Holy Nights

2011 January 5 – Sagittarius

Blessed are the self-disciplined, for they shall know the truth.

Control of the tongue finds understanding which becomes feeling for the truth.

The End of Forty-Day Fast in the Wilderness took place with the Sun at 9 ½ ° Sagittarius — Matt. 4:11; LJC II 13, 14; Chron. 162, 207

O Lord Jesus Christ, when Thou overcame the last temptation, the twelve angels of the twelve apostles served Thee heavenly food, and so too did the seventy-two angels of the seventy-two disciples minister to Thee: and as did thine apostles and disciples receive indescribable blessing and consolation from the angels’ celebration of Thy victory, so might I receive the same, that it strengthen mightily my resolve that I stand firm in the Spirit, to be at the last crucified in Thee. Grant this, O Lord, in Thy great mercy. Amen.

O Holy Mary Sophia, when Thy Divine Son overcame the last temptation, then did the angels minister unto Him. Intercede upon our behalf, we pray Thee, that we, Thy Beloved Community in the Circle of the Grail, may likewise overcome temptation, angels ministering to us, so that thereby walking worthy of God, who hath called us unto His kingdom and glory, we go in love as Christ hath also loved us. Fulfill our prayer, Thou great, Thou faithful, Thou all-merciful bestower of grace, O Holy Sophia Maria. Amen.

A wholesome tongue is a tree of life, but perverseness therein is a breach in the spirit – Proverbs 15:4

Self-respect is the root of discipline: The sense of dignity grows with the ability to say no to oneself – Abraham Joshua Heschel

The mind is the root from which all things grow. If you can understand the mind, everything else is included – Bodidharma

An absolute can only be given in an intuition, while all the rest has to do with analysis – Henri Bergson

It is through science that we prove, but through intuition that we discover – H. Poincare

Intuition is the clear conception of the whole at once – Johann Kaspar Lavater

In love and devotion I turn to Thee, O Holy Mary Sophia, and pray that through union with Thy Immaculate Heart I may learn ever more to control my tongue. Through the Holy Spirit, may Thou bestow upon me the virtue of silence, bringing feeling for truth into my soul. Through the Holy Spirit in union with Thy Immaculate Heart, may the love of thy Divine Son—radiant source of all intuition—illumine as eternal I AM mine I, shining God’s light into the world. Fulfill my prayer thou great, thou faithful, thou all-merciful bestower of grace, O Holy Maria Sophia. Amen.

2011 January 4 – Scorpio

Blessed are the patient, for they shall receive insight.

Presence of mind finds patience which becomes insight.

Healing of a Slave of a Roman Centurion took place with the Sun at 19 ° Scorpio – Matt. 8:5-13; Luke 7:1-10; LJC III 1-3; Chron. 256

O Lord Jesus Christ, like the centurion I am not worthy that Thou shouldst come under my roof into my darkness; but speak the word only, and I will be glad of light, my true will lying sick of the palsy become whole, united now to God’s will. Grant this, O Lord, in Thy great mercy. Amen.

O Holy Mary Sophia, as to the centurion who came forward beseeching Thy Divine Son to heal his servant at home lying sick with palsy, so may Thy Divine Son say to us, Go thy way; and as thou hast believed, so be it done unto thee. Then, united in bond of Thy Immaculate Heart with the Sacred Heart of Thy Divine Son at the foot of the Cross, may we become radiant in spirit-light, apostles of Thy divine love and mercy, fellow workers of salvation of the Earth and of humanity. Fulfill our prayer Thou great, Thou faithful, Thou all-merciful bestower of grace, O Holy Sophia Maria. Amen.

