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Volume #0: Issue #3
İMarch, Vernal Equinox 2012
Web Revision: Epiphany - Mar. 20th, 2012

Edited by GHFr. Pneuma Asteros, Order Chief Adept & President.

Mystical Meditations Upon The Collects (Season of Epiphany)
by Mary Violet Firth (aka. Dion Fortune)

Contents:

THE MYSTICAL MEDITATIONS UPON THE COLLECTS.

So many Christians miss much of the power and majesty of their religious faith by not participating in the symbolic journey of the traditional liturgical year. This is certainly true for most Protestant branches of mainstream Christianity - with the noted exceptions of Christmas, Easter, and possibly Pentecost. All religions and forms of spiritual expression have a traditional calendar of events important to them and this allows them to take notice and focus on specific aspects of their inner spiritual lives by tying in with outer liturgical events of their Lord/Lady, God, Saints, or other concepts. Those of us within the Society of The Astral Star, (The Order of The Star of Bethlehem), make use of the standard Christian Liturgical Year as defined within the Latin (Roman) Rite with acceptance of the Greek (Orthodox) Rite as a valid expression of yearly events. We additionally include the more esoteric aspects of traditional magickal spiritual expressions.

The Society of The Astral Star, and it's members make use of the Book of Common Prayer of the Anglican Church for a listing of the proper collect (prayer) within the Christian Liturgical (Church) year. We further use Dion Fortune's Mystical Meditations on the Collects (ISBN: 0-87728-734-1) as the basis for many of our meditations. We have additions to this work of course, however the primary meditations for reflection are to be found within the pages of that valuable book. Serious students and practitioners within the OAB system will want to purchase both The Book of Common Prayer and Mystical Meditations Upon The Collects by Dion Fortune, (aka Violet Mary Firth).

Epiphany is the time in which we remember the Wise Men, the Astrologer Magicians who brought gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh to the child Jesus. Epiphany is an important holiday within the Society of The Astral Star, as it was the Star of Bethlehem which guided them! The qualities of the Keynote Meditations are often used to remind all members that we are all Aspirant Servants to the Light and what some of the key qualities are for successful Students of the mysteries. Epiphany begins on January 6th of every year and goes through Ash Wednesday - the beginning of the Season of Lent. This section lists the meditations for the collects in the liturgical season that we use for Epiphany. Enjoy!


EPIPHANY:
JAN. 06th:
(ALTAR CLOTH TO: GREEN)

Dion Fortune, Mystical Meditations On The Collects, Pgs. 40-41


The Scriptures / Lessons:

Psalms: AM: #46, #97 / PM: #96, #100.
B) Odd Years: Isa. 52:3-6 / Rev. 21:22-27 / Mat. 12:14-21
A) Even Years: Isa. 49:1-7 / Rev. 21:22-27 / Mat. 12:14-21
Tarot Key: The Star.

The Collect:

"O God, who by the leading of a Star didst manifest thy only-begotten Son to the Gentiles; mercifully grant that we, which know Thee now by faith, may after this life have the fruition of Thy glorious Godhead; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen."

The Meditation:

Keynote: "Spiritual Discernment"

"Like the Wise Men of the East who watched the stars, we are all looking for light from above to enlighten our darkness. By faith we believe in the evidence of things not seen, but can we grasp the substance of things hoped for?"

"The Wise Men, led of the Star, came to the stable-cave near Bethlehem, and there they saw a child and its mother. To other eyes, that Child must have appeared as other new-born children. No one hastened to do it reverence, nor comfort the Mother, lying amid the straw. But the Wise Men, taught of a deeper wisdom, saw otherwise as they knelt in that stable; and such gifts as ambassadors bring to kings they offered to the Child lying in the hay, whom the other guests of the crowded inn passed by unnoticed."

"Yet it was the same Child. The difference was in the observers. The Wise Men saw the Divinity hidden behind the veil of new-made flesh. Others saw nothing by the outer form."

"So it is with the sacraments of the Church. Unless we have the seeing eye, taught of the higher illumination, we shall see no more than the hurrying servants saw as they passed through the stable at Bethlehem. We shall see nothing but empty forms in traditional symbolic rituals of the Church. But if we can discern the things of the Kingdom, we shall see that these forms, empty of intellectual or rational content though they be, are ensouled with the Christ-life."

