plus private correspondence with ArchMadria Pamela Lanides
The Great Liturgy and the Rite of Sacrifice, the original versions of which we have received from the Madrians, are written as basic rituals. They may be served as is or with the addition of other rituals, hymns, poetry, meditation, sacred dance, seasonal writings, divination, a litany, a canticle and other prayers, etc. There is a plethora of seasonal and full moon-related prayers and poems on the internet and there are a lot of great ideas to be found in books on the Wheel of the Year.
The altar cloth should be the color of the Season (Moura is purple or violet). The candles may be either the color of the Season or white.
I prefer to allow our JOP members to be self-expressive in altar set up.
When serving a private liturgy or Rite of Sacrifice, it is not necessary to dress in formal robes, but we should be wearing a skirt or dress and definitely, we should be veiled (chapel veil, mantilla or scarf).
Normally, on Full Moon nights, priestesses and deaconesses will serve the Rite of Sacrifice, but where today is Sunnadi, we will serve the liturgy. Please keep in mind that the weekly liturgy may be served on Foradi, in honor of the Great Mother, on Sunnadi, in honor of the Celestial Mother or on Lunadi, in honor of the Holy Daughter. The choice is up to the individual priestess/deaconess.
Members of the Sisterhood may serve the RoS on the Full Moons and on the Trinity days (Foradi/Sunnadi/Lunadi) if they so desire, although the latter is not mandatory. It would be nice if the RoS is served by the members of the Sisterhood at least on the Full Moons. Exceptions may be made for the members of the Iremian Order who have difficulty with these types of rituals. In that case, they may compose their own prayers, hymns or a more natural method of worship.
Our edition of the Rite of Sacrifice is very close to the original, as found in the Sacred Myths and Rites of the Madrians, with Janite additions and adaptations. It may be celebrated either as a solitary rite or for a family or a group. In a group or family setting, the celebrant should be female, if possible.
Though it is the Full Moon, please use the Preface of the Great Mother/Dark Moon in ritual.
Clean yourself, get dressed in modest clothing and cover your head.
Blessing hand is the right hand, we hold the thumb and first two fingers of the right hand together, symbolizing the Holy Trinity.
Begin by making holy water if you do not already have some on hand. It’s best to use a natural, flowing water. Sources for such water are rivers, lakes, brooks and underground springs. I keep extra on hand in a large mason jar. You also need sea salt or kosher salt.
Pour some salt in your left hand. With your right hand, hold the thumb and first two fingers together (this is the Blessing Hand). Trace the Fora over the salt and say: May this salt be blessed, in the Name of the Mother, and of the Daughter, and of the Great Mother. Iot ‘E Voh. Then, with your right hand, take three pinches of salt and pour them into the bowl of water. Pour any remaining salt along the inside of your threshold as a blessing and protection of the home.
With wand or finger, stir the water three times clockwise. Form Blessing Hand and trace the Fora over the water while saying: May this water be blessed in the Name of the Mother, (trace Fora a second time), and of the Daughter, (trace Fora a third time) and of the Great Mother. Blessed is She. Iot ‘E Voh.
Holy oil is made up of either extra virgin olive oil, almond oil or jojoba oil. To that, you had some drops of a pure essential oil. (And it has to be a pure oil, not synthetic.). It can be any essential oil that we would deem sacred:
Usually Rose for the Celestial Mother
or Red Sandalwood, Ambergris, Musk, Honeysuckle, Benzoi, Verbena, Vanillin, Myrtle, Patchouli or Calamus.
Usually Frankincense for the Holy Daughter
or White Sandalwood, Camphor, Copal, Jasmine, Eucalyptus, Menthol or Rosemary.
Also applicable to incense.
The oil should be poured into a small brown glass bottle with a cap.
Shake the bottle so the oils can mix. Then, open it back up and trace the Fora over the bottle while saying: May this oil be blessed, in the Name of the Mother, (trace Fora a second time), and of the Daughter, (trace Fora a third time) and of the Great Mother. Blessed is She. Iot ‘E Voh.
For the blessing and consecration of objects
The Blessing Rite
An inspired reading, hymns, the scriptures, Sophian or Persephone related hymns, or seasonal or moon poetry to be chosen in advance.
Minimum Altar Setup:
Table or altar placed in the East. The spiritual head of the household, performing the Rite, faces East unless otherwise indicated.
1. One image of Dea [I use a symbol]
2. One candle (flame or electric) [Yes]
3. Incense (for those who are not allergic) [No]
4. Holy water in a Libation bowl. [Yes, an ordinary bowl – object blessed]
5. Holy oil [No]
6. Chalice which is the sacred glass for the white wine or white grape juice (unfermented wine).
No red wine, the wine represents the Spirit, not blood.
