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Seven Sorrows of Sophia: Day 7

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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.

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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

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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

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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

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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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Seven Sorrows of Sophia: Day 2

Mater Dolorosa

Continuing our meditations on the Seven Sorrows of Sophia:

The Fall of Sophia
Sophia passes through the Limit of the Pleroma, and finds Herself in the darkness of the Chaos

℣. 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 thirty-second chapter of the Pistis Sophia.

“I gazed, O Light, into the lower parts and saw there a light. Thinking to myself: ‘I will go to that region, in order that I may take that light. And I went and found myself in the darkness which is in the chaos below, and I could no more speed thence and go to my region. And I cried for help, but my voice hath not reached out of the darkness. And I looked unto the height, that the Light, in which I had had faith, might help me.’”

Let us pray. I grieve with Thee, O Sophia most sorrowful, in the anguish of Thy most affectionate heart when Thou didst fall from the Region of the Light and found Thyself in chaos and utter darkness. Dearest Mother, by Thy heart so troubled, obtain for me even a fraction of the faith in the Light which Thou hast kept, that I may return unto the region of my inheritance. 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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The Seven Sorrows of Sophia: A Devotion for the Descent of the Holy Sophia

A wooden carving of Virgin of the Seven Sorrows is displayed in a church in the Andalusian capital of Seville

Today is the Feast of the Descent of the Holy Sophia, which begins another (nearly) year-long cycle honoring the Fall and Redemption of Sophia, culminating in August on the Feast of the Assumption. The Descent – which in the exoteric Church is celebrated as the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary – is, for Gnostics, a day to remember Sophia’s fall from the Pleroma (Fullness) and into the chaos below because of Her desire to know the Light, Her Source.

According to the story Jesus tells his disciples in the Pistis Sophia, Sophia was the youngest emanation of the Light. She longed to know and unite with Her source, and She looked behind Her and saw a light which She mistook for the True Light, the Source of Her being and that of all the other Æons that make up the Pleroma. She chased after the light She saw, and the True Light allowed Her to pass the Horos (the limit of the Pleroma), where She found Herself in the darkness of the chaos, trapped with the demiurge and his servants, the archons. She had no realized that the light she saw was merely a reflection of the Light She so desired. Separated from the other Æons and Her Consort, and tormented by the Lion-faced demiurge and his servants, She began to cry out repentances and prayers for the Light to save Her.

Ultimately, the Light takes pity on Her, and sends the Christos to rescue Her light-power from the darkness. But that story is what we celebrate in August, at the Feast of the Assumption. Today, we mourn with Her, because like Her, we too are separated from the Light as we live out our earthly lives in this world of the demiurge.

For the next week, I plan to offer a short meditation on the Seven Sorrows of Sophia, which will culminate on the octave day of the Descent of Sophia on September 15th. A new Sorrow will be offered each day, as a sort of seven-day novena (What would you call that? A “septena”?!), and will include a reading from scripture, a prayer for the Sorrow, and a Hail Sophia in honor of that Mystery. On the octave day, which in the exoteric Church happens to be the feast of the Sorrowful Mother, I will bring these Seven Sorrows together into a convenient chaplet that can be prayed all at once.

Whether done as a chaplet, or a week-long daily meditation, contemplating the Sorrows of Sophia helps us to remember our own sorrow as the poor exiled children of Even, mourning and weeping on this æonial battlefield we call earth. With that said, here begins the first Sorrow of our Lady Sophia:

The Longing of Sophia
Sophia longs to be with the Light, the Source of Her being.

℣. 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 thirty-first chapter of the Pistis Sophia.

“It came to pass then that She looked below and saw a light-power in the parts below; and She knew not that it was that of the triple-powered Self-willed, but She thought that it came from the Light which She had seen from the beginning in the height, which came out of the veil of the Treasury of the Light. And She thought to herself: ‘I will go into that region without my consort and take the light, and thereout fashion for myself light-æons, so that I may go to the Light of lights, which is in the Height of heights.’” (Pistis Sophia, Ch. 31)

Let us pray. I grieve with Thee, O Sophia most sorrowful, in the affliction of Thy tender heart as Thou didst long to be with the Light, continually seeking after It. Dearest Mother, by Thy heart so afflicted, obtain for me the virtue of steadfast dedication to the Light above all lights.

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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