Prayer Before Opening the Holy Book of Light
Father of Greatness, Il’Ya, Most Holy God of Light,
May Your Great Name be praised and honoured in all the earth.
God of Light, Il’Ya, O Great Father outside time and creation,
I give You thanks for this time and opportunity to learn the Way of Light.
Lord of Heaven, make my heart open to receive these holy teachings.
Lord of Heaven, make my mind clear to discern these sacred words.
Lord of Heaven, make my hands clean to touch these beautiful gems.
Lord of Heaven, make my breath clean to speak these sacred truths.
Daily Reading: Gospel of Mar Mani 28
1 The pure and wonderful Wisdom is Yisho the Radiant, the selfrevealing angelic Maiden, the glorious Dawn through whom eternal life is given, who is the Releaser and the Saviour of all the Souls.
2 The Physician of the wounded is the King of Medicine for the sick, he brings the afflicted joy and happiness.
3 The Mind of Light, the Sun of hearts, the Maiden, Mother of all the lives, the Path that the wanderers seek, the Door of the treasury of lives, the Straight Way which leads into Life, Yisho the Dawn is equally called Father;
4 His Greatness is the Ship of the Living Waters of the Moon wherein he dwells and is established.
5 Yisho, the true Hope, the true Guardian, the Saviour of the Spirits and the Helper of the Souls, the King of Saints, is the First Gift that was given;
6 Yisho is the holy Flower of the Father; Yisho is the First to sit upon the Luminaries; Yisho is the Perfect Man in the Column;
7 Yisho is the Resurrection of those who have died in the Assembly, The Tower of the Kingdom which is over the Treasure of the Father, The Perfect Day of Light, That of the unsetting Sun, The holy Bread of Life which comes from the skies, The sweeping Spring of water that wells up into Life, The true Vine of the Living Wine, The joyous Branch of the Fruit-bearing Tree, God’s new Plant of the fruits of Life, The joyful Bridegroom of his Assembly of Life, The Shepherd of the sheep wandering in the desert of this world.
8 Yisho is a mighty Light, the Lamp of all the Aeons, The Flower of the Mother of Light, The Light of the Beloved One, The Beauty of the Fair One, The Twin of the Perfect One, The Pair of Wise One.
9 He is the Father of the Mind of Light, The Safety of the Assembly, The Merits of the traders; the collective Mind, Our enlightening Knowledge, Our perfect Reason, Our good Counsel, Our blessed Will;
10 He is the Love of the beloved, Faith of the faithful; Perfection of the perfected, Endurance of the enduring, Wisdom of the wise, And the Knowledge of those who give enlightenment.
11 Our Stairway which goes to the Light, Our Ladder that leads on high; The Chest of the Good, The Ark of Salvation.
12 The Comfort of those who weep, The Joy of those who grieve, The Gladness of those who rejoice, The Compassion of those who are compassionate, The Kindly Light and the Awakening Sun.
13 Yisho is the King of perfect Wisdom, The wonderful and precious Flower of the Light, The Twin who comes to the Messenger and appears to him, Being an intimate of his, accompanying him everywhere and helping him always out of all the troubles and the dangers.
14 He is the First of the Messengers, Guide of those who are in the flesh, He is the blessed Twin, The Virtue of the Father of Light, The Robe of the Aeons, The Armour of the Celestial Beings, He who is in the Battle with the fighters, Who rejoices with those who rejoice, The beloved Twin, The Walls that are not breached and control the boundary of the All, The blessed Fruit of the Tree.
15 Your holy Womb is the Luminaries that hold you; the trees and the fruits, in them is your holy Body, my Lord Yisho.
16 Hanging on the Tree* – Child, Son of the Dew†, Milk‡ of all the trees, Sweetness of the fruits, the Eye of the skies, Guardian of all treasures§, the Watcher who bears the All, the Joy of all created things, the Repose of the worlds!
* (In reference to the Cross of Light, the Suffering Yisho)
17 My God, you are a wonder to tell; you are within, you are without, you are above, you are below, near, far, hidden, revealed, silent and yet speaking too – yours is all the glory !
18 You say, O Lord: “I am in the All, I bear the skies, I am the foundation, I support the earths! I am the Light that shines and gives joy to the Souls! I am the Life of the world, I am the Milk which is in all the trees, I am the sweet Water that underlies the sons of Matter!”
Prayer After Reading and Studying the Holy Book
Holy God, Father of Greatness, Supreme Lord of Heaven, please grant me the strength so the knowledge I receive through the Holy Book may be spread to all peoples throughout all the earth, on every island, within every nation and upon every mountain. May Your Name be praised and honoured by all tongues in all nations. Amin