Rosa Mundi/Eastre

1 Columbina/March 21

She is With Us! She is the Rose of the World! She is Immanent with us! Sharing with us Her Divine Soul and residing within us as the Divine Spark! Praise be to Dea!

The Janite Rite of Veneration (which will be adapted for the Reginite Order) may be found here:

https://deanic.com/the-rite-of-sacrifice/ including https://deanic.com/prayers-and-rites/the-akathist-prayer-to-the-dove-of-spring/

Liturgical colors: Blue, Pink and Green.

More to come!

Have a Blessed Rosa Mundi.

 

 

 

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Tenebrae

Dear Devotees,

Please note that due to illness, I was not able to post the devotional article for Doloradi, the Day of Sorrow.

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The Super Full Moon takes place tonight/tomorrow, on the Equinox and so, tonight, on Tenebrae, it is the Veiled Moon and tomorrow, in the Sacred Season of Spring in the Deanic calendar, it is the Dove Moon. Tonight, it was such a dark orange, it almost looked red. It was beautiful.

Yesterday was Doloradi, of the Day of Sorrows. This is the Divine Feminine Good Friday, so to speak. The Shekinah/Sophia suffers in agony as She descends from the 8th Realm down through the Seven Realms, the Seven dimensions of increasingly lower vibrational density.

It is said in Kabbalistic teachings with regards to the Shekinah, that this Descent caused Her Soul to Shatter. It is said in Gnostic teachings that this Descent into increasingly lower and darker levels of density caused Sophia’s Spirit to Scatter into myriad Sparks of Divine Light.

Today is Tenebrae means, darkness. Today is the ‘time out of time’ in the 13 month/five season calendar. Some call it ‘hiatus’, the day of rest. We refer to it as Tenebrae because the Holy Daughter, Sophia, as descended to the lowest depths of darkness and we await Her. This is similar to Holy Saturday, when Jesus, the embodiment of Her Twin Consort, the Christ-Logos, is said to have descended to hell or to the lowest realms and we await His Resurrection.

One of my favorite chants that I especially use at the time of year is the Marianna Chant, or for us, Marijana (Ma-ree-yana) honor of the Deanic Christian Mother and Daughter Sophia. It reminds me of the Orthodox Christian the Jesus Prayer, known as the Prayer of the Heart . Which is prayed using a prayer rope. It is taught that long practice, the prayer enters the heart and the heart prays the chant, unceasingly. It is prayed with a prayer rope. https://www.svots.edu/saying-jesus-prayer

The link for the Marianna Chant may be found at the end of the article, here: http://www.mother-god.com/maria-chant.html. Please note that Filianists refer to the Holy Daughter as either Inanna (because it means Queen of Heaven) or Anna, which means, Grace.

The name that was handed down to us is Jana, pronounced Ya-nah. It is Latin for gateway and moon. The Holy Daughter is the Supernal Moon Who reflects the Bright Light of the Celestial Mother, Who is the Supernal Sun, to us as a Gentle Light, a Light which we may look upon because here in manifest Creation, the Bright Light of the Mother is to Bright for us to look upon.

I sing the chant as follows:

(Maria, which is used in the online chant, is a version of the name, Mari).

Marijana, Marijana, enter our hearts as Thy Love. Marijana, Marijana, enter our hearts, as Thy Love, Mari, Mari, enter our hearts, as Thy Love, Jana, Jana, enter our hearts, as Thy Love, etc. http://www.mother-god.com/maria-chant.html

We have our own chants, as well. These may be sung or chanted on mala beads.

Ave, Mari Sophia, Dea Madria Dolorosa.

Hail, Mari Sophia, Mother God of Sorrows.

Ave, Jana Sophia, Dea Filia Dolorosa.

Hail, Jana Sophia, Daughter God of Sorrows.

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Tonight marks the end of the Season of the Great Mother, the Gnostic Sige. We know Her as Mysteria Sige, or the Mystery of Silence. For some Deanic Christians, She is the Absolute, the Monas.

