RITE OF CONSECRATION
THE JANITE EKKLESIA
If possible, the candidate will be dressed in white. Females will be veiled (a scarf, kerchief, hat, chapel veil, mantilla, etc.). There should be holy water, incense and anointing oil on hand. If there is a pendant, it should be blessed and placed upon the altar or shrine. (Instructions for making holy water and blessing objects may be found under the Prayers and Rites Page on Deanic.com).
Light two main altar candles and have a favorite scripture passage on hand.
Imagine yourself standing before Heaven, as if it was wide open and a wondrous vision before you. The Holy Daughter stands before Her altar, surrounded by the Seven Great Janati. And, everywhere, both in Heaven and on Earth, clouds of souls have gathered to witness your solemn consecration and to welcome you as a Child of Dea into Her Ekklesia.
Begin by tracing the Sign of the Fora upon yourself while saying, In the Name of the Mother, and of the Daughter, and of the Great Mother. Blessed is She. (Bow).
Blessed is the Holy One, Our Mother God.
She Who is Mari Sophia,
She Who is Zoe Anna,
She, Who is Mysteria Sige,
Dark beyond the light and Light beyond the darkness.
Blessed is She.
INVOCATION OF THE SEVEN JANAE:
Face East, trace the Fora in the air and say:
Hail, Agia Sushuri Grace, be with us. (bow)
Face South, trace the Fora in the air and say:
Hail, Agia Vikhe, be with us. (bow)
Face West, trace Fora and say:
Hail, Agia Thema, be with us. (bow)
Face North, trace Fora and say:
Hail, Agia Mati Sage, be with us. (bow)
Face East again, trace Fora and say:
Hail, Agai Raya Theia, Agia Candre and Agia Rhea, be with us. (bow)
Iot ‘E Voh
Pray: O, Most Holy Dea, Mother, Daughter and Great Mother, I stand before you on this night of (state either the name of the day, the Feast Day or the name of the Full Moon) in union with the Great Janati of the Three-fold Heaven and of the Four-fold Earth, along with all the Children of Dea who are with me in Spirit, both in Heaven and on Earth, to declare myself your Devotee and Child. I ask Your blessing. (bow).
Perform or read silently Part I of the mediation written by Madria Erin Sian Wynn:
Part 1: Homecoming
Your Mother, the Queen, is summoning you, Her child, to Her court.
For a long time, you did not know you were royalty. Perhaps you believed you were nothing but an unimportant, insignificant speck of dust in a world that cares not for you. Perhaps you thought that your birth was an accident, that you were merely bacteria with consciousness. Perhaps you were afraid to acknowledge the truth: that you possess within you a jewel of divinity, and that you were destined for much greater things. Perhaps you were even afraid of your Mother, afraid She would be too disgusted by your mistakes, your shortcomings, to accept you in to Her arms.
No matter. Now you know the truth. And you have been away from home for far too long.
It is time for you to enter Ekklesia, the glistening palace at the centre of the realm of the Empress of the Universe. The gathering place of all of those who have accepted Dea as their Mother, their God, their Source. You approach the glistening palace of your Mother. You turn your head to look up to the sky, and you see a huge rainbow, brighter and more beautiful than any you’ve ever seen on Earth. There is not a cloud to be seen. The sun in its gentle heat falls down on your shoulders and face, yet your skin does not burn. Instead, its rays tickle your nose and cheeks. You laugh to yourself.
You look down, and notice what you are wearing. Beautiful raiment, created by light, and you feel beautiful, radiant, as you should feel always. You place your hands atop your head, and feel a delicate crown atop it. You, like all of your siblings, are royalty, and what’s more: you are, in essence, one with God, who is the greatest Queen of all.
The palace is getting closer, and you can now make out your siblings, waiting outside for you. They wave, jump up and down, cheer. Suddenly, you realize you know all of these people. You know their names in every incarnation, you understand their divine qualities, and you feel such abundant love for each and every one of them.
