Archive for Daily Lectionary Readings

Holy Book Readings for Thursday, September 29th, 2016

Alms & Tithes/Commemoration of St. Musa

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.

Amin

Daily Reading: Gospel of Mar Mani 4

1 Then the First Man was cruelly afflicted down there by the darkness.

2 When the First Man came to his senses, he raised up a prayer seven times to the Father of Greatness*, and the Father heard when he prayed. *(Syriac: Abba d’Rabbuta)

3 God therefore had compassion on him, and called for the Second Evocation; the Friend of Light; and the Friend of Light evoked the Great Builder; and the Great Builder called forth the Living Spirit.

4 Then the Living Spirit* called his Five† Sons: the Keeper of Splendour from his Intelligence, the Great King of Honour from his Knowledge, the Diamond of Light from his Reason, the Great King of Glory from his Thought, and the Supporter from his Deliberation; these came to the earth, the land of Darkness and found the First Man absorbed by the Darkness, he and his Sons. *(Rukha Khaya, Mihryazd) † (The names of the Five Sons in Syriac: Tzefat Ziwa, Melekh Rabba d’Shubkha, Adamus Nuhra, Malka Rabba d’Ikara, Sabbala)

5 Thereupon the Living Spirit called with a loud voice, and the voice of the Living Spirit resembled a sharp sword swift as the lightning; and it emanated from him as another Divine Being and revealed the form of the First Man.

6 He sent him and came hurrying and rejoicing to the First Man to tell him the news; he came and knocked at the gates and cried out: “Open quickly, and I shall tell you the news! Rise up, O good shepherd, take the lamb from the mouth of the wolf and I shall tell you the news!”

7 He said, “Who are you? My doors are not open. Give me a sign and I shall open the door for you, and you shall tell of this news.”

8 “I am the son of the Son of the Father; it is the Son of the Father who has sent me to tell you the news. Open, open quickly! Open the closed gates so that the news may be relayed to you.”

9 As he began to open the gates, the First Man saw that he was already standing within the door, ready to tell him the news of the heavens.

10 Then the First Man found him at his side; he rejoiced and said to him: “Tell me the news. What does my Father do, the Father of Light, who makes me delay altogether outside Him? What do the Twelve Aeons* do, whom I left surrounding the Father? What does the Mother of the Living do, whom I have left together with her other Brethren?” *(Divine Powers)

11 Now the Call again replied: “I came forth when they were together; I came forth when the Divine Powers were together, being a garland round the Father.

12 They sent me when the Father was rejoicing at being in the bride-chamber of the Land of Light, that I might tell you the news.

13 I was sent while the Mother was watching, her Brethren being together with her.

14 I came when the Land of Light was calm and the citizens were rejoicing and glad.

15 I came from the House of Joy. I have brought you the joy as I came.

16 I came from the House of Plenty. I have brought Plenty as I came to you.

17 See, this is the news. I came while the Mother was looking for you, her Brethren being there with her as well.

18 Let us go! They await you, they are at the Border, they are expecting you. See, the whole of God has come.

19 When you call He will answer you. They are laden with wreaths and palms to give to you, the Captain. See, this is the news!”

20 “The Air is set over the Smoke; the Breeze guards the king of the Storm; the Light is set over the king of the Darkness.

21 See, the Waters have confined the king of the fatal Flood; the Maiden, the living Fire, has become mistress over the Land of Darkness!

22 Look! We have laid waste to the Land of Darkness and we are waiting with the garland for you. Darkness and Evil are overcome; the Soul may enter into the Land of Light. Receive this news.”

23 “Let us go! They await you. The Light has surrounded the Darkness. Let us go; they await you.

24 They are on the Border, they are expecting you. See, those who are to help you are waiting for you; their hands are open to embrace you.

25 They are laden with wreaths and palms to give you, the victorious Captain! Receive this news.” He gave him a right hand and led him up out of the Darkness.

