'And to the angel Raphael who guides the congregation of Gemini, write:

'So I say, as the true faithful witness of the creation of the entire universe by Yahweh, 

'that you have gone lame.  If you were hateful and rejected Me, or became too intense, I could stand it, I would know there was some hope for us;  but you are just lame.

'You say you don't need Me anymore, that you can take care of yourself and you are just fine on your own.

'You have no idea how lame you look from here.  

'I am only saying this because I love you and I don't want anything to fall on you like it is about to; it's a harsh, unkind, uncaring world and it will rend you apart.  You don't see that because you believe in yourself;  well I believe in you, too, so believe in Me!

'I am right here, at the door, hoping you will open it for me and things will be like we planned.  I want you to be sitting at the table with me in the New Eden in the Restored Earth, just as we will sit together beside Yahweh, at the center of existence.

 

'Say this to ALL the churches!'





     To Gemini, through the angel Raphael, otherwise known as the orb Mercury, who is in charge of all those people, places, and issues, as illustrated by his guidance of Laodecia.  Some modern students of the Scriptures think that the Laodecian attitude is too much like our own times to dismiss.  The keyword these profound seers repeat is 'indifference', and the major crime is blown opportunity.  Mercury's angel Raphael is the angel of communication;  in this century we have unlimited access to knowledge, communication, and exchange of ideas. 

     How do we employ this unique gift of human technology?  Have we spread the gospel in our own words?  Been encouraging, uplifting, loving to each other?

     

       In a starkly truthful and unvarnished letter, the church of Laodecia receives little favor in the Lords eyes. 

     To Raphael, Jesus has nothing good to say at all;  rather He complains that the whole church is limp and tepid in its' fervor.  The shallowness of character is evinced by a luxurious lifestyle in spiritual poverty;  the walking dead, as it were. 

     In this letter, the last to the angels of the planets, and to us, He says:  'Here I Am!!  I stand at the door and knock.  If you hear My voice and open to Me, I will come in and sup with you.'  Revelation 3:20.   What an awesome invitation!

     Further, Jesus counsels the church to buy gold refined in the fire, white clothes, and eye salve, from Him, when we invite Him in for our meal. 

     Jesus says to us, I am the gate; if anyone enters through Me, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture. John 10:9

     Don't forget!





 

Sociable Gemini

 

The Twins waltz across the skies from May 21 till June 20th. Most prudent Christians consider these anciently recognized stars as the most holy site in the sky. Gemini's most charming traits are mental dexterity, eloquence, and conviviality.


The sign of Gemini aptly demonstrates that polarity doesn't necessarily mean enmity, that opposites can attract and balance, and that integrated duality is stronger than Rock. 


The influence of Good News waxes brightest in this most dual of all signs. Good News, also known as Mercury, is our continuing confession and testimony of salvation through following the examples and doing the works of Jesus Christ.


The Apostle Thomas the Twin is the obvious link to Gemini from the Greek Scriptures, while Simeon and Levi connect to Hebrew times.
 

The natural scent of Gemini is honeysuckle and lavender. The Mercury ruled signs metal is of course quicksilver. The gemstones aquamarine, clear quartz, or agate are those most traditionally associated with Gemini, though the wise and prudent Christian Gemini would consider the calcite family, most especially the blue calcite as being soothing for the throat, easing the ability to speak out, healing to the throat centers blockages and throat diseases, supports peaceful assertiveness, aiding shyness, and promotive of the ability to speak of ones own needs. 
 

The best material is ubiquitous and slinky chintz.
 

The foods, so often least mentioned and last thought of, are walnuts, hazelnuts, coffee, tea, carrots, buckwheat and caraway seeds. 
 

These associations give the prudent Christian Gemini a deeper insight into his nature and place in the world. 
 

Your words of knowledge are, 'I am lighting the way!'
 

The Gemini garden flashes azalea, honeysuckle, lily of the valley, cedar, vervain, yarrow, valerian, dill, parsley, fennel, lavender, tansy, heather, ferns, and endive, with a butterflies wings of granite as a centerpiece.
 

The most effective pilgrimage for a Gemini or anyone with a strong influx of the influence of Good News would be Notre Dame de Dalbade Toulouse in France.
 

The most effective place to establish a shrine would be pillared buildings, doorways, bookcases, hills and mountains of a barren nature. Establish a shrine with the tone of F.

 

 


 

Confirmation is a rite of initiation in many Christian Churches, normally in the form of laying on of hands and/or anointing for the purpose of bestowing the Gifts of the Holy Spirit upon them. In some denominations, confirmation bestows full membership in the church upon the recipient. In others, such as the Roman Catholic Church, confirmation "renders the bond with the Church more perfect", but a baptized person is already a full member.


Roman Catholics, Eastern Orthodox, Oriental Orthodox Churches, and Anglicans view Confirmation as a sacrament. In the East is conferred on infants immediately after baptism, but in the West is usually administered later at the age of reason or in early adolescence.


In Protestant Churches, the rite tends to be seen rather as a mature statement of faith by an already baptised person. However, it is required by most Protestant denominations for membership in the respective church, in particular for traditional Protestant faiths. In traditional Protestant faiths (Presbyterian, Methodist, etc.) it is recognized by a coming of age ceremony.

