Cosmic Moon Announcements

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12 Ourania/Oct. 14

Columbadi/Fri.

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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.

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A few quick announcements:

Tomorrow, Foradi/Sat., is the Full Cosmic Moon. The Rite of Sacrifice (found under our Prayers and Rites page in the drop-down menu) may be offered.

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On the night of Samhain, the last night of Ourania, the Greater Ekklesia will be welcoming into its fold, a newly consecrated member of the Faith, a Child of Dea. Let us be with this devotee in spirit on this most holy night.

O, Most Holy Dea, Mother, Daughter and Great Mother, bless this, Thy child, on the night of Samhain and enfold this child beneath Your Hallowed Mantle of Protection, now and unto the ages of ages. 

Blessed is She.

The Solitary Rite of Consecration may be found under our Prayers and Rites page. Many thanks to Madria Erin Sian Wynn for her beautiful and compelling meditations. https://hermaidenpriestess.wordpress.com/

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The Lady of Light Chantry, which hosts the discussion group: https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/the_elfs/info, is a Mystical Order of the LLC Tradition of the Deanic Faith and is open to females over the age of 18.

The Janite Order, which hosts this blog, is open to priestesses and female devotees over the age of 18. (The Janite Tradition of the Deanic Faith may be practiced by everyone.)

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Let us bless the Queen of Heaven.

Blessed is She.

Let us thank the Seven Janati of Power.

Thanks be to the Seven Janati.

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ArchMadria Pamela Lanides

 

A comment from a sister in the Faith

Re: Simple Methods to Pray the Rosary:

ArchMadria Pamela, this is such a comfort to me. I thought that I was not praying this correctly, just concentrating and saying the words.

Dear Ruth, thank you so much for your kind words. I’m grateful that this issue has been raised. It has helped me to realize that I must modify the directions on praying the rosary.

Honestly, it was not until I was a young adult that I learned that we were supposed to meditate on the Mysteries when praying the rosary and I was a life-long Traditional Catholic! The chanting of the Hail, Mary was supposed to be conducive to a meditative state.

But, I feel that while meditating on the Mysteries is important, this is something that can be done at other times, when not praying the rosary. It can also be done through studying the scriptures, for example or simply during times of quiet contemplation. My favorite way to pray the rosary is to simply to chant the prayers while concentrating on the Presence of Our Lady or while gazing at an image of her.

Thank you, Ruth.

Simple Methods to Pray the Rosary

19 Abalon/Sept. 23

Columbadi/Friday.

Today is named after the Dove (Columba means dove), one of our Seven Sacred Symbols which represents the Holy Daughter as Our Lady, Dove of Peace. Madria Grace rules this day. She is the Guardian of East and Water and the Jana (Divine Gate) of Compassion, Love and Mercy. She is also the Matron Jana of healing.

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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.

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Please note: you may right click on any image in this article and then click on search google for image to locate its origin.

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Recently, the author of Under the Violet Moon,

https://underthevioletmoon.wordpress.com/,

wrote an important article on the challenges that are often faced by those who are new to praying the rosary. For those coming from Protestant backgrounds along with devotees who were raised in the Novus Ordo (post Vatican II) Catholic Church, the rosary may seem foreign and overwhelming. At the end of this article, I offer several ways to pray the rosary in a simpler manner.

One reason why most Catholics, (until the post-Vat. II generation), prayed the rosary every day with such great devotion was due to the appearances of the Blessed Virgin Mary. In a majority of these apparitions, she always requested the daily rosary. It was considered to be the most powerful form of prayer short of the Catholic mass and many miracles and heavenly promises have been attached to it. It is traditionally understood to be a garden of roses which we offer to Our Lady.

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The contemplation of the Virgin Mary, her privileges, and the favors she bestows on her children was considered a joy exceeding all other joys. It was this joyful piety of the “Hail, Our Lady” that gave the name of the Rosary. In the Middle Ages, the symbol of joy was the rose. To crown one’s head with a garland of roses (a chaplet) was a sign of joy. The Virgin Mary was even called “a garden of roses.” In medieval Latin, a garden of roses is rosarium. 1

In so many images and statues of the Blessed Virgin Mary, we see her offering the rosary to us.

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While I no longer accept the veracity of every apparition, or, at the very least, I think the Church misrepresented them, I still believe in the rosary as a very powerful form of prayer. I’ve had way too many miracles happen in my life as a result of praying the rosary to ever doubt its efficacy. It is a direct line to Our Lady.

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In previous generations, entire families would gather to pray the rosary, together. I remember when visiting my relatives, all of my aunts, my mother and my grandmother would get down on their knees and pray ‘the beads’.

When I was young, around six or seven, I had rosary beads that ‘glowed in the dark’. It was comforting to lie beneath my blankets and pray my gently illuminated rosary in the night. I would sense/feel the presence of Our Lady, almost as if she was hovering over me while I prayed myself to sleep. Through the wearing of the Miraculous Medal (2) and praying the daily rosary, Our Lady was with me every day and always.