It is by presence of mind in untried emergencies that the native metal of a man is testedJames Russell Lowell

I am not absent-minded. It is the presence of mind that makes me unaware of everything else – G. K. Chesterton

The principle part of faith is patience – George MacDonald

One minute of patience, ten years of peace Greek proverb

A moment’s insight is sometimes worth a life’s experience – Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

There is nothing so terrible as activity without insight – Goethe

A point of view can be a dangerous luxury when substituted for insight and understanding – Marshall McLuhan

In love and devotion I turn to Thee, O Holy Mary Sophia, and pray that through union with Thy Immaculate Heart I may grow ever more patient. Through the Holy Spirit may the Thou bestow upon me the virtue of patience, bringing insight to my soul. Through the Holy Spirit in union with Thy Immaculate Heart, may the love of Thy Divine Son—radiant source of all insight—illumine as eternal I AM mine I, shining God’s light into the world. Fulfill my prayer, Thou great, Thou faithful, Thou all-merciful bestower of grace, O Holy Maria Sophia. Amen.

 2011 January 3 – Libra

Blessed are the contented, for they shall have equanimity.

Balance finds contentment which becomes equanimity.

The Baptism in the Jordan took place with the Sun at 0 ½ ° Libra – Matt. 3:13; Mark 1:9; Luke 3:21; LJC 438-443

O Lord Jesus Christ, at Thy baptism the heavens were opened, and the Spirit of God descended like a dove and alighted on Thee, and a voice from heaven said, Thou art my beloved Son; today I have begotten Thee. Grant, I beseech Thee, that baptized into Thee I may be baptized into Thy death, so that as I am baptized into death, and so that as Thou wast raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, I might walk in newness of life. For I know, dearest Lord, that united with Thee in a death like Thine I shall one day of a certainty be united with Thee in a resurrection like Thine, my old self crucified with Thee. Grant this, O Lord, in Thy great mercy. Amen.

O Holy Mary Sophia, at the baptism of Thy Son the heavens were opened, and the Spirit of God descended like a dove and alighted on Him, and a voice from heaven said, Thou art my beloved Son; today I have begotten Thee. Intercede for us, we pray Thee, that we, Thy Beloved Community in the Circle of the Grail, may be baptized with Thy Divine Son into death, so that walking in newness of life we may so shine as lights in the world that we radiate the gospel of divine love and mercy into that same world, enflaming the hearts of many with thankfulness also toward Thee, His mother. Fulfill our prayer Thou great, Thou faithful, Thou all-merciful bestower of grace, O Holy Sophia Maria. Amen.

The word ‘happiness’ would lose its meaning if it were not balanced by sadness – Carl Jung

Health is the greatest gift, contentment the greatest wealth, faithfulness the best relationship – Buddha

Everything has its wonders, even darkness and silence, and I learn, whatever state I may be in, therein to be content – Helen Keller

Anything that helps maintain unruffled equanimity is right action – Sri Sathva Sai Baba

Perform all actions with your mind concentrated on the Divine, renouncing attachment and looking on success and failure with an equal eye. Spirituality implies equanimity – TheBhagavad Gita.

In love and devotion I turn to Thee, O Holy Mary Sophia, and pray that through union with Thy Immaculate Heart I may rest ever more content. Through the Holy Spirit may Thou bestow upon me the virtue of contentment, bringing equanimity in all changes of life. By the Holy Spirit through union with Thy Immaculate Heart, may the love of Thy Divine Son—radiant source of perfect equanimity—illumine as eternal I AM mine I, shining God’s light into the world. Fulfill my prayer Thou great, Thou faithful, Thou all-merciful bestower of grace, O Holy Maria Sophia. Amen.

2011 January 2 – Virgo

Blessed are the courteous, for they shall have tact of heart.

Candor finds courtesy which becomes heartfelt tact.

The Birth of the Blessed Virgin Mary-Solomon Mary took place with the Sun at 16 ° Virgo – LJC I 149-154; Chron. 125, 155

O Holy Mary Sophia, as Jacob’s Ladder hovered over Anne Thy mother at Thy birth and the room was full of glory, so may Thy divine wisdom through Thine Immaculate Heart descend upon my soul: the radiance that streams from everlasting light, the flawless mirror of the active power of God, and the image of God’s goodness. Then would my soul in likeness of God give glory to God, steward of the world in holiness and righteousness, administering justice with an upright heart. Fulfill my prayer Thou great, Thou faithful, Thou all-merciful bestower of grace, O Holy Sophia Maria. Amen.

