19 Astrea/Dec. 16
This was originally written a few days ago. I was waiting for certain information before I published it. However, due to recent circumstances, I have edited it to a great degree.
The following is the Janite/Reginite understanding of the priestesshood in contrast with the mainstream Christian view of the priesthood.
Day of Sai Raya Theia, Lamp of Illumination, Joy and Benevolence.
Subjects in Part I:
Violet Candle of Faith,
The Vision/Ideals of the Lux Madrian priestesshood in contrast with that of the Janite.
Deanic Christian Janati as Found in Ancient Apocrypha.
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Violet Candle of Faith
Today, (19 Astrea/Dec. 16), we light the Violet Candle of Faith:
A priest is understood to be the holder of a divinely-instituted office who served as God’s direct representative on earth and, as such, uniquely held the powers of 1) transubstantiation, 2) hearing confession, 3) imposing penances, 4) absolving sins 5) the power of blessing 6) the power over the sacraments.
Janites/Reginites take a vastly different view of the priestesshood:
We believe that we are called by Dea to serve Her by serving Her children. In humbly serving others, we are serving Her.
We believe that we are called to be Her Face and Hands upon the Earth, in the service of others.
We believe that through the proper Initiation into Priestesshood, that our priestesses become open, focused channels of the Grace of Our Lady, Our Regina (Our Queen), Our High Priestess,She Who is the Holy Daughter, Dea Filia.
Janite/Reginite priestesses are called to be humble servants of the Children of Dea and do not aspire to fill all roles for all people such as psychiatrist, sociologist, marriage counselor and so forth.
We are primarily called to teach others about Dea and to dispense the Blessings and Graces of Dea to Her children.
We hold no authority or power over the lives of others.
We do not believe in the RCC style of confession. We believe that only Dea has the power of forgiveness and absolution. When humankind assumes these powers, there is room for abuse and the mis-use of authority.
During liturgy, after the recitiation of the Prayer of Reflection followed by the Reflection, itself, which is an examination of conscience, the priestess, from henceforth, shall pray:
Madria Dea, Font of Compassion, Mercy and Forgiveness, cleanse the inner temples of these, Thy devotees, that they may ever ascend towards Union with You, in Your Perfect Love. through the Grace of Your Holy Daughter. Blessed are You. After-which the priestess will bless the congregation in the Name of the Divine Feminine Trinity.
Penance, the very idea of imposing penance or exacting obedience would never be considered by our priestesses.
Unfortunately, in Catholic Christianity, the Divine Masculine is Divine Judgment, while at the same time, the Divine Masculine revealed Himself as Divine Mercy. He was to sit in judgment of all humanity. Though He was merciful, He was to come as Just Judge.
Certain of the Apparitions of His Mother warned that Her Son was about to exact an horrific worldwide chastisement upon His people, and only She could stay His hand.
On the other hand, the Blessed Mother was always and in every way, Kindness, Love, Compassion and Mercy. We could trust Her. She was Our Mother. She forgave us, unconditionally and took away the penance imposed by the priest. It has long been a tradition that there is no sin so great that Mary would not cover with Her Mercy for those who cried to her in true repentance.
And so, it would be most unbecoming of a priestess of Our Lady to impose punishments and harsh or even light penances upon the Children of Dea. This is not of Our Lady.
We are very cautious about things like confession, obedience, the vow of obedience, etc., as they have been abused in the past.
Our Lady does not punish or exact penances and austerities from Her children, rather, She leads them. She shows them the Way. She strengthens them with Her Grace.
We do not believe that priestesses have the right to become involved in or have authority over a person’s life or life’s decisions. We treat people as adults. We are here to present the teachings of Dea and the system of Her worship. We are here to be the Face and Hands of Compassion, Herself. We are here to become living channels of Her Grace.
And, finally, we do not believe in Transubstantiation in the manner of the Roman Catholic Church. Rather, we believe that there is a Transmission of Divine Grace from the Hands of Our High Priestess in Heaven, through the hands of Her priestesses on Earth.
In our liturgy, we literally face Her in the East, as She enters Her Heavenly Temple and stands at Her altar before us, facing us. And through the Transmission of Her Grace, the white wine becomes Transfused with Her Grace through which we share in Her Spirit. We believe that this is possible through Her Sacrificial Descent and voluntarily remaining with us as the World Soul or Holy Soul of the World. The Rosa Mundi. The Rose of the World.
The bread also becomes Transfused with Her Grace and is a sharing of Her Soul, again, through Her becoming the Rosa Mundi.
This is different than the teaching of the RCC that the bread and wine each literally become the Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ through His Sacrifice on the Cross. (The idea that the RCC believes that the wine literally becomes just the Blood of Jesus and the bread His Body is incorrect. Catholics believe that when they receive the Bread and/or the Wine, they are receiving the Risen Jesus in His entirety.)
In the our liturgy, the priestess is instructed that the sermon last no longer than 15 minutes. During that time, she is never to ‘preach at’ the people. Ideally, she will share devotions, contemplation, meditations, readings, poetry, psalms, etc.
The idea of Janite priestess is that they are, in reality, more contemplative/private in nature, while serving the Children of Dea through devotion and through the Janite sacraments. They will not be ‘running parishes’ so to speak. Rather there will be small temples/chapels where the liturgy and initiations shall take place and these sacred places of worship where Heaven and Earth meet, shall be used for no other purpose.
In the Janite/Reginite priestesshood, we have three initiation levels of madrina (guardian/god mother deaconess), madra or madria in the Janite, (meaning mother priestess,) and archmadra or archmadria in the Janite (meaning high mother priestess).
In the past, we have likened these three Orders of the Priestesshood to deaconess, priest and bishop, respectively. But given the differences between the Christian priestly vocations as it is understood in Roman Catholicism in contrast with the vocation of priestess as it is understood by the Janites, we feel that it is no longer advisable to do so.
Those who are initiated in Reiki will understand the three levels of initiation and how that energy is channeled into your chakras. And once you have it, it never goes away; it does not die with disuse, although it may take a while to reach full potential. It is the same with the priestesshood.
The archmadra or high mother priestess is the open channel, like the Reiki Master, for her high mother priestess duties. This Grace, this Energy, comes from the Holy Daughter, Herself. The priestess, in turn, becomes an open channel of the Holy Daughter, Our High Priestess, for her mother priestess duties.
In summary, Janite/Reginite priestesses are not necessarily the feminine counterpart of the Roman Catholic priesthood. Nor are we similar to ‘parish’ priests. We are private priestesses who serve the Children of Dea through worship, devotion, contemplation, meditation, the practice of the 21 Virtues, teaching and dispensing Her Graces and Blessings.
Let us bless the Holy One,
Blessed is She.
Let us thank the Seven Janati of Dea.
Thanks be to the Janati of Dea.
End of Part I.
ArchMadria Pamela Lanides.