Thank you Acolyte Angela for taking these pics of me with the Michael banner. All photos Copyright 2014 GLHoke
Well i am Way behind on posting this, but last Monday 29 September was Michaelmas or as it is known in the Lutheran faith the day of St Michael and all the Archangels. So Monday eve i went down to the church of St Michael and arrived in the middle of a question and answer session with the Bishop of south central PA, who was talking about the future of the church and how the Lutherans have reached an agreement with the Anglicans to share ritual space and the same negotiations are going on with the Catholics but that will take longer but is progressing. It was not mentioned that i heard but i assume the issue is Transubstantiation. Also coming up i think next year is the 500th anniversary (my doth time fly) of Luther hammering his points of disagreement upon the church door. So maybe, I thought in my mind but did not verbalize, the symbol of this “coming together” should be a claw hammer LOL.
I had in my pocket two old WWI brass military metals with rainbow ribbons and pin at the top commemorating the end of the Great War for the purpose of magickally charging them up with with commemoration. After the Bishop was done with his talk and before the service i approached in and, after asking Pastor Larry whether it be appropriate, asked for them to be blessed and he reached out his amethyst ringed right hand and laid it upon the metals in my palm and said a prayer over them. I then pocketed on and later gave the other to Pastor Larry who seemed pleased, and i asked he always remember me on this date as Mikael (i use the Eastern Orthodox Russian pronunciation).
I know it seems strange that a Witch Priest like myself would be participating in such an event or ritual, and that i have become good friends with a very open minded Lutheran Pastor, but just as the Catholic church took their rituals from the Pagan Romans and Greeks so i think that our Coven of the Catta in its original Coven de la Dragon Rouge in SE France fashioned our rituals from the Catholic Mass. There are just Too Many similarities and someday i promise a missal on that subject and theory of mine.
Whilst sitting in the second pew, the first being occupied by the Acolytes who lit a series of candles attached to the sides of the pews, i peeked over and noticed symbols in the tiles i had not noticed before, like this one of the Maltese or Templar cross, like the ones on the Templar cross with Amethyst center i was wearing around my neck, and the Templar ring i was wearing on my finger. I mentioned this to Larry and later after the ritual during out wine and cheese repast he said “there are swastikas up there too” and took me up, turned on the lights, and there they were as these tiles were laid well before 1939 so the meaning is primarily Germanic Esotericism peeking though the Lutheran faith.
During the service (i know, this post is rambling out of order) the singing is very beautiful with the baritones and tenors and sopranos taking their liberty. And for the first time since high school i found i could read music again and follow closely along, and found my voice slipping into a deep base almost like the deep Tibetan chanting and Mongolian double octave throat singing which derives from Shamanism in the Himalayas.
Regarding the repast – Oh My – many kinds of wine from dry to sweet reds to dry to sweet whites, and the finger foods and healthy vegies and most amazing little desserts, all hand made by various members of the congregation.And the conversation intelligent and civilized and on many subjects. I spoke in the choir loft with a cantor who is majoring in music at a local religious college, and they have the old foot pump driven organ up there which he plays and he has such a Beautiful voice as he led the singing. Larry introduced me to his son who is a diesel engine tech for the military and they all plan on coming up to this section of woods as he thinks his family would enjoy my house and land. Imagine that.
It is amazing and refreshing and renewing to me that i am able as Practioner of the Aulde Ways to mix with Lutherans and Catholics of such high tolerance and lack of prejudice here and there. I am not being a chameleon but feel that good people practicing their good religions in their own good way are, well, its All Good for All of Us. So Mote It Be.
I end with some poor pictures in poor lighting of some of the old Bibles and ritual tools of the Kraft of Christianity displayed outside the entrance of the sanctuary. Blessed Be to Yeheshua and Mariam and Mikael and their pre-Christian Pagan ancestors….
Almost forgot this pic, but look what i found at the Good Will the next day in their Halloween costume section – a Real Methodist choir robe with the name Michael on it which fits me perfectly. Shall i be a choir boy, naked underneath, for my Halloween costume this year??? ;)