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Prayer for the Addicted

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This is an experimental prayer for those suffering from drug or alcohol addiction. It is designed to be prayed for another person, but can of course be prayed for oneself, with a little adjustment to the wording. As this is still a draft, I would welcome any feedback you may have at this time.

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

℣. Lord, open Thou my lips;
℟. And my mouth shall declare Thy praise.

℣. Incline unto mine 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, world without end. Amen.

Hymn

Make me a channel of your peace.
Where there is hatred let me bring your love.
Where there is injury, your pardon, Lord;
And where there’s doubt, true faith in you.

Chorus:

Oh, Master grant that I may never seek
So much to be consoled as to console.
To be understood as to understand.
To be loved as to love with all my soul.

Make me a channel of your peace.
Where there’s despair in life, let me bring hope;
Where there is darkness, only light;
And where there’s sadness, ever joy.

Chorus.

Make me a channel of your peace.
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned.
In giving to all men that we receive,
And in dying that we’re born to eternal life.

Chorus.

Antiphon. Know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom ye have from God, and ye are not your own?

Psalm
6:ii-iv, vi-vii; 31:ix-x

Have mercy upon me, O Lord; for I am weak:
O Lord, heal me; for my bones are vexed.
My soul is also sore vexed: but Thou, O Lord, how long?
Return, O Lord, deliver my soul: oh save me for Thy mercies’ sake.

I am weary with my groaning; all the night make I my bed to swim;
I water my couch with my tears.
Mine eye is consumed because of grief;
it waxeth old because of all mine enemies.

Have mercy upon me, O Lord, for I am in trouble:
mine eye is consumed with grief, yea, my soul and my belly.
For my life is spent with grief, and my years with sighing:
my strength faileth because of mine iniquity, and my bones are consumed.

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, world without end. Amen.

Lesson
James 1:xii-xv

Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him. Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man: But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.

℣. But Thou, O Lord;
℟. Pour forth Thy glory upon us.

Invocation
Pistis Sophia, Book 5

Having heard what the Spirit sayeth through the holy David and James, and calling to remembrance the faith and love of our Holy Lady Sophia, let us invoke the Father of Truth and the Purifiers of Souls:

Hear me, O Father, Father of all fatherhood. I invoke you yourselves, ye forgivers of sins, ye purifiers of iniquities. Forgive the imperfections of the souls of all who seek after the Light. Purify their faults and weaknesses, and make them worthy to be reckoned with the kingdom of the Father of the Treasury of the Light.

Now, therefore, O Father, Father of all fatherhood, let the forgivers of souls come, whose names are these:

SIPHIREPSNICHIEU ZENEI BERIMOU SOCHABRICHĒR EUTHARI NA NAI
DIEISBALMĒRICH MEUNIPOS CHIRIE ENTAIR MOUTHIOUR SMOUR PEUCHĒR
OOUSCHOUS MINIONOR ISOCHOBORTHA.*

Hear me, invoking you, forgive the imperfections of these souls and blot out their faults and weaknesses. Let them be worthy to be reckoned with the kingdom of the Father of the Treasury of the Light.

I know Thy great powers and invoke them:

AUER BEBRŌ ATHRONI Ē OUREPH E ŌNE SOUPHEN KNITOUSOCHREŌPH
MAUŌNBI MNEUŌR SOUŌNI CHŌCHETEŌPH CHŌCHE ETEŌPH MEMŌCH ANĒMPH.*

Forgive the imperfections of these souls, blot out their iniquities which they have knowingly and unknowingly committed unto this day; forgive them then, and make them worthy to be reckoned with the kingdom of the Father. May they be healed and made ready vessels to receive the Gnosis of Love, Life, Liberty, and Light. Amen.

IAO AOI OIA
KYRIE ELEISON
AMEN AMEN*

Prayer

Let us pray. O God of mercy, we bless Thee in the name of Thy Son, our Lord the Christ, who ministered to all who cameth to Him. Give Thy strength to (name of the one you are praying for), who is bound by the chains of addiction. Enfold him/her in Thy love and restore him/her to freedom through Thy grace.

