Rosadi/Tues. Day of the Sacred Rose.
Oh, Sai Vikhe’, be with us.
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.
All Christians received their New Testament scriptures through the undivided Church (RCC and Orthodox Christian). They were the ones who decided, in council, which gospels would be added to the canon of the bible.
Basically, 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 Janna, 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.
We also differ from Madrians and Filianists in that many of our devotees also believe in the Divine Masculine, but are primarily devoted to our Divine Mother God. We believe that males and females are spiritually equal and that both have eternal souls.
Clan Janna 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.
ArchMadria Pamela Lanides, founder of the Janite Deanic Ekklesia/Clan Janna/Janite Order of Priestesses and the Iremian Sisterhood.