O Holy Mary Sophia, over Anne Thy mother at Thy birth hovered Jacob’s ladder, the room being then full of glory. Intercede on our behalf, we pray Thee, that over us, Thy Beloved Community in the Circle of the Grail, Jacob’s ladder likewise may hover. May Thou be pleased to descend into our midst, O Wisdom Divine: Thou Wisdom pure, Wisdom peaceable, Wisdom gentle, Wisdom open to reason, Wisdom full of mercy and good fruits, without uncertainty or insincerity. Making peace, may we sow in peace, harvesting righteousness for all the world in the fullness of time. Fulfill our prayer Thou great, Thou faithful, Thou all-merciful bestower of grace, O Holy Sophia Maria. Amen.

All faults may be forgiven of him who has perfect candor – Walt Whitman

An honest person is always a child – Socrates

When restraint and courtesy are added to strength, the latter becomes irresistible –Gandhi

Gratitude is the most exquisite form of courtesy – Jacques Maritain

It is tact that is golden, not silence – Samuel Butler

Tact is after all a kind of mind reading – Sarah Orne Jewett

Tact is the intelligence of the heart – Unknown

In love and devotion I turn to Thee, O Holy Mary Sophia, and pray that through union with Thy Immaculate Heart I may grow ever more courteous. Through the Holy Spirit may Thou bestow upon me the virtue of courtesy, bringing tact of heart toward others. Through the Holy Spirit in union with Thy Immaculate Heart, may the love of Thy Divine Son—radiant source of all moral tact—illumine as eternal I AM mine I, shining God’s light into the world. Fulfill my prayer Thou great, Thou faithful, Thou all-merciful bestower of grace, O Holy Maria Sophia. Amen.

2012 January 1 – Leo

Blessed are the compassionate, for they shall be free.

Self affirmation finds compassion which becomes freedom

The Raising of Lazarus 3 ° Leo – John 11:1-44; LJC III 480-485; Chron. 173

O Lord Jesus Christ, who stood before the tomb of Lazarus buried four days, Thou didst command the stone to be taken away, then raised eyes to heaven and prayed aloud, calling in a loud voice, Lazarus, come forth! May Thou, who art for all humanity the resurrection and the life, radiate Thy goodness into me, so that one day, being called forth by Thee from the light of the spirit to enter into the darkness of the world, I may with full good will, through the wonderful grace of Thy divine love and mercy, in union with Holy Mary Sophia and Holy Saint Michael, work as a son [daughter] of light for the salvation of the earth and of humanity. Grant this, O Lord, in Thy great mercy. Amen.

O Holy Mary Sophia, in fullness of voice Thy Divine Son called forth Lazarus from the tomb eight days dead. Intercede on our behalf, we pray Thee, that as Lazarus was awakened from the sleep of death so may we, Thy Beloved Community in the Circle of the Grail, hear the same voice call us, that we may be awakened into righteousness and knowledge of God, thereby casting off the works of darkness and putting on the armor of light. Pray that we neither live to ourselves nor die to ourselves, but that if we live, we live to Christ, and that if we die, we die to Christ. Fulfill our prayer Thou great, Thou faithful, Thou all-merciful bestower of grace, O Holy Sophia Maria. Amen.

Well-ordered self-love is right and natural – Thomas Aquinas

Until he extends his circle of compassion to include all living things, man will not himself find peace – Albert Schweitzer

You may call God love, you may call God goodness. But the best name for God is compassion – Meister Eckhart

No one is free who has not obtained the empire of himself – Pythagoras

Freedom is nothing but a chance to be better – Camus

In love and devotion I turn to Thee, O Holy Mary Sophia, and pray that through union with Thy Immaculate Heart I may grow ever more compassionate. Through the Holy Spirit may Thou bestow upon me the virtue of compassion, awakening freedom within my soul. Through the Holy Spirit in union with Thy Immaculate Heart, may the love of Thy Divine Son—radiant source of all free-hood—illumine as eternal I AM mine I, shining God’s light into the world. Fulfill my prayer Thou great, Thou faithful, Thou all-merciful bestower of grace, O Holy Maria Sophia. Amen.

