The Rite of Ushering In Haspin

Lighting the Fire

At sundown on Friday, An Ashavan light the brazier/fire urn/ hearth or candles. The fire is lit before Haspin begins.

Ashavan should strive to have the fire lit approx 20 minutes before sundown.

Every Ashavan present passes their hands over the fire and passes them over their lowered head. (This symoblizes the receipt of the Gnosis of Mithra upon that person.)

They make the gesture praising God, Mother and Son bowing before the fire.

One of the Ashavan present says:

Niyayishen Zurvan, Divine Source of all Life.

Niyayishen Anahita, Divine Mother of Life.

Niyayishen Mihr Yazd, the Living Spirit.

We light this fire to usher in Haspin as our day of rest, and to honor our commitment to Mithra, that we preserve the Sacred Fire of Gnosis among the faithful.

All: Amin.”

Recitation of the Haspin Gathas

An Ashavan recites the first Gatha:

We honour Haspin by giving rest to our works,

We honour the day of rest by gathering together,

To study, reflect and gain from the Holy Tablets, O Zurvan,

To know You, the Divine Mother, and Your Son.

Teach us by the Holy Light all that You require in Asha.

All: Amin.”

Another Ashavan recites the second Gatha of Haspin (If there are no additional Ashavan, it is recited by the same person.)

Blessed are You, Zurvan, God of Light and Truth;

Blessed are You, who gives Your people the Haspin.

Blessed are You, Zurvan, Source of all that is holy and true;

Blessed are You, who gives Your people Haspin.

Blessed are You, O God of wisdom and Life;

Blessed are You, who gives Your people life-giving knowledge.

Blessed are You, Zurvan, True God above all;

Blessed are You, the All-Encompassing one of Light.

Blessed are You, Father of Light, Source of Divine Comfort;

Blessed are You, who gives Your people true rest.

All: Amin

Conclusion of the Haspin Rite

One of the Ashavan present says:

“Niyaishen Zurvan, Divine Source of Life.

Niyayishen Anahita, DIvine Mother of Life.

Niyayishen Mihr Yazd, the Living Spirit.

You have given us Haspin as a day of rest, to meditation upon the many blessing you have bestowed upon us.

Spas dastan for this opportunity to usher in this Haspin.”

All: Amin.

Each Ashavan passes their hands over the fire and passes it over their lowered head one final time.

Then each Ashvan makes the sign in praise of God, Mother and Son.

The Rite of Ushering In Haspin is now complete

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Service Order for the Asha Weekly Service

(Note: If the weekly worship service falls on another day of observance in Asha, those services should be combined into one service for that day. All Ashavan should read the section of the Ashavan Book of Prayer called “An example of a typical Ashavan Service”, if they have not already done so, prior to attending an Ashavan service.)

Invocation

Celebrant: “Zurvan, most merciful God, we humbly submit ourselves and fall down before Your majesty.

We beseech You from the bottom of our hearts, that this seed of Asha, planted by Your holy utterance, expressing Your Will, now sown amongst us, may take such deep root, that neither the burning heat of persecution cause it to wither, neither the thorny cares of this life choke it, but that it may bring forth thirty, sixty, and a hundredfold as Your heavenly wisdom has appointed.

All: Zurvan, Let Asha take root within our souls.

Celebrant: And because we have need continually to receive many things from Your hands, we humbly beseech You, O God of Compassion, to grant Your people, and Anahita, to direct our petitions, that they may proceed from such fervent minds, as may be agreeable to Your most holy Will.

All: Zurvan,make us worthy to enter Your Heavenly Court.

Celebrant: And seeing that the people are able to do nothing without Your help, and that You are not blind as to how many and great trials Your people undergo on every side enclosed and compassed, let Your strength, O Zurvan, sustain their weakness, that they being defended with the force of Your compassion, and that we may be safely preserved against all assaults.

