Full Moon prayer to Sophia our Déa as a full moon rising copyright of Pastor Stacy – Herchurch

Sophia our Déa,*
As a full moon rising,
You unveil your vision of love
for the universe
and work within us
to bring about your healing purposes.

Sophia our Déa,*
As a full moon rising,
give us the wisdom to understand
that your justice exceeds
even our best intentions,
and your love is a cosmic quality
we only begin to discern:
that, trusting in your moon-risings,
in your birth-giving powers,
we celebrate and embody the coming
of your peace on earth.

Sophia our Déa,*
As a full moon rising,
You are the One Sacred Thread
and Source for All Times,
Grandmother, Mother, and Child,
Blessed She!

copyright of Pastor Stacy
December 25th 2015

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*replaced Goddess with Déa


Why the Rosary

Rosadi/21 Flora


O, Agia Vikhe, (which means Victory), may Your Shield of Protection cover us and our loved ones. Blessed are You. (Interestingly enough, one of the seers of Medjugorje is named Vicka).

“There is no problem, no matter how difficult it is, whether temporal or above all spiritual, in the personal life of each one of us, of our families … that cannot be solved by the Rosary. There is no problem, I tell you, no matter how difficult it is, that we cannot resolve by the prayer of the Holy Rosary.” (Sister Lucia of Fatima). 

Janites have a tradition of praying three times a day, during Aurora (Morning Prayer), Noon-tide and Evensong (Evening prayer).  During these times, devotees either pray in their own words, take inspiration from one of our three daily rituals, read scripture, meditate, say a brief, Hail, Dea or pray the rosary.

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Rosary: from the Latin Rosarium, meaning ‘rose garden’ or ‘garland of roses’. It is a set of prayer beads which combines vocal or silent prayer and meditation. 

The rosary is a garland of roses which we offer to Our Lady and which may be prayed anywhere and at any time. During the Sacred Season of Winter, for example, when I have to leave for work well before sunrise, I will usually pray the Janae rosary of the day while I am driving. I prefer to pray my Mysteries Rosary during Evensong, before an image of Our Lady at my home altar where I will light candles and incense.

A Shiva sadhvi gives blessings in Haridwar, India.  (1)

The history of the rosary goes back many thousands of years, the oldest being the Hindu mala rosary. The Hindu rosary is used as an aid to meditation, to keep the mind from wandering in order to make it concentrate, without distractions, on the meaning of the prayer being recited. Recitation is usually murmured, or silent. (1) This basic statement may be applied to all forms of the rosary including the Catholic, Filianic and Janite Rite rosaries. Various forms of a rosary style form of prayer are also found in the Orthodox, Episcopalian, Buddhist, Lutheran and Islamic Traditions.

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In the Traditional Catholic Church, the rosary is said to be the devotion par excellence and that after the liturgy, it is considered to be the most powerful form of prayer. Indeed, an apparition where the Blessed Virgin Mary has not either asked the faithful to recite the daily rosary or when she has not been holding or wearing the rosary is quite rare. For many, many centuries, the rosary has been the major form of devotion to the Blessed Mother. It is a chain of roses which connects us to Our Lady.

One of the reasons why the rosary is so powerful is because, while we are chanting the prayers, we are meditating upon the central Cosmic Drama of our salvation. This is why the rosary is divided up into ‘Mysteries”.

Where the Madrian and Filianic rosaries are modeled after the Catholic rosary, let’s take a brief look at it. Some of the Mysteries in our rosary are actually the same as the Catholic, (highlighted in blue) but have different meanings. The Traditional Catholic rosary is divided into fifteen decades which are divided up into three sets of Mysteries, the Joyful, Sorrowful and Glorious. (A decade consists of ten small beads). Each decade represents a Mystery in the life of Agia Jesus and the Blessed Virgin Mary.

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These Mysteries are:

Joyful: (Usually said on Mondays and Thursdays),  the Joyful Mysteries follow the events leading up to, including and immediately after the birth of Jesus: The Annunciation, Visitation, Nativity and Presentation.

