How do you observe the Sabbath? My husband and I lived for a year near the Essenes of Kosmon property in Montrose, Colorado, and attended their Sabbaths, held then on Friday. The following year the Sabbath was observed at Montrose on Saturday, changing each year with the Solstice. To my knowledge Moon Mas was not observed at Montrose. Ray Schlipmann, the M'Chief (in charge of the Montrose operation) would unlock the door leading into what probably had been the “Sitting Room” of this large well built two story Victorian house the Essenes called home. Heavy drapes covered the tall windows. As I think about it now, the drapes looked like velvet material either a medium dark blue or deep wine. A small table was set to one side with chairs placed around it. On the table was a white cloth, a single white candle, candle snuffer, small triangle, and an 1882 OAHSPE. A picture of the Creator's Sacred Name was hung on the wall.
We all walked into this room, circled the table and chairs, and then when Ray reached his chair he stopped, with ceremony lit the candle, and we all sat down. The Sabbath worship opened with a prayer. Then Ray handed the OAHSPE to the person who had been previously designated to read the Chapter in OAHSPE for that evening, The Essenes were reading their way through OAHSPE. one chapter a week. I recall this particular evening because I had been given the privilege of reading this week's chapter....if was from the book of C'Penta Armij and had to do with the circumscribing of the earth. After the reading we had a short meditation, perhaps 15 minutes. Ray closed the worship service with a prayer. Snuffing the candle with the candle snuffer that was on the table, and reversing the direction of our walking, Ray led us out of the room. He stopped and taking the key from his pocket, locked the door when the last person exited this sacred worship space.
We all walked into the large room that served as a gathering or public room. I assumed then that there was another room where the Essenes met privately. This public room had couches around the walls and a large dining table with chairs in the center. The room was so large that it did not seem crowded with all the furniture. About all I remember of this room is that the table was huge, and the “old fashioned” party-line telephone was hung on the wall...three rings was a call for the Essenes.
I don't remember if it was that evening or on another evening that I asked about the objects on the table: candle holder, candle snuffer, small triangle, and the 1882 OAHSPE. My husband and I were told that all the objects on the table had been used at Shalam. Although Wing Anderson, who organized the Essenes of Kosmon, published the 1891 Edition of OAHSPE, the Essenes used the 1882 as being closer to the original that had been given through Newbrough. Ray said that Newbrough defended the use of the 1882 Edition, and had passed on before the 1891 was edited. I was told that a candle used in a worship service must never be blown out because the flame represented the Presence of the Creator in the midst of the worship service. At Inyokern we still observe this tradition with the candle snuffer Sister Cora had used on her Altar.
My husband and I were deeply impressed with the Essenes we knew at Montrose. I still consider the group who lived there the epitome of what it is to be a Faithist. When Wing Anderson decided to close the doors of the Essenes of Kosmon in the 1970s, Ray, Grover Neiffer and Mark Phettyplace moved to Georgia and helped Virginia Howard obtain the 501c3 tax exempt non-profit status for her Faithist organization that had so many names and is remembered today as Four Winds.
Blessings to everyone on our Sabbaths..
Friday, January 11th and Saturday, January 12th,
We will again be celebrating our two Sabbaths based on the Equinoxes. Newbrough wrote about the different kinds of prayer. Some religions teach us to beg our Heavenly Father to do something for us or someone else. When Newbrough was in New Orleans gathering children for Shalam, he published a small newsletter in pamphlet style, THE CASTAWAY. We only have a few pages of one issue, and hope to be able to add more of THE CASTAWAY to our Archives, The pages we have contain Newbrough's thoughts on different kinds of prayer. Click here to read more....
There are distinct kinds of prayer. One may be termed begging for something either for ourselves or for others; another may be termed talking with out heavenly Father in thankfulness; there are Covenants that some prefer that are vows; and another includes promises made by the petitioner if the Heavenly Father decides to grant the petition.
The begging prayer is more particularly a Christian method. Thankfulness is manifested in the prayers of the aborigines. The Covenant is found originally among the Brahman and Israelits.
An example of the Christian prayer is: “Give us light, O Father, and bless us in all our necessities. Provide plentifully for all our wants. Have mercy on us for all our shortcomings, and forgive our enemies. Consider the heathen in their darkness, and forgive them for they know not what manner of spirit they are of. Bless our Church and all our members, and Father, help the poor in their trials and tribulations, for Thine is the power and the glory, etc. etc.”
It will be observed in this prayer everything to be done is expected to be done by the Father, and the people have nothing to do in the matter but to pray for results. This mode of prayer is followed in convents and monasteries, by thousands of people who give up their whole lives to repeat such prayers day and night, insisting they are doing a great deal of good. In some places, especially amongst the Protestants, they supplicate our Father for rain or for dry weather, as the case may be.
The second form, or rather the original form, from which all prayers sprang, is the aboriginal form, and is after this manner--”Hear our thanks, O Father, glory be to Thee for making us. Thanks to Thee for making all things. Thanks and praise be to Thee for all the living; for the birds and all animals Thou hast given life. Thanks and praise be to Thee, O Father, for the sky, for the stars and the moon, which shine so beautifully while the people sleep in love. Thanks for the wide earth and thanks for the spirit world, where we shall meet our loves and rejoice forever.”
The third, or covenantal method, is after this manner, but is not much known amongst Christian nations.:--”Hear thy son, O Thou Almighty. I fear and tremble before Thee when I turn my thoughts upward. But Thou are just and I covenant myself unto Thee to be Thine only and forever. I behold the suffering poor, and I know Thou wilt make me strong to go and help them. But, O Father, where I am dull and stubborn of heart, hold Thou me to strict account. Give me pains and stingings of conscience for slighting the poor or setting myself up above any man. Make my opinions folly in the sign of men, that I may not become self-righteous....As much as I help those beneath me, so help me, but no further. As much as I forgive those who injure me, so far, O Father, help me, but no further.” ,,In this form a line of justice is kept uppermost all the time. This ancient form introduced by Zarathustra over eight thousand years ago, it still remains with some people. Some of the Jews, or at least their descendants, have lost much of the original method.
So concludes Newbrough's article on prayer.
*Edited slightly to reduce repetition in the prayers.
Solstice Sabbath: Friday January 18, and Saturday January 19th are our Sabbath calculated from the Solstice.
Moon Mas : the next Moon Mas is January 19th or 20th (Saturday or Sunday) and is a particularly interesting Full Moon as there will also be an eclipse, although not visible in the Americas. The first Full Moon after the Solstice at the Tropic of Capricorn in December is called the Wolf Moon. Research on the Internet indicates this name is so old no one knows the why and where of its origin. Type your paragraph here.
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