There is a funny story my mother always told me. When she was five years old, at a time when she was bilingual, her family would always pray the rosary in French. One day, my grandmother stopped praying in order to listen more closely to my mother’s recitation of the Hail, Mary. My mother related that she had no idea what she was saying wrong, but they never said the rosary in French, again. 🙂

So great was Catholic devotion to Our Lady and her rosary before the devastating aftermath of Vatican II, that most parishes had a weekly rosary night and some had a public rosary after mass on Sundays. We prayed the rosary during Marian processions and in church on her feast days. I used to conduct a neighborhood rosary, once a week. Those devoted to Our Lady of Fatima would hold a public rosary in their homes. We made rosaries for the missions and provided The Secret of the Rosary to whomever was interested.

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It was a very stirring experience to pray a public rosary. One side of the church would chant the first half of the Hail, Mary, while the other side would respond by chanting the latter half. It was a powerful time which bound us together as children of Our Blessed Mother, Our Lady.

It is important to understand that one is not obligated to pray the rosary if they are a Deanic devotee. In fact, the rosary is not even mandated for Catholics. As with all of our prayers, they are simply offerings of choice.

There are those who prefer to always pray in their own words; there are those who prefer to pray more formal prayers and there are those, like me, who pray both ways. Each devotee must pray in the manner that best suits their individual Soul Path and their personal inclinations.

For those who desire to pray the rosary and yet find it daunting, here are a few quick tidbits:

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(1) When you are new to praying the rosary, don’t worry about concentrating on the Mysteries. Don’t even try to meditate on them until you’ve been praying the rosary for such a long time that the words are second nature to you. It’s fine to simply concentrate on the words themselves, or to put yourself in Our Lady’s Presence by gazing at a statue, icon or even a candle flame while praying. Sometimes, I simply gaze at the sunlight glinting off the lake. In doing so, you will find that certain thoughts or inspirations might enter your mind. Don’t try to brush them aside, that is Our Lady communicating with you.

Once the prayers come second nature to you, even then it is still fine to       concentrate on the words or to quietly place yourself in the Presence of       Our Lady.

Oftentimes, I will think of a single aspect of the Mystery. For example, the first Mystery is Our Lady, Apple of Wisdom; She Who is the Ground of all Being. I might simply think about apple seeds or something else relevant from the appropriate scripture verses. Sometimes, I think about what Ground of All Being really means. I contemplate the spiritual meaning of Twilight or any of the aspects of this Mystery. Sometimes, I just think about Our Lady, Herself. There is no set way to meditate on the Mysteries. (Scripture verses will be added to our rosary page.)

(2) It is fine to pray just one or two septads a day. I recommend this for the Janati rosary. For example: On Sunnadi/Sunday, the septad in honor of Madria Theia may be prayed. On Lunadi/Monday, the septad in honor of Madria Candra. On Rosadi/Tues., the septad in honor of Madria Vicka, etc. The same can be done with the Janite Deanic rosary.

(3) The first part of the Hail, Mary comes directly from the New Testament and that was how the rosary was prayed for centuries. It wasn’t until the 16th century that the latter half of the rosary was added. And so, it is perfectly fine to simply pray the first half of the Hail, Mari which would be: Hail, Mari, Fount of Grace, glory be to Thee. Blessed art Thou, O, High Queen of Heaven and blessed is Thy beloved Daughter.

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I hope this has been helpful. If anyone has questions about praying the rosary, please contact us at Deanicfaith at gmail.com.

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Hail, Mari, Fount of Grace, glory be to Thee. Blessed art Thou, O, High Queen of Heaven and blessed is Thy beloved Daughter. Holy Dea, Mother God, bless us, Thy children, now and unto the ages of ages. Amen.

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ArchMadria Pamela Lanides

(1) https://olrl.org/sacramental/rosary.shtml

(2)

http://www.amm.org/aboutamm/miraculous%20medal%20story.aspx

 

 

 

Full Apple Moon/Resuming Prayer List

11 Abalon/Sept. 15

Abaldi/Thurs.

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O, Madria Thema, Jana of Justice, Order and Harmony, be with us.

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Abal is the ancient Welsh word for apple. Thursday is named in honor of the Celestial Mother as Our Lady, Apple of Wisdom. Madria Thema rules this day, whose Greek name is Themis.

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Tomorrow night, 12 Abalon/Sept. 16, is the night of the Full Apple Moon. Priestesses and Devotees may serve the Rite of Sacrifice, if they desire. (Some of our priestesses are now serving the Rite of Sacrifice on Full Moons and the Liturgy on Sunnadis/Sundays). Please see the above menu for the Rite of Sacrifice. These Rites may be served either outdoors or at an indoor shrine/altar.