Sorrowful: (Usually said on Tuesdays and Fridays), The Sorrowful Mysteries concern the Passion of Jesus:

The Agony in the Garden, The Scourging, The Crowning with Thorns, The Carrying of the Cross and the Crucifixion. (In the Madrian and Filianic rosaries, the entire Passion of the Daughter is contained within the Third Mystery which is the Death of the Daughter.) 

Glorious: (Usually said on Wednesdays and Saturdays, (which was always the day of Our Lady in the Catholic Church. These Mysteries concentrated on the events during and after the Resurrection of Jesus and includes the Assumption and Coronation of the Blessed Virgin Mary.)

The Resurrection, The Ascension, the Descent of the Holy Spirit, The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin and The Coronation of the Blessed Virgin.

The Mysteries to be recited on Sunday were dependent upon the liturgical season.

The Madrian and Filianic are five decades. The Janite models its main rosary (the Mysteries Rosary) on the Anglican, where there are seven beads in honor of the Seven Janae so our ‘decades’ are called septads and there are five of them.

There are three main ways to pray the rosary… simply concentrating on the words of the prayers; concentrating on an image and Presence of Our Lady and meditating on the Mysteries.

There are also three main forms of praying the rosary and that is reciting the prayers out loud; reciting the prayers silently though moving the lips, eyes may be opened or closed in inner concentration.

The Five Mysteries of the Madrian/Filianic and Janite Mysteries are (Janite: https://deanic.com/prayers-and-rites/the-janite-mysteries-rosary/)

The Ground of All Being.

The Nativity.

The Death of the Daughter.

The Resurrection of the Daughter.

The Assumption of the Daughter (and Our Lady as our Assumption).

So, when we are praying each of the decades or, in the case of Janites, the septads, we are meditating upon the Cosmic Drama while chanting the sacred prayers.  The correspondences to each Mystery, as found in Madrianism, Filianism and the Janite Rite, aid in contemplation. This is why they are listed after each Mystery.

Let us take one of our Mysteries as an example from a Janite perspective.

 (An example of a Celtic Knot Fora.)

We begin our prayers by tracing the Fora. (https://deanic.com/prayers-and-rites/tracing-the-fora/). We stopped using the Pentacle a few years back because, as we are not neo-Pagan and the Fora is the main symbol of our Tradition, we felt that tracing the Fora was a more appropriate choice for Janites. The Madrians used the pentacle.

The First Mystery is a meditation upon the Celestial Mother as the Ground of All Being. The Madrian catechism and the CMG states that it is Dea Madria, the Celestial Mother, Who is both the Ground of All Being and the Creatrix.

The accompanying scripture is: Let her not trust the ground her feet are set upon and doubt the Ground upon which that ground stands. (For a complete set of rosary scriptural references for this First Mystery, see: http://www.mother-god.com/rosary-scriptural-meditations.html.)

In addition to the scriptural references on the Chapel page, there are others which we may find relevant to the Mystery, as well. For example, the Sermon of the Apple Seed would also be a source of scripture for the First Mystery as the Symbol of the First Mystery is the Apple. In the Janite Rite, the Celestial Mother is known as the Apple of Wisdom.

Both the Madrians and the Filianists include basic correspondences for the Mysteries. The Janites do the same. Ours are based upon the Madrian.

Correspondences for the First Mystery: Jana: Agia Thema. Element: Earth. Symbol: Apple. Elemental Color: Green. Liturgical colors: Blue and Purple. Direction: West. Time of Day: Twilight. Season: Autumn/Fall. And for us, the Celestial Mother is the Apple of Wisdom (a symbol of Her as Ground of All Being) and She is the Great Dove of the Waters (as Creatrix). 

These basic correspondences and the scriptural verses help to foster a deep meditation of the Mystery. As we chant the prayers, we think of the Celestial Mother as the sure Ground of All Being.

