In this generation involvement in the Order of St. Mary Magdalene and her devotions is oriented to self-initiation and a way of self-initiation has been taught in this forum. Within the Sophian Gnostic lineage, though, there is a spiritual empowerment of the Magdalene imparted to initiates of the tradition, the Mantle of the Holy Bride.
If and when an initiate seeks to deepen their devotions to the Holy Bride, and seeks a greater influx of the Holy Light and Fire of the Bride, seeking to draw near, they may request to receive the Mantle of the Holy Bride from a linage-holder, or from an active initiate who has received the Mantle of the Holy Bride. When they are moved by the Holy Spirit, and it is time, the lineage-holder or initiate will impart this spiritual empowerment and blessing to the aspirant, “taking them under the Holy Mantle.”
When this initiation is imparted there are prayers giving praise and thanks to the Most High, invoking the Name and Shekinah of the Holy One, and there are prayers invoking the Holy Mother and Holy Bride, and the lineage-holder or initiate will merge with the living presence of the Holy Bride, drawing through themselves the Holy Light and Fire of the Magdalene. As this is done, wrapped in their prayer shawl and manifesting it as the Holy Mantle, they will take the aspirant under the Holy Mantle, and they will lay hands on the aspirant, and bless and empower them in the Shekinah of Messiah, the Holy Bride.
The Mantle of the Holy Bride is an intimate energetic exchange, a distinct transmission of the spiritual power of the Magdalene in our lineage, understanding that the inmost line of apostolic succession in our lineage is attributed to the Holy Bride, St. Mary Magdalene; hence, the lineage of the apostle of the apostles, Mother of Apostles.
As perhaps you might imagine, the reception of the Mantle of the Holy Bride often brings deep spiritual and mystical experiences of the Holy Bride, along with deeper insight into the mysteries of the Gospel of Truth and the energetic transmission within and behind the Gnostic Apostolic Succession.
This, of course, is a spiritual empowerment that can only be imparted in person, in an exchange between two initiates gathered together in the Blessed Name, cleaving to the Shekinah of the Messiah, the Holy Mother-Bride. If an aspirant is able to encounter a lineage-holder or initiate who has received the Mantle in this life, it is good; but if not a rite of self-initiation can be performed invoking the good company of the Holy Bride, and the Mother Spirit will bless the aspirant, all as they desire to receive and are able to receive. This too is good.
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