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 32
1 When any Messenger of the Light appears in the world to teach and convert the host of living beings in order to save them from their sufferings, he begins by bringing the sound of the wonderful Law down through the gate of their ears.
2 During the decline of the Pure Teaching, in the days of darkness, in the days when the corruption of religion becomes a disease in the bones of the religious sects, a man of Truth and Righteousness shall appear being sent down from the Kingdom of Light into the world of Matter.
3 It is He who shall take great concern for the Assembly according to the powers of the Great Spirit within Him and to His capacity as one inhabits a physical body.
4 This Man of Righteousness shall raise up, as our Master, the Land of the body of the Assembly, gradually and assist in bringing its inhabitants to perfection in the True Light.
5 After the perfection of the Seed People, which is the Elect and the Hearers, the world of Darkness will remain behind, eventually plunging into the abyss of no return while the Seed People are delivered into the hands of the World Teacher, the True Messenger, in the Kingdom of Light after the Call no longer goes out into the lands and across the great bodies of water.
6 The world is like a tree and the people are like the fruit of the tree. Those who have no inclination to receive the healing Light of the Sun become rotten and fall to the ground.
7 When the World Teacher – the Messenger of Light –comes to take the tree up to the Kingdom of Light, only the hardiest of the fruit shall remain on its branches, and they shall forever remain within the Presence of the Lord in the Kingdom of Light.
8 Then he enters the Ancient Dwelling – the actual spiritual home of the Messenger of Light – and, using the great mystical prayers, imprisons the swarm of venomous serpents and all the wild beasts, no longer leaving them free.
9 Next, armed with the Axe of Wisdom, he cuts and destroys the poison-trees and uproots their stumps, as well as all the other impure plants. At the same time he has the Palace Hall cleansed and splendidly adorned, and a seat placed there for the throne of the Law; afterwards he sits down in it.
10 When he has entered the Old City and destroyed the hateful foes, speedily he will separate the two Forces, the Light and the Darkness, and no longer let them mingle.
11 O Messengers, since you are Shepherds of the Light-Flocks, always zealously gather the soft and timid Lamb-Sons, and personally defend and cover the pure Souls of Light!
12 You must be like that able Shepherd-Lord who catches and saves the Lamb-Sons from wolves and tigers!*
*(all forms of evil)
13 Be each of you the brave, strong and wise Pilot, and ferry these wandering Sons into the strange Land; they are the adored and precious treasures of the Venerable One* of the Light; remove them all from the Sea† by means of your bodily Ships, and return them speedily, as they are, to the Lord; send them back swiftly to their Native Land – the Kingdom of Light – the place of peace and happiness!
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