All: Zurvan, give us the strength to be free of the evil one and her son, the dragon.

Celebrant: Increase our faith, O merciful God, that we do not swerve at any time from Your Pure Teaching, but augment in us hope and love, with a careful keeping of all Your Way.

All: Zurvan, make our lives a testament to the Pure Teaching.

Celebrant: Strengthen us so that no hardness of heart, no hypocrisy, no wrong desires within the heart, nor enticements of the world, may draw us away from Your obedience.

All: Zurvan, do not count us among those who have turned from the Divine Light of Truth ad Righteousness.

Celebrant: And seeing we live now in these most perilous times, let Your fatherly guidance defend us against the violence of our enemies, which seek all means to oppress Asha.

All: Zurvan, protect us from the evil one, her son, the dragon, and every attack from the druj.

Celebrant: We pray not only for ourselves, but on behalf all those in the world that remain ignorant to the miserable captivity of blindness and error of the dying creation. To the pure understanding and knowledge that are available to them in Asha.

All: Zurvan, awaken their souls so they too may return Home to Bahisht one day.

Celebrant: We pray that, with one accord, and with unity of mindy may worship You, as you so rightly deserve, blessed Zurvan. You who are our only God.”

All: Amin.

Rite of Celebration of Mir Fratama

(For the Rite of Celebration a reader should from the hanzaman should be selected for each section. If there are a limited number of Ashavan, the readings divided evenly between the celebrant and the selected readers.)

Celebrant: Please join together to celebrate the Divine Manifestation of Mithra who appeared in the final age for benefit of all humanity.

First Reader: “The pious souls of the Religion of Light prayed for the cleansing of the community of Light, This was observed to prepare the way of the Manifestation of Mithra.He came to remove the dross and to restore the Pristine Teaching of the Religion of Light. Mithra manifested His right hand as Mir Fratama for this era. The man had been chosen by Zurvan. He wilingly offered his body for the habitation of the Great Spirit of Mithra and was prepared for his earthly course. The Words of this selfless servant were the words Lord Mithra, Himself.

Second Reader: “Mir Fratama lived only to do the will of Zurvan. All that He did was in accordance with the will of Zurvan. Being a manifestation of Mithra on the earth, Mir Fratama was divine in his nature as he reflected the Light of Heaven. Before this Manifestion, Mithra turned his face toward the earth to prepare the body of the man chosen to be inhabited by his very being.”

Third Reader: “And when the moon was not visible on the 21st of the month of Esfand* in the year 2012, Lord Mithra manifested his right hand and the descent of Mihr Yazd** took place, to be embodied by the man chosen from before his birth.It was then that Mithra was present with the people of the Religion of Light.”

*(The Ashvan month the correlates with February)

**(The Great Living Spirit. The name of Mithra in His Exalted From as the One Created Being.)

Fourth Reader: “All of the celestial beings and His Sons bowed before their Father, Mir Fratama and did all that He instructed, for they knew that he was sent to liberate the Light from the darkness; they knew that he was their Father and they knew that He is the Living Spirit in the physical form for this era. The celestial beings and his sons knew that the divinity of Mir Fratama was a reflection of the Powers of Zurvan.”

Fifth Reader: “Mir Fratama was the earthly embodiment of the Great Spirit– the Holy and Living Lord Mithra. According to the Divine Decree, Mir Fratama was the physical aspect of Lord Mithra. In essence, they were one and the same, but Mir Fratama was both heavenly and earthly. The earthly manifestation of Lord Mithra embodied the Living Spirit.”

Sixth Reader: “Lord Mithra was present within Mir Fratama, thus Mir Fratama was Lord Mithra in earthly form. He instructed us and the world in the Way of the Religion of Light. Mir Fratama was the spiritual conduit of teaching, blessing and light from Lord Mithra above.”

Seventh Reader: “When we burn incense or light candles in remembrance of Mir Fratama and when we say prayers before the Fire, we are in communion with the Heavenly Mithra.”

