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O God, Beyond All Gender

February 4th, 2010, Promulgated by Gen

I think not.

This isn’t going to turn into one of these rambling “dialogues” about the being of God. God is Father, God is Son, God is Holy Ghost – each is referred to in a masculine sense throughout the Bible. Never a feminine one.

Why do I bring this up agian? Well, I was perusing my collection of various novenas and devotional prayers, and discovered I lack for a Novena to St. Mary Magdalene. You know, the wife of Jesus who gave birth to His son/daughter in France, and founded the Bourbon Dynasty that ruled France until the French Revolution and the execution of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette, and who is burried beneath the inverted pyramid in the Louvre in Paris. Oh, wait, that’s the fairy tale Dan Brown told – mea culpa.

Well, I decided to look for a Novena which I could add to my collection. This is what I found:

The Rosary of St. Mary Magdalene
in Seven Mysteries
For Prayer with the Franciscan Crown
A pilgrimage of liberation
and enlightenment

General Instructions for  the Rosary of Mary Magdalene
Begin by having an intention in mind for the rosary. Then begin with:

The Sign of the Cross
Holding the cross in the right hand (if right handed), with the rest of the rosary in the left hand, bless yourself with the Invocation:

      +In the Name of God, the Living One, Word, and Spirit.  Amen. (Wait, what?)

Opening Prayer
What binds us is slain, what surrounds us is destroyed, all desire is gone, ignorance is dead.  We are free to remember eternity. (How can we remember eternity? Only God can do that.) We shall rest in Silence for all ages and aeons.  Amen. 

On the first bead after the cross say the “Our Father”:  Many people prefer to use an alternative prayer to affirm that God is beyond all gender (Wow. Hold on there. What??): 

     Our Mother (Jesus did not say “Our Mother.” He clearly said “Our Father”), with us on earth, holy is your name, your true reign come, your will be done, within us as it is within you (Excuse me?)  Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our sins, as we forgive those whose sins have oppressed us, and lead us not into confusion, but enlighten us with your wisdom (Can you feel the segway this bloke wants to make? Wisdom = Holy Spirit = Some kind of transgendered God. No. The Scriptures are perfectly clear.).  Amen. 

      On the next three beads say the “AVE MARIA”:
      Hail Mary, full of grace; the Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou amongst women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.  Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us now, and at the hour of death. Amen. (This fellow is “traditional” enough to say “amongst,” not among, but he says things like “Our Mother?” Insanity.)

After the third AVE MARIA hold the chain and say the GLORIA PATRI:
     Glory to you, O God, Living One, Word, and Spirit.  Now, and for all ages and aeons. Amen.   (The Gloria Patri is a Doxology, a prayer commemorating the Holy Trinity. The Holy Trinity is NOT “Living One,” “Word,” and “Spirit.” When you’re talking about the Trinity, don’t ever presume to rename God. Ever. Yes, Jesus is the Word Made Flesh, but we both know this is not what this prayer has in mind.)
     Some may want to substitute the traditional prayer:  ?Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: as it was in the beginning, is how and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.?

(It just keeps going on and on and on. If you want to keep reading – click here.)



4 Responses to “O God, Beyond All Gender”

  1. Dr. K says:

    Why? Why!?

    ~Dr. K

  2. Persis says:

    I have to agree with you Dr. K~

    As a side note, I have something posted on my blog regarding the rosary, any insight from anyone at Cleansing Fire or any of your readers would be greatly appreciated!

  3. Anonymous says:

    Check out the web site calling for Bishop Clark to resign.

    890 days. The days are going by fast.

  4. Louis E. says:

    Actually,the 20th-century fable Dan Brown grabbed onto was that the Merovingian dynasty (which actually traces to 3rd-century Frankish chiefs in modern Germany) was the one founded by Mary Magdalene's line.Capetian/Bourbon links to them are quite weak.

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