 2011 December 31 – Cancer

Blessed are the selfless, for they shall be pure.

Ego strength finds selflessness which becomes purity.

The Birth of Mary of Nazareth took place with Sun at 25 ° Cancer – Chron. 96, 118, 149, 152

O Holy Sophia, in a stream of pure love and compassion did the Mother of Jesus of Nazareth come into the world. In my heart may she find her home; may she live in my heart as mother of a new heart. May I love even as she did love, chaste in holy self-sacrifice, turning to God in warm offering of praise and gratitude, uniting with Thy Divine Son in pure prayer of the heart. Fulfill my prayer, Thou great, Thou faithful, Thou all-merciful bestower of grace, O Holy Sophia Maria. Amen.

O Holy Mary Sophia, Queen of Peace, who came into the world by a stream of pure love and compassion, intercede on our behalf, we pray Thee, that we, Thy Beloved Community in the Circle of the Grail, may grow to love even as Thou, the mother of the child Jesus, didst love, chaste in holy self-sacrifice. Renewed in heart and soul, we turn to Thee in pure prayer of the heart, so that in union with Thy Immaculate Heart we may awaken the hearts of many to the new life bestowed through the blood flowing from the sacred wounds of our lord Jesus Christ. Fulfill our prayer Thou great, Thou faithful, Thou all-merciful bestower of grace, O Holy Sophia Maria. Amen.

We acquire the strength we have overcome – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Where is the man who has the strength to be true, and to show himself as he is? – Goethe

We must be our own before we can be another’s – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Humility does not mean thinking less of yourself than of other people, nor does it mean having a low opinion of your own gifts. It means freedom from thinking about yourself at all – William Temple

Chastity does not mean abstention from sexual wrong; it means something flaming, like Joan of Arc – G. K. Chesterton

We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think. When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves – Buddha

In love and devotion I turn to Thee, O Holy Mary Sophia, and pray that through union with Thy Immaculate Heart I may grow ever more selfless. Through the Holy Spirit may Thou bestow upon me the virtue of selflessness, bringing purity to my soul. Through the Holy Spirit in union with Thy Immaculate Heart, may the love of Thy Divine Son—radiant source of all purity—illumine as eternal I AM mine I, shining God’s light into the world. Fulfill my prayer Thou great, Thou faithful, Thou all-merciful bestower of grace, O Holy Sophia Maria. Amen.

2011 December 30 – Gemini

Blessed are those who endure, for they shall have faith.

Capability finds perseverance which becomes faithfulness.

Whitsun occurred with Sun at 2 ½ ° Gemini – Acts 2:1-41; LJC IV: 428-433

O Holy Sophia, Thou who united with the Blessed Virgin Mary at Pentecost in the center of the Twelve, grant that through the Immaculate Heart of Mary I may likewise receive the Holy Spirit and that I may be made likewise an apostle, so that in a new tongue I may speak of Thy Divine Son’s love and mercy, setting hearts aflame with the love of God. Fulfill my prayer Thou great, Thou faithful, Thou all-merciful bestower of grace, O Holy Maria Sophia. Amen.

O Holy Sophia, Thou who united with the Blessed Virgin Mary at Holy Whitsun, she who was in the very center of the Twelve as heart of the Twelve, mediate through the Immaculate Heart of the Holy Virgin Mary to the heart of each of us in the Circle of the Grail of Thy Beloved Community the fire of the Holy Spirit. May we likewise be made apostles, so that we may speak in new tongues of Thy Son’s divine love and mercy, igniting hearts with the same fire, so that all may know themselves to be brothers and sisters in Christ, devoting themselves to fellowship, prayer, and the breaking of bread together, their hearts aflame with a mighty love of God. Fulfill our prayer Thou great, Thou faithful, Thou all-merciful bestower of grace, O Holy Sophia Maria. Amen.