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Or, again, we might meditate on the deep symbolism of the Apple as found in The Sermon of the Apple Seed in the Clear Recital. We may ponder Our Lady as being Wisdom, Herself. We might think of how She is our Mother and what that means to us. We might imagine Her creating the Cosmos in Her sheer delight, scattering the stars across the sky or how She is Our True Mother and how much She loves us. If we pray the rosary with love, attention and reverence, we are transported into the Cosmic Drama, itself with all its many connecting streams. And this is why Janites consider each Season to be sacred…. because each Season encompasses a Mystery of the Divine Cosmic Drama of Dea.

This is why the rosary is so powerful, because through it, we enter the very Life and Mysteries of the Trinity. We walk along the Cosmic road with Our Lady Oftentimes, we receive enlightening insights.

Let us look at one more Mystery, the Second Mystery which is the Nativity.

For She had conceived a Daughter that was not separate from Her, but one with Her, and the Child of Her Light. (See Chapel rosary page for further verses.)

The Correspondences in the Janite Tradition and based upon the Madrian:

Jana: Agia Mati Sage (which means Spiritual Thought of Wisdom). Element: Air. Symbol: the North Star. Elemental Color: yellow. Liturgical color: yellow. Direction: North. Time of Day: Midnight. Season: Winter.

The Holy Daughter is the Star of Hope, the Midnight Star of Wonder and the Guiding North Star.

It is so easy to imagine that first visible Gentle Light of Our Kyria (2) as She emanates from the Bright Light of the Celestial Mother. I love to think of Her image as the Three Stars. As She begins Her Journey towards Fate, She becomes Our Star of Hope. We first see Her appear at Midnight, so She is the Midnight Star Who fills us with wonder and awe. And, She is ever, ever, for every moment, every second of our lives, Our True Guiding Star.

This is one of the reasons why the Janite Rite uses the North Star rather than the Pentacle as the Star Symbol for this Mystery. As the North Star guides sailors to safe the port of harbour, Our Guiding Star guides our souls to the safe portal of Our Divine Mother.

I also love to meditate on the story of the Three Princesses. As a priestess, this story is very meaningful to me.

I’m sure that devotees have noticed that the rosary prayers are different between the Madrian, Orthodox Filianic and the Janite Rite.

There are several versions of a Divine Feminine Our Father prayer within Goddess Christianity. On a personal level, I’ve never been comfortable with them. When I first prayed the Silver Star of the Waters prayer, I fell in love with it. This is the primary prayer of the Janites and it quite naturally fell into the place of the Our Father bead on the Janite rosary.

The rosary is a powerful, enlightening and protective form of prayer. It keeps us close to Our Lady and it truly enfolds us beneath Her Mantle.

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It is the never-ending Chant of the Children of the Earth that is prayed, in one form or another, all around the world.

For further information on the Madrian rosary see:












  1. http://dharma-beads.net/rosaries-india/hindu-rosary (This is a great little article on the rosary.)
  2. In the Janite Rite, Our Lady usually refers to the Celestial Mother while Our Kyria, as in the Madrian, usually refers to the Holy Daughter.

Septena to Agia Rhea and Quick Note on Rosary Page

Columbadi/3 Flora

O, Agia Grace, Jana of Compassion, Love and Mercy, be with us.

First, a couple of notes:

Recently, I wrote about septenas, which are our version of novenas.  A septena is a prayer that is prayed for seven days in a row for a special request. In addition to the previous septena for Agia Grace (Sai Sushuri), we offer another one to Agia Rhea (Sai Raya). When these initial septenas are complete, they will be posted on a septena page under our Prayers section. An announcement will be made when the prayers are complete.

