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.
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