We are not what we are, nor do we treat or esteem each other for such, but for what we are capable of being – Henry David Thoreau

He who is not capable of enduring poverty is not capable of being free – Victor Hugo

Fall seven times, stand up eight – Japanese Proverb

The men who learn endurance are they who call the whole world, brother – Charles Dickens

Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies – Mother Teresa

Help us to be ever faithful gardeners of the spirit, who know that without darkness nothing comes to birth, and without light nothing flowers – May Sarton

In love and devotion I turn to Thee, O Holy Mary Sophia, and pray that through union with Thy Immaculate Heart I may grow ever more steadfast in perseverance. Through the Holy Spirit, may Thou bestow upon me the virtue of perseverance, bringing faithfulness into my soul. Through the Holy Spirit in union with Thy Immaculate Heart, may the love of Thy Divine Son—radiant source of all faithfulness—illumine as eternal I AM mine I, shining God’s light into the world. Fulfill my prayer Thou great, Thou faithful, Thou all-merciful bestower of grace, O Holy Maria Sophia. Amen.

2011 December 29 – Taurus

Blessed are the balanced, for they shall make progress.

Inner mobility finds inner balance which becomes progress.

The Ascension took place with the Sun at 23 ° Taurus – Acts 1: 6-11; LJC IV 422-427

O Lord Jesus Christ, Thou wast lifted up to heaven as Thy disciples looked on Thee, a cloud taking Thee out of their sight, angels saying to them, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking into heaven? This Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way as you saw him go into heaven”: In these latter days, raising my head and looking into heaven, may I behold Thee as the Son of Man coming in the clouds with power and great glory, the union of my heart with Thine drawing ever nearer. Grant this, O Lord, in Thy great mercy. Amen.

O Holy Mary Sophia, Thy Divine Son was lifted up into heaven, a cloud taking him out of the sight of His disciples, two angels then telling them He would return the same way they saw Him go into heaven. Intercede for us, we pray Thee, that we, Thy Beloved Community in the Circle of the Grail, watching for Thy Divine Son as the Son of Man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory, may speak the word of power, our hearts aflame with His divine love and mercy. Fulfill our prayer Thou great, Thou faithful, Thou all-merciful bestower of grace, O Holy Maria Sophia. Amen.

So this is how you swim inward. So this is how you flow outwards. So this is how you pray. – Mary Oliver

You knock at the door of Reality. You shake your thought-wings, loosen your shoulders,
and open
– Rumi

The most important human endeavor is the striving for morality in our actions. Our inner balance and even our very existence depend on it. Only morality in our actions can give beauty and dignity to life – Albert Einstein

Nature knows no pause in progress and development, and attaches her curse on all inaction. – Goethe

The art of progress is to preserve order amid change and to preserve change amid order. – Alfred North Whitehead

In love and devotion I turn to Thee, O Holy Mary Sophia, and pray that through union with Thy Immaculate Heart I may grow ever more balanced within. Through the Holy Spirit may Thou bestow upon me the virtue of inner balance, bringing moral progress into my soul. Through the Holy Spirit in union with Thy Immaculate Heart, may the love of Thy Divine Son—radiant source of all movement—illumine as eternal I AM mine I, shining God’s light into the world. Fulfill my prayer Thou great, Thou faithful, Thou all-merciful bestower of grace, O Holy Maria Sophia. Amen.

2011 December 28 – Aries

Blessed are the devoted, for they shall know the power of self-sacrifice.

Self-confidence finds devotion which becomes force of sacrifice.

The Last Supper took place with the Sun at 13 ½ ° Aries – Matt. 26:26-29; Mark 14:22-26; Luke 22:14-22; LJC IV: 48-63; Chron. 349, 350

O Lord Jesus Christ, at the last supper Thou blessed bread and wine and gave them to Thy disciples, saying, This is my body…. This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many.May Thy sacrifice on Golgotha, dear Lord, be bread to my understanding and wine to my knowledge. As Thou livest in me, and I in Thou, may Thy body nourish my body, may Thy spirit quicken my spirit, so that through the bread my understanding may become compassion, so that through the wine my knowledge may become love. Grant this, O Lord, in Thy great mercy. Amen.