26 The Fathers of the Light* came to help their beloved; they helped the First Man, and he cried out before him† rejoicing: “Look at me. Look at my merits.” *(Not Abba d’Rabbuta) †(“the voice of the Living Spirit” known additionally as “the son of the Son of the Father” – see vss 5,8)

27 Great was the joy that ensued when the First Man was in their midst laden with garlands and palms.

28 Then the Caller and the Answerer united and went up towards the Mother of Life and the Living Spirit; and the Living Spirit put on the Caller, while the Mother of Life put on the Answerer, her beloved Son; and they went down to the Earth of Darkness, to the place of the First Man and his Sons.

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

Holy Book Readings for Wednesday, September 28th, 2016

Twelve Virtues Day

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.

Amin

Daily Reading: Gospel of Mar Mani 3

1 Then the Father of Greatness looked upon the situation and said: “From these Five worlds of Mine I will not send the Five Bright Tabernacles, even one of them to the War, because they were created for Me for rest and peace, but I Myself will go out and see to this revolt.”

2 The Father of Greatness devised the plan against Matter because it had created desire within itself for Good, to send on that account towards Matter a certain power which is called the Soul, which should wholly permeate it.

3 Now the Soul in men is a part of the Light, while the body is of darkness and the craftsmanship, in part, of Matter; and these are the names of the Soul: Hauna, Madeya, Reyana, Mahshabta, Taryita*. *(These five names, when translated, indicate: Reason, Mind, Intelligence, Thought, Understanding)

4 So that there might be no evil for it but all good things, having taken a certain portion of the Light, the Father of Greatness sent it out as a sort of bait and fish hook for Matter.

5 First the Father of Greatness called forth the Mother of Life*, and then the Mother of Life evoked the First Man – owner of the armour of Light; and then the First Man called forth his five Sons, like a man who puts on armour for war. *(Ima d’Khaye)

6 Before him went out an Angel called Nahashbet, holding a crown of victory in his hand – so the First Man spread the Light in front of him.

7 Then when the king of darkness saw it he considered and said, “What I was seeking from afar I have found near by!”

8 For Matter, having looked intently upon the power sent forth, craved it and was infatuated with the power as if altogether forgetful of its own nature.

9 Meanwhile, evil was still advancing and straining itself and coming nearer to the Light, and that was laid open and spread out beyond it.

10 The First Man gave himself and his five Sons in the Five Elements as food for the five sons of darkness, just as a man who has an enemy mixes deadly poison inside of food and gives it to him.

11 Then, warring on him in return, the rulers of darkness charged up, snatched from the Light, swallowing what had been sent, devouring from the full armour what was the Soul and distributing it to their own powers.

12 When they had eaten the fragments of Light, their intelligence was taken from them, and they were like a man who had been bitten by a rabid dog or a snake, because of the venom of the sons of darkness.

13 So in this way was the Soul mixed with Matter, being mixed with one another, the Light with the darkness, and the darkness with the Light, being restrained with chains and, as it were, snared in a sort of trap.

14 The demons began to cling to the Five Bright Tabernacles just as a fly attaches itself to honey, as the bird is caught by a lime, like the fish that has swallowed a hook.

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

Holy Book Readings for Tuesday, September 27th, 2016

Prayer of Emanations

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.

Amin

Daily Reading: Gospel of Mar Mani 2

1 Now, after many ages, Matter was divided against itself, and its fruits against each other; Matter became disorderly, and it produced and increased, and kept emanating many powers.

2 So then, having increased, it pushed on, not fully knowing the existence of the Good; and when the war had begun, and some were chasing while others were being chased, as it rose up more and more, it saw both the earth and the Light of the Good; in the course of conflict the darkness passed beyond its own boundaries.

3 So after each of them had come to know the other, and the darkness had begun to look intently upon the Light, having as it were acquired a passion for the better thing, it pressed on to mingle with it, in order to attain to what was not its own, and even desired to occupy this Source, dispossessing God.

4 Moving irregularly, for such is according to its nature, Matter came near the dwelling place of God, or to Light and Brightness and all such things, and resolved to proceed, as it were, to a certain haste, taking this as a proof of familiarity with the Light.

