Bits and Pieces Part II

(Please see previous post, Bits and Pieces Part I).

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5 Flora/May 20

Lunadi/Monday. (Moonday).

Day of Our Lady Gracia (Gray-sha), Brightness of Reflection, Purity and Grace. (Heb. 10: 29).

Day of The Holy Daughter, Jahah Sophia.

Gift of Our Holy Mother Spirit: Understanding.

Fruit of Our Holy Mother Spirit for the Month of Flora: Joy.

Symbol of the Day: The Moon, which represents the Holy Daughter, She Who is the Supernal Moon. The Holy Daughter is the Gentle Reflection of the Bright Light of the Supernal Sun, She Who is Our Heavenly Mother.

Archeia of the Day: Archeia Bath Kol (who was mistakenly listed as the angel of Sunnadi/Sunday. Our apologies.) We assign her the title of Archeia, or female archangel, because she is above the angels.

She is known as the highest angel beneath the Holy Spirit, Our Holy Mother Spirit.  Her name means Heavenly Voice or the Daughter of Voice. She is the Angel of Prophecy. In the Old Testament, She is symbolized by a dove. She is said to have appeared to both Simeon Ben Yohai, the reputed author of the Zohar and Nicolas Flamel of the Philosopher Stone fame. In the Talmud, She is said to be the Heavenly Voice of God. Some equate her with the Holy Spirit while others say she is lower than the Holy Spirit, an angel.

Part II:

Jesus called the Holy Spirit, His Mother.

The Writings of Margaret Barker.

Jesus referred to the Holy Spirit as His Mother.

We  need to keep in mind when it comes to angels and Spirits, there is no reason to believe they are genderless. Until recent times, gender was defined as a Principle or State of Being. It is not to be confused with biological sex. Therefore, all Intelligent Beings/Persons are capable of having the Principle and State of Being as either Female or Male.

This is why, though many theologians teach that the Father is genderless, there is no reason to teach such a thing, in my opinion. And certainly, Jesus revealed Him to be the Father, just as He revealed the Holy Spirit to be His Mother, as we shall shortly see through the Lost Gospel of the Hebrews which is not to be confused with the Epistle to the Hebrews.

There have been many important documents lost to Christianity. We know about them because they are mentioned by the Church Fathers. One such lost document is the lost Gospel of the Hebrews. This Gospel is said to be of the Jewish Christians, who considered themselves to be under James, the brother of Jesus.

Though there are some fragments of the document have been preserved in certain writings of the Church Fathers and the earliest date given the Gospel is the middle of the first century, the latest possible date, the middle of the second century.

Texts considered to be contemporaneous with the Gospel of the Hebrews includes the Gospel of Luke; the Acts of the Apostles; 1 Clement; the Christian Sibyllines,  the Book of Revelation, the Gospel of John and 1 John. It has been stated that the loss of the Gospel of the Hebrews was a great loss as it probably would shed light on the leadership of James. This article lists those Church Fathers who quoted from the Gospel of the Hebrews: (see 1).

It has been stated that this Gospel, if ever found, might contain the true Christian Tradition of Jesus, Himself, and that of His brother, James,which was Jewish Christianity and who, rather than Peter, may possibly have been the first leader of the Church. James was the head (or bishop) of the Church in Jerusalem until his martyrdom in A. D. 62 and, of course, the subsequent Fall of Jerusalem in A. D. 70.

The fragments contain traditions of Jesus’ pre-existenceincarnationbaptism, and probable temptation, along with some of his sayings.[3] Distinctive features include a Christology characterized by the belief that the Holy Spirit is Jesus’ Divine Mother and a first resurrection appearance to James, the brother of Jesus, showing a high regard for James as the leader of the Jewish Christian church in Jerusalem.[4] It was probably composed in Greek in the first decades of the 2nd century, and is believed to have been used by Greek-speaking Jewish Christians in Egypt during that century. 

Modern scholars classify the Gospel of the Hebrews as one of the three Jewish–Christian gospels, along with the Gospel of the Nazarenes and the Gospel of the Ebionites. Others suggest that these three titles may have been referring to one and the same book.(3)

Fragment 1 identifies Jesus as the son of the Holy Spirit; this idea is found also in the Egyptian Coptic Epistle of James, another indication of the Egyptian origin of the gospel.[n 5]

2. And it came to pass when the Lord was come up out of the water, the whole fount of the Holy Spirit descended upon him and rested on him and said to him: My Son, in all the prophets was I waiting for thee that thou shouldest come and I might rest in thee. For thou art my rest; thou art my first-begotten Son that reignest for ever. (JeromeCommentary on Isaiah 4) (3)

Fragment 2 uses the language of Jewish Wisdom literature,[n 6] but applies it to the Holy Spirit: the Spirit has waited in vain through all the prophets for the Son. The “rest” that the Holy Spirit finds in the Son belongs to the Christian gnostic idea of the pre-existent Redeemer who finally becomes incarnate in Jesus.[20]

3. Even so did my Mother, the Holy Spirit, take me by one of my hairs and carry me away on to the great mountain Tabor.(OrigenCommentary on John 2.12.87) (3)

The theology of the gospel is strongly influenced by Jewish–Christian wisdom teaching. The Holy Spirit is represented as a manifestation of Divine Wisdom who is called “Mother”.[n 12] (3)

From the Gospel of Philip (Meyer):

Some said Mary became pregnant by the Holy Spirit. They are wrong and do not know what they are saying. When did a woman ever get pregnant by a woman?