O Holy Mary Sophia, Thy Divine Son is the living bread come down from heaven; He is the true vine. Intercede for us, we pray Thee, that we, Thy Beloved Community in the Circle of the Grail, as He doth live in us and as we do live in Him, may come to know the fullness of Him who filleth all in all, so that we, though many, be one body in Christ, and individually members of one another, His peace our peace by the wine that is His blood, reconciling in Himself all things by His death on the Cross. Fulfill our prayer Thou great, Thou faithful, Thou all-merciful bestower of grace, O Holy Maria Sophia. Amen.

Self-confidence is the first requisite to great undertakings. – Samuel Johnson

This, and this alone, is Christianity, a universal holiness in every part of life, a heavenly wisdom in all our actions, not conforming to the spirit and temper of the world but turning all worldly enjoyments into means of piety and devotion to God. – William Law

Work, apart from devotion or love of God, is helpless and cannot stand alone. –Ramakrishna

The progress of an artist is a continual self-sacrifice, a continual extinction of personality. – T. S. Eliot

There is no moral authority like that of sacrifice. – Nadine Gordimer

In love and devotion I turn to Thee, O Holy Mary Sophia, and pray that through union with Thy Immaculate Heart I may grow ever more devout. Through the Holy Spirit may Thou bestow upon me the virtue of devotion, bringing the force of sacrifice into my soul. Through the Holy Spirit in union with Thy Immaculate Heart, may the love of Thy Divine Son—radiant source of all sacrifice—illumine as eternal I AM mine I, shining God’s light into the world. Fulfill my prayer Thou great, Thou faithful, Thou all-merciful bestower of grace, O Holy Maria Sophia. Amen.

2011 December 27 – Pisces

Blessed are the magnanimous, for they shall be filled with love.

 Self-Discipline finds magnanimity which becomes love

The Birth of Solomon Jesus occurred with Sun at 15 ½ ° Pisces – Chron. 67-77, 146   

                                                                                 O Lord Jesus Christ, though once I was in darkness, now in Thee I am light. As the fruit of light is found in all that is good and right and true, grant that I walk as a son [daughter] of light, taking no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but exposing them, for anything exposed by the light becomes visible, and anything that becomes visible is light. Grant this, O Lord, in Thy great mercy. Amen.

O Holy Mary Sophia, though once we were in darkness now in Thy Divine Son we are light. Intercede upon our behalf, we pray Thee, that we, Thy Beloved Community in the Circle of the Grail, taking no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, walk as sons and daughters of light. Even as the days become evil, may we walk with Thee, O Holy Wisdom of God, making most of the time, filled with the Spirit, making melody to the Lord with all our heart, always and for everything giving thanks in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to God our Father in the heavens and to our Mother in the darkness of the underworld, the One to whom Thy Son our Lord is descending through nine layers of evil this very hour. Fulfill our prayer Thou great, Thou faithful, Thou all merciful bestower of grace, O Holy Mary Sophia. Amen.

Genius at first is little more than a great capacity for receiving discipline – George Eliot

Discipline, work. Work, discipline – Gustav Mahler

Be gentle to all and stern with yourself – Teresa of Avila

Wherever you go, go with all your heart – Confucius

Love does not dominate; it cultivates – Goethe

Charity. To love human beings in so far as they are nothing. That is to love them as God does. – Simone Weil

In love and devotion I turn to Thee, O Holy Mary Sophia, and pray that through union with Thy Immaculate Heart I may grow ever more magnanimous. Through the Holy Spirit may Thou bestow upon me the virtue of magnanimity, bringing love into my soul. Through the Holy Spirit in union with Thy Immaculate Heart, may the love of Thy Divine Son—radiant source of all love—illumine as eternal I AM mine I, shining God’s light into the world. Fulfill my prayer Thou great, Thou faithful, Thou all-merciful bestower of grace, O Holy Maria Sophia, O Holy Maria Sophia.