5 Therefore Matter rushed on, with the demons and the idols, and the fire and the water, against the Light that had appeared.

6 Then having looked intently upon the Light they began to enjoy it, and to wonder at it, and to resolve on warring against and seizing without delay, and blending their own darkness with the Light.

7 When the king of darkness had decided to go up to the Region of Light, then the Five Tabernacles began to move and God took notice at the mass charge.

8 The Great Father therefore took the first step. He strengthened all His Angels saying, “Gather, all of you, and guard yourselves from the eye of the evil one which has looked up!”

9 One of the Sons of Light looked from on high and saw him; he said to his rich brethren: “O my brethren, the Sons of Light in whom there is no waning or diminution, I looked down to the abyss, I saw the evil one, the son of evil, desiring to wage war.

10 I saw their cruel armour which is ready to make the war, I saw snares set and nets cast and spread, that the Bird which should come might be caught and that it might not escape from them.”

11 So then God determined to avenge Himself on this Matter although lacking evil to punish it with, for there is no evil in the House of God.

12 For God only wishes to do good, but Matter only wishes to do evil.

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

Holy Book Readings for Sunday, September 25th, 2016

Sunday Fast

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.

Amin

Daily Reading: Gospel of Mar Mani 95

1 “O gracious Father, kindly Prince, countless myriads of years
have now passed since we were separated from You!

2 We yearn and long to see Your luminous and living Face!

3 Unstained we roam forth in Your power, unstained we come again to stand before You!

4 It is true that we have not been altogether able to fulfil Your will, but now be merciful to us, O gracious and royal God; we would forget our sorrows, we would live in the joy of Eternal Love!”

5 Often repeat such prayers; the Great King will then unveil and show His radiant Face; then will all things change, and you will live eternally in Joy and Love!

6 And now I bid you, Hearers, my beloved ones: You shall at least walk with a true heart on this Path of Righteousness that I have shown to you.

7 Bear in mind my Precepts and my Words, that Straight Path and True Pattern that I have shown to you, namely the Holy Religion.

8 Judge by a true law like a righteous judge; let brother speak truly with brother, so that at the time when you come forth and receive the victory you may rest in these resting places forever more with Him whose Sign and Image you watch.

9 Strive through that Image, so that you may join me in the everlasting Life.

10 Thereupon, all Hearers became very joyful and happy because of the divine Words and priceless Precepts which they had heard from the Messenger, the holy Mar Mani.

11 They paid the choicest homage and received the blessing.

12 Prostrating themselves, they joined their hands, saying: “Now we shall not let ourselves be negligent; we shall at all times take care to watch over the precious unsurpassed Trees, so that they may have all they need.

13 We shall use this Cord of Light and throw it into the vast Sea, in order to remove and save ourselves and set ourselves in the precious Ships.

14 We have heard of the Gate of the Wonderful Law; our heart has been able to open itself and understand; we have been enabled to walk in the Straight Path!”

15 Thus, when all the members of the Great Assembly had heard this holy Scripture, they accepted with faith as the Law, and cheerfully put it into practice.

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

Holy Book Readings for Saturday, September 24th, 2016

Shabta

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.

Amin

Daily Reading: Gospel of Mar Mani 94

1 God, God, God! Lovely is God, God, God, my God, God, God!

2 I dived to the depth of the Abyss wishing to comprehend Your depth; I swam in the breadth of the Sea wishing to comprehend Your Breadth!

3 Who can comprehend You, my Lord? What light shall I find and compare it to Your fragrance? Where is there a gracious mother to compare with my Mother, who is Love itself? Where is there a kind Father to compare with my Father, Yisho? What honey is so sweet as this Name: Kenushta?* * (meaning, “Assembly”)

4 My Mind has not ceased thinking of Your wonders; My Thought has not swerved thinking of Your secrets; My Insight has not moved from aspiring in Your mysteries; nor has my Counsel swerved from seeking after Your marvels; my Intention have I set up desiring to comprehend You, my Lord.

