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Daily Devotions for Individuals and Families (Officium Divinum)

The last princess possessed only but few of the worldly things, but she was a
priestess of Dea, and she praised Her in the morning and at evening and at all
the seven hours of the day. — 1:5:28.

These devotions are derived entirely (with the exception of the Drispeal) from
the verses of the Filianic Scriptures, while following the basic liturgical
structures of the canonical hours of the Church familiar to those who are
accustomed to the Western liturgy. When more than one person is present,
the Reading and the Collect should be read by one person, and the other parts
said in unison, or in some other convenient manner. While there may be local
variations to the practice of the canonical hours, this version attempts to use
the words and phrases directly from the Filianic Scriptures; hence some of the
better-known prayers deriving from other traditions is not included in this
edition. Such prayers may be added as appropriate according to local customs.
For convenience, appropriate Readings and Collects are provided in each
service. When desired, however, appropriate Readings from the lectionary, or
the Collect of the Day, or any of the Collects appointed in the Daily Offices,
may be used instead.
The versicles are from the Filianic Scriptures, rewritten in a style similar
to the Psalms in the Judeo-Christian Scriptures. They may be read in unison,
by a lector or an officiant alone, or be read alternately breaking at the asterisks
(*).

�In the Morning (Lauds or Prime)
Mistress of All Things,* who governs every hour of our action:
in offering this day’s events to Your sovereign will,* may we live unto You as
You live through us.
Let our thoughts and deeds of this day flow* with the fountains of virtue
and lie open to the sunlight of Your love,* filling us with joy, warmth and
beauty;
for the sake of Your love that delights in giving us Your grace now and
forever.
A Reading
Thoughts of beauty and of things of the Spirit refine and purify the soul,
making her fair to look upon and graceful in her movements, uniting her with
the universal music of eternity and gathering about her the servants of the
archangels. Forget not the power of words, for a word has all the power of a
thought, and a thought has power to move the earth and the heavens.
Therefore do not speak evil in idleness, or fall into the custom of ill-speaking,
but govern your words even as your actions. Speak words of love and
innocence, of mildness and of hope, and you shall weave a raiment of peace
about your soul, and a veil of gentle light. Speak prayers often, speak them in
the rhythm of your steps, and attune them to the beating of your heart.
— 3:1:3-4, 20-23.
A period of silence may follow.
A hymn or canticle may be used; the Drispeal may be said.
One Dea alone: none other Dea than She.
One Law alone: none other Law than Her Law.
Dea became maid that maid might come to Dea.
Prayers may be offered for ourselves and others.
The Collect
Mistress of All Things seen and unseen, whose very nature is illimitable
light, perfect love and eternal life: we give thanks to You for bringing us in
safety to this new day; preserve us with Your mighty power that we may not
fall into temptation, nor be overcome by adversity; and in all we do, direct us

�to the fulfilling of Your purpose. Through Rhiannë, the risen Queen of
Heaven, to whom is the governance of all earthly things, time and seasons,
with You, in the majesty of the illimitable Great Spirit, reigning in perfect
unity now and forever.

In the Late Morning (Terce)

Praises to the One who have conquered death and kear,*
In whose victory we find our true path:
Restore our purest souls in Your beauty,*
And turn us from the evil of the world,
And live through us,*
That we may return to our heart’s true home.
A Reading
Let the soul know before all that the greatest love is the love of Dea, and
from this love all other loves flow. Let her open herself to her Lady that She
may come as a perfect love for her. Let her learn of Dea, of that eternal love
which is Dea. — 2:1:49-50.
A period of silence may follow.
A hymn or canticle may be used; the Drispeal may be said.
One Dea alone: none other Dea than She.
One Law alone: none other Law than Her Law.
Dea became maid that maid might come to Dea.
Prayers may be offered for ourselves and others.
The Collect
We give praise to You, Mother of All Things, who brings life to the dead
and restores wholeness to the broken, and to Your Daughter, for there is no
place in which Her glorious reign does not extend: renew our strengths and
faith as we raise our voices in songs and prayer. Let us seek excellence in all
things we do, yet with humility that keeps us from chasing praise, honour and
reward. Guide us in love that we may serve You and Your creations in a pure
simplicity of heart. Through Rhiannë, the risen Queen of Heaven, to whom is
the governance of all earthly things, time and seasons, with You, in the
majesty of the illimitable Great Spirit, reigning in perfect unity now and
forever.