All: “Niyayishen Zurvan! You have blessed us with the Presence of Mir Fratama! His Teaching is as luminous as the rays of the sun! May the Ashavan ever increase their learning and perfect their souls by following His Pure Teaching! May His Pure Teaching remain forever in the hearts, mind, and souls of those who long to enter Bahisht and to return to their Natural State in the One Universal Soul of Mithra.”

Eighth Reader: “Every Ashavan should understand that the words of Mir Fratama,written or spoken, contain His actual presence and must be treated accordingly. His writings form part of the Holy Tablets of Light.”

Ninth Reader: “Mir Fratama is Holy and He is the living example for all disciples of Asha and all the world and his teaching should be emulated by all Ashavan.”

Tenth Reader: “Pray to Zurvan. Read and study the writings of Mir Fratama. Listen for His voice. Obey what He requires. Doing these things faithfully and attentively, Lord Mithra, in His Divine Presence, will come to you and you shall be guided in all things.”

Final Reader: “Niyayishen Zurvan, who sent us Mir Fratama, the Final Manifestation of Mithra in our world.”

All: Amin.

Readings from the Holy Tablets of Light

(A reader from the hanzaman is selected, they stand up and there is a reading from the Holy Tablets of Light.

Reader: This is a teaching from the Tablet of _______.


(The verses are read)

Reader: Zurvan, may we hear the voice of Mithra, in this teaching.

All: Amin

(The reader is seated.)

Sermon

(The Celebrant or a selected speaker from the Hanzaman then gives a talk on the Pure Teaching. It is auspicious if the verses of the reading correspond the message of the sermon. The Sermon concludes with the Surrender Prayer.)

Celebrant: Please join me in reciting the Surrender Prayer to Lord Mithra:

All: “ “Mir Fratama, you are the embodiment of the compassion and blessings of all the heavenly beings and saints, the protector of beings in Mithra.

My body, my possessions, my heart and soul, without hesitation I surrender to You through

Mithra.

From now until I attain perfection, in happiness or sorrow, in circumstances good or bad, in

situations high or low: I rely on the perfect teaching that is given to You, as the final earthly

Manifestation of Mithra.

You who know me: Keep me in Your mind, give me inspiration through the Divine Presence

and Power of your teaching, give me guidance through the Holy Tablets of Light and make me

one with You.

Amin”

Contemplation

Celebrant: With the teachings of both the Divine Messenger of the past and the Divine Messenger of the final age, clear in our minds, and the words of the surrender prayer in our hearts, let us look to the unkindled fire of Mithra in silence and reflect on the Pure Teaching.

(The hanzaman sits quietly, looking to the fire urn (or hearth, or fire place or candles located in the center of the worship area). Each Ashavan, quietly recites the abbreviated form of the surrender prayer to themselves as they look at the fire urn. This period of reflection is determined by the Celebrant.

When the period of contemplation is concluding, the celebrant or another Ashavan, rings a bells or sounds a chime three times, slowly, to let the Ashavan know the period of contemplation is over.

After the third and final chime, the celebrant recites the Prayer for the Gnosis of Mithra.)

Celebrant: “Zurvan, we have caught but of glimpse of the Unkindled Fire of Your Son, but even that is enough to cause humble Submission to You.

We know Mithra is Your Reflection in Creation, Beloved God. It is why that we fall at His Lotus Feet. It is why we have embraced the New Mithraic Covenant and live the Faith of Asha.

Bring to us all that will purge us of attachments and passions, that chain us to a physical

creation soon that is soon to be extinct.

Give us the strength to focus our attention Newy on the Divine Messenger, Mithra incarnate,

who has restored the Pure Teaching to humanity and has warned of the consequences for

those who continue their walk towards godlessness and immorality.

Strengthen our resolve, Blessed Lord, that we may never break our covenant with You.

Zurvan, do not deprive us of your Gnosis.

