Feast of the Queen of Heaven

My apologies, I accidentally published this as a page rather than a post.

28 Maia/May 15

Day of Our Lady Sophiana, which means Wisdom’s Grace. She is the Messenger of Wisdom, Revelation and Knowledge. (Eph. 1:17).

Today’s Gift of the Holy Mother Spirit: Wisdom.

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Please see previous post on The Queen of Heaven. 

Today we celebrate the Crowning of the Holy Daughter, Janah Sophia. {(Janah, pronounced Yah-nah) is a sacred name and helps to distinguish Her from the so-called Fallen Sophia of the Gnostic Christians, which was a later demotion of the original Gnostic texts. (1). We were pleased to discover that some modern Essenes use the same title for Her..Jahnah.} As Her Twin Consort, the Divine Son, is Our King, so is She, Our Heavenly Queen.

Litanies, Akathists and hymns may be offered. (See below article). For those who wish to offer the Rite of Sacrifice, I am still updating it with newly discovered original material, but the Janite version may be found here: https://deanic.com/the-rite-of-sacrifice/. It would need to be adapted for Reginites.

Crowns may be made out of roses or other flowers. Female devotees may wear a crown of flowers, as well. The Sophian crown may be placed upon the statue, hung on an icon or placed on the home altar/shrine before Her image. Silk flowers may be used. If you have a garden statue, that may be crowned, as well.  Here are some instructions: http://www.catholicinspired.com/2011/05/making-crown-for-mary-during-month-of.htmlhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3hgnyjqDZUQ. 

During the crowning, we sing the traditional song, Queen of the May or Bring Flowers of the Rarest. Simply substitute Sophia’s Name for Mary’s. As Sophia, Herself, explained in an apparition to a seer, those who have prayed to Mary have been praying to Her.

Many, including Russian Sophianologists, believe that Mary is an incarnation of Higher/Mother Sophia. Reginites do not teach that Mary is an incarnation of Sophia, rather, we believe that Higher/Mother Sophia, in Her Holy Spirit Form, entered into Mary and so Mary became Her avatar as did Eve and Norea.  In this way, it is perfectly permissible to use Marian hymns and devotions and apply them to Sophia. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jCho70C-Pl0.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FJNfVdVBb04

Akathist: This is the Akathist that I wrote for the Janites. It needs to be adapted for Reginites, which will be done in the near future: https://deanic.com/prayers-and-rites/the-akathist-prayer-to-the-dove-of-spring/

The Purity of the Dove

THE PURITY OF THE DOVE by Rev. Pamela Lanides, copyright protected.

1) Give Your Heart unto me and I shall fashion of it the purity of a dove.

2) For mine is the Way of compassion that is born out of Love.

3) I am the breath which sustains the All; I am the breeze that you sense in the night.

4) I am the rabbit chasing across the glen; I am the deer who is stilled by the light.

5) I am the flower amongst the vast meadow; I am the stars which gleam across the sky.

6) I am the palm swaying in the breeze; I am the moon which shines down from on high.

7) I am the Presence Who calls in the Forest; I am the froth upon the mighty sea.

8) I am in you and in all those around you; I am in the world and in every face you see.

9) The cosmic dance is to my own tune in perfect rhythm and harmony,

10) For I am She Who composed the song; And I am She Who holds the Key.

11) The Key to the Dance is the purity of the Dove, in mind and heart and soul.

12) Open the Dance and enter therein and join the spiral of the knoll.

13) For the spiral goes round and round and round, upwards ever higher.

14) Till finally the highest note of all brings us to our Desire.

15) And so in all your thoughts and words remember this one thing,

16) It is only in the purity of the Dove that the truth shall ever ring.

17) And when you look upon the flower, the stars and the mighty sea,

18) I am the Dove within and you are gazing upon Me.

19) I am the Holy Daughter and I am the Dove of Purity.

Let us Bless the Queen of Heaven,

Blessed is She.

