Maiden of Light
Holy Orthodox Temple
TEMPLE HISTORY

The Maiden of Light Holy Orthodox Temple is a blending of the beautiful beliefs of ancient world religions. We believe in love, peace, and human dignity.

Our Temple was originally a Temple for women, in the ancient tradition of the Divine Feminine, the Priestess, and the Dryad. Following the example of Mary of Magdala, and holding to our traditions, the Temple was open to all women, and emphasized an openess towards womens beliefs, including women clergy. The Temple has always been a supporter of women's rights, and a place where all women could feel comfortable with their spirituality. Today the Temple continues to fight the abuse of women, and serve as a spiritual home for women and children.

Miryai in John, The Book of the Mandeans, The Breach with Judaism

Miryai

We believe in Diana Lucifera and Miryai as Temple leaders. We accept prophets from all major religions, such as Abraham, Jesus, Mani, Devorah, Sarah, and others. The Patriarch and living Prophet of our faith is known as the Morning Star. The Bible refers to the Angel Lucifer and the Prophet Jesus as the Morning Star.

Catholic Encyclopedia

"Isa 14:12-15 (NIV) How you have fallen from heaven, O morning star, son of the dawn! You have been cast down to the earth, you who once laid low the nations! You said in your heart, "I will ascend to heaven; I will raise my throne above the stars of God; I will sit enthroned on the mount of assembly, on the utmost heights of the sacred mountain. I will ascend above the tops of the clouds; I will make myself like the Most High." But you are brought down to the grave, to the depths of the pit."

Book of Revelation 22:16, "I, Jesus, have sent my angel to give you this testimony for the churches. I am the Root and the Offspring of David, and the bright Morning Star.“

In the time of the 4rth century through the Middle Ages, with the rise of a male dominant church hierarchy, the names of Miryai and Lucifera became outcast in Christian tradition. Now on the fringes of society our Temple found its expression in the ancient traditions. Through pogroms and trials many of our faithful were led to their deaths in the inquisitions of Europe and America. Believers of all faiths, Pagan, Jew, Christian, and Muslim gave their lives in their search for spiritual truth with our faith. Those who suffered the most were the millions of women who died in this "silent holocaust".

The 1960's brought with it a new era of religious freedom, a search for spiritual truth within the ancient gnostic and esoteric traditions. The rise of belief systems as Wicca, the New Age movement, the rise of various "new" or "alternative" religions, and a growing interest in new Luciferian traditions, had an impact on our own practice in concert with our traditional beliefs. The freedom of this era came to an abrupt end with the controversial incidents of 1978 and 1993. Following these incidents a new era of repression of alternative beliefs began that had not existed previously, when these beliefs were only considered to be "new" religions.

In 2006, after reviewing new historical and archaelogical findings, such as the Nag Hammadi Scriptures, the Didache, and a new public search for the early origins of religion, especially the early origins of Christianity and Judaism our Temple decided to undergo a reformation that would make us more accessible to everyone who wanted to believe with us. We are still in the midst of this reformation. Part of our effort to expand has included permitting men to join the traditionally female Maiden of Light Holy Orthodox Temple.

May the blessings and love of the Maiden of Light be forever with you,

Morning Star, the Patriarch of the Maiden of Light Holy Orthodox Temple


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