Alms & Tithes
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 21
1 Adamus Nuhra, the third Guardian is the Diamond of the unsubdued Light, the great Warrior, the Weapon of those of the Light, of his land, the Warrior, the strong one of manifold activities, who subdued the Rebels by his strength, who is the Insight that treads upon the trembling foundation of the earth which is laid in the midst of the worlds, the leader who stands upon this earth, who controls Matter and his authority reigns from the firmament down even to the earth; and he has impregnated by his authority the Sphere and the worlds of the Air, together with the four other worlds that are placed upon this earth.
2 He is Contentment, the victorious Messenger who subdues the demons, together with his celestial being and his Angels, the forty herculean Messengers and the seven Columns, each of whom supports and individually upholds the heavenly world and wholly represents the form of the Conqueror of Demons.
3 Now when the Sin which sprang forth from the Rulers, which is Matter, had come down to earth, it fashioned the tree and placed itself within the wood thereof and fashioned the fruits, then the Abortions came down and moulded the substance of the flesh in the watch of the Diamond as well.
4 The Rulers formed Adam and Eve by means of the energy of the Sin which had entered them in the fruits, they designed him according to the Image of the Lofty One so that by means of them they might reign in the world.
5 They performed all the works of desire upon the earth, the whole world was filled with their desires; this is how they persecuted the assemblies of the righteous and slew the Messengers and Righteous at times from generation to generation.
6 One of them was the Sea-Giant, the one swept out of the Sphere, which caused the Sea to accept her; her own desire was her shaper and formed her alone into a nature which is the root of death.
7 But when she came up in the Sea that she might spoil the works of the glorious Source of Life, the Diamond of the Light was at once sent against her, the great Teacher of Strength; he overthrew her in the regions of the North mountains in the place which he had prepared for her, he trod on her, he set his foot on her until the end of the world; and now he holds the massive Dragon inside a mountain, vanquished and overthrown.
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