"It was to the great Being now incarnated that the Three Wise Men did reverence, not to the new-born Child the servants saw. So we, in the sacraments, should see the Christ incarnated in symbolism; presented to our consciousness in a form which it can apprehend; working by means of associated ideas to convey to our limited understanding a realization of things which exceed its grasp."

"The Epiphany means the viewing. Let us pray that we may come to the sacraments with the seeing eyes of the Wise Men, discerning the spirit that animates them; and not, with the unheeding eyes of the hurrying servants, seeing nothing but the outer form."


1ST SUNDAY AFTER EPIPHANY:
(ALTAR CLOTH TO: GREEN)

Dion Fortune, Mystical Meditations On The Collects, Pgs. 42-43


The Scriptures / Lessons:

Psalms: AM: #146, #147 / PM: #111, #112, #113
B) Odd Years: Isa. 40:1-11 / Heb. 1:1-12 / Jhn. 1:1-29
A) Even Years: Gen. 1:1 - 2:3 / Eph. 1:3-14 / Jhn. 1:29-34

The Collect:

"O Lord, we beseech thee mercifully to receive the prayers of thy people which call upon thee; and grant that they may both perceive and know what things they ought to do, and also may have grace an power faithfully to fulfill the same; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen."

The Meditation:
Keynote: "Courage"

"In the wording of this collect we are given a valuable insight into the rationale of prayer. Most people, when they pray, ask God for the things they want; they beg for their needs to be met; for their burdens to be lifted from them and their way to be made straight before their feet by a divine intervention - an abrogation of the natural law of cause and effect - a miracle."

"Not thus does the Church teach us to pray, 'Great that they may perceive and know what things they ought to do, and also may have grace and power faithfully to fulfill the same.' Here is a noble prayer for wisdom and strength. We are not taught to ask that our burdens may be lifted, our problems solved, and our weakness and foolishness thereby condoned. We should ask for growth in understanding that we may discern clearly and judge wisely; we should ask for strength that shall enable us to go through our difficulties and master them once and for all, coming out of the ordeal with ennobled characters; we should not ask for mercy that shall enable us to evade them, passing on with the lesson they could teach omitted from our experience. This courageous and beautiful prayer of all who are in trouble, asking, like the old saint, not 'for tasks according to our strength, but for strength according to our tasks'."

"God does not lead us unto the wilderness to perish. There is grace through Our Lord Jesus Christ for the solution of every problem God sets us. Does a teacher set a child a problem in geometry and then leave him to his own devices? No. He says, 'if you cannot understand this, come and ask me,' and he will patiently explain until the child understands. What would his attitude be towards the child who begged him of his mercy to spare him this problem? Would he not say, 'You must understand the principles involved before you can do any more work in geometry. It would be no kindness to you if I allowed you to pass by under completed, for at every turn you would find yourself meeting the same problem in other forms, and you would still be baffled. Come now, let us see whether, with my help, you cannot solve it. I am well aware that it appears insoluble to you at present, but see, I will explain it to you'."

"Thus says Our Lord to us when we are in trouble, 'See, I will explain it to you - Now go and work it out.' In the light of the spirit that was in Christ Jesus, every problem that God sets us can be solved."


2ND SUNDAY AFTER EPIPHANY:
(ALTAR CLOTH TO: GREEN)

Dion Fortune, Mystical Meditations On The Collects, Pgs. 44-45


The Scriptures / Lessons:

Psalms: AM: #148, 1#49, #150 / PM: #114, #115
B) Odd Years: Isa. 43:14 - 44:5 / Heb. 6:17 - 7:10 / Jhn. 4:27-42
A) Even Years: Gen. 7:1-10, 17-23 / Eph. 4:1-16 / Mrk. 3:7-19
The Collect:

"Almighty and everlasting God, who dost govern all things in heaven and earth; mercifully hear the supplications of thy people, and grant us thy peace all the days of our life; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen."

The Meditation:
Keynote: "Grant us Thy Peace"

"'Grant us thy peace all the days of our life,' say the beautiful words of the collect. To whom is this prayer directed? Under what aspect does it invoke the Deity? It is addressed to the 'Almighty and everlasting God, who dost govern all things in heaven and earth.' It invokes God as natural law."

"God and natural law are one and the same. For what is natural law save the observed sequence of events? And upon what does the sequence of events depend save the innate nature of things? And what is the innate nature of things save God's nature manifesting itself in His creation?"

