10 Flora / May 25: Floralia. The Feast of Flowers

(Please see previous Bits and Pieces).

This is an optional Rite of Sacrifice (Offering) for clergy and devotees.

Preparation, Altar Set-up and Ritual
https://deanic.com/the-rite-of-sacrifice/

What this ritual is all about
https://deanic.com/2017/06/09/what-is-the-rite-of-sacrifice-all-aboutscriptures-part-i/
https://deanic.com/2017/06/09/rite-of-sacrifice-part-ii/

Preface:
Mother of All, Who brings forth the bounteous fruits and flowers,
Who anchors the eternal world in our own, Your grace enriches us. **

The candles on the altar (which should be object blessed *) and the veil/hat that we wear during formal prayer and ritual should be pink and green. (Keep in mind, the liturgical colors are the colors of the robes of the Janae. These are colors that are symbolic of Who They Are in Their Spiritual Essence.) The Floralia altar cloth is the elemental seasonal color of blue. This can be a doily,
hankey/handkerchief, tablecloth. (Which should be object blessed *). Flowers can be pink flowers and green foliage or seasonal flowers.

* https://deanic.com/rituals/the-blessing-rite/
** extract from Orphic Hymn to Gaia, Translated by Virginia Stewart.
http://www.egreenway.com/meditation/goddess1.htm

For those who wear the Sacred Symbol pendant of the Season, it is, the Dove.

Madrinas and Priestesses will accent their white dresses/robes with accessories (shawl or scarf) in the liturgical colors of pink and green.

The suggested scripture reading is:

The Teachings of God the Daughter, 1 Teachings, Chapter 8, The Secret of the World, verses 21 – 22

21). Come to Me, My children, in the innocence of your hearts, and look upon the beauty of the world; for every thing reflects the glory of Déa. 22). See the world not through the eyes of the world, but through the eyes of the Eternal.

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(with thanks to the Madrian, independent Déanic & Filianic contributors and editor Mr Race MoChridhe)

November 2017
The Filianic Scriptures, The Eastminster Critical Edition of the Clear Recital
Version: ECE 3rd Edition

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Rite of Sacrifice in Memory of Madria Olga Lotar, Madrian priestess on 8 Flora / May 23

The Rite of Sacrifice (Offering) may be offered in her memory by clergy and devotees.

Preparation, Altar Set-up and Ritual
https://deanic.com/the-rite-of-sacrifice/

What this ritual is all about
https://deanic.com/2017/06/09/what-is-the-rite-of-sacrifice-all-aboutscriptures-part-i/
https://deanic.com/2017/06/09/rite-of-sacrifice-part-ii/

Preface:
O, Veiled Cosmic Origin, You Who are the Great Life, Source and Force,
inspire us with Your Wisdom.

Seasonal and Liturgical Altar Setup:

Use the Spiritual colors of violet and white
The candles on the altar (which should be object blessed *) and the veil/hat that we wear during formal prayer and ritual should be spiritual white. The Memorial altar cloth is the spiritual color of violet. This can be a doily, hankey/handkerchief, tablecloth. (Which should be object blessed *).
Seasonal flowers.

https://deanic.com/rituals/the-blessing-rite/

For those who wear the Sacred Symbol in memory of Madria Olga Lotar, it is, the Rose.

Madrinas and Priestesses will accent their white dresses/robes with accessories (shawl or scarf) in the spiritual color of violet.

The suggested scripture reading is the prayer Those We Love Must Someday Pass

Those we love must someday
pass beyond our present sight…
Must leave us and the world
we know without their radiant light.
But we know that like a candle
their lovely light will surely shine
to brighten up another place
more perfect… more divine.
And in the realm of Avala where
they shine so warm and bright.
Our loved ones live forevermore
in Déa’s eternal light.

I would also include the prayer that Madria Olga Lotar composed:

Salve, Magna Mater

Madria Dea, Mother of all beings, fill my heart completely.
Grant me, Your child,
love and truth, joy and abundance, wisdom and devotion.

I offer You my loving care, all of my happiness and all of my suffering, 
for all who are born of You, and all Your children of Ekklesia.

Most tender Madria Dea, Great Mother, my loving Mother,
You are Mother of all beings, Magna Mater, the Mother of All.

Salve, Magna Mater

(Madria Sophia)

Memory of Madria Olga

Stelladi/8 Flora

O, Agia Sage, be with us.

Today is we celebrate the life of Madria Olga Lotar of beloved memory.

Madria Olga Lotar became a Madrian priestess through Charisma. According to the full Madrian catechism, a female may become a Madrian priestess through either Initiation or Charisma. (Charisma is not generally recognized for Janite priestesses unless there are extraordinary circumstances which are approved by the Prima Madria.)

