What is nice about “Gnosticism” is the lack of a dogmatic approach. However, people do like their theatrics/ceremonies and prayer for their spiritual beliefs, as do I (to an extent). Looking for “Gnostic” related prayers, I picked up the book “A Gnostic Prayerbook: Rites, Rituals, Prayers and Devotions” by J. Puma. In this book, the author has put together various practices and prayers using gnostic related texts as a source. I wanted to share a few of the prayers from the book.
This particular prayer is one I perform quite often. It’s a take on the sign of the cross prayer. Do the following: touch forehead and state “NOUS” (mind), touch solar plexus and state “CHRISTOS” (Christ), touch shoulder and state “PISTIS” (Faith), touch other shoulder and state “SOPHIA” (Wisdom) and finally touch your heart and state “AMEN.”
Simple, yet effective!
Here are two other prayers from the book I wanted to share:
Prayer to the Mother Barbelo
Holy Mother, You are the life within all. With you we share the fall into ignorance, and it is with you that we share the ascent into life and light. Resurrect us. Awaken us to our true selves. Initiate us into your mysteries – the mysteries of the Christos. Help us to see the spark in all who come across our path, and serve them as a spark of God. Amen.
Prayer for Divine Guidance
Holy Sophia, grant me your Divine Wisdom and guidance. Shed your light on the path before me and keep me from stumbling. Guide my feet as you guided the feet of the Aeons who ascended and descended the shining ladder of Jacob, and lead me to the best and finest Path of gnosis. Nous, Christos, Pistis Sophia, Amen.
These are just a few of the many prayers included in the book. I have not included any of the rituals and rites that are listed but if you would like to incorporate such practices into your routine, I recommend this book!