"But natural law does very much more than 'bring forth Mazzaroth in his season and guide Arcturus with his sons.' It rules the realms of mind and mental power - of thought as causation and of emotion and instinct as vital factors in the affairs of men and nations. All these things, subtle but potent, are ruled by law; they are part of the creation of God who is Spirit. The significance of this fact is recognized by those who study the power of the mind to heal human ills and solve human troubles."

"The words of the collect indicate clearly the way we should go if we desire peace all the days of our life - we should seek to understand and observe the laws of God which govern the universe on all itıs planes, on the hidden mind-side of things as well as their external matter-aspect. We shall find the necessary guidance in the pages of Scripture. Our Bible is the Book of the Laws of the Unseen Forces. If we study its pages we shall learn all we need to know concerning the way in which the mind acts as intermediary between spirit and matter."

"If we want to have health all the days of our life we observe the rules of physical hygiene. If we want to have peace all the days of our life we must observe the rules of spiritual hygiene. We must refrain from breaking the spiritual laws of the mind, and bring every thought into captivity to Christ Jesus. Otherwise, if we indulge in lawless thinking, we shall be setting causes in motion which will bring us discord instead of peace."

God's law prevails upon every plane of existence and must be kept, other wise there befalls us the consequences of the breaking of a natural law - disharmony and disruption. We cry that God has afflicted us and pray for mercy; or that the devil is tormenting us, and pray for protection; whereas we ourselves, by our own wrong thinking and feeling, are breaking the natural laws of the spiritual realm."


3RD SUNDAY AFTER EPIPHANY:
(ALTAR CLOTH TO: GREEN)

Dion Fortune, Mystical Meditations On The Collects, Pgs. 46-47


The Scriptures / Lessons:

Psalms: AM: #63:1-11, #98 / PM: #103
B) Odd Years: Isa. 47:1-15 / Heb. 10:19-31 / Jhn. 5:2-18
A) Even Years: Gen. 13:2-18 / Gal. 2:1-10 / Mrk. 7:31-37

The Collect:

"Almighty and everlasting God, mercifully look upon our infirmities, and in all our dangers and necessities stretch forth thy right hand to help and defend us; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen."

The Meditation:
Keynote: "Look Within"

"This prayer for help in need and protection in danger has for its opening words and appeal for mercy towards our own shortcoming. In all difficulties we should always look first into our own hearts. It does not matter how wrongly other people may be acting, let us put all they have done out of our minds, for it will only obscure the issue, and ask ourselves first and foremost, are we, in the light of our own knowledge and power of the mind and the spiritual laws that govern it, handling rightly our own reactions? Are we controlling our feelings so that we maintain our courage and compassion undisturbed whatever may be happening in the outer world?" Is the peace of God indeed abiding in our hearts and minds? It is for us to seek that peace and ensue it by maintaining in ourselves the mind that was also in Christ Jesus."

"It is our own infirmities alone that expose us to spiritual danger. Our Heavenly Father is not an 'Agent provocateur.' He does not deliberately lead us into temptation. When we send out our thoughts in aspiration and invocation toward Him, spiritual force pours down upon us, and the effect of that force is to stimulate into reaction everything in our nature that is incompatible with Its purity and goodness. It is this reaction which is the Temptation that follows the Baptism."

"If our own infirmities receive mercy, we have little need to trouble about the spiritual dangers that assail us from without. Nothing can harm us except our own reactions. 'Fear not them which kill the body but are not able to kill the soul; but fear rather him that is able to destroy both body and soul in hell.' Who is this evil genius? Nothing and no one but our own lower self."


4TH SUNDAY AFTER EPIPHANY:
(ALTAR CLOTH TO: GREEN)

Dion Fortune, Mystical Meditations On The Collects, Pgs. 48-49


The Scriptures / Lessons:

Psalms: AM: #24, #29 / PM: #8, #84
B) Odd Years: Isa. 51:9-16 / Heb. 11:8-16 / Jhn. 7:14-31
A) Even Years: Gen. 18:16-33 / Gal. 5:13-25 / Mrk. 8:22-30

The Collect:

"O God, who knowest us to be set in the midst of so many and great dangers, that by reason of the frailty of our nature we cannot always stand upright; grant to us such strength and protection, as may support us in all dangers, and carry us through all temptations; through Christ Jesus our Lord. Amen."