Mary is the virgin whom none of the powers defiled.

The Consecration Prayer of the early Syrian Church invoked the Holy Spirit as Mother. It is important to note that they did not believe the Holy Spirit was Female due to Gnosticism. (Please see B). 

The Sophia is also invoked in the first prayer of consecration.[14] She is there called the “merciful mother,” the “consort of the masculine one,” “revealant of the perfect mysteries,” “Mother of the Seven Houses,” “who finds rest in the eighth house,” i.e. in the Ogdoad. In the second Prayer of Consecration[15] she is also designated, the “perfect Mercy” and “Consort of the Masculine One,” but is also called “Holy Spirit” (Syriac Rūha d’ Qudshā) “Revealant of the Mysteries of the whole Magnitude,” “hidden Mother,” “She who knows the Mysteries of the Elect,” and “she who partakes in the conflicts of the noble Agonistes” (i.e. of Christ, cf. exc. ex Theod. 58 ho megas agōnistēs Iēsous).

There is further a direct reminiscence of the doctrine of Bardesanes when she is invoked as the Holy Dove which has given birth to the two twins, i.e. the two daughters of the Rūha d’ Qudshā (ap. Ephraim, Hymn 55). (4)

Here is the Eucharistic Prayer of the ancient Syrian Church:

[An invocation to the Spirit in the context of the Eucharist.] . . . Come, hidden Mother . . . come, and make us share in this Eucharist which we perform in Your name, and [make us share] in the love to which we are joined by invoking You. [The Syriac again removes the reference to the Spirit as ‘Mother’.]

§133 [In the course of a trinitarian invocation in the context of the Eucharist.] We name over you [the newly baptised] the name of the Mother. [Syriac: the name of the Spirit.] https://www.academia.edu/34170147/Feminine_Imagery_for_the_Divine_The_Holy_Spirit_the_Odes_of_Solomon_and_Early_Syriac_Tradition

I love the idea that the ancient Syrians believed that the Holy Spirit (Dove) hovering over the Waters of Creation, was the prototype of the actions of Our Holy Mother Spirit during both the Annunciation and the Eucharist. The Sacrament of the Eucharist takes place through the actions and the Power of the Holy Spirit, Our Holy Mother Spirit…as was recognized by the ancient Syrians before Her Gender was changed to Male in the 500’s.

Well, this article could go on forever!

Further articles: (A) http://www.freelyreceive.net/my-perfect-mother/

http://www.womenpriests.org/the-holy-spirit-as-feminine-in-early-syriac-literature/

(B) https://www.academia.edu/34170147/Feminine_Imagery_for_the_Divine_The_Holy_Spirit_the_Odes_of_Solomon_and_Early_Syriac_Tradition..

https://hts.org.za/index.php/hts/article/view/3225/7763

And finally, the Works of Margaret Barker:

I am very impressed with the work of Margaret Barker. Her papers may be found here:

https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/#inbox/WhctKJVRKDjTPRJhPgZLKJvwPxFPqwwSwMDnxQWjsCPghDFfZDbmSJLDjXbmhHVVZRpxSLb

Of especial note is the full edition of Where Shall Wisdom be Found and Wisdom, the Lady of the Temple. 

May Our Lady bless you,

Blessed is She.

  1. http://www.earlychristianwritings.com/gospelhebrews.html
  2. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gospel_of_the_Hebrews
  3. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gospel_of_the_Hebrews
  4. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sophia_(Gnosticism)

 

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What is Wrong with These Pictures?

26 Maia/May 13

Lunadi/Monday

Day of Our Lady Gracia, Brightness of Reflection, Grace and Purity.

What is wrong with these pictures?:

All-male clergy of the formerly undivided Church (Roman Catholic and Orthodox Christian) going back 2,000 years.

All Male Trinity

The Abrahamic religions are all-male. While some Christian denominations and Jewish sects now allow female rabbis and priests, the two main denominations of Christianity do not. All three main Abrahamic religions teach an all-male God. (Judaism teaches that the Shekinah is the ‘feminine side’ of the male God.)

I’ve been away from all-male religions for a couple of decades. I think that is why it struck me so deeply when I happened upon a picture taken in front of the Vatican of a group of all male clergy… looking, quite literally, like an old-boys club. It’s wrong. An all-Male God and an all male religion does not reflect scripture or Nature and it is not Truth. And I can’t believe I never saw through it.