Here is a Psalm in Her honor:

Psalm 9: O, Veiled Fora of Faith

O, Veiled Fora of Faith,
You are the Still Centre of All Being.
You are the Luminosity of Darkness.
You are the Wellspring of the Rivers of Life.
You are the Tabernacle of Divinity.
O, Veiled Fora of Faith, be with us. (Rev. Pamela Lanides)

 

 

 

 

 

Day of Sorrow and Exciting Theology!

Day of Sai Raya Theia, Lamp of Illumination, Joy and Benevolence.

Dear Devotees,

Site Glitch

The Reginite blog was off-line for a while due to a glitch. WordPress tried to contact me through a deleted email address. When I did not respond, they took my blog offline for security purposes. Thankfully, once I realized what was happening, the issue was quickly and easily resolved through the help of the excellent WordPress customer service.

However, due to this unforeseen issue, I was not able to post several articles, one of which was the announcement of the Feast of the Seven Holy Ones (Janati) of the Three-fold Heaven, Sai Raya Theia, Sai Candra and Sai Rhea. Liturgy, a worship service, the RoS/RoV or any other devotional service may be served in their honor, any day between now and Eastre/1 Columbadi/March 21.

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Day of Sorrow

Sophia by Pamela Matthews

March 19 is Doloradi, which means Day of Sorrow. Though, traditionally, the Descent of Sophia is celebrated on Sept. 8th, the nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, we somberly honor Her Descent  n this day. We are mindful of the Descent of Sophia down through the Seven Realms or densities because, as stated in the Sequence of Sophia, “I will never fall asleep upon the green grass, while the earth rings with the cries of the exiles.”

The “Universal”/Cosmic story of Sophia is that, rather than Falling into Chaos because She created in error, She was so taken with Her creation and with humanity, that She followed us down here in order to watch over Her Creation and in order to be with us.

(See article: https://www.chabad.org/library/article_cdo/aid/2438527/jewish/The-Shechina.htm. (As we see from this article, this is the same basic mythos as that of the Holy Daughter, Sophia.)

We are with Her, as She Descends, waiting for Her arrival. But when, as the Shekinah, Her Soul Shatters (1), and as Sophia, Her Light Scatters, we are shocked and sadden at the violent suffering of Her Descent. The density and lowness of our vibrational level was soul crushing to Her. It tore at Her Spirit. We softly chant melodies of sadness to Her, as She suffers, in order to be Immanent with us.

(Nicolas Roerich, Mother of the World).

We unite with Her Mother, the Madria Dolorosa, the Mother God of Sorrows and follow with Her, in spirit, as She suffers Her own Stabat Mater, the Stabat Madria, along the Seven Descents . (1 and 3).

Just as Jesus, Who is the embodiment of Her Twin Soul, the Christ-Logos, is to suffer through the 14 Stations of the Cross on Good Friday, She, the Holy Daughter, Sophia/Shekinah, suffers through the Seven Descents on Doloradi, the Day of Sorrows.

On this day, females may veil, (cover our heads with a scarf, hat, chapel veil, mantilla, kerchief or wide headband).
Males choose to wear a religious head covering.

On this day, we fast, according to our abilities, health and situation, and, if time, perform a lustration or sacred bath/shower using sacred salts, herbs or oils while chanting prayers of repentance.

There are no flowers or lit candles on the home altars/shrines/icon corners until the day of the Divine Feminine Eastre, Rosa Mundi.

Filia Sophia or Daughter God Sophia, restores us to Unity with Madria Sophia, Our Divine Mother God. Madria Sophia or Mother Sophia is Universal/Transendent Wisdom. Filia Sophia or Daughter Sophia is Immanent Wisdom.

The Divine Son, the Christ-Logos (Christ is the Christian name for Logos), raises us to the True Father. The True Father is Universal Wisdom. The Logos is Immanent Wisdom.

I am discovering some amazing Christian theology with which I am in accord. This is very exciting for me as a priest of both Christ and of Sophia. In everything I read, They, the Christ-Logos and Daughter , Sophia, go hand in hand. Together, They are Co-saviours in the esoteric rather than exoteric sense. They sustain and imbue Creation.

