It is with an outstanding great pleasure that I received from Frater SEPTENTRIONE the following three brochures:
1) A "Short Note" on "The Life and Work of Louis Claude de Saint-Martin (1743 - 1803)" prepared by SEPTENTRIONE;
2) "A Millenium Ritual" from a Martinist Agape devised by SEPTENTRIONE;
3) "Some PRAYERS and MEDITATIONS" from a Martinist Conclave and prepared by SEPTENTRIONE.
I was delighted reading these brochures, which all present a deep Martinist perfume, all three lie on a profound mystical path.
The "Short Note" on "The Life and Work of Louis Claude de Saint-Martin" was aimed to the participants of the recently held Oxan Hoath Conclave which was dedicated to Martinist work.
I smiled with pleasure studying the "Millenium Ritual" where one may admire the great English ability to build rituals.
Here, for example, is the Setting for this ritual: "Preferably, the room is lit dimly and is without furniture except for a large Central Table which is draped in a plain white cloth. On the Table is a New Testament placed centrally, a pattern with a large piece of bread, a chalice with wine and a nine-branched candelabrum with all candles illuminated and a metal candle snuffer.
The robed participants assemble in any order and stand around the Central Table in complete silence."
Simple, but quite complete. May I ask: Why a nine-branched candelabrum ? Because of the nine choirs of Angels ? Why not a seven-branched one (too jewish ?), five or even only a three-branched one ? Is the straight nine-branched candelabrum, the "Hanukkah", not also of jewish origin and aimed at a completely different ceremony, the reconsecration of a desecrated Temple ? Why not a Christian three-branched "Trinity symbolising" candela-brum ? Why, even, not only two candles, one on each side of the New Testament ref. a Church's altar ? Because a "Consecration of the Bread and Wine" and also a "Partaking" will happen, both being very religious ceremonies.
Moreover, I found the complete ritual being of a high spiritual inspiration, thus showing their authors high Martinist or other initiate/ordained background.
Certainly the third brochure was my favourite and there is no doubt that all English speaking BB and SS, Masons and Martinists, will greatly benefit from this collection of Prayers and Meditations which are all of a very mystical inspiration: twenty-five (Nos. I - XXV) were culled from various Lectionaries, three ( nos. XXVI - XXVIII) have been taken from a series of prayers written by Louis-Claude de Saint-Martin and fourteen (nos.XXIX - XLIII) are extracts from various works by Jacob Boehme.
Thank you, Br SEPTENTRIONE, for this marvellous contribution to the Martinist tradition.