Day of the Holy Mani, Martyr and Prophet

April 25

Color: Red

The COLLECT

We bless thy Light-Twin, Christ the author of our good, our Lord Mani, the spirit of Truth who is come from the Father, the advocate whom Jesus has sent, the great conqueror, our Lord, our Light, who has given his loved ones the victory! Thou hast come in peace, O new sun of the souls, we trust in thy mercy, for thou quickly turnest and showest pity! Our liberator into the praise of the lovable God, holy Mani, come among God’s three sons! Thou art the advocate whom we have loved; thy light shines out in us like the lamp of light, for thou hast driven from us the forgetfulness of the Error, thou hast taught us to bless God and His lights. Amen.

The LESSON

The Lesson is taken from the Fundamental Epistle of the Holy Mani:
Mani, by providence of God the Father, Apostle of Jesus the Christ: These are the healthful words from the perennial and living source, which he who hears first and believes them, then guards what they teach, shall never be subject to death but will enjoy eternal and glorious life. Happy indeed may he be deemed who has been initiated in this divine Gnosis, whereby he will be liberated and abide in everlasting life! May the peace of the invisible God and the knowledge of the Truth be with the holy and dear brothers who believe in the heavenly precepts and at the same time fully keep them! May also the right hand of Light guard and save you from every evil assault and from the snares of the world! May the pity of the Holy Spirit open your heart and let you see your soul with your own eyes!

The GOSPEL

The Gospel is taken from the sayings of the Holy Prophet Mani:
Then the Luminary said: I Mani, the apostle of Jesus, I have gone out of the land of Babylon, whence I was to call a Call in the world; I shall cause living streams to well up for the thirsty, that they may drink and live. The Luminary said again: Without weapons, without armor I have subdued distant cities and far-off lands through the Word of God, while they bless my name. As no single man has known how to conquer me in all the world, so is it also to be with my spiritual sons, no one shall be able to conquer them. Apostles and envoys have I sent out to all the lands, so that the earlier apostles who preceded them have not done as I have done in this hard generation. For this great door which I have opened lies open to the Gods and Angels, and Men and all the spirits and living souls who are ready for Life and everlasting rest!

The Martyrdom of Tau Harmonius

Bishop and Last Martyr of the Gnosis

March 22

Color: Red
It is permissible to use the Requiem Eucharist, with the insertion of the special Collect, Lesson and Gospel and using the Black color.

the COLLECT

Remember him, O Lord, in Thy Kingdom, Thy faithful servant Tau Harmonius, bishop of the Gnosis, and a knower of the things that are, who like his predecessors of old gave his life and blood for the Truth that makes men free. Grant him we pray thee, a place of refreshment, a blessed tranquility, and the splendor of Thy Gnosis. We thank Thee, O eternal One, for the example of this faithful shepherd, who gave up his earthly life in Thy service, and we pray that inspired by his heroic virtue we may also bear witness to the Gnosis of Love, Liberty and Light, and may with him at length enter into Thine ineffable splendor and unending joy. Amen.

The LESSON

The Lesson is taken from the perfect Sermon of Hermes, the Thrice Great Lord:
In those days darkness will be preferred to light, and death will be held more useful than life; no one will look up to Heaven; the pious will be deemed mad and the impious a sage, the insane will be held brave and the most wicked good. For the soul and all things about it, whereby we assume that either it is born immortal or that it will attain to immortality, will be considered not only a jest but even non- existent. Nothing holy, nothing pious, nothing worthy of heaven or heavenly things, will be heard or believed by the mind. Nay, believe me, even the punishment of death shall be decreed for the man who has dedicated himself to the religion of the truth.

The GOSPEL

The Gospel is taken from the Gospel according to St. Matthew:
Jesus taught His disciples, saying: Blessed are the poor in spirit; for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are they that mourn; for they shall be comforted. Blessed are the meek; for they shall inherit the earth. Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness; for they shall be filled. Blessed are the merciful; for they shall obtain mercy. Blessed are the pure in heart; for they shall see God. Blessed are the peacemakers; for they shall be called the children of God. Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness‘ sake; for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for My sake. Rejoice, and be exceedingly glad; for great is your reward in heaven; for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.

Montségur Day

March 16

Color: Red
Intent: Commemoration of the Martyrdom of the Holy Esclaremonde and the Holy Cathar Martyrs of Montségur in AD 1244.

COLLECT

Remember them, O Lord in Thy kingdom. The faithful who did not adore the Beast and whom the Beast has slain. The faithful who served Thee because they could do no other, who lived in an age when the right to seek Thee was bought with their lives. Remember those who gave more than they could, more indeed than they possessed; more then they ever should have given. They could do no other. Mercy, Lord on all the burned ones of this world. Mercy on all who loved beyond this world. On all who have loved. On all who have had some true thing to love. Amen.

LESSON

The Lesson is taken from the sacred texts of the Cathars:
Holy Father, Thou just God of all good souls, Thou who art never deceived, who dost never lie or doubt, grant us to know what Thou knowest, to love what Thou dost love; for we are not of this world, and this world is not of us, and we fear lest we meet death in this realm of an alien god. Pharisees, seducers, you who sit at the gates of the Kingdom; you who hold back others who would enter, yet will not go in yourselves; and because of this I pray to the Holy Father of all good souls, who has the power of salvation, and through the merit of the saved causes our souls to germinate and flourish, and for the sake of the virtuous grants life to those in iniquity; the Holy Father who will continue to do so as long as there are good men in the world, till none of my little children are left. For all those that acknowledged the mastery of Lucifer, and fell from Paradise, and come from the seven kingdoms, they rose up on a sky of glass, and for every one that rose aloft, another fell and was lost; and for this cause God came down from heaven with the twelve apostles and took a phantom shape in Holy Mary.

GOSPEL

The Gospel is taken from the Gospel according to the Cathars:
A certain woman came to the Son of God and said that her daughter was frenzied; and the Son of God placed his hand on her daughter’s head and healed her — which healing is nothing else than this; that the soul of the daughter went out of her body and that he healed the soul. For the Son of God did not free them from bodily infirmities but only from sins which are the infirmities of the soul. And this is why the Son of God was a good healer, because he drew souls to liberation. For the Son of God was none other than one of the heavenly spirits who knowing the dreadful sorrows and penalties which one needs suffer who should desire to come among men and uplift the human race, nevertheless told the Father that he himself desired to be his son, and to fulfill all things which were written in the Father’s book, however grievous they might be. Then he descended from heaven and appeared as a newly born babe in Bethlehem.


The following invocation of the Saints may be used for the Mass commemorating the Martyrdom of the Cathar Martyrs:

We call upon the immortal names of the holy martyrs of the Light: Esclaremonde de Foix, the great light of the true church, Bertrand Marty, holy bishop and teacher, bishops Peter of Carcossone and William of Albi, all the holy women and men who died for the true and ancient light; by them and in their name we unite ourselves with the martyrs and just ones that were and are and are to come. Amen.

A Video Homily for Montségur Day by Bishop Stephan A. Hoeller

A Homily for Montségur Day by Bishop Steven Marshall