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Prayer for the Addicted

addiction-recovery

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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The Little Office is Now Available on Amazon

Little Office Print

I’m pleased to announce that The Little Office of the Blessed Sophia is now available on Amazon.com, and can be purchased here. Just in time for Christmas, this 150 page book of hours features:

  • a complete calendar
  • instructions and rubrics for praying alone or with a group
  • the Ordinary of the Little Office (the regular prayers to be said each day) consisting of Matins, Lauds, Diurnum, Vespers, and Compline
  • Lessons for both the Penitential Seasons (Advent & Lent), as well as Lessons to be used throughout the rest of the year
  • the Book of Odes, with the Odes of Solomon arranged according to a 3-day cycle
  • Commemorations for the feast days over 100 saints, as well as other high holy days
  • an Office of the Dead

Modeled after the Little Office of the Blessed Virgin Mary but with Gnostics in mind, this book is designed to both honor the Most Holy Sophia, and to elevate our consciousness to the Divine Light through a daily cycle of prayer. It is my hope that this book will become an important part of your prayer life, enriching your devotional practice.

Here are a couple of sample pages, to give you an idea of what the book looks like. (I do apologize for the poor quality of the photos!)

The beginning of the Office of Vespers, prayed in the evening around sunset.

The beginning of the Office of Vespers, prayed in the evening around sunset.

A selection from the Commemorations, showing the prayer for Restoration Day, Cyprian of Antioch, Cosmas & Damian, Mary Undoer of Knots, and Archangel Michael

A selection from the Commemorations, showing the prayer for Restoration Day, Cyprian of Antioch, Cosmas & Damian, Mary Undoer of Knots, and Archangel Michael.

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Little Office for Friendships

St. John the Apostle

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

℣. O God, come to my assistance;
℟. 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.

Antiphon. A man that hath friends must show himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother.

Psalm 133

Oh, how good and pleasant it is, *
when brethren dwell together in unity!
It is like fine oil upon the head *
that runneth down upon the beard,
Upon the beard of Aaron, *
and runneth down upon the collar of his robe.
It is like the dew of Hermon *
that falleth upon the hills of Zion.
For there the LORD hath ordained the blessing: *
life for evermore.

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.

Antiphon. A man that hath friends must show himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother.

A reading from the Book of Sirach:

A faithful friend is a sturdy shelter: he that hath found one hath found a treasure. There is nothing so precious as a faithful friend, and no scales can measure his excellence. A faithful friend is an elixir of life; and those who fear the Lord will find him.

℣. But Thou, O Lord, shed Thy glory upon us.
℟. Thanks be to God.

℣. Two are better than one; because they have a good reward for their labor.
℟. For if they fall, the one will lift up his fellow:
℣. And if one prevail against him, two shall withstand him;
℟. A threefold cord is not quickly broken.

Let us pray. O God, Loving Father of those whose names Thou canst read in my heart, watch over them with every care. Make their way easy and their labors fruitful. Dry their tears if they weep; sanctify their joys; raise their courage if they weaken; restore their hope if they lose heart, their health if they be ill, truth if they err, and repentance if they fall. ℟. Amen.

Most Holy Sophia, pray for us.
Holy Mary, pray for us.
Our Lady, Untier of Knots, pray for us.
Our Lady of Perpetual Help, pray for us.
Holy Apostle John, pray for us.
John, beloved of the Lord, pray for us.
John, patron of friendship, pray for us.
Holy Francis Patrizzi, pray for us.
Holy Expeditus, pray for us.
Holy Sergius & Bacchus, pray for us.
Holy Polyeuct & Nearchos, pray for us.
Holy Perpetua & Felicity, pray for us.

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

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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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