The Meditation:
Keynote: "Protection From Evil"

"Although we may recognize the need for precaution in time of danger, let us never forget that our strongest weapon is courage. No influence or attack, however strong, can ever injure the soul unless we allow ourselves to vibrate in response to itıs note. The best method of defense is to hold consciousness steady by tuning it to a definite keynote and keeping it vibrating at that pitch all the time by constant meditation. Once again the collect gives us the keynote in teaching us to pray for the help we need to be sent us 'through Christ Jesus our Lord.'"

"'By reason of the frailty of our nature we cannot always stand upright.' says the old prayer, and who does not know its truth? When spiritual evil threatens, we have nothing to fear except ourselves. As long as we can keep our hearts and minds fixed steadily on Christ Jesus, so that His influence permeates our whole being, we shall not react to the forces of evil, and evil will be powerless to harm us."

"It is not the evil which assails the soul that injures us, but the evil that finds entrance into the soul."

"We may wonder why it is that when we are sincerely striving after spiritual things the fiercest assaults of evil should fall upon us. There is always a backwash with every tide. The flowing tide of spiritual force stirs upon the powers of evil; we must be prepared for this when we enter upon the spiritual life; it is no strange thing which befalls us; all the servants of God have known it."

"There are forces in the Unseen which are but little understood; the sheep of Christ's flock, the souls who look to Him as Shepherd, not as Master, are protected from these forces; they are not called upon to encounter them. But we, if we elect to follow the straight way to the heights, if we would aspire to work with Our Master in His tasks and not merely to be carried His bosom, must be prepared to encounter those forces and conditions which Saint Paul referred to as 'Spiritual wickedness in high places."

"Let us never forget that it is 'by reason of the frailty of our nature that we cannot always stand upright.' Let us watch our own thoughts closely when we are encounter the dark storms of the spiritual world, for it is here that the first danger shows itself. And let our thoughts be so centered about Our Lord, so filled and imbued with love and faith, that evil, and the fear that opens the door to evil, can find no cranny for a lodging-place."


5TH SUNDAY AFTER EPIPHANY:
(ALTAR CLOTH TO: GREEN)

Dion Fortune, Mystical Meditations On The Collects, Pgs. 50-52


The Scriptures / Lessons:

Psalms: AM: #93, #96 / PM: #34
B) Odd Years: Isa. 57:14-21 / Heb. 12:1-6 / Jhn. 7:37-46
A) Even Years: Gen. 24:50-67 / 2Tim. 2:14-21 / Mrk. 10:13-22

The Collect:

"O Lord, we beseech thee to keep thy Church and household continual in thy true religion; that they who do lean only upon the hope of thy heavenly grace may evermore be defended by they mighty power; through Christ Jesus our Lord. Amen."

The Meditation:
Keynote: "Fidelity To Christ's Standard"

"The collect for this Sunday teaches us to pray for guidance in our perception of spiritual truth; it is not enough that there should be an original mandate, inspiration, or source of teaching, we must kept 'continually' in the way of truth if we are to arrive safely at the goal of Divine Union without wandering by the way."

We do not realize sufficiently the need for 'continual' revision of our standpoint; we do not realize how liable we are to err without knowing it. It is a fact well known to those who train the blind in handicrafts that no blind worker, however skilled, can work without supervision; his workmanship unconsciously deteriorates because he has no means of judging that which he has done; so it is with us who, still hooded by brain-consciousness, try to work on the higher planes unless we have help from the Master, our work tends to deteriorate. This is phenomenon well know to all followers of the Mystic Way."

"Let us, therefore, set this week aside to ask for help from the Master in revising our standard of work lest t fall from its high ideal and we become limited, prejudiced or stereotyped in our outlook. Let us constantly meditate on the Beatitudes so that we may not depart from the 'pattern shown us in the Mount' - so that we may not drop down from the exalted consciousness which enabled us to glimpse the spiritual ideal that started us off on our quest."

"In the Epistle for this day, Saint Paul counsels us to 'humbleness of mind': without this quality there can be no perception of new truths nor revision of old ones; it is essential to spiritual advancement. Let us be continually measuring our own achievements and understanding against those of the great Masters of the Inner Life, the saints and seers. by so doing we shall obtain a sense of perspective and proportion. If we constantly associate in our reading with those who have achieved, not being content with any rendering of their teaching or attempted simplification of their message, but going direct to their own words for our guidance and inspiration, we shall find that we are insensibly molded to their viewpoint, and thereby our feet are set on the right path."