�At Noon (Sext)
From 1:9:21-23
Lift up your voices in song and laughter,*
for the princess of the world was dead
and is alive again,*
was broken and is whole;
and there is no place*
whereto Her joyous rule does not extend.
Give praise to the Mother of All Things*
and praise to Her daughter.
Rejoice, for the world is renewed.
A Reading
Thoughts of beauty and of things of the Spirit refine and purify the soul,
making her fair to look upon and graceful in her movements, uniting her with
the universal music of eternity and gathering about her the servants of the
archangels. Let the soul rather fill her dwelling with the warmth of love and
generosity, with the sweet, cool air of purity, and with the flowers of
simplicity, humility and gentleness. Let her garden flow with the fountains of
virtue and lie open to the sunlight of our Mother’s love. Let the soul lie only
open and the sunlight will stream in, filling her with joy, warmth and beauty;
for truly your Mother loves you and delights in giving Her grace. —
3:1:3,4,16-18.
A period of silence may follow.
A hymn or canticle may be used; the Drispeal may be said.
One Dea alone: none other Dea than She.
One Law alone: none other Law than Her Law.
Dea became maid that maid might come to Dea.
Prayers may be offered for ourselves and others.
The Collect
Lady of Noontide, of mountains and valleys, whose works of creation
are joyful delight of Your love: Let us return to the garden of Your gentle
streams, that we may rest in Your peace and harmony, and purify our

�thoughts that we may tread the heavens with You. Grant us peace and fill us
with life that comes of Your wholeness. Through Rhiannë, the risen Queen of
Heaven, to whom is the governance of all earthly things, time and seasons,
with You, in the majesty of the illimitable Great Spirit, reigning in perfect
unity now and forever.

In the Mid-Afternoon (None)
Keep us from chasing bright illusions, Mistress of Perfection.*
Let us return to purity again.
So we may come once more to the still centre,*
and stay upon Your breast.
For You who created us also loves us,*
even to the end of the age.
Though we have turned away from You,*
You have never forsaken us.
And Your hands, that have shattered the gates of hell,*
shall not harm us but shall surround us to protect us from all evils.
Return to love, Mistress of All Things,*
for the love is the simplest, and the divine law that gives us a harbour of
refuge.
Let us walk in Your love again,*
for love conquers every danger and leads us to the perfection.
A Reading
Existence is a web of tapestry. A web is a pattern of many crossroads
connected by short paths. Some crossroads are the intersection of many paths,
some of but a few. Some are great and some are small. Each path has its own
colour. Every crossroads is a choice, and every choice has a spiritual meaning.
In each turning we choose either to come closer to Perfection or else to move
away from Her. — 2:1:1-5.
A period of silence may follow.
A hymn or canticle may be used; the Drispeal may be said.
One Dea alone: none other Dea than She.
One Law alone: none other Law than Her Law.
Dea became maid that maid might come to Dea.

�Prayers may be offered for ourselves and others.
The Collect
Holy Queen of Heaven, whose nature is life, light and love: we seek
protection in Your mantle, for You have turned no creature from Your loving
protection. Shelter us the folds of Your garment. Bring us back to the true law
and rhythm of nature, for You are the Princess whose reign knows no bounds;
and complete our joy in Your divine presence. For You, Rhiannë, are the risen
Queen of Heaven, to whom is the governance of all earthly things, time and
seasons, with the Holy Mother and in the majesty of the illimitable Great
Spirit, reigning in perfect unity now and forever.

In the Early Evening (Vespers)
This trembling light is the glory of all the heavens,* and more glorious than all
the luminaries thereof.
One hundred safe places there are, and one hundred good havens,* even so
shall they answer.
One hundred most truly there are,* yet but one is the truth, and the ninety
and nine are illusion.
For this world shall dissolve* and its splendours shall be vanished;
its pain and its sorrows* shall pass like the summer rain.
The Princess of Light has come to bring you a light,*
that you may find your souls before the darkness comes.
You cannot find the true light without taking leave of the false.*
Nor is there any way into the world of light save first you go into the dark.
A Reading
The Mother of All Things removed the divine light from Her daughter,
blessed Her, and sent Her forth, saying: “Go hence from here, beloved
daughter, for You may no longer look upon Me.” Then the children of heaven
led Her forth, and praised Her in strange and gentle songs. And the Maid set
Herself apart to pray, and She prayed alone by the running streams and
beneath the full moon, until a new light was kindled within Her, which was
the pure light of Her own divinity. Yet while the divine light of Her Mother
was undying, the light of the Maid trembled before the winds of death. The
daughters of heaven delighted in Her gentle light, saying, “This trembling
light is the glory of all the heavens, and more glorious than all the luminaries
thereof.” The Maid answered them, saying, “I shall carry this light into every

