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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 Eucharist is Jesus

Eucharistic-BreadI’ve found that it is often surprising to our more mainstream brothers and sisters in Christ that Gnostics would celebrate the Eucharist, much less that we would recognize the Real Presence of Christ in this most glorious Sacrament. After all, Gnostics reject matter as evil, right?

I’ll put aside being an apologist for a moment, and simply say this: No, matter is not evil – but it is imperfect. That’s not to say that there is nothing good about the material world. We know that the world is filled with wonderful things; awe-inspiring beauty that sometimes allows us to see through the veil and catch a glimpse of the Eternal. But as St. Paul says, “Now, we see as through a glass, darkly”. What we see and experience with our physical senses is but a pale reflection compared to the beauty and splendor of the Pleroma.

So what of the Eucharist? If we are, as Gnostics, to try and transcend the limitations of matter, why use physical substances for the Sacraments? For that matter, why have Sacraments at all?

For some insight, let’s consult the Gospel of Philip – a book most likely composed by the Holy Valentinus, and which represents the earliest Sacramental text in Christian history. In this book we read: “The Lord did everything in a Mystery: a Baptism, and Chrism, and a Eucharist, and a Redemption, and a Bride-Chamber. He said, I came to make the things below like the things above, and the things outside like those inside. I came to unite them in one place.” These Mysteries, all of which likely involved physical substances and ritual actions, serve to break down the barrier which separates us from our divine nature, and draws us closer and closer to our Source and the perfection of the Pleroma.

While the exact form of the Mystery of the Bride-Chamber has been lost to history, and the Mysteries of Baptism and Chrism may only be received once, the Mystery of the Eucharist can and should be received as frequently as possible.

The Gospel of Philip states very clearly: “The Eucharist is Jesus.” No other scripture, biblical or otherwise, puts it so bluntly. The ancient Gnostics, or at least the Valentinian sect, clearly believed in the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist. It is because Christ is present in the Eucharist that this Sacrament helps to strengthen us and the divine spark within, uniting our lower nature more closely to our higher nature, that the Christ within us may be revealed – making the things below like the things above.

As I’ve said, we should frequent the Eucharist. To not take advantage of the great gift would be to scorn the words of Christ: “If you do not eat of my flesh and drink of my blood, you will have no life in you.” But how should we prepare for it?

We prepare to receive the Sacrament through prayer and sincere contrition that purifies us of the stain of our faults, weaknesses, and imperfections. Otherwise, as St. Paul said, we eat and drink our own judgment and condemnation.

I would encourage my readers all to frequent the Holy Eucharist – daily, if possible! If you do not have a Gnostic Church nearby, seek out other Sacramental options. Churches of the Independent Sacramental Movement are excellent options, the Liberal Catholic Church shares much in common with us, and many Gnostics have found themselves comfortable within the Episcopalian and Anglo-Catholic traditions. Even Roman Catholicism may work for some! But wherever you choose to go, seek out Christ in the Eucharist. And to help you prepare, here are some Communion prayers to help you both prepare before receiving the Eucharist, and to give thanks afterward.

O Sacred Banquet

Antiphon. O sacred banquet, in which Christ is received, the memory of His Passion is renewed, the mind is filled with grace, and a pledge of future glory is given to us.

℣. Thou didst give them bread from heaven.
℟. Containing within itself all sweetness.

Let us pray. O God, Who under a wonderful Sacrament hast left us a memorial of Thy great descent into the limitations of matter; grant us, we beseech Thee, so to venerate the Sacred Mysteries of Thy Body and Blood, that we may ever feel within ourselves the fruit of Thy redemption and be brought to the Gnosis of Life, Liberty, Love, and Light. Through Christ our indwelling Lord. Amen.

Prayer Before the Reception of Holy Communion

Almighty and eternal God, behold, I approach the sacrament of Thine alone-begotten Son, Our Lord the Christ. I approach as one who is sick to the physician of life, as one unclean to the fountain of mercy, as one blind to the light of eternal brightness, as one poor and needy to the Lord of heaven and earth. Therefore I beseech Thee, of Thine infinite goodness, to heal my sickness, to wash away my filth, to enlighten my blindness, to enrich my poverty, and to clothe my nakedness, that I may receive the Bread of Angels, the King of Kings, and the Lord of Lords with such reverence and humility, with such contrition and devotion, with such purity and faith, with such purpose and intention, as may conduce to the salvation of my soul. Grant, I beseech Thee, that I may receive not only the sacrament of the Body and Blood of our Lord, but also the fruit and virtue of this sacrament.