Usually, if serving a solitary ritual, do not fill the Chalice with wine. Pour in enough to take three good sips, before the Rite.
7. Patene’ which is the sacred plate for the bread.
In Janite Tradition, the bread represents the Soul, not the Body.
For the white bread (not brown) , take a round cookie cutter or a glass and cut a round piece out of the white loaf and place that on the patene’. Of course, for a group setting, this would be different.
Either the almond cookies (for which A.M. Pamela can supply the recipe in the future…if interested please email me) or fresh bread may be used.
Both the bread and wine are transfused during the liturgy. During the Rite of Sacrifice, they are blessed by Dea.
[Yes to 6 and 7]
I also have
A Janyati candlestick
A Dea candlestick
2 silver coloured metal candlesticks
A small flower vase
Ritual symbolic jewellery
C is the Celebrant.
H is the Handmaiden / server.
They are the lay counterparts to the priestess and deaconess.
The Rite of Sacrifice
But we will certainly do every word that shall proceed out of our own mouth, to sacrifice to the Queen of Heaven, and to pour out drink offerings to Her, as we and our fathers have done, our kings, and our princes in the cities of Judah, and in the streets of Jerusalem: and we were filled with bread, and it was well with us, and we saw no evil. (Jer. 44:17)
Celebrant: Dip fingers in holy water, trace Fora and say:
In the Name of the Mother and of the Daughter and of the Great Mother. Blessed is She.
C: (and H if there is one present) may also anoint their foreheads and altar with holy oil by tracing the Fora on both with blessing hand.
Blessed is Our Mother God, the Holy One,
She Who is the Celestial Mother,
She Who is the Holy Daughter,
She Who is the Great Mother,
Blessed is She.
C: O, Veiled Cosmic Origin, You Who are the Great Life, Source and Force,
A: Inspire us with Your Wisdom.
C/H Let us seek sanctuary of the Janati of the fourfold Earth and of the Three-fold Heaven, that no harmful thing may come between ourselves and our devotion.
C: O, Most Holy Janati, in the most sacred Name of She that we are come to honor
IOT ‘E VOH
(The Sacred Name of Power, IHV by saying the He with the outbreath, it is breathed rather than pronounced. It may also be pronounced Yot ‘E Voh.
In The Coming Age Issue 1, Winter 1975: The Symbolism of The Sacred Names Article: “Iot ‘E Vo (IVH) is the primordial name of Deity. The symbolism of the letters represents in order the three Persons of the Trinity – Iot is always the first principle or primal urge, thus in its most sublime sense it is the unknowable Dark Mother – Absolute Deity, before time and before space, from Whom all manifestation proceeds. ‘E the aspirate or ‘breathing’ of the Ancient Greeks represents the breath or Spirit of Deity (in both Greek and Hebrew the word for breath and spirit is the same: Pneuma in Greek, Ruach in Hebrew); the [Celestial] Mother and Creator of the universe. Vo is the letter of [sacrifice] and is as such it represents the Daughter.”)
(all trace the Fora upon themselves and bow
Bowing may be performed in any one of three ways:
1. Crossing hands over heart chakra with right hand over the left and bowing. (I especially used this pose after I have received communion).
2. Folding hands together, placing the tips of the fingers on chin and bowing. (I tend to use this pose when I am greeting the Janati.)
3. Or hands folded, tips of fingers touching forehead and bowing.)
In the Name of the Mother
And of the Daughter
And of the Great Mother,
Dark beyond the light
And Light beyond the darkness;
We entreat you that your vigilance shall keep our service pure.
(C: turns to each quarter, tracing in the air, each time, the sign of the Fora while saying)
O, Madria Grace, Guardian of East and Water, may there be peace, be with us.
O, Madria Vicka, Guardian of South and Fire, may there be peace, be with us.
O, Madria Thema, Guardian of West and Earth, may there be peace, be with us.
O, Madria Sofia, Guardian of North and Air, may there be peace, be with us.
O, Madria Candre, Madria Theia and Madria Rhea, Guardians of Spirit and Center, may there be peace, be with us.
C: Madria Dea,
Star of the Shimmering Depths, look upon us.
Light of the nocturnal heavens, Protector of the running deer
And of all free spirits, O, hear us.
We are come to celebrate Your resplendent purity and to solemnly devote ourselves to Your service. Mistress of the Silver-Helmed wave, come among us.
C/H Let us confess together our belief in that which alone is true.