These men (of Patriarchal Christianity) thought they had the right to declare religious laws for everyone. They thought they had the right to define religion. They thought they had the right to tell wives and mothers how to live and raise their families (which is laughable in the case of the RCC.) They thought they had the right to define sin. They thought that females, women and little girls, had to confess their secrets and sins to them, to those old men, in order to be saved.They thought they had the right to speak for God. They thought they had the right to rape, demote, hide and turn to Male, Our Divine Mother God.

THEY DID NOT HAVE SUCH RIGHTS AND I BELIEVE THIS WAS AND CONTINUES TO BE A SIN AGAINST HUMANITY.

Always, always, in the known history of humanity, the Great Mother was worshiped. When male gods were introduced, the Great Mother and goddesses continued to be worshiped. Ancient Judaism worshiped both Asherah and the Father God. (See the Hebrew Goddess by Raphael Patai.)

But then She was banned. And the women were not happy (Jer. 44: 17-25).

And She appeared as the Holy Spirit. Jesus called Her the Holy Spirit. He called the Holy Spirit, His Mother. In ancient Syrian liturgy, the Holy Spirit was worshiped as Female. The Dove always represented the Divine Feminine in ancient times, in the time of Jesus, but She was banned, too.  In addition to having Sophia raped, demoting Her and changing Her to Male, She, like Eve, was blamed for the Fall of Creation. They created a law that said it as a mortal sin to worship Her. They did everything they could to destroy Her and take away Her rightful worship. They did this to their Own Divine Mother. Shame on them. For shame.

Why were men able to take over religion and render it all male? That is against Nature and against the True Godhead. It is false. It is a lie. And yet, those of us who dare to worship Our Divine Mother God are made to feel that we must defend our beliefs; we must prove that She is real. We are labeled as heretics. We are called radical feminists and every other name in their book of derogatory language.

THE TRUE HERESY IS NOT BELIEVING IN OUR MOTHER GOD, RATHER, THE TRUE HERESY LIES IN THE DENIAL OF OUR DIVINE MOTHER GOD.

WHAT IS THE ONE UNFORGIVABLE SIN? Matt: 12: 31-32.

We do not need to defend out beliefs.

We do not need to prove that She is real.

We do not need to care what they call us.

THEY ARE THE ONES IN ERROR.

26 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness.

27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. Genesis.

God is One, yes in that there is One Nature of God. But there is a Godhead of Persons. Male and Female.

Rev. Pamela Lanides

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Please note that new pages have been updated and added. The Rite of Sacrifice (a lay-liturgy) is being carefully updated due to newly revealed original material.

Great article, also mentions Sophia: http://www.badnewsaboutchristianity.com/db0_onegod.htm

The Radiance of the Divine Feminine within Christianity, the Birth of Sophian Christianity.

Mother of the World, Nicolas Roerich

Since the 1960’s, many have searched outside of Christianity to find the Divine Feminine.  But what was hidden and has now come to light is that Christianity has a radiant Divine Feminine side, as well.

Valentinus.

When we we consider the wide-ranging diversity of beliefs and practice in the early Church, we find that some non-Orthodox Christian sects were actually quite wide-spread and very popular such as Arianism and Valentinian Gnosticism. In fact, the Gnostic bishop, Valentinus, almost became pope! If that had happened, it’s very possible that the Christianity we inherited would be Gnostic rather than Pauline.

Imagine that! We might have had a Christianity that was complete with female priests (priestesses), the Divine Feminine, a female church leader/apostle (Mary Magdalene), a Female Holy Spirit, female angels (aeons) and those avatars of Sophia like Eve and Norea. We have the Blessed Mary and Mary Magdalene. [For those interested in Mary Magdalene, the books of Margaret Starbird are highly recommended as is the Mary Magdalene Mystery School . Please see (1) and (2)].

In addition to the above, the Divine Feminine within Christianity also encompasses the biblical fore-mothers; the Seven Virgins/Spirits of Sophia/Holy Spirit; the female Aeons (Gnostic female angels); the female Archangels and female angels.

Oftentimes, the Divine Masculine has been depicted as being Just, Judge, aloof, stern and punishing, which is unfortunate, because that is simply not the case. He is loving and merciful.  But the Divine Feminine has always been associated with unconditional Love, forgiveness, mercy, compassion, understanding. She is always with us and is ever ready to assist us, Her children. She will do whatever she can to save Her child.

These were the qualities given to the Ascended Form of Mary and they may be more readily applied to the Seven-Fold Holy Mother Spirit, Sophia, because, after all, She is God. She is a Person of the Godhead and  She shares in the Essence of the God-Nature.

We truly have a radiantly beautiful Divine Feminine side of Christianity in union with the Divine Masculine. We are very blessed.

May Our Lady bless you,

Blessed is She.

Mother Pamela Lanides.

The books of Margaret Starbird, of DaVinci Code fame, are highly recommended. Especially, the Goddess in the Gospels and the Woman with the Alabaster Jar. 

  1. Margaret Starbird’s website: http://www.margaretstarbird.net/
  2. Margaret Starbird’s books: https://www.amazon.com/Margaret-Starbird/e/B000AQ3DIA
  3. http://northernway.org/school/omm.shtml