O most High God, grant me so to receive the Body of Thine alone-begotten Son, our Lord the Christ, that I may be found worthy to be incorporated with His mystical body, numbered among His members. O most loving Father, grant that I may at length be brought to a place of refreshment, a blessed tranquility, and the splendor of Thy Gnosis, that I may enter into the eternal peace of the Fullness with Christ, Thy beloved Son, Whom now on my pilgrimage I am about to receive under the sacramental veils; Who liveth and reigneth with Thee in the unity of the Holy Spirit, One God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Prayer to All the Angels and Saints Before Mass

Angels, Archangels, Thrones, Dominions, Princedoms, heavenly Virtues, Powers, Cherubim and Seraphim; all Saints of God, holy men and women, and for you especially my patrons _____: deign to intercede for me that I may be worthy to offer this Sacrifice to almighty God, to the praise and glory of His name, for my own welfare and also that of all His holy Church. Amen.

Psalm 50 (Before Mass)

Have mercy on me, O God, according to thy great mercy. And according to the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my iniquity. Wash me yet more from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin. For I know my iniquity, and my sin is always before me. To thee only have I sinned, and have done evil before thee: that thou mayest be justified in thy words and mayest overcome when thou art judged. For behold I was conceived in iniquities; and in sins did my mother conceive me. For behold thou hast loved truth: the uncertain and hidden things of thy wisdom thou hast made manifest to me. Thou shalt sprinkle me with hyssop, and I shall be cleansed: thou shalt wash me, and I shall be made whiter than snow. To my hearing thou shalt give joy and gladness: and the bones that have been humbled shall rejoice. Turn away thy face from my sins, and blot out all my iniquities. Create a clean heart in me, O God: and renew a right spirit within me. Cast me not away from thy face; and take not thy holy spirit from me. Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation, and strengthen me with a perfect spirit. I will teach the unjust thy ways: and the wicked shall be converted to thee. Deliver me from blood, O God, thou God of my salvation: and my tongue shall extol thy justice. O Lord, thou wilt open my lips: and my mouth shall declare thy praise. For if thou hadst desired sacrifice, I would indeed have given it: with burnt offerings thou wilt not be delighted. A sacrifice to God is an afflicted spirit: a contrite and humbled heart, O God, thou wilt not despise. Deal favorably, O Lord, in thy good will with Sion; that the walls of Jerusalem may be built up. Then shalt thou accept the sacrifice of justice, oblations and whole burnt offerings: then shall they lay calves upon thy altar.

Prayer After Communion from the Teaching of the Twelve Apostles (The Didache)

We thank Thee, Holy Father, for Thy holy Name which Thou hast made to dwell in our hearts, and for the knowledge, faith, and immortality which Thou hast made known to us through Thy Son, our Lord the Christ; glory to Thee forever.

Thou, O Lord Almighty, hast fashioned and emanated all things for the sake of Thy Name, and hast given food and drink to all for their enjoyment, so that they might return thanks to Thee. Upon us, however, Thou hast bestowed spiritual food and drink and eternal life through Thy Son.

Above all, we give Thee thanks, for Thou art almighty; glory unto Thee forever.

Remember, O Lord, Thy Church. Deliver it from all evil and perfect in Thy love. Gather it from the four winds, sanctified in Thy kingdom which Thou hast prepared for it, for Thine is the power and the glory forever.

Let grace come and this world pass away. Hosanna to the Son of David. If anyone is holy, let him come. If not, let him be healed. Maranatha! Amen.

Prayer of the Three Youths (After Mass) – Daniel 3

Bless the Lord, all ye works of the Lord;
Praise and exalt him above all forever.
Angels of the Lord, bless the Lord;
Ye heavens, bless the Lord;
All ye waters above the heavens, bless the Lord.
All ye hosts of the Lord; bless the Lord.
Sun and moon, bless the Lord;
Stars of heaven, bless the Lord.
Every shower and dew, bless the Lord;
All ye winds, bless the Lord.
Fire and heat, bless the Lord;
Cold and chill, bless the Lord.
Dew and rain, bless the Lord;
Frost and cold, bless the Lord.
Ice and snow, bless the Lord;
Nights and days, bless the Lord.
Light and darkness bless the Lord;
Lightning and clouds, bless the Lord.
Let the earth bless the Lord;
Praise and exalt him above all forever.
Mountains and hills, bless the Lord
Everything growing from the earth, bless the Lord.
Ye springs, bless the Lord;
Seas and rivers, bless the Lord.
Ye dolphins and all water creatures, bless the Lord;
All ye birds of the air, bless the Lord.
All ye beasts, wild and tame, bless the Lord;
Praise and exalt him above all forever.
Ye sons of men, bless the Lord;
O Israel, bless the Lord.
Priests of the Lord, bless the Lord;
Servants of the Lord, bless the Lord.
Spirits and souls of the just, bless the Lord;
Holy men of humble heart, bless the Lord.
Ananias, Azarias, Misael, bless the Lord;
Praise and exalt him above all forever.
Let us bless the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit;
Praise and exalt God above all forever.
Blessed art thou in the firmament of heaven;
Praiseworthy and glorious forever.