As we draw near the Day of Sorrow, let us remember that what lies beyond is the renewal of our spirits, our souls and Creation. Creation is Alive and Wonderful! It is Sacred and is Mystery! It is the very expression of the Mind of God as created through the Divine Feminine and the Divine Masculine, Mother/Daughter and Father/Son, each with Their Role and Function.

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A TIME OUT (Under Construction).

Due to the fact that I am studying new Christian theology, which has amazing ramifications for the future of this blog and the Reginite Order, reginite.com will remain under private construction until some time in April. However, the weekly articles and prayer lists will continue.

DAY OF SORROW Followed by Rosa Mundi

On March 19, the observance of Doloradi or
Day of Sorrow, I will be posting some devotional material.

The Feast of the Divine Feminine Eastre, Rosa Mundi, in honor of the Shekinah/Sophia becoming the World Soul is on 1 Columbina/March 21. (March 20 is a day out of time and a day of rest and somber silence, reflection and waiting. Similar to Holy Saturday in Christianity.

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Interesting articles:

https://www.dailywire.com/news/44745/erickson-quadragesima-erick-erickson

https://www.wnd.com/2019/03/top-o-the-mornin-the-true-story-of-st-patrick/ Disclaimer: This article does not put the ancient Druids in a favorable light. However, I felt that that info on the true story of St. Patrick was worth the read.

https://www.chabad.org/library/article_cdo/aid/2438527/jewish/The-Shechina.htm

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Let us Bless the Reginae (Queens) of Heaven (Mother and Daughter Sophia),

Blessed are They.

Let us give thanks to the Seven Holy Ones of Dea. (Janati).

Thanks be to the Seven Holy Ones.

Let us give praise to the True Father and to the Divine Son. Praise be to the Father and the Son.

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Mthr. Pamela Lanides

  1. http://www.universalkabbalah.net/Shekinah
  2. https://www.chabad.org/library/article_cdo/aid/2438527/jewish/The-Shechina.htm (Here, again, we see the same story as Daughter Sophia).
  3. Madria is the title for Mother God. Its root means Mother. For Deanic and Divine Feminine Christians, this differentiates Our Heavenly Mother God from the Blessed Virgin Mary, known as Our Blessed Mother. Hence, Stabat Madria is the sorrowful hymn of Mother God over Her Holy Daughter while Stabat Mater is the sorrowful hymn of the Mother of Jesus, the embodiment of the Christ-Logos.

The Anniversary of Goddess Christians: Goddess Christians and Deanism fulfill Prophecy.

5 Dolora/Feb. 24

A Personal Note:

Dear Devotees,

I work at a ski area during the Winter. These last few weeks have been the busiest time of year for us. I ask your patience with this blog as there is so much more to come, especially after the middle of April, when I will be on Summer break.

Also, the Janites, over at https://deanic.com/, are having computer problems. Hopefully, that will soon be resolved. So, thank you for journeying with us and please stay tuned and check out the latest articles, from a Sophian Filianic perspective at:

https://priestessofholywisdom.wordpress.com/journal/.

Of especial note:

Our Lady – Saviour and Saved.

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Please see previous posts: The Sacred Season of Dolora/Moura and the Weekly Prayer List. Thank you.

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20th Anniversary of Goddess Christians