Also, many of our pages are in need of updating and so I am slowly working on them. The Mysteries Rosary page has been updated with some minor corrections:  https://deanic.com/prayers-and-rites/the-janite-mysteries-rosary/

Speaking of the rosary, I must confess, I experimented with a mantra style rosary for the Five Mysteries where I would concentrate on just the Mystery of the Season, but I really felt there was ‘something missing’ when I prayed the rosary in that manner, and so I have returned to the more traditional style for the Janite Mysteries Rosary. I do prefer to have my rosary without all the large beads and instead, using our wonderful Five Symbols charms in their place. I feel the charm symbols stylize the rosary as being specifically and uniquely Deanic. These charms may be found on etsy. For the Fora, simply put ‘equal armed solar cross or solar cross’ in the etsy search.

O, Glorious Agia Theia, brightly shining One, be with us. O, Resplendent One, clothed in radiant gold, dazzling as the Sun, hear our prayer. 

Illumine us with Truth and instil in us the sweetness which comes with a serene mind and a joy-filled heart. Help us to remember that joy comes from within and not from without. May we learn to nurture it in our hearts that it may overflow unto others who might be in need of the flame of cheer and comfort in their lives. And may (state request).

Blessed are You.


O, Most Holy Agia Grace, Whose blessing hands shower us with healing waters and  Whose Crystal Chalice spills silvery graces, be with us. May Your face shine upon us with gentleness. May Your luminous eyes gaze upon us with tenderness. And may Your heart beat as one with ours as we lay our cares before You.

O, Agia Grace, Ruler of the Supernal Waters, (state request) and may (she/he) be immersed in the Shimmering Streams of Compassion, Love and Mercy.  Blessed are You. (copyright Janite Ekklesia).

Septena to Agia Grace, The Five Primordial Elements

Columbina, 24 Maia

Day of Agia Grace/Sai Sushuri, Jana of Compassion, Love and Mercy.

O, Agia Grace, be with us.

Recently, we discussed how novenas are nine day prayers during which we request a special intention, whether it be for healing, employment, or something spiritual. These requests may be for our loved ones, friends or even for ourselves. Novenas are a very powerful means of prayer. In the Janite Tradition, we are now developing septenas, that is, seven days of our own prayers.

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Novenas/septenas are usually written in a certain style with three main sections, i.e., invocation, intention and either spiritual request or thanksgiving. And so, each novena usually begins with an invocation, for example in the novena to St. Michael the Archangel we read:

Saint Michael the Archangel, loyal champion of God and His People. I/we turn to you with confidence and seek your powerful intercession. For the love of God, Who made you so glorious in grace and power, and for the love of the Mother of Jesus, the Queen of the Angels……, etc.

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Usually, the request of intention occurs either in the middle or at the end of the prayer such as in this example for St. Therese of Liseux:

Please pick for me a rose
from the heavenly garden
and send it to me
as a message of love.

O Little Flower of Jesus,
ask God to grant the favors
I now place with confidence
in your hands
( mention your special prayer request here such as….. may (name of person) be healed of their addiction or may (name) find gainful employment.)

(St. Therese, who died of tuberculous at age 24, promised to spend her Heaven doing good for the people on Earth. Oftentimes, her devotees will receive a rose signifying that their prayer has been heard.)

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The intention request is usually followed by a prayer for spiritual help and/or a prayer of thanksgiving such as this spiritual request at the end of the Novena for Our Lady of LaSalette:

Reject not my prayer, O Virgin of reconciliation, convert me, obtain for me the grace to love Jesus Christ above all things and to console thee, too, by living a holy life, in order that one day I may be able to see thee in Heaven. Amen.

Most novenas end with the three main Catholic prayers, i.e.; the Our Father, the Hail Mary and the Glory Be.  [The three main prayers of the Janites are the Shining Star (formerly Silver Star), the Hail, Dea and the Eternity Prayer.]

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The Novena to Our Lady of Carmel is followed by the traditional three main Catholic prayers:

O Beautiful Flower of Carmel, most fruitful vine, splendor of heaven, holy and singular, who brought forth the Son of God, still ever remaining a pure virgin, assist us in our necessity! O Star of the Sea, help and protect us! Show us that you are our Mother!
(pause and mention petitions) Our Father, Hail Mary and Glory Be, Our Lady of Mount Carmel, pray for us.