5 I have tasted a sweet taste; I have found no sweeter than the Word of Truth!

6 I have tasted a sweet taste; I have found no sweeter than the Name of God!

7 I have tasted a sweet taste; I have found no sweeter than Yisho!

8 Taste and realise that the Lord is sweet!

Evening Reading: Teaching of Mir Izgadda 21

The Ego

1 If you love your ego more than other people, you will end up being a very lonely person.

2 Putting the ego above all else causes blindness to the soul’s awareness of the Presence of God.

3 Put aside the ego and put on, rather, the awareness of the Presence of God and do His Will by humbling yourself and learning from the teachings of the Truth and Light.

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

Holy Book Readings for Friday, September 23rd, 2016

Light of Karuzuta Day

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.

Amin

Daily Reading: Gospel of Mar Mani 93

1 Let us gather together, my brethren, and understand who is God, the Hidden One who is manifested, the Silent One, who speaks as well!

2 Now, who, brethren, is worthy of all glory? It is the Father of Greatness who is worthy of all glory, the King, the God of Truth, the Exalted One of the Height, He of the bottomless Abyss, He of the unfalling crowns, He of the unfading garlands!

3 O Repose of the Universe, we give you Glory, the Father of Greatness, the Glorious King, the Sun in his Aeons, the mighty Crown-wearer, the Father of all our Race, the God of all the Celestial Beings, the Good Tree that has given no evil fruit, the Father whose sons are many, the Watcher who guards His tower, the sleepless Shepherd, the Helmsman who does not become intoxicated,the King and God of Truth, He of the unfading crown!

4 O Lord, You are Alef, the first, and Ta, the last has come together in You, and so Your beneficent will has been fulfilled.

5 All the Celestial Beings and Rulers, the Light-Deities and the Righteous give praise with many shouts of Holy!

6 Holy, holy, holy to your hymned Sovereignty!

7 Holy, holy, holy to You, Father!

8 Holy, holy, holy to Your chosen Name!

9 Holy, holy, holy, to You Father, holy, holy, holy!

10 You are, You are, You are!

11 Your years shall not cease!

12 Holy, holy, holy to You, Amin, King of the Ages!

13 Amin, Pleasant Ships that will land us at our Haven!

14 Amin, sweet Dew that gives sweetness to all fruits!

15 Amin, this unsetting Sun, the Lord of all the Dawning-places!

16 Amin, Moon filling the measure which yet never wanes!

17 Amin, the Perfect Day wherein there is nothing of night!

18 Amin, the crowned King who remains in His Kingdom!

19 Amin, the Holy God who is garlanded* by His Aeons!
*(surrounded)

20 Amin, this lofty Light who shines forth in His loved ones!

21 Amin, this mighty Power who gives strength to the Elements!

22 Amin, the true Wisdom who gives teaching to the Souls!

23 Amin, this Spirit of Holiness who gives life to the Spirits!

24 Amin, this beloved Son who has given himself to death for us!

25 Amin, the gentle Father who embraces us with His Love!

26 Amin, the gracious Mother who pours milk on us!

27 The Father, the Son and Spirit of Holiness – this is the Perfect Assembly!

28 Praise to the Spirit of Holiness, the Son and the Father.

29 Let us answer to the Amin!

30 When I utter the Amin, doors of the skies are opened; O psalmist of the Sky, Amin, to whom they make music!

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

Holy Book Readings for Thursday, September 22nd, 2016

Alms & Tithes/Third Messenger Day/Messenger Mahavira

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.

Amin

Daily Reading: Gospel of Mar Mani 92

1 My Liberator into the praise of the Lovable Lord, holy Mani, come among the three Sons of God!

2 You are an advocate whom I have loved since I was small; your Light shines out in me like the lighted lamp, for you have driven away from me forgetfulness of the Error, you have taught me to bless God and His Lights!