The roots of confirmation are found in the New Testament. For instance, in the Acts of the Apostles 8:14-17:
Now when the apostles in Jerusalem heard that Samaria had accepted the word of God, they sent them Peter and John, who went down and prayed for them, that they might receive the Holy Spirit, for it had not yet fallen upon any of them; they had only been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. Then they laid hands on them and they received the Holy Spirit.

 

 

When the Apostle Paul met disciples in Ephesus who had only received the baptism of John the Baptist, they received Christian baptism and then Paul laid hands upon them and "the Holy Spirit came on them" (Acts 19:2-6).


Also, in the Gospel of John, Chapter 14, Christ speaks of the coming of the Holy Spirit on the Apostles (John 14:15-26). Later, after his Resurrection, Jesus breathed upon them and they received the Holy Spirit (John 20:22), a process completed on the day of Pentecost (Acts 2:1-4). After this point, the New Testament records the apostles bestowing the Holy Spirit upon others through the laying on of hands.

In the teaching of the Roman Catholic Church, Confirmation, known also as Chrismation, is one of the seven sacraments instituted by Christ for the conferral of sanctifying grace and the strengthening of the union between individual souls and God.
The Catechism of the Catholic Church in its paragraphs 1302-1303 states:
It is evident from its celebration that the effect of the sacrament of Confirmation is the special outpouring of the Holy Spirit as once granted to the apostles on the day of Pentecost.


From this fact, Confirmation brings an increase and deepening of baptismal grace:

  • it roots us more deeply in the divine filiation which makes us cry, "Abba! Father!" (Romans 8:15); 
  • it unites us more firmly to Christ; 
  • it increases the gifts of the Holy Spirit in us; 
  • it renders our bond with the Church more perfect; 
  • it gives us a special strength of the Holy Spirit to spread and defend the faith by word and action as true witnesses of Christ, to confess the name of Christ boldly, and never to be ashamed of the Cross: 

Recall then that you have received the spiritual seal, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of right judgment and courage, the spirit of knowledge and reverence, the spirit of holy fear in God's presence. Guard what you have received. God the Father has marked you with his sign; Christ the Lord has confirmed you and has placed his pledge, the Spirit, in your hearts.


In the mid-twentieth century, Confirmation thus began to be seen as an occasion for professing personal commitment to the faith on the part of someone approaching adulthood. However, the Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1308 warns: "Although Confirmation is sometimes called the 'sacrament of Christian maturity,' we must not confuse adult faith with the adult age of natural growth, nor forget that the baptismal grace is a grace of free, unmerited election and does not need 'ratification' to become effective."

The Catholic Church teaches that, like baptism, confirmation marks the recipient permanently, making it impossible to receive the sacrament twice. It accepts as valid a confirmation conferred within Churches, such as the Eastern Orthodox Church, whose Holy Orders it sees as valid through the apostolic succession of their bishops. But it considers it necessary to administer the sacrament of confirmation, in its view for the first and only time, to Protestants who are admitted to full communion with the Catholic Church.


One of the effects of the sacrament is that "it gives us a special strength of the Holy Spirit to spread and defend the faith by word and action as true witnesses of Christ, to confess the name of Christ boldly, and never to be ashamed of the Cross" (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1303). This effect has been described as making the confirmed person "a soldier of Christ".


The same passage of the Catechism of the Catholic Church also mentions, as an effect of confirmation, that "it renders our bond with the Church more perfect". This mention stresses the importance of participation in the Christian community.


The "soldier of Christ" imagery was used, as far back as 350, by St Cyril of Jerusalem. In this connection, the touch on the cheek that the bishop gave while saying "Pax tecum" (Peace be with you) to the person he had just confirmed was interpreted in the Roman Pontifical as a slap, a reminder to be brave in spreading and defending the faith: "Deinde leviter eum in maxilla caedit, dicens: Pax tecum" (Then he strikes him lightly on the cheek, saying: Peace be with you). When, in application of the Second Vatican Council's Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy, the confirmation rite was revised in 1971, mention of this gesture was omitted. However, the French and Italian translations, indicating that the bishop should accompany the words "Peace be with you" with "a friendly gesture" (French text) or "the sign of peace" (Italian text), explicitly allow a gesture such as the touch on the cheek, to which they restore its original meaning. This is in accord with the Introduction to the Rite of Confirmation, 17, which indicates that the episcopal conference may decide "to introduce a different manner for the minister to give the sign of peace after the anointing, either to each individual or to all the newly confirmed together."


In many English-speaking countries and in German-speaking lands, as well as in Poland, it is customary for a person being confirmed in the Roman Catholic Church (and some Anglican dioceses) to adopt the name of a saint with whom he/she feels a special affinity, thus securing an additional patron saint to be his/her protector and guide. This practice is unknown in many other countries (including the Spanish and French-speaking ones and also Italy), and is not mentioned in the official liturgical book of the Rite of Confirmation. Obviously, the custom prevailing in a country influences, often decisively, the practice of immigrants from another country, even if they keep their own language.
 

The saint's name is often used in conjunction with the confirmee's middle name, and is without effect in civil law, unless, of course, the confirmand pursues the appropriate legal avenues.






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