Where some of you were ordained by Bishop Katia Romanoff, https://northernway.org/seminary/holyorders/index.html,
March 10 marks the 20th anniversary of Goddess Christians. As it happens to fall on a Sunday, I think it would be wonderful for all clergy, who were ordained through Bishop Katia and her bishops, to offer up liturgy/service in gratitude for this historical movement of which we have had the privilege of witnessing. This has happened in our day, in our era, in our age!
This work took unimaginable courage. Not too many decades ago, certainly within my own life-time, worshiping the Christian Mother God was not within the realm of even the remotest possibility. It was not a thought. Not a dream. Not a vision and certainly not a reality. We Catholics came close with the Blessed Virgin Mary, but She was not Divine
Now, thanks to the Goddess Christian and Deanic movements, I have experienced Her as being God, Herself. She is truly part of the Godhead! We have a Mother and a Father… a Daughter and a Son!
The unprecedented work of Bishop Katia, Margaret Starbird, the Russian Sophian Mystics, Robert Powell and so many, many others who courageously broke with the constraints of Patriarchal-only Tradition, and who delved back into the true Christian past; these pioneers who have brought the Living Experience of the Christian Divine Feminine into our lives, will truly go down in religious history as being one of the defining moments of all time. When we are part of living history, we are often not able to see it for the explosive moment in time that it might be.
As Deanic Christians, we are also grateful for those who created the Madrian and Filianic religions. (http://www.mother-god.com/https://www.amazon.com/Sacred-Myths-Rites-Madrians/dp/1409229025.
They brought us a True experience of Dea as God and designed an exquisitely beautiful system of worship for Her. And now that we are aware that the Divine Feminine scriptures were written in the 1970’s, I feel that this knowledge has helped me to appreciate them even more.
With a true understanding of the nature of these writings, of which some parts were inspired by Christianity, I can now, with clear conscience, embrace the Teachings of the Daughter and much that is in the Mythos in a way that I was not able to. in the past, when the origins of the scriptures were shrouded in doubt and controversy. Now, I can read them in authenticity.
(See this Holy Spirit image of Sophia: http://www.hranajanto.com/goddessgallery/GGF-home.html)
(If you know the origin of this mystical painting, please contact Mother Pamela at rosewaterlilies@yahoo.com. Thank you.)
This Age, the Age of Aquarius, has been prophesied as the Age of the Holy Spirit (Who is Feminine) and it has also been prophesied as the Age of the Daughter. And though the Daughter has been recognized in Christianity, it is through Deanism, the Madrian and Filianic religions, that we have come to truly know Her and understand Her Sacrifice, Her Role as the Sustainer of All Nature and Her Divine Nature as that of Supernal Love. She is the Supernal Moon reflecting the Supernal Sun of Her Celestial Mother. So many of the Deanic beliefs concerning the Holy Daughter match that of Holy Sophia.
In my opinion, the two above mentioned prophecies have been revealed through both the Goddess Christian and the Deanic movements. The Goddess Christian/Christian Divine Feminine movements have revealed the ancient Christian belief that the Holy Spirit is Feminine. She is Sophia. We know, from Gnostic Christianity, that Sophia is Mother and Daughter. (Keeping in mind that we do not accept the idea of a ‘Fallen Sophia’, which was a demotion by Gnostic Christian writers. This has been clearly shown forth in the works of Rose Horman Arthur, in her scholarly work, The Wisdom Goddess.)
We are living in this amazing Age of the Divine Feminine! Let us celebrate this Age on March 10.
I am hoping to get an interview with Bishop Katia, because she was one of the, if not the founder, of the Goddess Christian Movement within Christianity, a movement which pre-dates the founding of Goddess Christians.
Perhaps this anniversary might be set aside as a special day of contemplation, meditation or of other forms of special worship in Thanksgiving to Dea/Mother God for those who have devoted their lives to Her spreading the Great News, the News of Her Revelation in our Age.
Clergy might celebrate liturgy/service. Devotees might celebrate the Rite of Veneration (which will be posted well in advance.)
Anyway, there are only a couple of weeks before the anniversary, so let’s plan a ceremony of gratitude!
Mother Pamela

 

 

Candlemas/Lucidi/Trinities of Light

11 Brighid/Feb. 2

(This site is under major reconstruction. Please bear with us).

The pure snowdrop is the symbolic flower of Candlemas/Lucidi.

http://drawingandillusion.blogspot.com/2016/02/the-secret-history-of-snowdrops.html

For Christians, today is Candlemas, which literally means candle mass during which candles are blessed for the upcoming year. For Deanic Christians, it is also Lucidi, or the Day of Light, a celebration of the Lights of the Divine Trinity.

On this day, all remnants of Christmas/Yule (Daughter’s Day) shall be put away including wreaths, all greenery and decorations.

 ancient Byzantine icon of the Presentation in the Temple.

The Christian Candlemas is a celebration of the Presentation of Jesus in the Temple and the Jewish Purification ritual of the Blessed Mary. And while many believe that Candlemas is the Christian version of Pagan Imbolc, not all believe that there is enough evidence to support that assumption.

