Monday is almost over, but the Lord willing we will see another day we call Monday. The following is what the Essenes set out as their teachings and practices for Monday.
First I’d like to comment on the word “Communions.” There were two references to “communions” in the churches I attended:
- one had to do with the taking of bread and wine: that was called Communion and as a child in the RC church, I made my Holy Communion at around age 6. Before that I could not received Communion. I never once thought the word had anything to do with communication. Now, as I look at the word, I smack my forehead with a big “Duh!!” and say, of course, communication; and
- the RC church talked about the “communion of saints,” and even today I am uncertain whether we were told to have conversations with the dead saints. Days of the week are named after different saints – people like you and me who have died and been determined were ‘angelic’ in nature and met the criteria of the Catholic church to be called ‘saints’.
Everyone of us falls under the umbrella of being both children of YHWH and sinners, without exception. The dictionary defines saint as:
- one officially recognized especially through canonization as preeminent for holiness
- one of the spirits of the departed in heaven
- one of God’s chosen and usually Christian people
- capitalized : a member of any of various Christian bodies; specifically : latter-day saint
- one eminent for piety or virtue
- an illustrious predecessor
Seriously? Why would we venerate another human being. Has the Church simply replaced what the Essenes were doing with the days of the week, with their man made martyrs/saints? Is that perhaps having “other gods” before YHWH?
According to the Essene literature, their Communions (practices) are:
” … a bridge between man and the angels. And like a bridge, can only be built with patience. Yea, even as a bridge over a river is fashioned stone by stone, as they are found by the water’s edge.”
Each day of the week follows the same format with teachings, meditations and practices for the day. I love how we begin the day in contemplation with the Angel of Life and at night with the Angel of Peace. Who among us does not desire peace as we end an often stress filled day?
I have spent most of my life under the teachings of one religion or another, learning appropriate times and prayers to be said. I have been told “about” angels, but never, other than my Guardian Angel, has it been suggested by any of those organizations that I commune daily with any other Angel.
We are taught that the Lord circles us about with his army of Angels who protect us. But, I find much as I did while in the Catholic organization, there is little suggestion that we invoke ‘communion’ (communication) with them, as though real. I say much as in the Catholic organization because it was not until I stepped out of it that I held my first bible. I had always been taught by the Catechism and the Sunday Missal which determined the readings of the Sunday. I certainly never went to church other than on a Sunday – save and except during Lent.
Looking back at my childhood and teen years, it was those Lent times that I loved going to church because there was always a visiting Pastor from another country who talked and taught as if he was having a conversation with us, not preaching to us.
THE DEEPENING: God so made life and ALL living things that they, by the living word, would teach the laws of the Heavenly Father and the Earthly Mother, to the sons and the daughters of men.
MORNING COMMUNION: Angel of LIFE I invoke thee; for in everything that has life is the Holy Law written. In the grass, in the flowers, in the forest and in the trees. In the animals, and the birds and the fishes in the seas. All life speaks to us and if we listen, we can understand the tongue and the will of the living God.
MEDITATION: The life-force within me cries out. That which I am longs for experience and to know and to understand. May I gain the wisdom of the connectedness with all that there is, for I am the one, and I am the many.
NOON CONTEMPLATION: Peace with CULTURE. Though thy brothers be of different origin, we all do toil in the vineyard of the Earthly Mother. We all lift our voices in praise of the Heavenly Father, and together, we all break the bread of wisdom and share in the Holy feast.
EVENING COMMUNION: Angel of PEACE I invoke thee. Cast your blessings to the peoples of the world and to all that are weary or do suffer. And as long as the sun and moon endure, and throughout all the generations to come, may peace prevail over the earth as the waters cover the sea. And in remembrance of thee, I shall ever greet my brother by your name, and as each evening comes, I shall embrace thee. Peace be with you.
THE BLESSING: The whispering of a flame invokes the peace within me. Reminding me of my task and of my journey. I have been given a peaceful heart and my path is before me. I joyfully take up the task, to reach the center, and to realize that I am a channel for peace.