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  1. She, the Daughter of Holy Wisdom, did not create a monstrous demiurge. Nor is She the cause of the ‘fall of Creation’. She is not ‘trapped’ within the Earth nor is She in need of Her Divine Consort to save Her. These ideas all came from Gnostic Christian Patriarchy who literally took pre-Christian Gnostic texts and re-wrote them and in the process, not only demoted Her, but often-times changing Her into Male.In her book, The Wisdom Goddess, Rose Horman Arthur places the Christian Gnostic Gospels side by side with the pre-Christian Gospels and demonstrates exactly how Holy Sophia was demoted.
  2. The Wisdom Goddess, Feminine Motifs in Eight Nag Hammadi Documents, is out of print, but may be found in certain university libraries and there are some rare editions, albeit expensive, through Amazon.https://searchworks.stanford.edu/view/1093065
  3. https://www.suppressedhistories.net/articles/sophia.html https://www.suppressedhistories.net/articles/GnosticGoddessFallenSophia.pdf  https://www.suppressedhistories.net/articles/gnosticgoddess.html (this latter contains updates).
  4. https://www.amazon.com/Chariot-Drawn-Lions-Asphodel-Long/dp/0895945754
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The Queen of Heaven

27 Maia/May 14

Rosadi/Tues.

Day of Our Lady Valentina (aka Vikhe), Flame of Power, Love and Sound Mind. (11 Timothy 1:7). Today’s Gift of the Holy Mother Spirit: Fortitude.

(Queen Sophia).

The history of the Queen of Heaven goes back to the ancient times of the Middle East. Goddesses who have been known as the Queen of Heaven include: Inanna, Astarte, Isis, Anat, Asherah (Jer. 44), Hera, Juno, Diana and, of course, Mary, the mother of Jesus, who, in her Ascended Form, is a conflation of Diana, Isis and Sophia. Although the Queenship of Mary is not biblically based, but rather comes from Oral Tradition.

Of especial note is the Queen of Heaven in Jeremiah and the story of how King Josiah purged Her worship because his priest found an old book of the law during renovations of the Temple. He reigned from 641-609 B.C.E. (He became King at the age of 8). The siege of Jerusalem took place in 587.

The devotees of the Queen of Heaven would later blame the destruction of the Temple on the purge of devotion to the Queen of Heaven:

Image result for the book of enochhttps://www.sacred-texts.com/bib/boe/index.htm

Wisdom went forth to make her dwelling among the children of men, and found no dwelling place
Wisdom returned to her place, and took her seat among the angels 1 Enoch 42 .

(What is little known is that the Book of Enoch is considered canonical in the ancient Ethiopian Catholic and Orthodox Churches and was considered as scripture in the Epistle of Barnabas. See Church Fathers on the Book of Enoch. (1).  If you’ve never read it the book of Enoch, it’s actually pretty fascinating.)

And Her devotees cried out for Her: 16 As for the word that you have spoken to us in the name of the Lord, we will not listen to you! 17 But we will certainly do whatever has gone out of our own mouth, to burn incense to the queen of heaven and pour out drink offerings to her, as we have done, we and our fathers, our kings and our princes, in the cities of Judah and in the streets of Jerusalem. For then we had plenty of [f]food, were well-off, and saw no trouble. 18 But since we stopped burning incense to the queen of heaven and pouring out drink offerings to her, we have lacked everything and have been consumed by the sword and by famine.” Jer. 44:16-18.

Wisdom, Herself, cried back: The first chapter of the Book of Proverbs also describes the rejected Wisdom, and could well have been set in the period between the rejection of Wisdom by Josiah and the destruction of the city by the Babylonians. ‘How long will scoffers delight in their scoffing, and fools hate knowledge? Give heed to my reproof and I will pour out my spirit on you… because I called and you refused to listen… and you have ignored all my counsel… I will laugh at your calamity, I will mock when panic strikes you… when distress and anguish come upon you. Then they will call upon me but I will not answer, they will seek me diligently but they will not find me.’ (Prov.1.22-28) This is a Goddess speaking to the people who have rejected her. (2) Fantastic article, scroll down to Where Shall Wisdom be Found? https://sophiacommunity.wordpress.com/2012/02/14/house-of-wisdom-queen-of-heaven/

Be sure to check out the section on Isaiah:  The Isaiah scroll here differs from the Masoretic Hebrew by one letter, and reads: ‘Ask a sign from the Mother of the LORD your God, and…. Wow!