Historically, this Christian Feast began in Jerusalem. According to some sources, Christians began Candlemas in Jerusalem as early as the fourth century and the lighting of candles began in the fifth century. Other sources say that Candlemas was observed by blessing candles since the 11th century. An early writing dating back to around 380 CE mentioned that a feast of the Presentation occurred in a church in Jerusalem. It was observed on February 14. The feast was observed on February 2 in regions where Christ’s birth was celebrated on December 25. (1)

 painting by Sulamith Wulfing.

Copyright: © by Petra Michel, CA & Aquamarin Verlag, Germany (allowed for non-commercial use with copyright). 

http://artpassions.net/wulfing/wulfing.html

Candlemas Crown

A little known Tradition here in the U.S. is fashioning a crown for the Candlemas Queen out of seven candles! How perfect, as in Deanism, Seven refers to the Janati or the Seven Living Rays or Emanations of Dea which take on angelic form. They are the gateways of Divine Virtue. This crown is not the same as the Crown of Lights for St. Lucia’s Day.

Make a Crown of Lights for the Candlemas Queen

Another observance is to light several taper candles (seven is best) which are shaped into a crown, called the Crown of Lights worn by the Candlemas Queen.  See the very end of this page for description:  “A Crown of Lights is prepared for the Mother and left by the altar. Traditionally, the Crown should be of candles or tapers, which are lit during the ritual.”  (2)

Fisheaters, a Traditional Catholic website, has a wonderful page on the scripture readings of the day as well as delicious recipes, rituals and poetry. (3)

Candlemas, for Deanic Christians (A) is also known as Lucidi, which  means Light Day or Day of Light. In additional to the traditional Christian meaning of this feast day, Deanic Christians also celebrate it as the Feast of the Light of the Trinity. We will examine these Lights from both a Deanic and a Deanic Christian point of view.

In Deanism, the religion of Our Mother God, Dea is celebrated as a Divine Feminine Trinity Who is of Three Lights:

The Dark Light. This is the Light of the Great or Dark Mother Who is Absolute Deity and from Whom emanates the Mother and the Father. She is known as the dark beyond the Light and the Light beyond the darkness because She is unknowable.

The Bright Light:

The Celestial/Heavenly Mother is known as the Supernal Sun, Whose Light became to bright for us to look upon once as we descended into incarnation. So Her Light is a Golden Light.

The Gentle Light: The Light of the Supernal Moon, the Holy Daughter, is Silver. She reflects the Light of Her Mother to us in a gentle way.

A Deanic tradition of three candles, dark purple (or black), gold/yellow and silver may be burned on this day in honor of the Divine Feminine Trinity.

 

For Deanic Christians, the Primordial/First Heavenly Trinity consists of the Absolute, the Father and the Mother as described by both those who have had Near Death Experiences and by early Gnostics. NDE’s experience this Primordial Trinity as a Trinity of Lights.

This Trinity of Lights is described as the Primary Light of the Absolute,  the Dark Light of the Mother and the Bright Light of the Heavenly Mother.  These Lights have described by those who have had NDE’s as:

Primary Light:

Colorless, A pulsating Presence or Luminosity, usually perceived as frighteningly awesome, a piercing Power, raw Essence, the Origin of All Origins. This is understood to be the Primary God Light (Absolute Deity). It fosters deep mystical knowingness (gnosis), and radical shifts in the sense of reality and life’s purpose.

Deanic Christians (and most gnostics) consider this Primary Light to be Absolute Deity, the One or Monas/Monad from Which emanates the True Father and the Celestial/Heavenly Mother. This One may be considered to be genderless, the Primary Father or the Primary Mother. Deanic Christians tend to see this One as the Primary or Great Mother known to Deanic Christians as Mysteria-Sige (may be pronounced as siege or sy-gee. Deanic Christians prefer the latter).

Dark Light: Pure black, often with velvety tinges of purple. Others have described it as more of a black/purple Light which shimmers. A shimmering dark/womb-like Light. [I have read of this and the following description in several books which were written by NDE’s including that written by Dr. Eben Alexander, a neuroscientist who experienced the Dark Light/Womb of Our Divine Mother, during his NDE experience.  See his book, Proof of Heaven, (3) I believed he referred to Her as the Core, if I remember correctly.)

