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Chaplet of the Seven Sorrows of Sophia

Mater Dolorosa

Since last Monday, I’ve been offering a series of meditations on the Seven Sorrows of Sophia, in commemoration of Her fall from the Pleroma into the limitations of matter. The Descent recalls Her desire to be with the Light, Her Source, and the moment when She saw a reflection of that Light and chased after it, believing it to be the real Light. She passed through the Horos – the Limit of the Pleroma – as if passing through a membrane, and suddenly found Herself in the darkness of chaos. Separated from the other Æons, and Her Syzygy, with no way to return to Her own region, She began to lament and call out to the Light for help. Eventually the Light hears Her, and sends a helper to save Her – the Christos, in whom all the Fullness of God dwells.

Our meditations this week have focused on the sorrows She experienced, both in Her longing while still in Her Pleromic region, as well as the suffering She experienced as a result of Her fall. (It is also worth noting that even after being rescued by the Christ, She left a part of Herself behind, in order to comfort and sustain the creatures left in the world as a result of Her Error – hence we talk about the Upper Sophia and the Lower Sophia.)

There is no one “right” way to meditate upon Her Sorrows – at a minimum, it suffices to offer one Hail Sophia every day of the week for each Sorrow, similar to what we’ve done this week. However, today being the octave day of the Descent of Sophia, celebrated by the Western exoteric Church as the Feast of the Sorrowful Mother, I’d like to offer another possibility: utilizing the Sorrows of Sophia as Mysteries in a chaplet. Much like the Servite Rosary, this chaplet consists of praying 7 Hail Sophias for each Mystery. If you have followed the meditations over the last week, you’ll be quite familiar with the meaning of each Sorrow, making this chaplet most effective. You may easily make a chaplet of seven groups of seven beads, with a larger bead separating each group; or, you may purchase a Servite Rosary which already contains the proper number of beads but contains medals associated with the Sorrows of Mary.

I apologize for the crudeness of this picture, but you get the idea!

I apologize for the crudeness of this picture, but you get the idea!

The Mysteries (or Sorrows) are still the same:

1. The Longing of Sophia
2. The Fall of Sophia
3. The Creation of the Demiurge
4. The Creation of the Archons
5. The Creation of the Cosmos
6. The Creation of Man
7. The Enslavement of Man

The chaplet is recited as follows:

1. Make the Sign of the Cross and an Act of Contrition:

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

O my God, I am heartily sorry for having offended Thee and I detest all the faults which I have committed, not because of any punishment which I may receive, but chiefly because with my faults I have turned away from Thee, my God, who art all-good, and who art wholly deserving of my love. I firmly resolve with the help of Thy grace to sin no more, and I ask to be forgiven even as I forgive those who have offended against me. Amen.

2. Then say:

℣. Incline unto my aid, O God;
℟. O Lord, make haste to help me.
℣. Glory Be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.
℟. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, unto the æons of æons. Amen.

3. Announce the First Mystery, followed by an Our Father on the large bead. Then pray the Hail Sophia on each of the seven smaller beads. This septet can be concluded with a Glory Be, or with Sophia’s words from the Pistis Sophia:

My time is vanished like a breath and I am become matter.

4. Step 3 is repeated for each of the Sorrows, announcing each one before the Our Father, until all seven have been meditated upon.

5. After meditating upon all Seven Sorrows, three Hail Sophias are offered on the three beads hanging from the circlet, in honor of Sophia’s tears. As She has said: “I have devoured the sweat of my own matter and the anguish of the tears from the matter of my eyes, so that they who oppress me may not take the rest.” (Pistis Sophia, Ch. 39)

6. Back at the cross, the following is said:

℣. Pray for us, O Mother most sorrowful;
℟. That we may be made worthy of the promises of the Christ.

Let us pray. I have sung praises unto Thee, O Light, in the darkness below. Hearken unto my repentance, and may Thy light give heed to the voice of my supplication. O Light, if Thou thinkest on my sin, I shall not be able to stand before Thee, and Thou wilt abandon me, For Thou, O Light, art my savior; because of the light of Thy name I have had faith in Thee, O Light. And my power hath had faith in Thy mystery; and moreover my power hath trusted in the Light when it was among those of the height; and it hath trusted in it when it was in the chaos below. Let all the powers in me trust in the Light when I am in the darkness below, and may they again trust in the Light if they come into the region of the height. For it is the Light which hath compassion on us and delivereth us; and a great saving mystery is in it. And it will save all powers out of the chaos because of my transgression. For I have left my region and am come down into the chaos. Amen.

