households, (if they indeed existed), please get in touch with us. My own email is email@example.com. I am Candra Sophia. Thank you.
After our feast day, we will resume our series on Holy Sophia and the Clear Recital.
And finally, and perhaps, appropriately, Sorella Roselyn has introduced an intimate ending to prayer for private use. Amadea. Loosely translated, it means to love Dea.
Hail, Zoe, Fountain of Grace, Glory Be to Thee.
Blessed art Thou, O, Divine Queen of Heaven and
Blessed is Thy Beloved Mother.
Holy Dea, Daughter God, bless us, Thy children, now and unto the ages of ages.
(copyright Janite Ekklesia.)
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