Madria Olga founded her own Madrian Order and went on to teach many students over the years, both female and male. She was an inspiration to all of us, to both those who knew her and those of us who only know of her.

To this day, those who were her students or her friends remember her with great respect and with great appreciation for her selfless, humble and tireless work in teaching others the Madrian religion.

For those who wish, a Rite of Sacrifice may be offered in her memory.

May she rest in Avala.

May the Gentle Light shine upon her.

May her memory be eternal.

14 Maia / May 1: Feast of Coronam, celebrating the Coronation of the Holy Daughter, as the Queen of Heaven

We celebrate our Holy Daughter as Queen of Heaven, received by the children of Heaven and crowned by Her Celestial Mother surrounded by Janae (jan-eye). If you have a statue of our Holy Daughter, do crown Her with flowers or a picture icon can have a paper flower crown added. It is a joyous day and there is a legend that those with joyful hearts can laugh Her flowers [1] for the Queen of Heaven.

Devotees offer a Rite of Sacrifice (Offering):

Preparation, Altar Set-up and Ritual
https://deanic.com/the-rite-of-sacrifice/

What this ritual is all about
https://deanic.com/2017/06/09/what-is-the-rite-of-sacrifice-all-aboutscriptures-part-i/
https://deanic.com/2017/06/09/rite-of-sacrifice-part-ii/

Clergy offer a Liturgy.

Preface for the Holy Daughter on the Feast of Coronam:

P) O, Most Holy, Most Glorious, Most Shining Zoe Sophia; we magnify You in Your greatness. You have come as Our Soteria and You reign eternally as Our Heavenly Queen. Grant that we, as guided by Your Wisdom and filled with Your Grace, be assumed with You unto the Realm of Our High Queen, She Who is the Holy One.

A) Praise be to Thee, O, Supernal Love! All praise to the Queen of Heaven! We bow before You. (Bow)

And a second preface during Maia for our High Queen of Heaven – Celestial Mother:

P) O, Maria Sophia, You our True Mother now and always. As You reign as Our High Queen in the Perfect Realm of the Pleroma, we offer You our love and share with You our sighs; we place in You our hopes and trust You with our sorrows, for You never fail to offer assistance to all who cry unto You. O, You Who are Luminous, Supernal Light, we worship You; we adore You and we thank You.

A) All praise to the High Queen of Heaven! We bow before You. (Bow)

Seasonal and Liturgical Altar Setup:

The candles on the altar (which should be object blessed *) and the veil/hat that we wear during formal prayer and ritual should be pink and green. (Keep in mind, the liturgical colors are the colors of the robes of the Janae. These are colors that are symbolic of Who They Are in Their Spiritual Essence.) The Feast of Coronam altar cloth is the elemental seasonal color of blue. This can be a doily, hankey/handkerchief, table cloth. (Which should be object blessed *). Flowers can be yellow daffodils (trumpets of joyful praise) or pink flowers and green foliage or seasonal.

https://deanic.com/rituals/the-blessing-rite/

For those who wear the Sacred Symbol pendant of the Season, it is, the Dove.

Madrinas and Priestesses will accent their white dresses/robes with accessories (shawl or scarf) in the liturgical colors of pink and green.

The suggested scripture reading is:

The Mythos of the Divine Maid, Chapter 7, verses 10 – 12.

9). And when the time was at hand, two Janae descended, one on either side of Her, and She went with them into Heaven.

10). And the children of Heaven greeted Her, crying: Hail, Princess of the World; Hail, Queen of Heaven. And Her Mother placed a crown of stars about Her head. 11). And the blue night was Her cloak, and the stars of the sky the crown about Her head, and the moon lay at Her feet. And they cried again: Hail, Queen of Heaven.

12). And thus began Her dear and glorious reign. And for the children of Heaven, Her very Presence was the completion of their joy. 13). And She poured forth Her grace and blessing from Her hands upon them and upon the earth. And Her grace and blessing were as rays of perfect Light which penetrate the heart and flood the soul.

[Replaced 10). And they with Her Mother in accordance with our thealogy).

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(with thanks to the Madrian, independent Déanic & Filianic contributors and editor Mr Race MoChridhe)

November 2017
The Filianic Scriptures, The Eastminster Critical Edition of the Clear Recital
Version: ECE 3rd Edition

Notes:

[1] Holy Daughter: Lily of the valley or European white water lily, white water rose (also Rosa Simpla / simple wild rose or briar-rose or Rosa Canina / dog rose).

https://deanic.com/correspondences-of-the-trinity/ and https://mydevotionstodea.tumblr.com/post/167003443867/symbolism-of-the-holy-trinity-as-flowers

 

13 Maia – April 30 Full Great Moon: Rite of Sacrifice (Offering)

 

Preparation, Altar Set-up and Ritual
https://deanic.com/the-rite-of-sacrifice/

What this ritual is all about
https://deanic.com/2017/06/09/what-is-the-rite-of-sacrifice-all-aboutscriptures-part-i/
https://deanic.com/2017/06/09/rite-of-sacrifice-part-ii/

Useful links: http://www.calendar-uk.co.uk/lunar-calendar/april/2018/
http://www.calendar-uk.co.uk/lunar-calendar/may/2018/

The Preface for Full Great Moon is:

This, the night of the Great Moon reminds me of She,
Radiance of Bright Light,
Glimmers of Gentle Light,
Shimmerings of Dark Light, Blessed is She.

