Wednesday Evening Communion

Illustration by Penelope MacEwen

COMMUNION FOR WEDNESDAY EVENING

WEDNESDAY EVENING INVOCATION

“Angel of Love, descend upon my Feeling Body and purify all my feelings.”

PROLOGUE

Let us enter the eternal and infinite Garden of Mystery, our spirits in Oneness with the Heavenly Father; our bodies in Oneness with the Earthly Mother, and our hearts and minds in Oneness with each other and with all of creation.

WEDNESDAY EVENING COMMUNION

“The Angel of Love, whose healing waters flow in a never-ending stream from the Sea of Eternity.

Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of the Heavenly Father, and every one that loveth is born of the Heavenly Order and knoweth the Angels. For without love, a man’s heart is parched and cracked as the bottom of a dry well, and his words are empty as a hollow gourd.

But loving words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul. Loving words in a man’s mouth are as deep waters and the wellspring of love as a flowing brook.

Yea, it was said in the ancient of days ‘Thou shalt love thy Heavenly Father with all thy heart,
And with all thy mind,
And with all thy deeds,
And thou shalt love thy brothers as thyself.’

The Heavenly Father is love, and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in the Heavenly Father, and the Heavenly Father in him.

He that loveth not is as a wandering bird cast out of the nest for him the grass faileth and the stream has a bitter taste.

If a man say ‘I love the Heavenly Father but hate my brother,’ he is a liar. For he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love the Heavenly Father whom he hath not seen? By this we know the Childen of Light, those who walk with the Angel of Love.

For they love the Heavenly Father and they love their brethren, and they keep the Holy Law.

Love is stronger than the currents of deep waters. Love is stronger than death.”

Who Were The Essenes?

Over 2000 years ago precious scrolls were hidden in the Judean Desert along the North West Shore of the Dead Sea at Qumran – in what is known today as The West Bank. What do we know about the Essenes, the scribes who created these scrolls?

Pliny the Elder, Roman geographer, mentions that β€œOn the Western Shore of the Dead Sea are settled the Essenes …” and they are mentioned by Jewish historian, Josephus, and philosopher, Philo of Alexandria. All three contemporary writers speak of the Essenes with great admiration. Having distanced themselves from the corrupt practices of the Temple priests in Jerusalem, the Essenes followed their leader to live a strict ascetic life in the desert – preparing for the expected end times and a new world order. The community was greatly admired for the way they shared everything in common.

The discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls in 1947 was hailed as the greatest manuscript find of the age. Many now believe that Jesus of Nazareth (Jeshua) was, himself, an Essene elder, so the scrolls could represent the purist of his writings and teaching. These were the only writings which have survived from a period which saw the beginnings of Christianity and modern Judaism. They were the oldest extant Biblical scrolls. The discovery created enormous interest in Qumran and the Essenes. Excavation showed a well ordered, self-sufficient community where the scribes must have spent many hours daily working on the scrolls.

In her book, The New Essenes, Sophie Edwards describes the beautiful poetic translations of the Scrolls, along with Biblical and other ancient texts, by Edmond Bordeaux Szekely. We owe him a great debt, not only for the translations but for being among the pioneers to introduce the idea of wholistic health through living in harmony with nature. The book and audio recordings are available to purchase here: http://angellight.co.uk/books-cds-cards/

Edwards also highlights the daily communions with the Angels that all Essenes (including Jeshua) practised as part of their daily spiritual practice, and which are still followed today by those commited to the Essene way of life.

Using The Communions

There are seven communions with the Earthly Mother and seven with the Heavenly Father. This completely balances the feminine and masculine energies of the Divine. When Jesus told us to honour our Mother and Father this is what I believe he was referring to. Our Heavenly Father guides our spirit during the sleeping hours and our Earthly Mother our practical daily earthly lives. In this way we can each experience the interconnectedness and harmony of creation. The Communions are recited each day – once in the morning, and once in the evening. Traditionally, the start of the cycle is Friday Evening, on the eve of the Jewish Sabbath.

Start with the Prologue, and then the relevant communion for each day. If you can, sit quietly for a few moments and reflect on the meaning of each message and how you might bring it into your life. If you wish, you can also use the shorter invocation (affirmation) throughout the day to calm your mind and call in angel energy – ideal during those hectic moments!

The New Essenes

The NEW ESSENES network is made up of a group of people who have been brought together by a common interest in the Essenes. It was founded by Sir George Trevelyan, Anne MacEwen, Brian and Jackie Stevenson and others to popularise the wonderful meditations with Angels published by Dr. Edmund Szekely in his book, β€œThe Gospel of the Essenes.”

To find out more, visit their website: http://www.newessenesnetwork.org.uk/