(Pistis Sophia, Sixth Repentance)

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Seven Sorrows of Sophia: Day 7

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For the previous day’s meditations, click here.

The Enslavement of Man
Ialdabaoth and his archons rule over their creation

℣. Incline unto my aid, O God;
℟. O Lord, make haste to help me.
℣. Glory Be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.
℟. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, unto the æons of æons. Amen.

A reading from the Hypostasis of the Archons.

“They took Adam and put him the garden, that he might cultivate it and keep watch over it. And the rulers issued a command to him, saying, ‘From every tree in the garden shall you eat; yet from the tree of recognizing good and evil do not eat, nor touch it; for the day you eat from it, with death you are going to die.’ They have no blessing, since they too are beneath the curse. Moreover, they threw mankind into great distraction and into a life of toil, so that their mankind might be occupied by worldly affairs, and might not have the opportunity of being devoted to the Holy Spirit.”

Let us pray. I grieve with Thee, O Sophia most sorrowful, in the wounding of Thy compassionate heart, when Ialdabaoth denounced the Truth and proclaimed himself God, enslaving the human race in their ignorance. Dearest Mother, by Thy heart sunk in the bitterness of desolation, obtain for me the virtue of diligence and the gift of Wisdom, that I may break free of the bonds of the rulers and return to the Realms of Light. Amen.

Hail Sophia, filled with light, the Christ is with Thee. Blessed art Thou amongst the Æons, and blessed is the Liberator of Thy light, Jesus. Holy Sophia, Mother of all gods, pray to the Light for us, Thy children, now, and in the hour of our death. Amen.

℣. Pray for us, O Mother most sorrowful;
℟. That we may be made worthy of the promises of the Christ.

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Seven Sorrows of Sophia: Day 6

Adam-Eve

I apologize for the lateness of this post, but here are the meditations for what should have been posted yesterday. For the previous day’s meditations, click here.

The Creation of Man
Ialdabaoth and his archons create man modeled upon the likeness of the Perfect Man

℣. Incline unto my aid, O God;
℟. O Lord, make haste to help me.
℣. Glory Be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.
℟. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, unto the æons of æons. Amen.

A reading from the Apocryphon of John and the Hypostasis of the Archons.

And he said to the authorities which attend him, ‘Come, let us create a man that will be soil from the earth.’ They modeled their creature as one wholly of the earth. They had taken some soil from the earth and modeled their man after their body and after the image of God that had appeared to them in the waters. And they created by means of their respective powers in correspondence with the characteristics which were given. And each authority supplied a characteristic in the form of the image which he had seen in its natural form. He created a being according to the likeness of the first, perfect Man. And they said, ‘Let us call him Adam, that his name may become a power of light for us.’

Let us pray. I grieve with Thee, O Sophia most sorrowful, in the creation of earthly man – a pale reflection of the Perfect Man. Dearest Mother, by the pangs that wrenched Thy most loving heart, obtain for me the gift of understanding, that may see through the earthly veil, and always remember that I am a child of the Most High. Amen.

Hail Sophia, filled with light, the Christ is with Thee. Blessed art Thou amongst the Æons, and blessed is the Liberator of Thy light, Jesus. Holy Sophia, Mother of all gods, pray to the Light for us, Thy children, now, and in the hour of our death. Amen.

℣. Pray for us, O Mother most sorrowful;
℟. That we may be made worthy of the promises of the Christ.

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Seven Sorrows of Sophia: Day 5

Zodiac

To read the meditations from yesterday, click here.

The Creation of the Cosmos
Ialdabaoth and his archons begin to fashion the cosmos over which they rule

℣. Incline unto my aid, O God;
℟. O Lord, make haste to help me.
℣. Glory Be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.
℟. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, unto the æons of æons. Amen.

A reading from the Apocryphon of John.

“And having created everything, he organized according to the model of the first æons which had come into being, so that he might create them like the indestructible ones. Not because he had seen the indestructible ones, but the power in him, which he had taken from his mother, produced in him the likeness of the cosmos. And when he saw the creation which surroundeth him, and the multitude of the angels around him which had come forth from him, he said to them, ‘I am a jealous God, and there is no other God beside me.’ But by announcing this he indicated to the angels who attended him that there existeth another God. For if there were no other one, of whom would he be jealous? Then the Mother began to move to and fro. She became aware of the deficiency when the brightness of Her light diminished.”

Let us pray. I grieve with Thee, O Sophia most sorrowful, in the consternation of Thy heart as Thy power was stolen from Thee to fashion the prison of the cosmos. Dearest Mother, by Thy heart afflicted, obtain for me the gift of fortitude, that I might recognize and safeguard the power of the Divine Light within me. Amen.