"From their self-doubting, which crops up continually, we shall learn the need of the 'humbleness of the mind' which Saint Paul, one of the very gates of the Masters of the Inner Life, is forever emphasizing. The greater the inrush of the spirit into the soul, the more does it realize the limitation of the mind; the greater the realization of the grandeur of the world of the spirit, the more does it distrust its own power to apprehend it; but out of this distrust comes, not paralysis, but perception; for the soul, reaching its limit, becomes still and awaits the Master, and its that stillness does He come."

"Let our keynote for the week's meditation be; Master, keep me continually in Thy true religion."


6TH SUNDAY AFTER EPIPHANY:
(ALTAR CLOTH TO: GREEN)

Dion Fortune, Mystical Meditations On The Collects, Pgs. 53-54


The Scriptures / Lessons:

Psalms: AM: #66, #67 / PM: #19, #46
B) Odd Years: Isa. 62:6-12 / 1Jhn. 2:3-11 / Jhn. 8:12-19
A) Even Years: Gen. 29:20-35 / 1Tim. 3:14 - 4:10 / Mrk. 10:23-31

The Collect:

"O God, whose blessed Son was manifested that he might destroy the works of the devil, and make us the sons of God, and heirs of eternal life; grant us, we beseech thee, that, having this hope, we may purify ourselves, even as he is pure; that, when he shall appear again with power and great glory, we may be made like unto him in his eternal and glorious kingdom; where with thee, O Father, and thee O Holy Ghost, he liveth and reigneth, ever one God, world without end. Amen."

The Meditation:
Keynote: "Purification"

"Saint Paul counsels us Œto bring every thought into captivity to Christ Jesus.' This means that not only must the thoughts we deliberately formulate be Christ-like, but even the imaginations which rise from the depths of our hearts. How is this to be achieved? Constant vigilance alone will not suffice."

"If a sculptor be carving a statue, he constantly looks up from his work to the model he is trying to represent. All artists recognize that it is essential that they should work from the living model, otherwise they tend to reproduce what they imagine they have seen, not what is actually there."

"So it is with us when we strive after spiritual perfection. A living model is essential to us, otherwise we fall into error unknowingly. This model we have in Him who has been so truly called our Great Exemplar. To the contemplation of character as shown forth in His Life, we must continually return; otherwise we shall surely lose sight of our ideal."

"Unless we continually raise consciousness to spiritual things, we tend to lose touch with them. The thousand calls of the world, coming to us through the gates of the senses, cause us to focus our attention upon mundane things. The still, small voice of the Spirit is not heard amid the distractions of daily life unless we deliberately set aside a period in which we shall enter into the Silence and listen to it."

"The more we have to do, the more the pressure of the world closes in upon us, the more do we need to be resolute in reserving a period of each day for communion with God. Whatever else has to be crowded out, let us cling to those few minutes apart in the Silence; it is hard to conceive any circumstances in which they cannot be obtained if resolutely sought."


SEPTUAGESIMA SUNDAY:
[THREE (3) SUNDAYS BEFORE ASH WEDNESDAY]
(ALTAR CLOTH TO: GREEN)

Dion Fortune, Mystical Meditations On The Collects, Pgs. 55-56


The Scriptures / Lessons:

Psalms: AM: #118 / PM: #145
B) Odd Years: Isa. 66:7-14 / 1Jhn. 3:4-10 / Jhn. 10:7-16
A) Even Years: Prv. 1:20-33 / 2Cor. 5:11-21 / Mrk. 10:35-45

The Collect:

"O Lord, we beseech thee favorably to hear the prayers of thy people; that we, who are justly punished for our offenses, may be mercifully delivered by thy goodness, for the glory of thy Name; through Christ Jesus our Savior, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end. Amen."

The Meditation:
Keynote: "Forgiveness Of Sins"

"It is easier to conceive that our Heavenly Father will help us out of our troubles than that we are justly punished for our offenses and have to look to ourselves for help - help to change our ways of thinking before conditions can change for us. If we realized the enormous power of thought, we should see that the imaginings of our hearts, when every thought has not been brought into captivity to Christ Jesus, are the true fountain-head of our sorrows."

"We must not be content with making clean the outside of the golden bowl, leaving all uncleanness within. Repressed desires that have been prevented by circumstances from achieving their ends, though impotent on the physical plane, are nevertheless potent on the spiritual plane. If these be unregenerate, they will assuredly bring forth the fruits of sin, which is death. If we applied to our spiritual life some of the knowledge which a deeper understanding of the human mind is bringing to light, we might get an insight into the nature of much suffering which we fondly believed to be vicarious."