King Josiah hearing the book of law.

This next author also makes the case that the Queen of Heaven in Jeremiah was Sophia: Rather, I believe the earlier version of Sophia was the Queen of Heaven, who  was purged from Orthodox Judaism some 700 years earlier with King Josiah’s Deuteronomic Reform.  The catalyst for Josiah’s reform was when the priest Hilkiah found a “Book of the Law” in the temple during the early stages of Josiah’s temple renovation – different versions of this story are found in 2 Kings 22-23 and 2 Chronicles 34-35. For the complete article: https://timsteppingout.wordpress.com/2017/07/20/sophia-and-the-queen-of-heaven/

She was also the spiritual Bride of  King Solomon:

Sophia is found throughout the wisdom books of the Bible. There are many references to her in the book of Proverbs, and in the apocryphal books of
Sirach and the Wisdom of Solomon (accepted by Catholics and Orthodox, found in the Greek Septuagint of the early Church). She is Wisdom Incarnate, the Goddess of all those who are wise.

Is it any wonder that Sophia is constantly associated with wise King Solomon? 1 Kings 4:29-31 tells us that God gave wisdom to Solomon, and that he became wiser than all the kings of the East and all the wise people of Egypt. Wisdom 8:2, 16, 18 tells us Solomon was considered to be married to Sophia. One of the many layers of symbolism attributed to the Song of Songs (also known as Song of Solomon or Canticle of Canticles) is that it speaks of Solomon’s marriage to Holy Sophia. Wisdom 9:8-11 even tells us that Sophia instructed Solomon in building the Temple!

The Jews revered Sophia. King Solomon even put her right in the Temple, in the form of the Goddess Asherah. However, after the brutal “reforms” of King Josiah described in 1st and 2nd Kings in your Bible, the veneration of Sophia went underground. Josiah slaughtered all her priests and priestesses and destroyed all her shrines and places of worship. But Sophia adherents remained active in the “underground stream” for centuries even while patriarchal Christianity held total sway in the Western World. Thanks to her continuing presence in the world and her presence in the Bible, veneration of Sophia surfaced in the Eastern Christian tradition with the construction of the Hagia Sophia cathedral in Constantinople (now a Muslim museum in Instanbul). The Russian Catholic liturgical service to Sophia combined with the assumption of Mary on May 15. The Russian Orthodox Church has also begun a school of “Sophiology” to explore the thealogy (spelled with an “a”) of Sophia without contradicting the Russian Orthodox theology. https://northernway.org/sophia.html

Also: https://www.crystalinks.com/sophia.html, 

https://www.annebaring.com/pdf-files/seminar13_pdf.pdf

The Gnostics considered Sophia to be the Queen of Heaven upon Her entering the Bridal Chamber:

From the Acts of Thomas, the earliest Greek edition, extract from the Ode of Sophia:

The Maiden is Light’s Daughter;

On Her the King’s Radiance resteth.

Stately, Her Look and delightsome.

With radiant beauty forth-shining.

Like unto spring-flowers are Her Garments.

From them streameth scent of sweet odour.

On the Crown of Her Head, the King throneth.

And another translation:

On the Crown of her Head the King Throneth.
Her Bridechamber shineth with Light pouring forth
scent of balsam and sweet herbs.
With Kingly Clothes shall they be clad, and put on Robes of Light.

– Wedding Song of Wisdom

The Divine Sophia is the Queen of Heaven and tomorrow, we crown Her with roses, sing Her praises, shower Her with incense, gift Her with flowers and offer Her sweet bread/cakes for: 17 we will certainly do whatever has gone out of our own mouth, to burn incense to the queen of heaven and pour out drink offerings to her, as we have done. (Jer. 44: 17, NKJV).

Let us bless the Queen of Heaven,

Blessed is She.

Mother Pamela Lanides.

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  1. http://torahdrivenlife.com/articles/enoch/the-church-fathers-and-the-book-of-enoch/

2) Scroll down to the second article: https://sophiacommunity.wordpress.com/2012/02/14/house-of-wisdom-queen-of-heaven/