Shrine, Icon Corner or home altar altar should be placed in the East. The Celebrant performing the Rite, faces East unless otherwise indicated. The Celebrant should be the eldest female in the family over the age of 13. Otherwise, the oldest male.
1. Please see (1) for colors of altar cloths and candles.
2. A blessed statue or icon of Our Lady should be placed in the center of the shrine/altar or hanging above it.
3. There should be two main altar candles and one devotional candle or icon lamp. Additional candles may be used, as well.
4. Incense (for those who are not allergic).
5. Holy water.
6. Holy oil.
7. Chalice which may be glass, crystal, clay or other natural substance. Only white wine or grape juice is used.
8. Patené which is the sacred plate for the bread. On the right facing the altar.
9.The chalice is placed on the left, the plate on the right.
10. A thick piece of fresh, white bread.
11. Place bread on the patené.
12. Text for the preface and scripture readings are to be chosen ahead of time.
C: is the Celebrant.
H: is the Handmaid (f)/ or server (m).
A: are all present.
A + sign indicates each time the Sign of the Cross is to be traced over the chalice and/or the patene’.
Fiery Rose of Heaven is a title for Our Heavenly Mother, Mari Sophia. (Sophia Aletheia).
O, Pure Dove of Peace is a title for the Holy Daughter, Zoe Sophia.
O, Veiled Fora of Faith refers to the Great Mother, Sige Barbelo.
For the short and long forms of the Sign of the Cross: https://reginite.com/prayers/our-basic-prayers/
THE RITE OF VENERATION
C: (Dip fingers in holy water, trace Cross and say:) In the Name of the Father, and of the Mother, and of Christ ,and Sophia and of the Great Mother. . Blessed are They. (Or the longer form of tracing the Cross may be used: https://reginite.com/prayers/our-basic-prayers/, scroll down to the Long Form.)
C and H may also anoint their foreheads and the altar with holy oil by tracing the Cross on both.
Blessed is Our Mother God, the Holy One,
She Who is Mari, (Aletheia Sophia),
She Who is Zoe, (Sophia),
She Who is Sige, (Barbelo),
Dark beyond the light and Light beyond the darkness.
Blessed is She.
A: Holy God, Holy Mighty, Holy Immortal One, have mercy on us. (3x). (Traditionally, this prayer is recited three times while tracing the Sign of the Cross each time.)
PREFACE: read chosen texts.
C/H Let us seek sanctuary of the Herae 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 Janae, 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 E with the outbreath, it is breathed rather than pronounced. It may also be pronounced Yot ‘E Voh.) 1
(all trace the Cross upon themselves and bow)
In the Name of the Father,
And of the Mother,
And of Christ,
And of the Great Mother,
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 Cross while saying)
O, Madria Mercia, Guardian of East and Water, be with us. (Bow)
O, Madria Victoria, Guardian of South and Fire, be with us. (Bow)
O, Madria Verita, Guardian of West and Earth, be with us. (Bow)
O, Madria Sagia, Guardian of North and Air, be with us. (Bow)
O, Madria Gloria, Sancta Gracia and Sancta Adora, Guardians of Spirit and Center, be with us. (Bow)
C: Madria Dea,
Star of the Shimmering Depths, look upon us.
We are come to celebrate Your resplendent purity and to solemnly devote ourselves to Your service. O, Guiding Star of the Sea, come among us.
C/H Let us confess together our belief in that which alone is true.
(Creed coming soon)
A: Our Father, Who art in Heaven, hallowed by Thy Name. Thy Kingdom come, Thy Will be done, on Earth as it is in Heaven. Give us this day, our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us, and lead us away from temptation and deliver us from evil. Amen.
Shining Star of the Shimmering Waters,
Who has fashioned all the world into being,
beyond all knowing is the Splendor 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.
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 with both hands. Return bread to patene’.. (After the Rite, the bread is either safely burned or thrown onto the Earth).
C: We know that there is but one Offering made by all Your children in every place, eternally. Bless this gift, that we may take part in that one Offering.
(All kneel on one knee. C bows her head.)
IOT ‘E VOH
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 Cross 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.
(After the ritual, The Bread of Sacrifice may either be safely burned as an offering in a wood stove, campfire, etc. If this is not possible, it may be place on the ground while saying: 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 ( or server) is present, she serves them, afterwards drinking, herself. The celebrant drinks last.)
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. (A moment of silent mediation).
(Optional: This may be a time for further meditation, brief teaching, a lesson for children, if any are present, hymns, praying a chaplet, meaningful family or personal rituals, sacred dance, poetry, moon or seasonal related poetry, children’s crafts or children’s spiritual books may be read.)
C /H: Attend!
C: Let us pray:
O, Fiery Rose of Heaven,
O, Pure Dove of Peace,
O, Veiled Fora of Faith,
Help us to aspire to the heart of the flame.
C: O, Madria Dea, you are the Music of the Spheres,
You are the Meaning of all words,
You are the end of every road and also its
Help us to come to know you.
(C: traces the Cross three times, once at each blessing)
May Our Heavenly Mother bless you. +
May the Holy Daughter bless you . +
May the Great Mother bless you +
All: Blessed are They.
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 twilight 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.
A: Eternal is the Light of the Mother.
Eternal is the Love of the Daughter.
Eternal is the Life of the Great Mother.
Glorious is the Eternity of Dea.
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. Amen.
A: Trace the Sign of the Cross
In the Name of the Father,
And of the Mother,
And of Christ,
And of Sophia,
And of the Great Mother, Amen.
C: Raise arms, palms facing upward and say:
Let us bless the Holy One.
Blessed is She.
Let us Praise the Father and the Son.
Praise be to the Father and to the Son.
C: Fold hands and say:
Let us thank the Seven Janae of Sophia.
Thanks be to the Seven Janae.
Thus may it remain. (Bows).
- During the Sacred Season of Spring:The two main altar candles and the altar cloths are blue, for the Element of Water. All other candles may be white or blue. Optional colors for scarves and hats may be green or pink, which are the colors of the robes of Madria Mercia.
- During the Sacred Season of Summer: The two main altar candles and altar cloths are red. Veils, scarves and hats may be red which is the color of the robes of Madria Victoria.
- During the Sacred Season of Fall: The two main altar candles and the altar cloth are green, for the Element of Earth. Veils, scarves and hats may be blue or purple, the colors of the robes of Madria Verita.
- During the Sacred Season of Winter: The two main altar candles and the altar cloth are yellow. Veils, scarves and hats may be yellow which is the color of the robes of Madria Sagia.
- During the Sacred Season of Dolora: The two main altar candles are indigo/deep purple or violet for Spirit. Veils, scarves and hats may be indigo/purple, violet or black for the robes of Madria Adora and the Season of Sorrows.