3 O gentle Lord, think of this son of the Mind, the Hearer, the afflicted Soul which has answered you!

4 Come, Lord, look on me, you are my Help in this time of need!

5 O holy Mani, Light-bringer, make peace in me and rescue my Soul from this world of birth and death by means of the complete Seal of my hand and my mouth and my thought!

6 Now forgive me, my offences, let my weeping turn to jubilation, let your most glorious power watch over me until I come out of my body.

7 I am not faithless towards you, do not be harsh towards me. You are the Lord, I am your servant; put away from before you all my sins which I have committed secretly and in open!

8 Let the great Brightness come and cause the Path to be lit before me, let your three Angels bring to me your Garments,your Crowns and your Garlands;

9 Let my way be calm, let a door open before me into the Column of Glory by the law of the Judge of Truth, let me cross over in the Ships of Light and rest forever more!

10 You are the Lord, the Authority is in your hand, you have chosen my Image and set it free, you are the root of Good. Your love is with me, my body whose lord I am!

11 I have no one greater than you; you are more honoured than my father, I have loved you more than my mother, your friendship was in my heart more than my brothers and relations.

12 Look, my Soul is given into your hand; I have received my whole life from your grace; I have let it drink the milk of your spirit, your scriptures and your mysteries have nourished me; since the start of my life you have sealed me with your Hope and your Name.

13 See, my head is under your burden*; see, my neck lifts up your fruit.
*(I have accepted your yoke)

14 See, my eyes look at your beauty; my ears listen to your word; my heart is a throne upon which you are seated.

15 Look, my feet are on the Path of your Truth along with your great host*; let me belong to the caravan of your host, do not let me be one of its stragglers!
*(army)

16 Strengthen with your grace, my body and my spirit, for I rely on your Name, do not let me down. The three gates of my body shall be opened by the most glorious Key.

17 Look, you have paid the price of my spirit; it is you who are the good Lord of my spirit unto eternity of eternities. From eternity to eternity you are my Lord and my God!

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

Holy Book Readings for Wednesday, September 21st, 2016

Scribes’ Day

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.

Amin

Daily Reading: Gospel of Mar Mani 91

1 Let us bend our knees and raise our hands before our good Father and honour the mighty Saviour, for he has revealed everything, he has taught us everything, he has spread them all before us; he has given us knowledge of the Beginning, he has taught us the mysteries of the Middle, together with the Final separating and the destruction of the universes which were prepared for the bodies and the Spirit.

2 Our Father, our Messenger has not let us lack any of them; so long as he was in our midst he gave us a hand, helping us greatly; even on the very day of his departure he left his goods for the orphans and the widows.

3 Crowds have witnessed of him, all the Messengers have spoken of him, the Prophets have preached about him; his fame is spread abroad in all the world, his principle is in all the religions.

4 O Father, truly you who are the Divine Leader of souls, we bless you, the adored of Souls granting vision and commandment.

5 Blessed, blessed are you, you good instructing Lord! Through you we travel together by means of the blessed vision of words of prayer.

6 You, our Father, are the Root of all the wisdoms; through the Will of the Highest Father, O beloved One, you have spread out over us this mighty gift of your Knowledge, you have preached to all of us your Wisdom, you have taught us what used to be, what are, and what shall be; you have brought healing balm to us, to rescue and heal us from the disease of the Darkness.

7 All the mysteries have been fulfilled in you, our Father, and now, all of your Assemblies are fulfilling your mystery; we, today, give our rose like these fruitful trees, that it may become for us a garland and you may place it upon us.

8 O mighty Power, Wisdom full of Life, first-born great Commander! Master of our life, my Lord Mani, our Lord of Dear Kindness, who out of pity did assume a physical appearance manifesting before us the visible Sign, Perfect Living Word, clothe us in the Robe of Light!

9 O glorious Mani, great Lord and Saviour, you are entire Absolution, the Preaching of Life, the Messenger of those on high! The Three Wheels glorify you, the Wind, and the Water, and the Fire, which daily ascend from the Abyss.