Psalm 150 (After Communion)

Praise ye the Lord in his holy places: praise ye him in the firmament of his power. Praise ye him for his mighty acts: praise ye him according to the multitude of his greatness. Praise him with sound of trumpet: praise him with psaltery and harp. Praise him with timbrel and choir: praise him with strings and organs. Praise him on high sounding cymbals: praise him on cymbals of joy: let every spirit praise the Lord. Alleluia.

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Christos Anesti!

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A blessed Easter to you all, on this great Festival of the Risen Light!  The story of Christ’s incarnation, Passion, and Resurrection is also the story of our own soul’s descent into the limitations and darkness of the physical world, and the hope of our eventual return to the Fullness of God. Most of us who come from liturgical traditions are familiar with the Paschal candle, which is lit by the deacon on Holy Saturday, and remains lit throughout Eastertide to remind us of the Divine Light of Christ, and our own indwelling spark of that same light. In the great mystery drama of Holy Week, we recall the obscuration of the Divine Light in its descent into matter, and on Easter, we celebrate its Resurrection and triumphant return. Just as we keep a Paschal candle lit at church, it is also an old custom to keep a Paschal candle at home, which we can light on each of the 40 days of Easter, beginning today. To do this, we take a large candle, surrounded by flowers, and carve into it a cross similar to the design we see at church, along with Alpha and Omega, and the current year. You may also insert grains of incense at the five points of the Cross.

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The following prayers are recited at each carving:

While cutting the vertical line of the cross, say: Christ yesterday and today.

While cutting the horizontal line, say: the Beginning and the End,

While carving the Greek letters, say: Alpha and Omega

While carving the millennial figure in the upper left quadrant of the cross: His are the times

While carving the second figure in the upper right quadrant: and aeons.

While carving the decade figure (1) in the lower left quadrant: To Him be glory and dominion

While carving the last figure of the year (4) in the lower right quadrant: unto the aeons of aeons. Amen.

While inserting a grain of incense at the top point of the cross: By His holy

While inserting a grain of incense at the center of the cross: and glorious sacrifice

While inserting a grain of incense at the bottom point of the cross: may He guard

While inserting a grain of incense at the left point of the cross: and preserve us,

While inserting a grain of incense at the right point of the cross: Christus Dóminus. Amen.

As you light the candle, whether it be before a meal, or during your devotions, say: May the light of Christ in glory rising again dispel the darkness of heart and mind.

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Angelic Trisagion Chaplet

In the Catholic tradition, there is a religious order called the Order of the Most Holy Trinity (the Trinitarian Order).  They have a special devotion, as is probably apparent, to the Trinity.  They were founded by St. John de Matha in 1198, and are known for the White Scapular which contains the emblem of the Trinitarian Order:

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One aspect of their praxis is a beautiful Angelic Trisagion Chaplet, centered around the Trisagion prayer, an ancient Christian prayer that has a special place in the Western Church, but that has more prominently survived in the Eastern Church.  What follows is a Gnostic version of the Trisagion Chaplet.  Very little has been changed from the original, and it is a particularly beneficial way to pray together with the Angelic Choirs in praise of the Holy Trinity.

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1. Begin with the Sign of the Cross and opening prayers:

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

℣. Lord, open my lips.

℟. And my mouth shall declare Thy praise.

℣. 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 will be forever. Amen.

2. On the single bead above the crucifix, recite the Trisagion:

℣. O holy God, holy and mighty, holy and immortal,

℟. pour forth Thy glory upon us.  Amen.

All: Our Father, Who art in heaven,

hallowed be Thy name.

Thy kingdom come.

Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread

and forgive us our trespasses

as we forgive those who trespass against us.

And lead us not into temptation,

but deliver us from evil. Amen.

3. On each of the following 9 beads, pray:

℣. To Thee, O Blessed Trinity, be praise, to Thee be glory, to Thee be thanksgiving, throughout the æons of æons.

℟. Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of hosts.

Heaven and earth are full of Thy glory.

4. Conclude the set of 9 with the Gloria:

℣. Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit,

℟. As it was in the beginning, is now and will be forever. Amen.

5. Steps 3 and 4 are repeated twice more.  To conclude the chaplet, pray on the central medal:

All: With all our heart and voice, we acknowledge and praise Thee: God, the Unknown Father; Christ, the alone-begotten Son; and Holy Spirit, our celestial Mother and Consoler – O Holy and Undivided Trinity.

℣. Let us bless the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit.

℟. Be praised and exalted above all forever.

6. On the cross or crucifix, recite:

Let us pray. Almighty, ever-living God, who hast given unto us Thy servants the grace to know Thee, and to acknowledge the glory of the eternal Trinity, to worship the Unity of the power of Thy divine majesty; we beseech Thee that by our steadfastness in the pursuit of Gnosis, we may evermore be defended from all adversities. Through Christ our indwelling Lord. Amen.

Deliver us, save us, vivify us, O Blessed Trinity!

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