We thus call upon the Holy Sophia, the supernal mother of our souls, and celestial bride of our spirits: Daughter of Infinite Light, born of enlightened love; merciful and compassionate, embodiment of perfect wisdom; begotten in Eternity, beyond time and space.
With what words shall we praise Thee, or with what thought comprehend Thy majesty? Utterance must profane Thee; Silence itself can but bear witness to Thee. How shall we extol Thee? In what shall we shadow forth Thy great glory among us?
And our Lady Sophia answers, saying:
Ye shall dance, sing, feast, make music and love, all in my praise. For mine is the ecstasy of the spirit, and mine also joy on earth. Let my worship be in the heart that rejoiceth. wherefore let there be beauty and strength, power and compassion, honor and humility, mirth and reverence within you, now and for evermore.
Sophia is the Greek word for Wisdom. This feast is to mark the eternal moment in which Wisdom, lost in the world, is redeemed, returned and assumed into the heavenly realm.
If you study the church calendar, you’ll notice that this feast day is followed (on September 8) by The Descent of Sophia – deliberately, I imagine, to make the point that the journey from Descent to Return is long and difficult.
Wisdom is our primordial mother. Ever-present, yet not always seen, she is the compassionate ground of our awareness steady in the face of our constant flickering, flittering dance among many suitors, she waits – the patient bride for the bridegroom.
In stillness, when we take time to rest and to see, she stands forth and is triumphant. Soon the bridegroom comes and she returns to the house of her Father.
Reunited, Wisdom I think becomes our awareness. We see in the dancing and singing of the manifest world the ever-presence of the Great Mother and notice in ourselves and each other the unspotted mirror of Her power and the image of Her goodness.
Our Mother who has always loved and who has never lost faith. Today is the day we weep and sing and dance in gratitude.
Obviously, the service this Sunday will be a “Sophianic Eucharist”. The service praises Sophia as the immanent, feminine face of the Divine and celebrates the sacred marriage between the immanent and transcendent aspects of Spirit. The service features prayer and chant and the sharing of the Body and the Blood in the form of bread and wine.
Sophia Café – 7pm
Sophia Café follows the service – stay around for tea, snacks and conversation. Each week starts with a short talk by someone from the community followed by open discussion.