�place that is, even into the nethermost regions and the regions of death.” —
1:6:16-21.
A period of silence may follow.
A hymn or canticle may be used; the Drispeal may be said.
One Dea alone: none other Dea than She.
One Law alone: none other Law than Her Law.
Dea became maid that maid might come to Dea.
Prayers may be offered for ourselves and others.
The Collect
Lady of light, in whose light we see the eternal glory of the Mother:
kindle a new light within us and be our comfort in the darkness. In the inner
silence we hear Your voice, and in the inner darkness we see Your face. For
You, Rhiannë, have conquered the darkness and gives us Your victory, so we
may dwell in Your presence, with the Holy Mother and in the mystery of the
Great Spirit beyond all form, now and forever.

In the Late Evening (Compline)
You who are weary with the world, you who are lonely,*
you who have suffered hardship, and you who have suffered hurt:
come, gather about the feet of Our Lady,*
and Her mantle shall enfold you and shelter you.
For the ills of the world shall pass away,*
even as the terrors of the night.
And the dawn shall be bright with splendour*
and sweet with the singing of the blessed souls.
A Reading
Fix then your will upon the truth and your heart upon the Spirit My
Mother, for by your love the world shall be redeemed, even to the last blade of
grass. In your work praise Her and in your resting, in your speech and in your
silence. For you were made one with Her, and this is your true estate. It is
good for a maid to till the soil, but it is better to live with her Lady. It is good
to build and to weave, but it is better to live with her Lady. It is good to serve
maids in every way, but it is better to live with her Lady. — 4:3:20-22.

�A period of silence may follow.
A hymn or canticle may be used; the Drispeal may be said.
One Dea alone: none other Dea than She.
One Law alone: none other Law than Her Law.
Dea became maid that maid might come to Dea.
Prayers may be offered for ourselves and others.
The Collect
Mistress of All Things, sovereign over the light and darkness: keep watch
in the heavens by night, that there shall never be complete darkness. As we
look upon the luminous beauty of the moon and stars, kindle the light of Your
Spirit so we may remember the time of perfection when all things were
perfect reflections of Your glory.
Almighty and merciful Dea, the Great Illimitable Spirit, Mother and
Daughter, bless us and keep us.

At Midnight or Pre-Dawn (Vigils or Matins)
For the sacred word does not cry in the marketplace,*
but whispers in the heart of every soul that truth which she alone may
understand.
Therefore when you think upon the questions of life, of time or of the
spheres,*
contemplate first the seed of truth, and let your thoughts unfold from that
seed.
Let the pure and single note of truth attune your soul.
Then your mind shall rise up into soul,*
and soul breathe the breath of Spirit.
Do this, and your thoughts shall be in harmony*
with the universal music of eternity.
A Reading
Follow, then, the gentle way of the divine law; let not your heart be
taken by the ice. Let her sweet waters flow unto your Mother, tread on the
way of quietness and love. Follow this way and you shall see perfection. The

�sun shall rise and scatter the darkness hence. And after the long and
wearisome night journey, you shall behold the light of the golden dawn. —
4:2:61-64.
A period of silence may follow.
A hymn or canticle may be used; the Drispeal may be said.
One Dea alone: none other Dea than She.
One Law alone: none other Law than Her Law.
Dea became maid that maid might come to Dea.
Prayers may be offered for ourselves and others.
The Collect
In the depth of darkness, we keep watch seeking Your return and the
renewal of the world. May the Mistress of All Things who have shattered the
gates of hell keep us and guard us, that we may renew our faith and receive
the dawn of a new day with praise and rejoicing. Through Rhiannë, who has
brought Her light to the nethermost of the darkness, to whom is the
deliverance and liberation of all earthly things, time and seasons, with You, in
the dwelling presence of the illimitable Great Spirit, reigning in perfect unity
now and forever.