"It is true that no man can see into his own sub-conscious mind, but we may rest assured that the Old Adam dwells there in ourselves as in others unless we have wrought into the likeness of the New Adam, which is the Christ Jesus. Racial habits will hold unless the regenerated consciousness has changed them."

"The Sacrifice of the Cross was made by the Christ for the human race, and we share in it as we share in the evolving life of our species; but the Master Jesus can only become our personal Savior, can only regenerate our personalities, in proportion as He is our Exemplar. 'Can you drink the Cup that I drink of, and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with?' said the Master to those who ask if they might sit at His side in glory. The Way-shower can only save us if we tread the Way He shows."


SEXAGESIMA SUNDAY:
[TWO (2) SUNDAYS BEFORE ASH WEDNESDAY]:
(ALTAR CLOTH TO: GREEN)

Dion Fortune, Mystical Meditations On The Collects, Pgs. 57-58


The Scriptures / Lessons:

Psalms: AM: #146, #147 / PM: #111, #112, #113
B) Odd Years: Deut. 4:1-9 / 2Tim. 4:1-8 / Jhn. 12:1-8
A) Even Years: Prv. 9:1-12 / 2Cor. 9:6-15 / Mrk. 10:46-52

The Collect:

"O Lord God, who seest that we put not our trust in any thing that we do; mercifully grant that by thy power we may be defended against all adversity; through Christ Jesus our Lord. Amen."

The Meditation:
Keynote: "Be Still And Know That I Am God"

"People sometimes take exception to the prayers of the Church because they feel them to be servile in tone and derogatory to the dignity of human free-will. If, with the old anthropomorphic concept we look upon God as a magnified despotic king, this would undoubtedly be the case; but when we realize that what we uncomprehendingly call God is the Logoidal Consciousness which has projected this universe as a thought-form, we understand the significance these prayers have for souls with spiritual insight."

"All mystics know that they can only go a certain distance upon the Path, and then they have to be still and listen for the coming of a Presence which is not of this plane of existence. The candidate has to await the Great Initiator. This experience is more than a subjective realization; something from without acts upon us, and if it acts not, then nothing happens. It is this meeting with the Beloved which the mystic seeks as he raises consciousness to the higher planes. He finds his Master through love, and his initiation is an experience of union through love whit his beloved Master. The mystics of every path, Catholic, Quaker, Sufi, Buddhist, Hindu, Taoist have all borne witness to this, and in the testimony of many witnesses there is truth."

"Let us for our work in meditation this week try to be still and feel God all about us; let us realize that our individual lives are part of the great One Life which brought us into being and forever sustains and hold us in Its love. Let us remember that we live in this One Life and not in any separate struggling existence of our own; it is only a delusion of the senses to think that we have to maintain our separate existences, we simply have to 'Be still, and know that I am God.'"


QUINQUAGESIMA SUNDAY:
[ONE (1) (THE) SUNDAY BEFORE ASH WEDNESDAY]:
(ALTAR CLOTH TO: GREEN)

Dion Fortune, Mystical Meditations On The Collects, Pgs. 59-61


The Scriptures / Lessons:

Psalms: AM: #148, #149, #150 / PM: #114, #115
B) Odd Years: Deut. 6:1-9 / Heb. 12:18-29 / Jhn. 12:24-32
A) Even Years: Ecclus. 48:1-11 / 2Cor. 3:7-18 / Luk. 9:18-27

The Collect:

"O Lord, who hast taught us that all our doings without charity are nothing worth; send thy Holy Ghost, and pour into our hearts that most excellent gift of charity, the very bond of peace and of all virtues, without which whosoever liveth is counted dead before thee; grant this for thine Son Christ Jesusıs sake. Amen."

The Meditation:
Keynote: "Compassion"

"The word which the Authorized Version of The Scriptures translates as charity rendered in the Revised Version as Love. If this word be substituted, we shall realize the full beauty of this collect and the Epistle which follows it."

"Love never faileth,' says Saint Paul. 'Whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away.' Paul, the learned doctor of Israel enumerates the powers of the intellect and declares that they are nothing beside the great gift of love."