This, the night of the Great Moon draws me to Her,
Covered with Her Mantle,
Wrapped in Her Soul,
Swathed in Her Mystery, Blessed is She.

This, the night of the Great Moon envelopes me in She,
In the Fire of Her Light,
In the Warmth of Her Love,
In the Glow of Her Light, Blessed is She.

Copyright of ArchMadria Candra Sophia. Seek Permission and share with all due crediting. For private use only.

Seasonal and Liturgical Altar Setup:

The candles on the altar (which should be object blessed *) and the veil/hat that we wear during formal prayer and ritual should be pink and green. (Keep in mind, the liturgical colors are the colors of the robes of the Janae. These are colors that are symbolic of Who They Are in Their Spiritual Essence.) The Great Moon altar cloth is the elemental seasonal color of blue. This can be a doily, hankey/handkerchief, table cloth. (Which should be object blessed *). Flowers can be pink flowers and green foliage or seasonal flowers.

* https://deanic.com/rituals/the-blessing-rite/

For those who wear the Sacred Symbol pendant of the Season, it is, the Dove.

Madrinas and Priestesses will accent their white dresses/robes with accessories (shawl or scarf) in the liturgical colors of pink and green.

The suggested scripture reading is:
The Hope of Spring

Déa, thank You for Spring and the hope of warmer, longer, brighter days.
Thank You for the coming of growth and life and birth.
Thank You that things are coming awake in the world.
This is what our calendar says, and we do see some signs that it is real.
But we also still struggle with the residual layover of winter.
Now we ask that You bring into reality all that belongs in this season.
Your word says that we will have provision, and hope, and joy, and health
and loving relationships here and now in this life.
We ask that what belongs in this season
would become actual in our practical lives.
We hope in You and in Your promises. We hope in Your gift of Spring.

– Author Unknown

Announcements/Prefaces and Scripture readings

Foradi, 4 Columbina. Day of Madria Rhea.

First, I would like to congratulate Madria Sophia for having attained the office of Prima Filia or First Daughter. She will be my successor as Prima Madria or First Mother of the Janite Ekklesia and the Janite Order of Priestesses and Sisterhood (JOP).

Secondly, I would also like to announce that the Eastminster Critical Edition of the Clear Recital has become the official edition for the Janites. We look forward to its final edition in printed form. It is now available in downloadable form including for Kindle. Please see our links section.

The Preface for Lady Day, tomorrow, for both the Great Liturgy of Dea for clergy and for the RoS for those devotees who choose to offer it, is:

Holy Kyria, You have come to us as Our Soteria. You have shared Your Soul with us and with the World. You reign as Our Divine Princess as You bring all of Nature back to new life of bud, of blossom and of the new born. We praise You, we bless You, we adore You. Blessed are You.

And a second preface for the Feast of Madria Grace:

O, Maria Grace, clothed in shimmering robes of green and pink, bestowing compassionate love and instilling mercy, be with us.

Scripture reading:

The Mythos of the Divine Maid aka the Mythos of God the Daughter,  chapter VII verses 1-12.

For Lunadi, it is the Preface of the Holy Daughter as found in the RoS and the Great Liturgy.

For Crescent Moon:

C: O, Gentle Moon of our Salvation, You Who are the Earthly Love, Form and Soul,

A: Enter our hearts with Your Love.

Scripture reading for Lunadi will be the same Chapter as above, The Mythos of the Divine Maid aka the Mythos of God the Daughter,  chapter VII verses 14 through 25.

 

 

Tenebrae

27 Moura/March 18

Sunnadi/Sunday

Madria Theia

Day of Madria Theia, Jana of Illumination, Joy and Benevolence. O, Madria Theia, be with us. Blessed are You.

Nature by Rassouli often named Sophia on the internet.

Tomorrow, within the Greater Deanic community, marks the most somber day of the year. In Janite Tradition, these next two days are called Tenebrae, which means Darkness.

On this day, Janite females are veiled while Janite male devotees wear a hat. Veiling for females make take the form of a wide headband, scarf, kerchief, veil, hat, mantilla. Normally, a silk rose would be included in this list, but not for Tenebrae. The colors should be black, indigo or purple/violet.