Various Prayers

These prayers may be used at any occasion. This section also includes some of
the well known prayers used among various Filianic communities, many of
which are derived from traditions outside the Filianic Scriptures.
Collect for purity (adapted from the Anglican Book of Common Prayer 1979;
originally from The Cloud of Unknowing.)
Almighty Dea, to whom all hearts are open, all desires known, and from
whom no secrets are hid: cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration
of Your holy Spirit, that we may perfectly love You and worthily magnify
Your holy name.
Collect for penitence (from 3:2:13, 15.)
One who alone sees all things, we pray in supplication for the divine
light that we may make true examination of our heart.

�Trisagion (adapted from a Byzantine Eucharistic liturgy.)
Holy Dea, holy and mighty, holy immortal One, have mercy upon us.
(Repeated three times.)
Memorare (adapted from a Roman Catholic Marian prayer.)
Remember, the most gracious Virgin Mother, that never was it known
that anyone who fled to your protection, implored your help or sought your
intervention was left unaided. Inspired by this confidence, I fly unto you,
Virgin of Virgins, my Mother; to you I come, before you I stand, sinful and
sorrowful. Mother of the earth and the heavens, despise not my petitions, but
in your mercy hear and answer me.
Daughter of Light (unknown; originally published in The Filianic Rosary.)
Daughter of Light, that reigns as Queen of Heaven, all praise and honour
we joyfully give to you. Give us to know that you are by us, in every act we
make. Teach us obedience, humility and joy of heart, that comes of selfforgetting. Help us to be clear mirrors of your love, reflecting all the beauty in
the world, for beauty is the echo of eternity. Fix our hearts on the eternal, and
let us not be held from you by transient things. Rescue us from the hands of
Darkness, that we may serve you with all our being, here and in your bright
eternity.
Glory (adapted from the Western liturgy.)
Glory be to the Spirit beyond form, the Mother, and to the Daughter, as
it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end.
The Lady Prayer (adapted from the Book of Common Prayer 1979.)
Our Mother in heaven, holy be your name. Your reign come on this
earth as in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. Forgive our sins as we
forgive those who have sinned against us. Save us from the time of trial, and
keep us from evil. For the sovereignty, power and glory are yours forever.

A Filianic Rosary from the Scriptures

This contemplative practice, using a “rosary” or prayer beads, is widely found
in many traditional faiths. This version is written largely from words of the
Filianic Scriptures, instead of borrowing heavily from Christian variations. A
typical five-decade Roman Catholic rosary is to be used. The word “rosary”
means a garden of roses, and thus it is a scriptural practice in the Filianic faith,
as it is written, “Let the soul rather fill her dwelling with the warmth of love

�and generosity, with the sweet, cool air of purity, and with the flowers of
simplicity, humility and gentleness. Let her garden flow with the fountains of
virtue and lie open to the sunlight of our Mother’s love... Speak prayers often,
speak them in the rhythm of your steps, and attune them to the beating of
your heart.” (3:1:16, 17, 23.)
At the fora, or the cross:
Say the Drispeal: “One Dea alone: none other Dea than She. One Law
alone: none other Law than Her Law. Dea became maid that maid might come
to Dea.”
At the medal:
[Our Mother in heaven, holy be your name. Your reign come on this
earth as in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. Forgive our sins as we
forgive those who have sinned against us. Save us from the time of trial, and
keep us from evil. For the sovereignty, power and glory are yours forever.]
With each “ordinary” bead: “Hail, Princess of the World, hail, Queen of
Heaven. Your very presence is the completion of my joy. I place wholly my
trust in the Spirit my Mother, for She is the rich, the all-sufficient. Pour forth
Your grace and blessings from Your hands upon me and upon the earth.”
With the bead between decades: “Praises be to the Spirit my Mother, Mother
of All Things and Her Daughter. I rejoice, for the world is renewed. I give
myself to You in my hearts, for the whole world glorifies Your holy name,
now and forever.”
Meditations of each decade, or the “five mysteries”:
1. Dea as the source of all things seen and unseen. (1:1:1.)
2. The Daughter of Dea, the perfection from perfection. (1:5:15.)
3. The death of the Daughter. (1:8:14-16.)
4. The resurrection of the Daughter. (1:9:10-17.)
5. The renewal of the world and Her glorious reign. (1:9:21-22.)
The prayer may be closed with this: “Turn then, most gracious Saviour, your
eyes of mercy towards us; and after this, our exile lead us into the sacred
garden of your love. Merciful, loving, sweet Virgin Lady, shelter and guide
us, Holy Daughter of God, that we may be made worthy of your salvation.”