VERITATION / CREED
THE JANITE DEANIC CREED
I believe that I am created from before the dawn of time
by the Eternal One, Madria Dea;
I believe that She is One
and that She is also Three.
I believe in the Mother, She Who is Pure Light;
the Creator of the Earth and of the Heavens,
and of all the infinite Cosmos.
And I believe in Her Holy Daughter, born of the Holy 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 on 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;
I believe in the Seven Janati, 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.
I believe that through the Holy Daughter, we are assumed to Eternal Communion with the Eternal One, Madria Dea, in the Completion of the Wholeness of Her Will.
C/H: Let us, who are true believers, receive into our hearts, the words of Our Lady.
(Scripture or Sacred Text reading)
One suggestion for scripture reading during Moura is The Secret of the World. It is an important reminder that we are not perfect and we must always strive to grow closer to Our Lady and not further away from Her.
(with thanks to Glenn King)
The Filianic Scriptures, New Celestial Union
Version (Second Edition, Third Update)
Title 3, Chapter 4
Filianic Texts, or the collected sayings of the Daughter of Thea
Teachings of Di-Jana
The Secret of the World
The world is never perfect, and even the most beautiful is riven with kear. The Secret of the World teaches a path of liberation from the imperfection and illusions of this present world.
1. My children, whose souls are My family, I shall speak to you of the things that I have seen. Let no one say that the world is good, nor that the world is evil. 2. For I have stood at the highest point of the world and at the lowest; and from both of these can the world be seen, and from no other. 3. The cosmos is a perfect sphere, even lovelier than the sun, and yet it is all riven through with kear. 4. All that is was fashioned by My Mother out of the laughter of Her heart and the skill of Her hands, and all that is very good, more than any soul can know.
5. But kear is not. Kear is naught. Kear is the black abyss that has turned its face from My Mother and has frowned upon the laughter of Her heart. 6. This abyss of kear lies between the world and My Mother, and every soul and She. For every soul is an image of the world.
[I reject verse 7, as I do not believe in a sacrificial death of the Holy World Soul, Immanent God; Di Jana].
8. and My soul has cried out in her distress; cried out into the echoless void. Truly, there is no suffering like to this suffering, nor any pain of body or of mind. 9. And you, My children, each of you that gathers around Me, each of you in your robe of purest white, each one has this kear within her, and there is not one without it anywhere. 10. For you have also turned from My Mother; each one of you, though remembrance has not potency through the tread of time, has frowned also on the laughter of Her heart.
11. And your souls, your laughing souls, all robed in purest white, that are lovelier than the sun because they are the image of My Mother, are riven through with kear. 12. And your dearest joy must ring as a silver bell that has a crack; sweetly, but never in perfection. 13. Oh, do not say that you are perfect, for then you can not understand either the world or your own selves. 14. Do not say that you are innocent, for that would be to mock My suffering. 15. For I love each of you, and I have proved My love, and shall prove it evermore. 16. For I have conquered death and kear, and I bring to you My conquest. 17. Open your heart to Me, and I shall bring you all the fruit that have reaped in sorrow.
18. Seek not to conquer kear alone nor cleave alone to good, but open your heart to Me,
and let Me live through you, for I shall open the way to your true soul, your laughing soul, all robed in white even lovelier than the sun; and through My suffering she shall be purified. [I have replaced death with suffering see rejection of verse 7].
19. Turn from the evil of the world and come to Me, and I shall lead you to your heart’s true home.
20. Come to Me, My children, in the innocence of your hearts, and look upon the beauty of the world; for everything reflects the glory of Thea. 21. Do not see the world through the eyes of the world, but through the eyes of the Eternal. 22. Know also that the world is not so solid as it seems, but in truth it is an illusion.
23. Change that within you and the world without will change. But seek to change the world, and all of essence will remain the same.
24. And this is the secret of the world which the world would hide from you: that all things lie within the souls of maids, and only the Thea is without.
25. For in order to gain the world, you must give the world away; and in order to attain your desire, you must pass beyond all desire; and in order to find yourself, you must lose yourself; and in order to have eternal life, you must go unto death [Death means the transition from one state to another on the turning wheel of Werde. I reject the end of the sentence see rejection of verse 7]. 26. And this is the secret of the world which all the world will hide from you.
Kear: A crack or flaw, the chasm or abyss that lies between Dea and each soul which opened when we chose to experience material manifestation.
PREPARATION FOR THE SACRIFICE
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 is She.
(Each time we ask the blessing of Our Lady over the gifts, we trace the Fora over the gifts. We Trace the Fora over the chalice and over the patene’. This is indicated by a +.)
