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Monday Ceremony Possible Re-enactment




Since there are hardly any Manichaean elect anymore to administer the Monday ritual (and elect that are personally accessible to hearers no longer really being the case at all), a compensation should be made.

It is important to first know that elect from the afterlife have the power to forgive the sins of the hearers. Proof of this in the Manichaean Chinese Hymnscroll. Here are some quotations:

“We petition the saintly Masses (the elect), above in the heavens, Having received your weighty Light (or Having heavily received your Light), We wish that great mercy be granted To increase our blessed strength. Pardon all our Sins, and may the piously faithful Hearers be always peaceful and happy in the one eternal Name!” Gatha used to conclude the Chantings and Wishings

“Universally I petition all the Messengers of Light And the supernaturally powerful (mysterious) clean and pure Masses, Each of you, pray graciously remember the power of compassion, And forgive me for all my offences and faults.” A Universal Hymn of Petition and Praise

“Messengers of Light pardon us! You whom the compassionate Father has intentionally ordered to protect us, The unsurpassed good race, the herculean Ones, Who take orders from the compassionate father to protect the Right Law!” In Praise of all Law-Protecting Messengers of Light. Canto

Because Manichaean elect are capable of forgiving sins even in the afterlife and receiving prayers of forgiveness, it is possible to make this re-enactment of forgiveness.

Monday Ceremony Re-enactment: First, a prayer of forgiveness to the heavenly elect every Monday, while giving a fruit or vegetable as an offering and as an re-enactment of the Monday Meal Ritual. Since there are no elect in the flesh actually present, the fruit or vegetable is placed outside in a garden, forest or a park as a way of giving back to the natural world, and thus allowing birds and insects to be nourished while avoiding harming the light in the food directly. The prayer of forgiveness can be made inside or outside (though it is be much more convenient to be done outside because of the food offering).

It is advisable to pray facing the sun (like every other Manichaean prayer performed during the day) and with an ablution of water from a container beforehand like other Manichaean prayers. The sun is not the subject for worship, but as a ship transporting the light of the world. Twelve prostrations are also practised for other Manichaean prayers, so it is also recommended.

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Paulo Cruz
Paulo Cruz
Feb 01

Tonight Mani Apr. 14 216 - Feb. 26 277 the Seal of the Prophets, was arrested at Gundeshapour in the Sassanian Persian Empire. He would be beaten and got severely, to be wounded by orders of the emperor Bahram II. Then it starts his martyrdom, which would endure 26 days. However the Shah imagined that, the Seal would not survive, until he knew that, the Seal survived and recovered his physical condition, that, he angered, since all such atrocity had been instigated by the high-priest Kartir, who demanded that he should be killed, thus the Shah decided, to do, how Kartir had demanded, and the Seal was crucified and his body was dismembered and its parts were sent to Ctesipho…

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Paulo Cruz
Paulo Cruz
Jan 30

Thank you for your contribution! Let ever the Light be on you! On the Names of the Prophets ! By the will of the Father, the Mother and of the Son!

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Unknown member
Jan 30

Thank you for your contribution to how modern Monday rituals can be held. I will definitely use this for our movement!

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