You can make out the more intricate details of the palace now. You notice it has seven great towers, each one topped with an image of one of the Seven Janati; your Guardian Mothers, who are direct Streams of Dea, Herself. You notice how the palace, like your clothing, seems to literally be made of light: the same light of the sun, of the rainbow.
You are now right outside the castle, and your siblings throw petals at your feet. “Welcome home!” they cheer, and they hug you, kiss your cheeks, take your hands and hold them to their hearts. They are overjoyed to see you are joining them at Dea’s court.
Finally, you take a deep breath, and you enter the palace. You walk down a hallway, and find yourself in a throne room. The lovely scent of incense perfumes the air, and beautiful music kisses your ears. You take a moment to take everything in. This is your home, your birth right, your destiny.
Look around the throne room. Note the beautiful decorations. Pay attention to the smells, the sounds, the sights around you. Let yourself be happy. Revel in this moment, and promise yourself you will remember it whenever you feel lost.
You look up, and you finally see her. Dea, God, the Creator of the Universe, atop a throne of sunlight, the likeness of the moon at her feet. She wears a stunning jeweled crown representing Her Seven Janatic Streams. She is clothed in a garment of stars. Her warm smile fills you with so much emotion. Look in to Her sparkling eyes, and believe that She is your Origin. No matter how wary, useless, hopeless you sometimes feel, the figure before you is GOD, and She birthed you in to existence through an overflowing of Her perfect love. In Her countenance, you can see the love She feels for all of Creation.
She descends from Her throne. She holds out Her arms to you, and You run in to them. She laughs. Are you laughing or crying with joy? Maybe a combination of both? In Her embrace, you feel free from the burdens of the world. You feel like, through Her, you can conquer any evil. And you can.
“Welcome home,” She whispers.
Our Lady says: Know well your heart and make examination thereof.
(Reflect a while and then pray):
O, Madria Dea, I desire to be your true child now and Eternally. May my heart turn from all transient things that I be rid of kear and guided by Your Holy Daughter, returned to Perfect Union with You.
(Stand read the appointed scripture reading.)
Then say: Blessed be Dea.
Take the holy water and bless (trace) yourself with the Fora while saying:
I, (state name) am blessed as a Child of Dea in the Name of the Mother, and of the Daughter, and of the Great Mother. Blessed is She. (bow)
Circle incense clockwise in the air in front of yourself while saying:
I, (state name) am consecrated as a Child of Dea in the Name of the Mother, and of the Daughter, and of the Great Mother. Blessed is She. (bow)
Anoint your forehead with holy oil while saying
I, (state name) am anointed as a Child of Dea in the Name of the Mother, and of the Daughter, and of the Great Mother. Blessed is She. (bow)
Declare: I am a Child of Dea.
Perform or read silently Part II of Meditation written by Madria Erin Sian Wynn: (adapted for the Janite Faith).
Part 2: The Seven Thrones
In breaking the hug, She kisses you atop your head, and looks in to your eyes. “My child,” she says gently, and gestures to the seven smaller thrones that line the other walls of the throne room. Three along one wall, four along the other. On each seats a beautiful being, radiating power and divinity. “These are your Guardian Mothers, the Janae. They are the Seven Great Powers, and are your guides. Each one teachers three different virtues, and while you should listen to all of their voices, you may choose one to be your Matroness, your mentor. Follow your heart.”
The Seven Janae stand up from their thrones and smile at you. Each holds a pendant in her hand, which they extend towards you. You understand that you should take the pendant of the Jana who you feel should be your Matroness.
The first Jana wears orange-golden robes, and dons a bright, gleaming smile. “I am Agai Raya Theia of Three-Fold Spirit. My virtues are Illumination, Joy and Benevolence. If this be your path, take this pendant.” The pendant in her hand, being offered to you, is of the sun.