So, keeping these guidelines in mind, the following is a septena to Agia Grace/Sai

A septena for Agia (Aye-a) Grace/Sai Sushuri, the Lady of healing.

The first seven of these septenas will have a mystical reference to the Element over which They rule. Agia Grace/Sai Sushuri is not only the Patroness of Healing, She is also the Guardian and Ruler of the Primordial Element of Water.

When we speak about the Five Elements (the Fifth or Spirit Element being God), we are not talking about water, fire, earth and air as in a drop of rain, the flame of a fire, a handful of soil or the wind in our hair; rather we are referring to the four Primordial (Energy) Form or Gestalt, (1) which informs the vibrations of the four lower elements. They could be understood as Primordial Patterns or Ideas.

To perform the septena, if possible, light a blessed seven day novena candle. (Be sure to extinguish it when not at home.) Or use an LED candle. Otherwise, again, if possible, light a blessed candle and pray the following once a day for seven days in a row:

O, Most Holy Agia Grace, Whose blessing hands shower us with healing waters and  Whose Crystal Chalice spills silvery graces, be with us. May Your face shine upon us with gentleness. May Your luminous eyes gaze upon us with tenderness. And may Your heart beat as one with ours as we lay our cares before You.

O, Agia Grace, Ruler of the Supernal Waters, (state request) and may (she/he) be immersed in the Shimmering Streams of Compassion, Love and Mercy.  Blessed are You. (copyright Janite Ekklesia).

End with: Shining Star of the Waters, the full Hail Dea and the Eternity Prayer. Followed by the traditional Janite blessings. (2 & 3)

If you wish to share your own septena with us, please send it either to Madria Sophia at maidsophiawelsh@gmail.com or myself, ArchMadria Candra Sophia at deanicfaith@gmail.com. (And, this email address is again working, sorry about the recent mix-up).

May Our Lady bless you,

Blessed is She.

  1. noun plural  forms,  design 

    a configuration, pattern, or organized field having specific properties that cannot be derived from the summation of its component parts; unified whole.

     An instance or example of such a unified whole.        

    2. In Janite Tradition, the mantra Hail, Dea is the shortened version of the full Hail, Dea. Here is the mantra Hail, Dea, for example, the Hail, Dea to the Celestial Mother, Mari: 

    Hail, Mari, Font of Grace, Glory Be to Thee, Blessed art Thou, O, High Queen of Heaven and Blessed art Thou, O, Divine Rose of Joy. – mantra

    Holy Dea, Mother God, bless us, Thy children, now and unto the Ages of Ages. Blessed are You. (Full Hail, Dea.)

    3) Shining Star of the Shimmering Waters:

    Shining Star of the Shimmering Waters Who has fashioned all the cosmos into being. Beyond all knowing is the Splendour of Your Light. Enfold my spirit, beneath 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.

    Full Hail Dea for the Holy Daughter:

    Hail, Zoe, Fountain of Grace, Glory be to Thee. Blessed art Thou, O, Divine Queen of Heaven and Blessed art Thou, O, Gentle Dove of Peace. Holy, Dea, Daughter God bless us, Thy children, now and unto the ages of ages. Blessed are You.

    The Eternity Prayer:

    Eternal is the Light of the Mother,

    Eternal is the Love of the Daughter,

    Eternal is the Life of the Great Mother,

    and Glorious is the Eternity of Dea.

    Final Blessings:

    Let us Bless the Holy One,

    Blessed is She.

    Let us thank the Seven Janae of Power.

    Thanks be to the Seven Janae  

Septena/Priestess of Holy Wisdom

2 Maia/April 19


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

Dear Devotees,

Throughout this beautiful month of Maia …..(although here in Northern Massachusetts, we are still waiting for Spring. Snowing, yet, again)…….we will be posting various devotions, inspirational readings and crafts.