This Dark Light of the Mother, known to Deanic Christians as Mari Sophia, is described as a shimmering, peaceful depth perceived as : “the Darkness that Knows”, a source of strength and knowing; sanctuary, the womb of creation. (Mari=Mar as in Mars-ee). 

It is said to gently reassure and heal. It leaves Her children with a sense of nurturing and support while at the same time, being linked to larger systems of learning and growth within the human family. 

Children have described being cradled in a womb-like darkness so purple-black that is shimmered, so deep that It knew all things, so peaceful, wonderful, bliss-filled and perfect that we adults would call it ‘heaven’, yet it was devoid of what was commonly termed, ‘light’. 

One NDE, Joe Ann Van Gelder, who experienced this Dark Light, is convinced that it (Dark Light) has something to do with a type of consciousness that interacts with Creation and created matter! Well, if that isn’t our understanding of not only Our Heavenly Mother, but of Divine Sophia in particular, I don’t know what is!!!!

Deanic Christians believe that it is from this Light that the Holy Daughter, know to us as Jana Sophia, emanates. (Jana=Yah-na).

 Bright Light: The Bright Light of the Father follows a range of yellow-gold-white hues. A brilliant radiance usually perceived as an almost blinding glow that emanates unconditional love, a warm, inviting intelligence, union, the activity of Truth. 

Deanic Christians believe that it is from this Light that the Divine/Cosmic Son, the Christ-Logos emanates.

It energizes and enlivens. It is known to trigger displays of latent talents and abilities to its experiencers. Overwhelmingly, those who have experienced the Father Light refer to is as all-compassionate, unconditional Love. It is a brilliance of a thousand suns and yet, does not harm the eye. (5)

And so,Deanic Christians might use white, golden and purple candles to represent the Light of the Primary Trinity, as well.

Rituals: In addition to the rituals recommended in the Fisheaters article, (scroll down to Symbols, Customs and Foods), we follow an old tradition of turning on all the lights (or lighting all the candles) in the home. I usually do this for a couple of hours on Lucidi/Candlemas evening during supper time and liturgy, in honor of the Lights of the Primordial Trinity. A candle in each window is also traditional.

The internet abounds with further ideas for rituals, customs, crafts and recipes. There are also several great books on ideas for Candlemas.

 Look closely at these chalices. How perfect for the double communion of Christ and Sophia for Deanic Christians! One has the engraving of the cross, the other has an engraving of what we know as the Fora!

Liturgy: Where this is a feast day which celebrates the Lights of the Trinity along with the Presentation of Jesus, a liturgy which offers the double Sophia/Christ communion may be celebrated, keeping in mind that red wine represents the Body and Blood of Jesus (not in a cannibalistic manner, it is said to represent the entire, Risen Jesus in Catholic Christianity) and white wine for the Spirit and Soul of the Holy Daughter, Jana Sophia.  (I will be working on a Deanic Christian liturgy in the near future which will have elements from both the Deanic and Christian liturgies.)

Though the world appears to be growing ever darker, on this day, we remember that the Divine Lights of the Godhead are Eternal.

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May Our Lady bless you,

Blessed is She.

A. M. Pamela Lanides.

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A) Deanic Christians: This term describes Goddess Christians who believe in a Divine Feminine Trinity of Great Mother/Absolute Deity, Mother and Daughter. It also describes a certain set of basic beliefs, a unique calendar, prayers and liturgy. This is sometimes known as the ‘Mother God side of religion where Dea, Our Divine Mother, has Her Own separate worship which is used in conjunction with the practice of Christianity in its various forms.

Deanic Christians tend to worship Sophia as their Form/Image of Dea and we understand Her according to Deanic Christian teachings.