10 The Love that died is this Sheep that was chained to the Tree; the Shepherd searching after it is the revealing Wisdom; you do not weary, O Wisdom, you do not give in,O Love!

11 We bless your Light-Twin, Mashikha, the Author of our good, namely, Maran Mani, the Spirit of Truth, who is come out of the Father, an advocate whom Yisho has sent, the great Conqueror, our Lord, our Light, who has given his loved ones the victory!

12 You have come in peace, O new Sun of the Souls; we trust in your mercy, for you quickly turn and show pity! You shine, O cheerful Image, in the likeness of the sun, you who are the Leader of the Truth of the same form as the God Il’Ya!

13 You have spoken out all the mysteries to us, O Giver of the streams of all revelations, and we give you thanks, our Father, with a great number of thanksgivings and praises because you have spoken to us about everything, both frankly and in a plain language so that we may understand the Truth which you brought to us.

14 You have given us great jars of water from the everliving fountain of Knowledge, so that we may share it with those thirsty ones who listen to us.

15 This is the only gift we have to satisfy you with, that we confirm ourselves in your Faith and abide in your Commands and agree in your Word which you have spoken to us.

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

Holy Book Readings for Tuesday, September 20th, 2016

Prayer of Emanations

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.

Amin

Daily Reading: Gospel of Mar Mani 90

1 The Souls who come up and discover the holy Assembly, for the sake of the Hope, abandon everything; it is the Reflection that inspires them.

2 They raise themselves up to the Column of Glory, which is the Intellect; they lift themselves up to the Insight, which is the First Man who dwelt in the Ship of the Night; from the Insight they raise themselves up to Thought, which is the Messenger dwelling in the Ship of the Day.

3 And he, the great glorious Thought, brings them into the Mind of all the Aeons of Glory.

4 There the Souls of the Righteous are garlanded and they ascend gloriously on high with the Angels, the Father will not, from that time on, hide from them.

5 So then your Souls must embark on those Ships of Light, singing: “Rejoice O Perfect Man, the holy Path leading up on high, the clear Air, the Mooring-harbour of everyone who trusts in Him!

6 Open to me Your secrets, and take me to Yourself from the affliction! Let me be worthy of my three Gifts: the Likeness or Light-Form which the Elect and the Hearers assume when they bid farewell to the world, Love, and the Spirit of Holiness!

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

Holy Book Readings for Monday, September 19th, 2016

Monday Fast/Commemoration of St. Piama

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.

Amin

Daily Reading: Gospel of Mar Mani 89

1 The Messenger of the Light, who comes at the right time, who takes responsibility for the Assembly and the human flesh, and serves as its leader within the Righteousness, chooses the forms of his whole Assembly and frees them, both those of the Elect and those of the Hearers;

2 He dives into the deep oceans of water and pulls them out of the jaws of the deep like pearls.

3 As for those saved, they do not stray again, but they are only drawn to the rebirths in higher realms and toil, afterwards they come to the hands of the Angels.

4 Then the Angels make their way with them to the places wherein they are to be refined.

5 For no Hearer ever at all goes on account of his deed to the hells, because of the Seal of Faith andKnowledge which is stamped on his Soul.

6 Only when they guide the man into the Truth, and he accepts the Knowledge and the Faith and begins to fast and prays and does good, at that time these new works which he has done – the fasts, the prayers, the alms he has given to the Saints* – all these things are a purifier and a redeemer of his first works in every place where they may be found.
*(Elect Intercessors)

7 Now it is the power of that Hearer to release all his deeds from impurity by himself alone while he is in his body.

8 From the first day that he has forsaken the first error in which he used to be, and he has taken the Right Hand of Peace, has been convinced and taken his stand on the stairway of the true Hearership – in the hour he receives this grace and believes this way, these fasts which he has kept ascend and are welcomed into the Light-Ship of the Night out of the heaven and the earth and the trees and the creatures of the flesh, with this first fast and this first prayer, the beginning of all his good deeds.

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

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