Hail Sophia, filled with light, the Christ is with Thee. Blessed art Thou amongst the Æons, and blessed is the Liberator of Thy light, Jesus. Holy Sophia, Mother of all gods, pray to the Light for us, Thy children, now, and in the hour of our death. Amen.

℣. Pray for us, O Mother most sorrowful;
℟. That we may be made worthy of the promises of the Christ.

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Seven Sorrows of Sophia: Day 4

Tear

To read the meditations from yesterday, click here.

The Creation of the Archons
Ialdabaoth creates Archons to rule under him, a false reflection of the Pleroma

℣. Incline unto my aid, O God;
℟. O Lord, make haste to help me.
℣. Glory Be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.
℟. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, unto the æons of æons. Amen.

A reading from the Apocryphon of John.

“This is the first archon who took a great power from his Mother. And he removed himself from Her and moved away from the places in which he was born. He became strong and created for himself other æons with a flame of luminous fire which still exists now. And he joined with his arrogance which is in him and begot authorities for himself. And he placed seven kings, each corresponding to the firmaments of heaven, over the seven heavens, and five over the depth of the abyss, that they may reign. And the archons created seven powers for themselves, and the powers created for themselves six angels for each one until they became 365 angels.”

Let us pray. I grieve with Thee, O Sophia most sorrowful, in the suffering of Thy faithful heart, when Ialdabaoth began creating abominable servants for himself. Dearest Mother, by Thy heart so troubled, obtain for me the virtue of patience, knowing that all things run their course according to the Will of Father of the Light. Amen.

Hail Sophia, filled with light, the Christ is with Thee. Blessed art Thou amongst the Æons, and blessed is the Liberator of Thy light, Jesus. Holy Sophia, Mother of all gods, pray to the Light for us, Thy children, now, and in the hour of our death. Amen.

℣. Pray for us, O Mother most sorrowful;
℟. That we may be made worthy of the promises of the Christ.

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Seven Sorrows of Sophia: Day 3

Ialdabaoth

To read the meditations from yesterday, click here.

The Creation of the Demiurge
In Her desire for the Light, Sophia emanates on Her own, creating Ialdabaoth the demiurge

℣. Incline unto my aid, O God;
℟. O Lord, make haste to help me.
℣. Glory Be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.
℟. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, unto the æons of æons. Amen.

A reading from the Apocryphon of John.

“And Sophia conceived a thought from Herself and the conception of the invisible Spirit and foreknowledge. She wanted to bring forth a likeness out of Herself without the consent of the Spirit – He had not approved – and without Her consort, and without His consideration. And because of the invincible power which is in Her, Her thought did not remain idle, and something came out of Her which was imperfect and different from Her appearance, because She had created it without Her consort. And it was dissimilar to the likeness of its Mother, for it has another form. She cast it away from Her, outside that place, that no one of the immortal ones might see it, for She had created it in ignorance. And She called his name Ialdabaoth.”

Let us pray. I grieve with Thee, O Sophia most sorrowful, in the anxiety which tried Thy troubled heart when Thou didst emanate a lion-faced power without the consent of the Spirit. Dearest Mother, by Thy heart so full of anguish, obtain for me the virtue of prudence, that I may always be aware of the consequences of my actions. Amen.

Hail Sophia, filled with light, the Christ is with Thee. Blessed art Thou amongst the Æons, and blessed is the Liberator of Thy light, Jesus. Holy Sophia, Mother of all gods, pray to the Light for us, Thy children, now, and in the hour of our death. Amen.

℣. Pray for us, O Mother most sorrowful;
℟. That we may be made worthy of the promises of the Christ.

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International Buy a Priest a Beer Day

Beer Blessing

Just for fun, since yesterday was (unbeknownst to me) International Buy a Priest a Beer Day, here’s a little blessing for beer in belated honor of this holiday, borrowed with minor changes from the Rituale Romanum. Someone should really start a Buy a Deacon Some Wine Day… Just sayin’. 😉

℣. Our help is in the name of the Lord.
℟. Who sustaineth heaven and earth.
℣. Our love is in the countenance of the Lady.
℟. Who filleth the earth with Her sweetness.
℣. The Lord be with you.
℟. And with thy spirit.

Let us pray. Bless +, O Lord, this creature, beer, which by Thy kindness and power hath been brought forth from the sweetness of the grain, and let it be a salutary remedy for mankind. Grant that whosoever shall drink it with thanksgiving to Thy holy Name may obtain health of body and a sure safeguard for the soul. Through Christ our indwelling Lord. ℟. Amen.

The beer is then sprinkled with holy water.

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