2010 December 26 – Aquarius

Blessed are the discreet, for they shall have strength of mind.

Knowledge finds meditative force which becomes power.

The Healing of the Paralyzed Man occurred with the Sun at 0 ½° Aquarius – John 5

O Lord Jesus Christ, at the pool at Bethesda there lay a man beside it who had been ill 38 years. Asking him if he wanted to be healed, Thou healed him when he answered that, since the first man to enter the water was always the one to be healed, he had no man to put him into the pool when the angel troubled it. Behold me  before Thee, Lord, my soul lamenting on the ground. Within my will let work Thy will, so that Thou wouldst lift my drooping hands, strengthen my feeble knees, make straight paths for my feet, so that what is lame in me may not be put out of joint but soundly be healed. Then will I strive for peace with all others, and also for holiness, without which no one will truly see Thee. Grant this, O Lord, in Thy great mercy. Amen.

O Holy Mary Sophia, Thy Divine Son beheld the man lying beside the pool at Bethesda, paralyzed 38 years, with none before, in all the seasons passing, to heed him or to give him a hand, and there He healed him, bidding him take up his bed and walk. Intercede on our behalf, we pray Thee, that we, Thy Beloved Community in the Circle of the Grail, through the power of Thy Divine Son, may likewise heed with ever-growing discernment the needs of others. May Christ, through His divine love and mercy, strengthen our mind in prayerful meditation, so that, as it purifies our passion and straightens our will toward the good, we may see in others the thing that is lacking and stir ourselves to help provide for them the good that is needful. Fulfill our prayer Thou great, Thou faithful, Thou all-merciful bestower of grace, O Holy Sophia Maria. Amen.

Conscience without judgment is superstition – Benjamin Whichcote

Real knowledge is to know the extent of one’s ignorance – Confucius

Knowledge without justice ought to be called cunning rather than wisdom – Plato

Meditation is the tongue of the soul and the language of our spirit – Jeremy Taylor

He knows not his own strength that has not met adversity – Ben Jonson

In love and devotion I turn to Thee, O Holy Mary Sophia, and pray that through union with Thy Immaculate Heart I may grow ever more discrete. Through the Holy Spirit may Thou bestow upon me the virtue of discretion through silence, bringing meditative force into my soul. Through the Holy Spirit in union with Thy Immaculate Heart, may the love of Thy Divine Son—radiant source of all meditative power—illumine as eternal I AM mine I, shining God’s light into the world. Fulfill my prayer Thou great, Thou faithful, Thou all-merciful bestower of grace, O Holy Maria Sophia. Amen. 

2011 December 25 – Capricorn

Blessed are the courageous for they shall have the power to redeem.

Conscience finds courage which becomes the power to redeem.

The Wedding at Cana took place with the Sun at 8° Capricorn – John 2:1-11

O Lord Jesus Christ, Thou who art the true vine, at the wedding at Cana at the bidding of Thy mother Thou turned water into wine. May Thou do even so for me, dear Lord. For as much as I would be whole in body, soul and spirit, may the water that maketh the soul righteous become unto me Thy precious blood which giveth life unto the soul. O Thou who art rich in mercy, out of the great love with which Thou dost love me, even though I were dead through my trespasses and transgressions, make me alive again in Thee, as the wine of Thy love raises me up with Thee, as Thou dost invite me to sit with Thee in heavenly places. Grant this, O Lord, in Thy great mercy. Amen.

O Holy Mary Sophia, at the wedding at Cana at Thy bidding Thy Divine Son turned water into wine. Intercede on our behalf, we pray Thee, that we, Thy Beloved Community in the Circle of the Grail, may do what Thou hast bid the servants do, which is to do all Thy Son would bid us do. Then will we as stewards of the marriage of the Lamb and His bride in the heavenly city be joyful in our sharing of the good wine, the wine that Thy Divine Son doth keep until the last, that true wine which is knowledge of the spirit imbued with love. Fulfill our prayer Thou great, Thou faithful, Thou all-merciful bestower of grace, O Holy Sophia Maria. Amen.