Lord, look with compassion upon all those who have lost their health, and have broken relationships because of their attachment to the object of their addiction. Restore to them the assurance of Thine unfailing mercy, and strengthen them in the work of recovery. To those who care for them, grant patient understanding, and a love that perseveres.

Lord, in Thy servant, the holy Matt Talbot, Thou hast given us a wonderful example of triumph over addiction, of devotion to duty, and of lifelong reverence of the Blessed Sacrament. May his life of prayer and contrition give (name of the one you are praying for) the courage to take up his/her cross, and follow in the footsteps of our Savior, our Lord the Christ. Amen.

℣. Our help is in the name of the Lord;
℟. Who hath made heaven and earth.
℣. Our love is in the countenance of the Lady;
℟. Who filleth the earth with Her sweetness.

℣. May the Lord grant us His peace.
℟. And life eternal in the Fullness. Amen.
℣. May Divine aid toward Gnosis remain with us always.
℟. Amen.

Holy Sophia, pray for us.
Holy Michael, pray for us.
Holy Mary, pray for us.
Holy Martin, pray for us.
Holy Jude, pray for us.
Holy Monica, pray for us.
Holy Matthias, pray for us.
Holy Matt Talbot, pray for us.

*Capitalized words should be intoned or vibrated, such that the sound resonates throughout your body and out into the universe.

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Praying for the Saints

calledtoholinessAs we conclude this Hallowmastide Triduum, a time when we’ve prayed with and for the dead, I’ve been spending a lot of time thinking about the Communion of Saints, and the tripartite Church.

The earthly Church – called the Church Militant, is connected with two other assemblies: the Church Triumphant, and the Church Suffering. We on earth are Militant because we struggle against the evils of the archons in the world. The Church Triumphant consists of the liberated spirits in the Fullness (Pleroma), those blessed souls traditionally referred to as saints. Finally, the Church Suffering is made up of those souls and spirits who are neither in earthly embodiment, nor in the freedom of the Fullness, but in the purgatorial immaterial realms. Joined together, these three assemblies make up what is known as the Communion of Saints.

Today being All Souls’ Day, we devote the holy day particularly to praying for the dead. Yesterday, of course, we honored all the saints, both known and unknown. It occurred to me that while we often talk about praying to the saints – which in practice is really praying with the saints – we never talk much about praying for the saints.

This may strike some as strange – perhaps even wrong: praying for the saints. Why would saints need our prayers? As I often say, prayer is not bound by space and time. God applies our prayers exactly when and where they are needed. And so if we remember this, praying for the saints seems just as appropriate as praying for the dead – especially when you consider that some of the dead we may have prayed for today could actually be unrecognized saints who are not publicly known or venerated by the Church Militant.

By praying for the saints, our prayers may be strengthening the martyr 500 years ago, as he’s marched to his death for his faith. They may be providing grace to the young 3rd century consecrated virgin, whose pagan father wished to marry off for political and/or financial reasons. They may be offering courage the saint who, centuries ago, struggled with his faith or experienced a “dark night of the soul”. We never know how our prayers are used, but as three parts of One Church, we should all do our best to pray for each other. This is why, in my tradition, we hold annual Requiem Masses for the Holy Cathar Martyrs, as well as for the Holy Templar Martyrs. We pray for them, not only in whatever state of existence they may be in now, but also for their final moments of earthly life.

Hallowmastide, my favorite time of year, is perhaps the best time to emphasize the reality of the Communion of Saints. We are all part of the same Church – interior, invisible, secret, and universal; one, holy, catholic, and apostolic. It is important to pray for the departed, no matter who they are; and it is particularly important that just as we ask the saints to pray for us, we also have the piety and love to pray for them.

Blessed All Souls’ Day everyone!

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