An Official Statement on Who We Are/Our Creed

20 Sunna/Aug.27

Rosadi/Tues. Day of the Sacred Rose.

The Janite Deanic Ekklesia is neither Madrian nor Filianic, nor are we associated with their history.  Members of the former two Orders of the Madrians (some of whom went on to found present-day Filianism) are the founders of the Deanic religion as we practice it, but just as there are many Christian denominations which are very different from the founding religion of Christianity, so it is with the Janites.

It is similar to the difference between say, Baptists and Roman Catholics. Though there were several groups who were the first followers of ‘The Way’ of Jesus (who were Jewish),  Christianity, as it has been handed down to us today, is the product of the combined Roman Catholic (RCC) and Orthodox Christian Churches. These two churches were one, undivided Church for over the first 1,000 years of Christianity.

The Christianity that has been handed down to us today, is the result of centuries of debate, argument and discussion of doctrines and practices. The core doctrines of Christianity slowly evolved over those centuries.

All Christians received their New Testament scriptures through the undivided Church (RCC and Orthodox Christian), though many don’t like to admit that.

There were many gospels and writings circulating at that time. Some were spurious, yes, but many had the same antiquity and acceptance as the gospels which were finally chosen, by the leaders of the undivided Church, to be included in the canon of the New Testament. Others were rejected if they did not meet the doctrinal requirements of the RCC.

So, in a nutshell, Baptists and Catholics share the same God (the Trinity), core doctrines, beliefs, scriptures and the prayer of Christianity, the Our Father. However, in practice, culture and in the interpretation of many of the doctrines and  scriptural verses, they could not possibly be further apart. Though they are both Christian, essentially they are not the same religious expression of Christianity, they do not share the same history and they are not in communion or formal association with each other.

By the same token, though we share a belief in most (not all) of the fundamental doctrines of Madrianism/Filianism and share some of the same prayers, the same scriptures and the belief in the Divine Feminine Trinity/ Janati, we are very far apart from Madrianism and Filianism in certain fundamental doctrines, culture and practice and we do not share the same history.

Nor are we in communion with or in association with Madrianism and Filianism, nor are they with us. And though we are both exceedingly and eternally grateful for the work of our founding mothers and fathers, we do not represent them and they do not represent us.

The Janite Deanic Ekklesia consists of Clan Jana, the Janite Order of Priestesses (JOP) and the Iremian Deanic Sisterhood (IDS). In addition to the foundational doctrines and scriptures which we inherited from the founders of Madrianism and Filianism, we have our own way of interpreting some of the scriptures and we have our own culture, practices and doctrines.

Clan Jana is made up of those hestias (sacred homes which have been blessed and consecrated to Dea) whose members consider themselves to be Janite devotees.

The JOP is the Order of our priestesses, including those archsorellas, (high sisters), who have begun priestess training.

The Iremian Sisterhood is open to all female Janite devotees.

We are hoping that a future Brotherhood will be formed, as well.

I will end with our Creed, which is a slightly adapted form of the Filianic/Secret Order Madrian with the additional verse in honor of our belief in the Seven Janati:

I believe that I am created from before the Dawn of Time,
by the Eternal One, Madria Dea.
And I believe that She is One and Three and Seven.

I believe in the Celestial Mother, She Who is Pure Light;
The Creatrix of the Earth and of the Heavens,
and of all the infinite Cosmos.

And I believe in Her Holy Daughter, born of the Celestial Mother;
She Who rules all the energies of Creation,
Whose Nature is Perfect Love.

And I believe that there is She, Who stands beyond these Two,
Whose Name has not been spoken upon this Earth;
For She is the Beginning and the end,
The First Principle and the Final Cause,
The unoriginated Origin of Being;
The Great Mother of all that is and all that is not; She, Who Is.

I believe in the Seven Janati, the Seven Great Powers of Dea.
I believe that they are the Living Streams of Virtue who flow from the Mother
and that, together, these Living Streams form the River of Life.

I believe that it is through the Holy Daughter,
that my soul shall rise renewed in its Perfection,
that I may return to Eternal Communion with the Eternal One,
Madria Dea,
In the Completion of the Wholeness of Her Will. Blessed is She.

Thank you.

ArchMadria Pamela Lanides, founder of the Janite Deanic Ekklesia/Clan Jana/Janite Order of Priestesses and the Iremian Sisterhood.

The Janite Understanding of Priestesshood.

The following is the Janite understanding of the priestesshood in contrast with the mainstream Christian view of the priesthood.