The second wears robes the colours of violet and silver. She has a very gentle face and is youthful in appearance. “I am Agai Candre’ of the Three-Fold Spirit. My virtues are Reason, Reflection and Purity. If you would follow me on this path, take upon yourself my pendant.” The pendant in her hand is a symbol of the moon.
The third Jana wears indigo and black robes and a veil that covers her eyes. She seems slightly more stern than her sisters, but still kind and loving. “I am Agia Rhea, also of the Three-Fold Spirit. My virtues are Steadfastness, Temperance and Self Restraint. Take my pendant if you would be my student.” The pendant she offers you is of the Fora.
You turn to the four thrones on the other side of the room, now.
A strong, fiery looking swordmaiden in red robes smiles at you. “I am Agia Vikhe, of the Four-Fold Earth. I teach the virtues of Courage, Strength and Valor. Join me, if this is the path you would follow.” She presents you with her pendant, depicting a rose.
The next Jana stands before you in yellow robes and a confident demeanour. “I am Agia Mati Sage of the Four-Fold Earth. I lead in teaching the virtues of Wisdom, Intuition, and Intelligence. Take my pendant if this be the path of virtue that you would follow.” She offers you her pendant, which depicts a star.
The second to last Jana has a very kind and motherly face. She wears robes of green. “I am Agia Sushuri Grace of the Four-Fold Earth. My virtues are Love, Compassion and Mercy. Take my pendant if you would have me as your patroness.” Her pendant depicts a dove in flight.
The final Jana looks very radiant and queenly indeed, and dons robes of blue. “I am Agia Thema of the Four-Fold Earth. My virtues are Harmony, Order and Justice. Take upon you this pendant if you feel so called.” The pendant in her hand depicts an apple.
Take some time to think upon these virtues, and, with your Mother’s guidance, take the pendant from the Jana whom you feel called to take as your Mistress (patron). If you do not feel called to take a Mistress (patron) Jana at this time, that is okay, too. You can return to the throne room at any time to do so.
Your chosen Mistress Jana fastens the corresponding pendant around your neck, and hugs you, symbolically taking you under her wing.
Feel free to spend some time with Dea, with the Janae, and with your other siblings in Ekklesia. Walk around the palace, if you like. Visit the tower of your Mistress Jana. Explore the gardens. Take a swim in the moat. Dance to the music played by the celestial chorus. This is your spiritual home, after all.
When you are ready, thank your Mother for inviting you to the Palace, and welcoming you in to Her Ekklesia, and say goodbye. Know that you can return any time.
In the name of the Mother, the Daughter, and of the Great Mother,
Blessed is She.
Recite the Creed
The Janite Rite Filianic-Madrian Creed
I believe that I am created from before the dawn of time
By the Eternal One, Madria Dea.
I believe that Dea is One and that there are none beside Her. And I believe that She is also 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 Janae, 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.
and at the dawn of time my soul did turn
from the Perfection of existence
and thus gathered I infirmity of my sovereign will.
And through this fault do I suffer
the limitation of imperfect being
gave herself to be cast down into darkness and death.
I believe that She rose from death triumphant
And reigns as Queen of Heaven.
I believe that through Her death
the fault of my soul shall perish,
And I believe, through Her triumphant life,
My soul shall rise renewed in her perfection
that she may return to eternal communion
with the one eternal Dea.
Optional: Sing a favorite hymn or perform a sacred dance or ritual.
9) And the Holy Daughter said: I shall receive this child; I shall set a Jana of Heaven to be guardian of their soul and the Janati of the Seven Spheres shall pour their gifts upon this child. 11) Let this child walk upon the Earth in the Light of the Spirit for this child has entered into the family of Heaven. (From The Child).
Thus it is and always shall be.
Some newly consecrated devotees might choose to offer the Rite of Sacrifice. If not, then end with:
Let us bless the Holy One.
Blessed is She.
Let us thank the Seven Janati of Power.
Thanks be to the Seven Janati.