There should be no lit candles on the altar and all statues and icons removed.

Janites do not have mandatory fasting laws because everyone’s health and circumstances differ. At the very least, we recommend abstaining from alcohol and sweets. The rest is up to the devotee. However, we caution against being overly scrupulous. Fast with moderation.

On the first day of Tenebrae, 28 Moura/March 19, we preform a lustration. This is a ritual bath or shower before which we offer prayers for the forgiveness of the impurities with which we have sullied our souls, souls that She gave us through such a Great Sacrifice.

This is the time when the Celestial Mother, in Her Daughter Form, descends down through the Seven Realms. Each Realm is a lower vibration and each becomes more dense. This causes excruciating suffering for She Who loves us so much, to the point that in Janite thealogy, which is based upon that of Sophia/Shekina,  Her Most Pure Soul Shattered as a crystal chandelier might shatter should it fall to the floor from the ceiling.

The Mythos of Shekinah/Sophia.

Sources for this Myth of the Divine Shattering of Shekinah/Sophia may be found within certain traditions of Kabbalism, in Gnostic schools of thought and in ancient Syrian Gnostic Christianity.

The motive for the Sophia’s fall was defined according to the Anatolian school to have lain therein, that by Her desire to know what lay beyond the limits of the knowable, She had brought Herself into a state of ignorance and formlessness. Her suffering extends to the whole Pleroma.

In Kabbalistic teaching:For, it is the Shekinah that is ascribed by Kabbalists to be the Middle Pillar of Balance that unites the opposites, just as the soul allows for the opposites of body and spirit to unite, so too does the Shekinah play this role for us. Indeed, the Shekinah is the Soul of Man, what Kabbalists call the Neshamah, for She has given a portion of Herself in order for each human to come into being in this world. In giving of Herself to humans, in this state of physical density and isolation, the World Soul becomes shattered. This shattering can be metaphorically grasped in considering what might happen to a glass alembic or flask when too much pressure is put upon in the alchemical works. Thus, the Shekinah represents the ultimate archetype of selfless sacrifice. All Her sacrifices have been for the benefit of creation so that humankind may experience this life in order to fulfill its destiny and purpose.

The Shekinah plays another very important role in the story of creation, and in particular in the Great Plan of humankind.  It is believed that in man’s fall to a denser, less perfect state of being in the physical, the Shekinah stayed with us as we separated from God or were exiled from the ‘Garden’.  Thus, the Shekinah, once again, was voluntarily removed from God/En Sof in order for us to have our experience.  She has always stayed with us, wherever we were exiled or isolated or shut out, the Shekinah was always there in exile and isolation with us.” [1]

The following is, what I think is the best definition of Sophia as the World Soul as written by an Episcopalian Priest:

“As the living centre or Soul of all creatures […] She includes the manifoldness of living souls; She is all of humanity together in one, or the Soul of the World. She is ideal humanity, containing all individual living creatures or souls and uniting them through Herself […]. Her task is to mediate and unify the manifoldness of living creatures, who constitute the actual content of Her life and the absolute unity of God.

She contains all living creatures, She is the unity that binds them, and Her work in the world is to unify outwardly that which is already one in essence—in Her.” (Episcopal Priest, Father Matthew Wright.) [2]

The scripture verses, from a Filianic point of view, may be found in the Mythos of the Divine Maid: all of chapter V and chapter VI through verse 6.

The hauntingly beautiful Mari-Anna chant, as found on the Chapel of Our Mother God, is most especially appropriate for these two days of Tenebrae, of Darkness. Two days that are both in and out of time. This solemn and gentle chant has always reminded me of the  the Traditional Catholic Stabat Mater, an hymn that was sung in honor of the sufferings of the Blessed Virgin Mary during the Stations of the Cross on Good Friday. Please note that Traditional Catholic refers to the pre-Vat. II Church and those modern Chapels and Societies which follow the Traditional  Catholic religion. We are not referring to the post-Vatican II Church known as the Novus Ordo or New Order.

Janites may chant the names Mari-Kore, Mari-Sophia or Maria-Sophia.

During these days of Tenebrae, of Darkness, we act, in all ways, with moderation, avoiding excessive frivolity and the like. Our minds, hearts and souls should be traveling down through the Realms with Our Precious Kyria.

ArchMadria Candra Sophia

Notes:
[1] http://www.universalkabbalah.net/Shekinah

[2] http://contemplativejournal.com/sophia-mother-god/

Relevant articles: https://deanic.com/2017/04/05/the-meaning-of-the-day-of-lustrationkala-from-a-janite-perspective/

https://deanic.com/the-holy-soul-part-III/