Madria Dea, we pray that You will Bless + the gifts we bring to You, for we bring them not only in our own names, but for all who love You; may they be nourished and grow strong in Your true devotion.
Beloved Kyria, we bring these gifts for Your blessing + in the name of Holy Ekklesia, who has gathered all of Your children into one [Soul], knowing no bounds of either time or space.
For we know that Ekklesia transcends this world, even as this sacred altar transcends the earthly stuff of which its parts are made. We know that as we stand before this altar within Ekklesia, we stand at once before Your Celestial Altar, which is both in Heaven and in every place where Your children come together in Your Name.
C: Holds the Sacrifice (bread) in the smoke of incense [or candle] with both hands.
C: We know that there is but one Sacrifice made by all Your children in every place, eternally. Bless + this gift, that we may take part in that one Sacrifice.
(All kneel on one knee. C bows her head.)
IOT ‘E VOH
C: Places Sacrifice (bread) back on Patene’ (plate).
C: Mother of all that is, accept the gift Your children bring to You.
(All rise. C; lifts the Chalice in her left hand and traces the Fora over it with her right)
C: Let us offer libation to Dea.
She dips two fingertips into the wine and sprinkles a few drops onto the sacrifice. The action is repeated three times. She then traces the Fora, again. (The Bread of Sacrifice may either be safely burned as an offering or placed outside on the ground after the Rite is over with the words, ‘ Return to Mother Nature’ .)
C: Madria Dea, as we drink of the one cup, may Your Divine Spirit be infused within our being.
(The Chalice is passed to all. All drink. If a handmaid (server) is present, she serves them, afterwards drinking, herself. The celebrant drinks last.)
CONTEMPLATION (The celebrant may give food for contemplation, speak about the Mysteries of the season, spiritual truths, etc.)
C/H: Let us kneel before this altar that is both upon Earth and in the Heaven.
(All kneel except C and close eyes).
C: Let us consider that the earthly things we see about us are but illusion and that could we see with clearer eyes, a more glorious vision would appear before us.
Let us feel the Spirit of Dea, as it grows within us and seek to catch a glimpse of that vision.
(C kneels. During Contemplation, certain meditations may be spoken, including the following usual for full moons):
NOT suitable for Moura
[C: Great Dove of the Waters,
Fiery Rose of Heaven,
Help us to aspire to the heart of the flame.
C: You are the Music of the Spheres,
You are the Meaning of all words,
You are the end of every road and also its beginning.
Help us to know you.]
(This may be a time for silent meditation or the celebrant may give a brief sermon for contemplation, speak about the Mysteries of the Season, spiritual truths, etc. Or hymns, meditation, rituals, sacred dance, poetry, etc.)
Fora symbol articles and prayer
(C: traces the Fora three times, once at each blessing as indicated +)
+ May the blessing of the Mother be upon you and upon this world.
+ May the blessing of the Daughter be upon you and upon this world.
+ May the blessing of the Great Mother be upon you and upon this world.
Dark beyond the Light and Light beyond the Darkness.
Beloved Kyria, we pray that you will bless us on our parting from Your Temple and infuse us with Your delight, so far as we are able to contain it.
SILVER LIGHT OF THE FORESTS
Silver Light of the darkling forests, send us forth in the protection of Your Spirit that no profane thing may enter into us.
Grant us to see all things with delight that are lovely and to glory and increase in force and energy.
Fill us with wonder in the sight of the seas and of the heavens and of every place wherein You are.
Commander of the roaring wave, help us to turn from all that is low or inglorious neither with anger nor with pain, but to know that in You we stand above all such things.
Guiding Light of the faithful soul, fill the deepest caverns of our spirit with the exhilaration of Your love. Send us forth upon the world as torchbearers of Your delight and grant us strength in You and in ourselves that we may value all things rightly, regardless of the consuming weight of the profane and the frailty of all that is beautiful.
C: (Makes the sign of the Fora and says)
In the Name of the Mother
And of the Daughter
And of the Great Mother.
Blessed is She.
C: Raise arms, palms facing upward and say:
Let us bless the Holy One.
Blessed is She.
C: Fold hands and say:
Let us thank the Seven Janati of Power.
Thanks be to the Seven Janati.
Thus may it remain. (Bows).
- We believe that like Sophia/Shekinah, the Holy Daughter suffered a Descent through the Realms in order to become the World Soul or Soul of the World, the Soul of humanity. By taking on rarefied Form, She becomes Soul. In giving Herself to us in this Earthly state of density and isolation, She, as the World Soul, becomes shattered. Thus, She represents the ultimate archetype of selfless sacrifice.
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.
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