Tuesday, October 22, 2013

The Lord's Prayer

Our Father, our dear Creator,
Of us, of all of us,
All hallowed be Thy Name,
We hold it most sacred to us,
And do know this Name to be
That which is our very substance.

Thy Kingdom come,
As no other does fix the Eternal Law,
From which all laws are born.
Thy Will be done,
For this Will does cognise all manifestation and command all form,
On Earth as it is now in Your Heaven.

Give us this day, as we embrace Your Eternity,
Our daily bread, as we ask You to sustain us eternally;
And forgive us of our errors,
As You did make us with fault and flaw,
As we forgive all others and release them from our fixed ledger of debt,
And commit them to Perfection rather than Sin.

Lead us not into temptation,
And if put to the challenge, may we walk in the shadow of Your example,
To find the light home;
And deliver us from Evil,
That by Your Power and Presence all evil may be transformed;
For Thine is the Kingdom,
None other may presume,
The Power, everlasting,
Holy, Pure and Inextinguishable,
The Glory, we do rejoice, and shall make You proud,
For ever, and ever,
In the Eternal, in You, as of now.


Text, B.Hive's version


Carole said...

I have a question not related to this post, I don't know how to contact you otherwise and I am so keen to know more.

For three years I have been reading Steiner's work and I am still not clear about the winter solstice/Christmas event.

To me, the Divine Birth is on the winter solstice on December 21. I believe Jesus of Nazareth was born in Spring. The Roman Emperor (Constantine?) believed the Solstice to be on December 25th and when he converted to Christianity (nothing really to do with Jesus The Christ but more to do with the religion they were trying to instill at that time using his name) he changed the celebrations of the Solstice into the celebrations of Christmas, the birthday of Jesus. If he had got the date of the solstice correct people in the west would be celebrating Christmas on 21st December (?)

If this is so, how does this all fit in with the twelve holy days and nights? The solstice begins on 21 and lasts until 24th by which time the Divine Birth has occurred. Celebrating on the 25 is missing the moment, is it? Does this all sound crazy? Steiner knew the truth about so much. Why has the Waldorf movement chosen to celebrate the Christian festivals? Was this to make it more acceptable and open to more people?

Surely Steiner was referring to the cosmic Christ rather than Jesus the man Christ as referred to by the Christian Church

I just need to say, I am not Christian/Pagan or any other religion. I see myself as a spiritual being. I appreciate, respect and value all religions and all people. I really hope this email doesn't come across in a negative, critical way at all. I just wanted to run it by someone who knows a lot about all of this.

If you have time I would appreciate your insight.
Much respect,
Carole (goldchakra@hotmail.com)

888 said...

Two books about the timing of the Christian events.


You can take this to an Anthroposophy Facebook group.
And I will email you.

888 said...

A SHADOW is that which falls out from someone (or something) when there is light strong enough to make such discernible. The 'shadow of an example' means the example's projections which naturally fall this way or that; depending upon their relation to what is before them.

Although the word 'shadow' implies a gloominess distinct from its contrast of light, it is a product of a light-focus, of there being that place to where the rays have issued and met.


888 said...

you who were, are, and will be
in our inmost being,

May your name be glorified
and praised
in us.

May your kingdom grow
in our deeds and inmost lives.

May we perform your will
as you, Father, lay it down
in our inmost being.

You give us
spiritual nourishment,
the bread of life,
in all the changing conditions
of our lives.

Let our mercy
toward others
make up for the sins
done to our being.

You do not allow the tempter
to work in us
beyond the capacity of our strength.

For no temptation can live
in your being,
and the tempter is only appearance
and delusion,
from which
you lead us, Father,
through the light of knowledge.

May your power and glory
work in us through all periods
and ages
of time.
Rudolf Steiner prayed the Lord’s Prayer – daily, upright, and aloud. Already, before the First World War, people reported that Steiner used to say the Lord’s Prayer so loudly in his Berlin apartment that it could be understood in the neigh-boring room. Several versions/translations are known. There are two copies in Marie Steiner’s estate, both in her own handwriting. During a burial in 1920, Reverend Hugo Schuster, an Old Catholic Priest, for whom Steiner also translated the Catholic Mass, said a version given him by Rudolf Steiner. The translation given here is that used by Steiner at the end of his life. He spoke it with Ita Wegman when they worked together during the summer and autumn of 1923 on their book, Extending Practical Medicine, and he continued to say it up to his dying days: “In the course of the winter, it became even harder for the attending physicians to judge Rudolf Steiner’s condition. Ita Wegman watched as ‘his physical strength gradually disappeared’. There were short periods of time when he got up twice a day; then again his strength left him to such an extent that she had to support him when he wanted to pray. He recited the Lord’s Prayer in a loud voice, standing upright, everyday, so that people passing by outside his studio heard him.” See, for text of the Lord’s Prayer and Steiner’s saying of it, J.e. Zeylmans van Emmichoven, Who Was Ita Wegman: A Documentation, Volume 1