Saturday, March 30, 2013

Jesus' Farewell Prayer

In Gethsemane,
. . . he assembled us all, and  [Jesus] said, “Before I am delivered to them, let us sing a hymn to the Father, and so go to meet what lies before (us).” So he told us to form a circle, holding one anothers' hands, and himself stood in the middle . . .
“Answer Amen to me,” [he said] and began to intone a mystical chant:
“To the Universe belongs the dancer.”
“He who does not dance does not know what happens.”
“Now if you follow my dance, see yourself in Me who am speaking . . .
You who dance, consider what I do, for yours is this passion of Man which I am to suffer. For you could by no means have understood what you suffer unless to you as Logos I had been sent by the Father . . .
Learn how to suffer and you shall be able not to suffer.”
—The Acts of John (a Gnostic document)

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