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Little Office of Prime

This Officium Parvum (Little Office) is the official Office of Prime, or Morning Prayer, of the Order of St. Esclarmonde.  It was compiled by Rev. Mother Marsha Emrick+, and slightly edited by Bro. Pier-Giorgio.  It is designed for solitary use, as the Order is primarily made up of hermits and solitaries.  It can, however, be adapted for use in a group setting.

The version of the Lord’s Prayer given here is taken from the usage of l’Eglise Gnostique, the French Gnostic tradition.

The Office of Prime
To be said at the first hour of the day.

In the Name of the One +True Father, in Barbelo, the Mother of all, in the union of the Christosophia, peace be to all on whom this Name reposes. Amen.

O Blessed One, Lady of the Light, Sophia Who mightily and sweetly doth order all things. Direct the steps of my path this day. Amen.

O Heavenly Paraclete, the Comforter, Sprit of Truth, who art in all places and endurest all things, Treasury of endless good, and well of infinite compassion: Come and take up Thine abode in me, and cleanse me of every obscuration; and liberate my soul, O Perfect One. Amen.

Repeat thrice:
O Holy God, Holy and Mighty, Holy Immortal One, shed Thy glory upon me.
(or Hagios ho theos, Hagios ischyros, Hagios athanatos, eleison imas.)

Glory be to the Father, and to the Mother, and to the Holy Child;
As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, unto the æons of æons. Amen.

Almighty God, the protector of all who trust in Thee, send forth Thy power to keep me this day both outwardly in my body, and inwardly in my soul; that so far as is expedient for me, I may be defended from all adversity now, and throughout all my lives. Amen.

On waking and having just awaked, Heavenly Father, I pray that all may come to True Awakening, and I pray unto Thee the prayer that Thy beloved Son taught us:

Our Father who art in the depths of the Æons, may Thy Holy Sophia and Christ be understood and adored in all the Universe; may the kingdom of Thy Holy Spirit come to us, may Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our spiritual food, the strength and courage to earn bread for our body. And forgive us our digressions from Thy Law, as our Assembly forgives the penitent. Support us in our weakness, so that we are not carried away by our passions and deliver us from the deceptive mirages of the archons. For we have no other king than Thy beloved Son, the Christ our Savior, whose is the kingdom and the triumph and the glory unto the æons of æons. Amen.

Making a cross upon the lips with the thumb:
O Lord, open Thou my lips and my mouth shall sing forth Thy praise.

I shall rejoice and be glad this day, for this is the day the Lord hath made. I will pray to God, who hath sent the Holy Spirit to be a light shinning in my heart.
–Lord be my guiding light this day.

Blessed are you, O Unknown Father, Father of the Light, for by Thy glory hast Thou brought me unto this new day, even as Thou hast sent the Christos to be a Light for the whole world. O most Glorious Logos, help me to bring forth in myself that which is within me this very day, that I may truly live. Grant unto me clear vision, that I may see Thy Kingdom spread out abroad upon the earth this, and every day. Amen.

Reading

Here, an optional reading from scripture may be observed.  This can be taken from the Gnostic Lectionary of the Ecclesia Gnostica, the Nag Hammadi Library, or any other scripture from any spiritual tradition.  If a reading is chosen, the following is observed:

The reading is taken from (name of the book).

The chosen passage is read, which should not be so long as to become burdensome.  After the reading, say:

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

Silent Meditation

The reading is followed a period of silent meditation, the length of which may be determined by the one praying this Office.  Afterward, the prayer of the Order of St. Esclarmonde is recited:

O Holy Mother
Rightful Queen of all the faithful souls
Who never erred
Who never lied
Follower of the rightful course
Who never doubted
Lest we should accept death
In the realm of the false god;
As we do not belong to this realm
And this realm is not ours:
Teach us Thy Gnosis
And to love what Thou lovest.
Amen.

Calling to remembrance our most holy, undefiled, most blessed and glorious Lady, the Mother of the Æons and ever-blessed Sophia, with all the Saints, I commend myself and my life unto Christ, my Lord.

Now, O Lord, shed Thy glory upon me.
And grant me Thy redeeming power.

O Lord, Divine Propater, hear my prayer,
And listen to my supplications;

Let me hear the voice of Thy mercy from the morning,
For it is in Thy hands that I place myself.

I adore Thee, I praise Thee,
I give thanks to Thee from the morning.

I thank Thee for having protected me during the night from all dangers and evils which could have harmed me, and from which Thou hast covered me with Thy protection. During this day remain my support, my strength, my refuge, my salvation, and my consolation. Amen.

Repeat thrice:
O Holy God, Holy and Mighty, Holy Immortal One, shed Thy glory upon me.
(or Hagios ho theos, Hagios ischyros, Hagios athanatos, eleison imas.)

Glory be to the Father ,and to the Mother, and to the Holy Child;
As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, unto the æons of æons. Amen.

O All-Holy Trinity shed Thy glory upon me,
O Lord, cleanse me of all my obscurations
O Savior, guide me to Liberation.
O Blessed One, visit and heal my infirmities, for Thy Name’s sake.
Glory be to the Father, to the Mother, and to the Holy Child;
As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, unto the æons of æons. Amen.

My voice shalt Thou hear in the morning, O Lord, with my morning prayer I wait upon Thee. Fill me at daybreak with Thy kindness, that I may rejoice and be glad all my days.

From the rising of the sun, even to its setting, from the height of heights, the perfection of beauty, Thou shinest forth. Thine is the day, and thine also the night, Thou hast fashioned the moon and the sun. Thou dawnest through the darkness, a light for the upright, Thou art gracious, and righteous, and full of compassion.

At dawn, let me hear of Thy loving-kindness; for in Thee do I trust. Show me the way wherein I should walk, for I lift up my soul unto Thee.

If I take the wings of dawn, if I settle at the farthest limits of the sea; even there shall Thy hand guide me, and Thy right hand shall hold me. From the rising of the sun unto its setting, the Name of the Lord be praised. Praise be to Thee, O Lord.

Closing Prayer

O Father, I thank Thee for all the good things that I have received by Thy grace. It is also by an effect of Thy goodness that I see this day; I want to use it to serve Thee. I devote to Thee all my thoughts, words, deeds, and sorrows. Bless them, O God, so that there will be none which are not activated by Thy love, and which do not tend to glorify Thee.

In the Name of the +Father, and of the Mother, and of the Holy Child. Amen.

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