"Souls in the Outer Court are under the discipline of loving service, but the soul that penetrates to the Inner Court of mystic consciousness knows that there is another kind of love which is as much higher than the love of service as that love is higher than the personal love of passions; there is the Task of Mary as well as the Task of Martha, and in the Inner Court of uplifted consciousness, we sit at the Feet of the Master and are still in silent love; it is this stillness of love which brings the realization of His Nature, not the bustling of Martha in the kitchen. Although the task of service is a necessary stage upon the Path, it is not the highest stage, but one we leave behind when we have served our time therein. To much doing and not enough being are a mistake upon the Path. It is the stillness of adoration that brings illumination. It is not enough that we should love the Master and that our enthusiasm should go out to Him and we should long to work for Him and learn from Him; before we win to illumination we must have reached the stage when our realization of the Master's nature and task shall have so overwhelmed us that we are unable to stir, even for service, but sit dumb and overcome at His Feet, made negative by His tremendous force, with his emanations suffusing us. Some mystics are afraid of becoming negative in their meditations, but it is only when we become receptive to the inflowing force of the Master that He can illuminate us. Those who kneel before God can stand before kings. The intellectualist too often forgets to worship. We must needs bow before the Highest when it touches our souls."

"Love is the link between Master and disciple; without it, whosoever liveth is counted as dead before Him. This love must be twofold: with one hand the seeker must reach up towards the Master, and with the other he must reach out towards his fellow-creatures, for the loving Master can only come unto us in proportion as we are loving. It is impossible to fill a vessel already full; only as we pour out our love to others can God's love flow into our hearts; if we live to ourselves, our life stagnates."

"The beauty and profundity of this great lesson of love heralds the beginning of Lent, the season set aside by the Church for heart-searching. If our heart-searching reveals to us depths from which we feel we could never rise, let us turn back to this collect and the Epistle that follows it and remember that 'much was forgiven to her because she had loved much,' for 'Love covereth a multitude of sins.' When the wise Rabbi was given the privilege of choosing what the Recording Angel should enter in the Book of Judgment against his name, he said, 'Write me as one who loved his fellow-men.'"

"For our meditation this week let us ask God for the gift of compassion and understanding, even if we can only win to understanding by ourselves know the need for compassion."


PRESENTATION OF CHRIST IN THE TEMPLE:
FEB. 02nd:
(ALTAR CLOTH TO: GREEN).

Dion Fortune, Mystical Meditations On The Collects, Pgs. 163-164.


Calendar Administrative Note:

The Proper Collect for a Sunday takes precedence over a Saint Feast Day. As necessary, the observance of a particular Saint may be postponed by one day. The "traditional" Feast Day is noted.

The Scriptures / Lessons:

Psalms: AM: PM:
Epistle: Mal. 3:1
Gospel: Luk. 2:22

The Collect:

"Almighty and everliving God, we humbly beseech thy Majesty, that, as thy only-begotten Son was this day presented in the temple in substance of our flesh, so we may be presented unto thee with pure and clean hearts, but the same thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen."

The Meditation:

Keynote: "Perception of Spiritual Truth"

"The attitude of the priests of the great temple at Jerusalem towards Our Lord is a thing which must give us food for thought, especially if we are of those who might be numbered among the doctors of Israel."

"It was not the high priest of Israel who announced that the Dayspring from on high had come, but an obscure man and an aged woman of the people who recognized the Child-Christ in His infancy, and declared that the Sun of Righteousness was above the horizon of human consciousness."

"We all need constantly to review our attitude towards Truth. We can never hope to know it in its entirety, and for this very reason we should always keep open the door of the mind. By how many parables and teachings did our Master emphasize the fact that Truth comes when it is least expected and from places where we should never look for it. It is only by keeping our souls sensitive to its influence that we can hope to recognize it when it thus suddenly comes upon us in some humble guise."

"Humility is the key of that door in the soul that opens to the Christ. The priest, proud in his established position, took the unknown Child in his arms and pleased Him perfunctorily. The influence radiating from the Divine Child did not cause his heart to burn within him. How often may we, who believe that we have some degree of knowledge and experience, pass by the Christ-teaching unnoticed?"

"Unless we are constantly on the alert to all that is noble and beautiful and sincere and pure, we are in danger of overlooking the Christ. We must get away from the spiritual snobbery that cannot see profundity in any teaching unless it has the hall-mark of authority. The wind of the Spirit bloweth where it listeth; the light of the Spirit shines out form those whose hearts are near God. In whatever form the Christ comes o us, whether it be as a little Child in poor swaddling clothes, or as the King of Glory, let us open to Him the door."

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