The First Lighting the SunWheel

1 Astrea/Nov. 28
Pomadi/Thurs.

Day of Sai Thema, Foundation of Justice, Order and Harmony.

Today is the Feast Day of Holy Sophia!!! Sophia is the Living Stream Form for Dea in the Janite Deanic Ekklesia.

First day of the Sacred Season of WINTER.

Please see previous article (before Weekly Prayer List), Preparing for the SunWheel for basic instructions.

Today, before the evening meal, we light the first Green Candle of Wisdom on the Sunwheel in honor of Our Celestial Mother as the Apple of Wisdom. She Who is Wisdom and is the Mother of Wisdom.

This lighting is followed by a scripture reading. The Scriptures may be found online here. (You need to scroll down a ways to get to the beginning of the scriptures.) Other sources for the scriptures may be found in our links section.

Suggested Scripture: The Creation vs 1-16. 

SUGGESTED PRAYERS AND RITUALS

Sophia’s Light

In darkest night, when lights are dim,
and all in sight seems sad and grim,
I find you there, your arms surround me,
your spirit fills me and it grounds me.
I look to you, Lady of Truth,
most ancient One, yet eternal youth,
to keep me safe, protect my heart,
and with the wisdom you impart
fill up my empty mind and soul
so that, my Lover, you can make whole,
all that was broken in this day –
and that is what I ask and pray. Amena.

Excerpts from Sisters of Earth Song

Sophia was, and is, one of the most worshiped Goddesses. Even today, a huge Sophia cult still exists. Her name means “Wisdom”. Sophia is the Greek version of her name. Others include:

Hohkma (Hebrew)
Sapienta (Latin)
Mother of All (Gnostic)
Holy Spirit (Early Christian)

As a biblical figure, she has been described as a co-partner of God and sometimes as THE female God. The early Christians sometimes used her as a metaphor for Christ.

Her origins are almost impossible to trace. She can be traced to every era, culture and society. She is the manifestation of the Divine Feminine and can be linked with practically every goddess. Including: Lilith, Isis, Inanna, Hecate, Spider Grandmother, Ishtar, Sekmet, Maat, Hera, Anath, Virgin Mary, Eve, Mary Magdalene, Juno, Tara, Demeter and Persephone.

Her feast day is November 28th. She has a sacred shrine in Istanbul, Hagia Sophia, which is one of the 21 finalists for the new 7 wonders of the world. (You can vote for your 7 favorites at www.new7wonders.com). She is symbolized by a dove, crescent moon, stars, a cup or a tree. Russia has always adored and venerated Sophia. They dedicated a cathedral to her in Kiev, The Cathedral of St. Sophia. Many Russians to this day maintain a double faith, in Paganism and Christianity.

The Ritual may be found here, please scroll down to the end of the article: Sister of Earth Song

                                  Closing Prayer to Sophia

O Gentle, O Kind, O Blessed Sophia,
Thy children on earth call unto Thee.
We pray Thee, Beloved Mother, to cast forth
thy net of woven starlight.
Fling it wide across the ocean of the universe
to gather us home to the realms of Light.
Amena.

Extinguish the candle after the evening meal.

Each evening, light the Green Candle before the meal and extinguish it when the meal is done. 

It is traditional to read the scripture reading each evening.

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One wing soars in heaven,
one wing sweeps the earth,
and the third flies all around us.

Praise to Sophia!
Let all the earth praise her!

-Hildegard of Bingen

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Optional Prayer

As your lost child, give me assurance that your grace is with me always. All streams spring from the font of your heart.
Your eyes shine as the blue sea into my heart,
and you forever find me worthy of your love.
In the spirit of this revelation, I offer to reveal myself fully to you,
who is my Divine Feminine being, at all times and in all ways.
Amen.      By: Rev. Maia Chrystine Nartoomidophiu of the whirling wings,
circling, encompassing
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Closing Prayer to Sophia

O Gentle, O Kind, O Blessed Sophia,
Thy children on earth call unto Thee.
We pray Thee, Beloved Mother, to cast forth
thy net of woven starlight.
Fling it wide across the ocean of the universe
to gather us home to the realms of Light.
Amen.

 

 

 

Published by

ArchMadria Pamela Lanides

I am a Deanic priestess and founder of the Janite Deanic Ekklesia at deanic.com and the Iremian Order of Dea at (link to come).