1.https://www.timeanddate.com/holidays/common/candlemas

https://www.catholic.com/magazine/online-edition/the-tradition-of-candlemas

2. https://northernway.org/school/way/calendar/candlemas.html

3. https://fisheaters.com/customstimeafterepiphany3.html

4. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B008AK8FHM/ref=dp-kindle-redirect?_encoding=UTF8&btkr=1

5. All of the quotes re: the Primary Lights may be found in the Big Book of Near Death Experiences, the Ultimate Guide to What Happens When We Die by P.M.H. Atwater. https://www.amazon.com/Big-Book-Near-Death-Experiences-Ultimate/dp/B01B99G6JY

Blessing the Home.

The Full Blessing Moon

Supermoon Rising

The Full Moon occurs shortly after midnight on 27 Hestia/Jan. 21. For those who have not, as yet, blessed their homes for the coming year, tonight and tomorrow are perfect times to do so!

The annual blessing of the homes is a practice that may also be found in Orthodox Christianity. Each year, during the month of January, our Russian priest, together with other members of the parish, would follow the altar boys into the homes of the each parishioner for the blessing of the home.

What followed was a beautiful, incense-filled ceremony as we chanted ancient prayers back and forth with the priest, witnessing the asperging (sprinkling) of each and every wall with holy water in the name of the Trinity.

The Deanic Christian system of home blessing is as follows:

Have on hand, holy water, blessed holy oil, a good quality incense and either a blessing wand or a fresh evergreen branch that has been found on the ground. (The branch should be returned to the Earth after the ceremony.)

Light home altar or home shrine candles.

Bless yourself with holy water, anoint your forehead with the oil and hold your hands over the incense and say a prayer in your own words before beginning.

Please note that the Sign of the Cross may be traced according to your own Tradition. The most common method amongst Goddess Christians is the trace the equi-distant cross as follows:

Touch forehead and say: in the Name of the Father; touch heart chakra and say: and of the Mother; touch right shoulder and say: and of the Son; touch left shoulder and say: and of the Daughter. Amen.

Those who do not include the Holy Daughter in their Tradition will end by touching the right shoulder while saying: and of; and then the left shoulder while saying: the Son. 

There are other ways to make a Deanic Christian sign of the cross as well, which will be discussed in a future article.

Please feel free to adapt the following ceremony according to your own needs or inclinations. This is a guideline to the most complete form of blessing. Others may prefer a more simplified ceremony.

If there are family/home members present, they may softly chant or sing prayers and/or hymns.

The Blessing Ceremony

Take up the bowl of holy water and either the blessing wand or evergreen branch.

In each and every room, beginning in the East, dip the wand/branch in the holy water and then sprinkle it three times on each wall, each window, each doorway and in each corner all the while saying, each time you sprinkle the three times: this home is blessed in the Name of the Father, and of the Mother, and of the Son and of the Daughter or whatever is the blessing formula for your own Tradition.

Go outside and perform the sprinkling on the outside doors.

Optional: Sprinkle in the four Cardinal Directions over your land.

This ends the Blessing of the House. For those who are so inclined and for whom the smoke of incense is not a problem, the ceremony continues with the consecration of the home.

Return inside and take up the incense, whether in a bowl with charcoal, a swinging censor or a good stick incense, being careful of any sparks, and perform the same ceremony as with the holy water. Take the incense and trace the sign of the cross in the air, in the direction of each wall, corner, window and doorway. (Or, towards each wall for the simpler form.) While doing so, say, this house is consecrated in the Name of the Father, and of the Mother, and of the Son, and of the Holy Daughter. 

Finally, for the long form of the ceremony, dip finger in holy oil and trace the sign of the cross above the outside and the inside of the main doorways of the home while saying, this house is anointed in the Name of the Father, and of the Mother, and of the Son, and of the Holy Daughter. Amen.

Bits and Pieces: Violet Candle of Faith, the Role of the Priestesshood, Deanic Christian Janati and More.

19 Astrea/Dec. 16

Sunnadi

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.

Part II:

Deanic Christian Janati as Found in Ancient Apocrypha

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Please note that over the next few weeks, I will be adding pages to this site, including a new About Page.

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Violet Candle of Faith

Today, (19 Astrea/Dec. 16), we light the Violet Candle of Faith:

https://deanic.com/2017/12/08/sun-wheel-the-violet-purple-candle-of-faith/

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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.

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ArchMadria Pamela Lanides.