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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.