A priest is understood to be the holder of a divinely-instituted office who served as God’s direct representative on earth and, as such, uniquely held the powers of 1) transubstantiation, 2) hearing confession, 3) imposing penances, 4) absolving sins 5) the power of blessing 6) the power over the sacraments.

Janites take a vastly different view of the priestesshood:

We believe that we are called by Dea to serve Her by serving Her children. In humbly serving others, we are serving Her.

We believe that we are called to be Her Face and Hands upon the Earth, in the service of others.

We believe that through the proper Initiation into Priestesshood, that our priestesses become open, focused channels of the Grace of Our Lady, Our Heavenly Queen, Our High Priestess, She Who is the Holy Daughter, Déa Filia.

Janite priestesses are called to be humble servants of the Children of Dea and do not aspire to fill all roles for all people such as psychiatrist, sociologist, marriage counselor and so forth.

We are primarily called to teach others about Déa and to dispense the Blessings and Graces of Déa to Her children.

We hold no authority or power over the lives of others.

We do not believe in the RCC style of confession. A general absolution occurs during our liturgy.

Penance, the very idea of imposing penance or exacting obedience would never be considered by our priestesses.

We do not believe that priestesses have the right to become involved in or have authority over a person’s life or life’s decisions. We treat people as adults. We are here to present the teachings of Dea and the system of Her worship. We are here to be the Face and Hands of Compassion, Herself. We are here to become living channels of Her Grace.

And, finally, we do not believe in Transubstantiation in the manner of the Roman Catholic Church. Rather, we believe that there is a Transmission of Divine Grace from the Hands of Our High Priestess in Heaven, through the hands of Her priestesses on Earth.

In our liturgy, we  face Her in the East, as She enters Her Heavenly Temple and stands at Her altar before us, facing us. And through the Transmission of Her Grace, the white wine becomes Transfused with Her Grace through which we share in Her Spirit. We believe that this is possible through Her Sacrificial Descent and voluntarily remaining with us as the World Soul or Holy Soul of the World. The Rosa Mundi. The Rose of the World.

The bread also becomes Transfused with Her Grace and is a sharing of Her Soul, again, through Her becoming the World Soul.

This is different than the teaching of the RCC that the bread and wine each literally become the Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ through His Sacrifice on the Cross. (The idea that the RCC believes that the wine literally becomes just the Blood of Jesus and the bread His Body is incorrect. Catholics believe that when they receive the Bread and/or the Wine, they are receiving the Risen Jesus in His entirety.)

In our liturgy, the Priestess is instructed that the sermon last no longer than 15 minutes. During that time, she is never to ‘preach at’ the people. Ideally, she will share devotions, contemplation, meditations, readings, poetry, psalms, etc.

The idea of the Janite priestess is that they are, in reality, more contemplative/private in nature, while serving the Children of Dea through devotion and through the Janite sacraments. They will not be ‘running parishes’ in the manner of mainstream churches and places of worship.

In the Janite priestesshood, we have three initiation levels of Madrina (Guardian/GodMother Deaconess), Madria, (meaning Mother Priestess) and ArchMadria in the Janite, (meaning High Mother Priestess or ArchPriestess).

In the past, we have likened these three Orders of the Priestesshood to Deaconess, Priest and Bishop, respectively. But given the differences between the Christian priestly vocations as it is understood in Roman Catholicism in contrast with the vocation of priestess as it is understood by the Janites/Reginites, we feel that it is no longer advisable to do so.

Those who are initiated in Reiki will understand the three levels of initiation and how that energy is channeled into your chakras. And once you have it, it never goes away; it does not die with disuse, although it may take a while to reach full potential. It is the same with the priestesshood.

The ArchMadria or high mother priestess is the open channel, like the Reiki Master, for her high mother priestess duties. This Grace, this Energy, comes from the Holy Daughter, Herself. The priestess, in turn, becomes an open channel of the Holy Daughter, Our High Priestess, for her mother priestess duties.

In summary, Janite priestesses are not necessarily the feminine counterpart of the Roman Catholic priesthood. Nor are we similar to ‘parish’ priests. We are private priestesses who serve the Children of Déa through worship, devotion, contemplation, meditation, the practice of the 21 Virtues, teaching and dispensing Her Graces and Blessings.

Let us bless the Holy One,

Blessed is She.

Let us thank the Seven Janati of Dea.

Thanks be to the Janati of Dea

ArchMadria Pamela Lanides.