Devotional Service to the Most Holy Sophia
Monthly we host an evening service of devotion to the Holy Sophia. This devotional service, unique to our rite, is a singularly meaningful and mystical experience dedicated to the Divine Feminine. The service includes the blessing of the rose, and culminates in the Litany of Love, in which love is sent forth to all, both the seen and unseen. Please check The Parish Calendar for dates, times and locations.
The Hail Sophia
Hail Sophia, filled with light, the Christ is with Thee, blessed art Thou among the Aeons, and blessed is the Liberator of Thy light, Jesus. Holy Sophia, Mother of all gods, pray to the light for us Thy children, now and in the hour of our death.
Beautiful artwork of the sacred feminine, with the music She Is Near written and performed by our friends of "Aurora" -- Katherine Conrad and Marie Garry.
Who is the Most Holy Sophia? According to orthodox theology, we, humanity, exist in this realm of a member of the transcendent because godhead, Sophia (Wisdom), desired to actualize her innate potential for creativity without the approval of her partner or divine consort. Her hubris, in this regard, stood forth as raw materiality. Her desire, which was the mysterious, ineffable Father, manifested itself as Ialdabaoth, the Demiurge, that renegade principle of generation and corruption which, by its unalterable necessity, brings all beings to life, for a brief moment, and then to death for eternity. However, since even the Pleroma itself is not, according to the Gnostics, exempt from desire or passion, there must come into play a salvific event or savior—that is, Christ, the Logos, the "messenger," etc.—who descends to the material realm to negate all passion and raise the innocent human "sparks" (which fell from Sophia) back up to the Pleroma (cf. Apocryphon of John [Codex II] 9:25-25:14 ff.).
Sophia in Hebrew is pronounced Hokmah. When the Bible was translated into Greek, Hokmah became Sophia. Both these names mean wisdom. But not intellectual knowledge, rather a knowledge of the mysteries.
So when you hear the name Sophia, think keeper of the universal wisdom. Or a repository of ancient wisdom.
And every time you come across the word wisdom in your English Bible, both in the Old and the New Testament, remind yourself it really says Sophia. Things will start to make a lot more sense. Such as Luke 11:49, where it says, “I wisdom will send to them prophets and apostles some of whom they will kill or persecute.” How can a mental concept, wisdom, “send” anyone to earth? It makes a lot more sense if you read the Greek translation literally, “I Sophia will send them prophets and apostles.” Luke says Jesus and John the Baptiser were sent by Sophia, not just by God.