First, Madria Sophia had an excellent suggestion. In yesterday’s post, I mentioned the time honoured tradition of praying novenas….where certain prayers are said for nine days in a row for an express purpose such as for healing or employment.  Novenas may also be prayed for the purpose of praise, thanksgiving and devotion without a specific request.

Madria Sophia has suggested that a septena or a seven day novena might be more appropriate for Janites and, of course, this is a perfect idea.


Like novenas, septenas may be prayed in any time of need. Madria Sophia has done a lovely job of taking our Litany of the Celestial Mother https://deanic.com/holy-feminine-trinity/litany-of-the-celestial-mother/ and divided it up for a seven day novena or septena.

We might start a tradition whereby we begin the septena on 1 Maia or the first Sunnadi in Maia, but it may also be prayed at any time throughout the year.

It may be found, below.


I would also like to point out that Sorella Roselyn, on her blog has written an informative post for 1 Maia, followed by an hauntingly beautiful and inspirational writing about the Holy Daughter that is reminiscent of Thunder, Perfect Mind. See: https://priestessofholywisdom.wordpress.com/2018/04/18/marimaia/
and https://priestessofholywisdom.wordpress.com/2018/04/19/eve-norea-magdalena/


One popular craft in Maia is the May basket. There are many examples and ‘how tos’ to be found online including instructions for children’s May Basket. Here are some great ideas : https://www.skiptomylou.org/10-simple-may-day-baskets-to-celebrate-may-day/


The Litany of the Celestial Mother Septena

Day 1
Hail, Dea Madria; Our Divine Mother God,
Hail, Guardian of the Supernal Realm,
Hail, Most Transcendent,
We Glorify You, we worship You and we adore You. Blessed are You.
Day 2
Hail, Dea Madria; Our Divine Mother God,
Hail, Pure Essence,
Hail, Holy Spirit,
We Glorify You, we worship You and we adore You. Blessed are You.
Day 3
Hail, Dea Madria; Our Divine Mother God,
Hail, Regina Caeli; the High Queen of Heaven,
Hail, Fount of Grace,
Hail, Assumption of Souls,
We Glorify You, we worship You and we adore You. Blessed are You.
Day 4
Hail, Dea Madria; Our Divine Mother God,
Hail, Genetrix of the Cosmos,
Hail, Ray of Precious Jewels,
Hail, Music of the Spheres,
We Glorify You, we worship You and we adore You. Blessed are You.
Day 5
Hail, Dea Madria; Our Divine Mother God,
Hail, Supernal Sun,
Hail, Pure Light,
Hail, O, Mid-day Light of Noon-tide,
We Glorify You, we worship You and we adore You. Blessed are You.
Day 6
Hail, Dea Madria; Our Divine Mother God,
Hail, Fiery Rose of Heaven,
Hail, Fiery Rose Heart,
Hail, Rose of Joy,
Hail, Apple Flower of Wisdom,
We Glorify You, we worship You and we adore You. Blessed are You.
Day 7
Hail, Dea Madria; Our Divine Mother God,
Hail, Shining Star of the Shimmering Waters,
Hail, Light of the Nocturnal Heavens,
We Glorify You, we worship You and we adore You. Blessed are You.
With thanks to both Madria Sophia and Sorella Roselyn.
May Our Lady bless you,
Blessed is She.
A. M. Candra Sophia,

Oh Kore of the Descent and Shattering

A prayer of praise. Copyright of Madrina Sophia. Seek Permission and share with all due crediting. For private use only.

Lightpaintings by Stephen Knapp

Oh Kore of the Descent and Shattering

Oh Kore, how deeply You have been hurt and humiliated in Descending,

my understanding is too shallow,

how strong Your Divine determination

to reach every place in reality and imagination,

to seek those who have forgotten they need a Saviour,

my memory is too unreliable,

how You shattered Your own Holy Soul, perfect, gentle and light,

remaining inside each of us, experiencing every act with us,

my voice is too weak,
to give adequate appreciation, devotion and praise to You,

Oh Kore, I glorify you, I magnify you and I adore You.

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)


[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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