The changes in our life must come from the impossibility to live otherwise than according to the demands of our conscience not from our mental resolution to try a new form of life – Leo Tolstoy

Conscience is the perfect interpreter of life – Karl Barth

Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point – C. S. Lewis

Courage is knowing what not to fear – Plato

Human salvation lies in the hands of the creatively maladjusted – Martin Luther King Jr.

In love and devotion I turn to Thee, O Holy Mary Sophia, and pray that through union with Thy Immaculate Heart I may grow ever more courageous. Through the Holy Spirit may Thou bestow upon me the virtue of courage, bringing the power to redeem into my soul. Through the Holy Spirit in union with Thy Immaculate Heart, may the love of thy Divine Son—radiant source of all redemptive power—illumine as eternal I AM mine I, shining God’s light into the world. Fulfill my prayer Thou great, Thou faithful, Thou all-merciful bestower of grace, O Holy Maria Sophia. Amen.

2011 December 24 — Sagittarius

Blessed are the self-disciplined, for they shall know the truth.

Understanding finds control of the tongue which becomes feeling for truth.

The Birth of Jesus of Nazareth took place in Sagittarius (16 °) — Luke 2:1- 20

O Lord Jesus Christ, as Thou wast born of Mary in the stable, a multitude of the heavenly host singing praise and proclaiming peace and glory, and as shepherds hastened to Thee as Thou lay in the manger, thereafter also glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen: Do Thou, O Lord, be my light, that I too might hear and see Thee in glory of Angels. While I have the light, may I believe in the light, thereby becoming a son [daughter] of light. Grant this, O Lord, in Thy great mercy. Amen.

O Holy Mary Sophia, Daughter of God, at the birth of Thy Divine Son a multitude of the heavenly host gave praise, proclaiming glory to God in the highest and peace on earth to all of good will. Intercede for us, we pray Thee, that we, Thy Beloved Community in the Circle of the Grail, may be as the shepherds in making known the sayings of all that we have heard concerning Thy Child, our will being one with the Father’s, our heads directing in common purpose. Yet, even as we make known what ears may hear, may we, like Thee, treasure up all these things within, pondering them continually in our heart. Fulfill our prayer Thou great, Thou faithful, Thou all-merciful bestower of grace, O Holy Mary Sophia. Amen.

The endeavor to understand is the first and only basis of virtue – Spinoza

The noblest pleasure is the joy of understanding —Leonardo da Vinci

Better than a thousand hollow words, is one word that brings peace – Buddha

Once I knew only darkness and stillness… my life was without past or future… but a little word from the fingers of another fell into my hand that clutched at emptiness and my heart leaped to the rapture of living – Helen Keller

Morality is the basis of things and truth is the substance of all morality – Gandhi

To be ignorant of one’s ignorance is the malady of the ignorant. – Bronson Alcott

In love and devotion I turn to Thee, O Holy Mary Sophia, and pray that through union with Thy Immaculate Heart I may learn ever more to control my tongue. Through the Holy Spirit, may Thou bestow upon me the virtue of silence, bringing feeling for truth into my soul. Through the Holy Spirit in union with Thy Immaculate Heart, may the love of thy Divine Son—radiant source of all intuition—illumine as eternal I AM mine I, shining God’s light into the world. Fulfill my prayer thou great, thou faithful, thou all-merciful bestower of grace, O Holy Sophia Maria. Amen.

2 Responses to Holy Nights

  1. DoloresRose Dauenhauer, Seattle says:

    Glorious Christmas & Holy Nights to all! Thank you Randall for all your work.

  2. Kevin Dann says:

    Thanks Randall for this glorious synthesis of word and image to enrich our experience of the Holy Nights. Yours, Kevin

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