Feast of Jana Madria Grace
5 Columbina / March 25th
Just as the soft rains fill the streams, pour into the rivers and join together in the oceans, so may the power of every moment of Your goodness flow forth to awaken and heal all beings…
Extract from a Buddhist Traditional Blessing and Healing Chant
O, Madria Grace, Jana of Love, Compassion and Mercy, be with us. May the Pure Stream of your Virtues flow within me, in this world and in all the worlds to come.
Spring is the Season ruled over by one of the Janae of the Four-fold Earth. These govern the four cardinal directions and their corresponding Elements and Seasons and therefore, they are known as the Janae of the four-fold Earth.
Jana Madria Grace is the Guardian of East and Water and Guardian of the corresponding Season of Spring.
And so, today is the Feast of the Jana, Madria Grace. On this, her feast day, time may be spent in quiet prayer, maybe a Janae mantra rosary or contemplation in Her honor. Lady Grace may also be celebrated with the Liturgy (priestesses) or the Rite of Sacrifice (devotees), which may also be celebrated this coming Sunday.
Everyone celebrates the feast days of the Janae differently. Some offer flowers and incense, feast foods and drink. Others incorporate some of Their correspondences into the day in the way they decorate, in the foods they choose or in the colors they wear. Others might incorporate special crafts or rituals, but usually these are reserved for our High Holy Days.
Download a colouring page of Our Lady of Grace, who is the archetype of healing.
So for Madria Grace’s feast day, some devotees might wear the color green or pink in Her honor. They might use a green or pink tablecloth and place vases of pink flowers and green foliage on the home altar or shrine and around the hestia (sacred blessed home).
They might burn the incenses that are sacred to her and decorate with images of doves and other items symbolic of Water such as indoor water fountains and water bowls.
The Rite of Sacrifice (Offering): https://deanic.com/the-rite-of-sacrifice/
Janae Mantra Rosary: https://deanic.com/auroram-or-rosary/janae-mantra-rosary/
The Seven Jeweled Rays Prayers: https://deanic.com/the-seven-jeweled-rays/
Cocoa Prayer: https://deanic.com/janae-cocoa-prayers-by-clara/
Prayers: pages 34 through 37,
Rose Petals: A Filianic Psalter by Brythwen Sinclair
Some Holy Water Healing Goddesses:
Tethys meaning nurse and primal font of fresh water which nourishes the earth, springs, rivers, streams, fountains, subterranean aquifers, clouds and rain-clouds.
Living Stream Goddess Brighid (pronounced BRIGG-id or BREE-id)
Goddess Brigid is a beloved Goddess associated with Healing Waters, Wells and Springs. She is Healer, Protectress and Goddess of Healing Grace.
One of the most popular tales of the goddess Brigid involved two lepers who appeared at her sacred well at Kildare and asked to be healed. She told them that they were to bathe each other until the skin healed. After the first one was healed, he felt only revulsion for the other and would not touch him to bathe him. Angered, Brigid caused his leprosy to return. Then she gently placed her mantle (cloak) around the other leper who was immediately healed. Ireland is full of springs and wells named after the goddess Brigid. Symbolically, water is seen as a portal to the Otherworld and as a source of wisdom and healing. There is a saying that Brigid rewards any offering to her, so offerings of coins were often tossed into her wells…the forerunner of the modern custom of throwing a penny into a fountain while you make a wish.
Nerthus, goddess of lakes, springs, and holy waters.
In chapter 40 of his Germania, Roman historian Tacitus, discussing the Suebian tribes of Germania, writes that beside the populous Semnones and warlike Langobardi there are seven remoter Suebian tribes; the Reudigni, Aviones, Anglii, Varini, Eudoses, Suarines, and Nuitones. The seven tribes are surrounded by rivers and forests and, according to Tacitus, there is nothing particularly worthy of comment about them as individuals, yet they are particularly distinguished in that they all worship the goddess Nerthus, and provides an account of veneration of the goddess among the groups.
Aphrodite Ouranya – the Heavenly Aphrodite
Aphrodite’s title of Ourania, the Heavenly, corresponds to Astarte’s as Queen of Heaven, and various aspects of her cult, such as the use of incense-altars and dove-sacrifices…
The Routledge Handbook of Greek Mythology: Based on H.J. Rose’s Handbook of Greek
by Robin Hard
Mut. Alternative spellings are Maut and Mout, which meant mother in the ancient Egyptian language. She was considered a primal deity, associated with the waters from which everything was born through parthenogenesis.
Yemaya is the Goddess of water and healing, and is honored throughout West Africa and the Caribbean as the mother of the sea and the moon.
Watery (for the Element of Water over which She rules) foods such as:
High Water Content Fruits
Watermelon and strawberries contain about 92 percent water per volume. Other fruits with high water content include grapefruit with 91 percent, cantaloupe with 90 percent and peaches with 88 percent water. Fruits containing 87 percent water by weight include pineapple, cranberries, orange and raspberries. Apricots hold 86 percent water, while blueberries and plums contain 85 percent water. The water content for apples and pears is 84 percent. Cherries and grapes contain an average of 81 percent water. And, a banana’s composition includes 74 percent water.
High Water Content Vegetables
On top of the vegetables list are cucumber and lettuce, consisting of 96 percent water. Zucchini, radish and celery are comprised of 95 percent water. Ninety-four percent of tomato’s weight is water, and green cabbage is 93 percent water. Vegetables that contain 92 percent water include cauliflower, eggplant, red cabbage, peppers and spinach. Broccoli is 91 percent water by weight. Additional healthy hydrating foods include carrots with 87 percent water and green peas and white potatoes with 79 percent water.
List of Fruits & Vegetable With a High Water Content
Foods for the feast meal might tend to be blue which is rare such as blue moon tart with bluefoot mushrooms and blue potatoes
Water plays a critical role in preparing grains and starches like pasta, couscous, rice, and hot cereals. When cooked in boiling water, their starch granules soak up water, causing them to swell and soften. This increases their fluid content as much as sixfold, transforming them from one of the driest foods to one of the wettest.
51 Spring Soups
Fruits: plums, blueberries, blackberries. currants. grapes. elderberries. prunes. raisins.
All these ideas make the feast meal festive and fun.
Though our days can be busy and hectic, it’s nice to take a moment, perhaps in the morning, to reflect about which of Her Virtues we wish to emulate and strengthen within ourselves on Her feast day and Her weekly day
Columbadi / Dove day / Friday.
Virtues: Love, Compassion and Mercy
Sometimes, I choose a Virtue that I know I’m going to need that day. I call on Her help with the Virtue of *******
There are so many areas where Madria Grace may help us. I love consciously surrounding myself with the Presence of the Janae during my Aurora Rite each morning. I feel like they are with me all day when I do this.
And when I try to connect in a special way with the Jana of the day, I find I come to experience Them and know Them on an intimate, soul level.
O, Madria Grace, we thank You for this day and for all Your blessings and benefits. Be with us.
May Our Lady bless you, Blessed is She.
ArchMadria Candra Sophia
With additional information from Madria Sophia.