On Lunadi/Monday, we will resume our Weekly Prayer List. If you or a loved one (and loved ones may include pets!) is in need of prayer, please send their names to ArchMadria Pamela at Deanicfaith@gmail.com. Our prayer warriors will keep them in our prayers for the coming week and our priestesses will remember them during Sunnadi/Sunday liturgy. Thank you.

Finally, I will shortly be adding a page to the above menu for the list of the Full Moons through the rest of our year. Our new year begins 1 Columbina, March 21.)

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Let us Bless the Queen of Heaven.

Blessed is She.

Let us thank the Seven Janati of Power.

Thanks be to the Seven Janati.

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Honoring the Janati in Our Daily Lives.

27 Vespera/Sept. 3

Foradi/Sat.

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O, Madria Rhea, Jana of Steadfastness, Temperance and Self-restraint, be with us.

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1. As the rain fell, the light came again, and a rainbow appeared in the sky, shedding its light upon all things. 2. And whereas all things had been silver, now they took on every hue and colour, and the world was beautiful; but it was not so beautiful as it had formerly been.

3. [And She set Her seven powers in the firmament, giving one to rule each colour of the earth.]  The Creation, Chapter 3, vs. 1-3. New Celestial Union Edition.

Within the Janite Deanic Faith (which loosely translates as Gate of the Mother God religion), devotion to the Seven Janati is central to our religious practice. The Seven Janati are the Seven Powers or Faces of Dea, Our Divine Mother God.

Traditionally, certain Forms/Aspects of the Supreme/Parthenogenetic Goddess have been associated with these Seven Powers such as Eurynome, Sophia and the Shekinah. They are also known as the Seven Planetary Powers; the Seven Pillars and the Seven Faces.

Our Tradition teaches that the Janati flow from Mother God and take on rarefied angelic form. And so, the Seven Janati, a Sanskrit word meaning to generate, cause, to be born, create, beget and to produce, are the Seven Intelligent Living Streams of Dea in angelic form.

Though we may think of them as female archangels, reminding us of the female Bountiful Immortals of Zoroastrianism or the female angels of ancient Judiasm, it is important to remember that they are the Living Streams of Dea, Herself. It is as though they flow from Dea through a prism, thereby separating into Seven Jeweled, Living, Intelligent Rays who generate and produce the Seven Rivers of Life.

Do not be afraid to approach the Janati on a very personal level. They respond to our prayers and are ever-ready to assist us.

One personal custom that I have developed to honor the Janati on a daily basis is five-fold:

1) I try (although it is not always possible) to wear a color associated with the Jana (1) of the day.

2) I take a gemstone that has been charged beneath the Full Moon, bless it according to our blessing rite (found in our drop-down menu beneath the Prayers and Rites section). This stone will have been blessed with specific intentions. The intentions are: that her blessings, benefits and protection be upon me and may her virtues (here I name the specific Virtues of the Jana) be instilled within me. After this powerful blessing, I will wear it as a pendant in a gemstone cage similar to those found here:

https://www.etsy.com/market/gemstone_cage.

The color of the gemstone of the day will be associated with the color(s) of the robes of the Jana.

So, for instance, today is Foradi/Sat., (2), the day of Madria Rhea, whose robes are indigo and black. So, I will choose a crystal or gemstone as close in color as possible to indigo like dark lapis lazuli or I will choose a black stone like obsidian. During the blessing rite, along with the intentions of invoking her blessings and protection, I add the intention of instilling within me her virtues of Steadfastness, Temperance and Self-restraint.

3) I pray a septad (a group of seven beads similar to a decade of the rosary) of her mantra in the morning and through-out the day. For Madria Rhea it is: O, Madria Rhea, Jana  of Steadfastness, Temperance and Self-restraint, be with us.

4) I try to be mindful of her presence by praying to her and talking to her during the day. I try to spend time in contemplating both her and her virtues.

5) I choose one of her virtues to manifest in my life for that day. So, for instance, today I might choose to focus on Steadfastness or Self-restraint.

Any one of these customs or others similar to them will help to bring us ever closer to each Jana on a personal level and to Dea, Herself.

Let us bless the Queen of Heaven.

Blessed be Our Lady.

Let us thank the Seven Janati of Power.

Thanks be to the Seven Janati.

May Our Lady bless you.

Blessed is She.

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  1. Here the name/word Jana indicates an individual member of the Seven Janati. Jana translates as Gate. The name Jana was widely associated with the goddess Diana who was well-known, in ancient Rome, as Di-Jana which meant, Divine Gate. Each individual Jana is a Gate of one of the Seven Living Streams of Life.
  2. Our religious names for the days of the week are taken from our Seven Symbols with the French ending of di. Foradi is named after the Fora which is an equi-distant solar cross with rays extending beyond the circle.
  3. Please see Janati mantras on the Janati Correspondence page and also on the Janati Rosary page.