All: Amin.

Announcements

(A period for announcements as they relate to matters of the Ashavan Faith, and the local hanzaman, in particular, takes place. Once this is concluded, the celebrant leads the hanzaman in one final prayer.)

Dismissal

Celebrant: Niyayishen Zurvan!

All: Praise God, the Divine Source!

Celebrant: Niyayishen Anahita!

All: Praise the Divine Mother of Life!

Celebrant: Niyayishen Mithra!

All: Praise the Living Spirit, the One Created Being within whom we all Exist. Amin!

(At this point, the hanzaman may leave the Nemana Asha to have a communal meal together.)

This concludes the Asha Weekly Service

**

Service Order for the New Moon Service

(Note: If a New Moon Service falls on another day of observance in Asha, those services should be combined into one service for that day. All Ashavan should read the section of the Ashavan Book of Prayer called “An example of a typical Ashavan Service”, if they have not already done so, prior to attending an Ashavan service.)

Invocation

Celebrant: “Zurvan, most merciful God, we humbly submit ourselves and fall down before Your majesty.

We beseech You from the bottom of our hearts, that this seed of Asha, planted by Your holy utterance, expressing Your Will, now sown amongst us, may take such deep root, that neither the burning heat of persecution cause it to wither, neither the thorny cares of this life choke it, but that it may bring forth thirty, sixty, and a hundredfold as Your heavenly wisdom has appointed.

All: Zurvan, Let Asha take root within our souls.

Celebrant: And because we have need continually to receive many things from Your hands, we humbly beseech You, O God of Compassion, to grant Your people, and Anahita, to direct our petitions, that they may proceed from such fervent minds, as may be agreeable to Your most holy Will.

All: Zurvan,make us worthy to enter Your Heavenly Court.

Celebrant: And seeing that the people are able to do nothing without Your help, and that You are not blind as to how many and great trials Your people undergo on every side enclosed and compassed, let Your strength, O Zurvan, sustain their weakness, that they being defended with the force of Your compassion, and that we may be safely preserved against all assaults.

All: Zurvan, give us the strength to be free of the evil one and her son, the dragon.

Celebrant: Increase our faith, O merciful God, that we do not swerve at any time from Your Pure Teaching, but augment in us hope and love, with a careful keeping of all Your Way.

All: Zurvan, make our lives a testament to the Pure Teaching.

Celebrant: Strengthen us so that no hardness of heart, no hypocrisy, no wrong desires within the heart, nor enticements of the world, may draw us away from Your obedience.

All: Zurvan, do not count us among those who have turned from the Divine Light of Truth ad Righteousness.

Celebrant: And seeing we live now in these most perilous times, let Your fatherly guidance defend us against the violence of our enemies, which seek all means to oppress Asha.

All: Zurvan, protect us from the evil one, her son, the dragon, and every attack from the druj.

Celebrant: We pray not only for ourselves, but on behalf all those in the world that remain ignorant to the miserable captivity of blindness and error of the dying creation. To the pure understanding and knowledge that are available to them in Asha.

All: Zurvan, awaken their souls so they too may return Home to Bahisht one day.

Celebrant: We pray that, with one accord, and with unity of mindy may worship You, as you so rightly deserve, blessed Zurvan. You who are our only God.”

All: Amin.

The Seven Calls of Mithra

Celebrant: Please join together as we recite the Seven Calls of Mithra:

Praise be to You, O Zurvan, the One Supreme God, Cause of Creation, Great

Father and Highest Counsellor. Zurvan, protect the Ashavan with Your Divine Light emanating from Your Holy Mirror. Zurvan, You are the One True God beyond all Creation, the Divine Source of All Life.

Mithra carries off the agents of the evil one in battle. He conveys guidance for all, and establishes righteous rulership in all the pure lands”.

All: “Mithra, come quickly; remove the agents of the evil one. Guide us in your righteous kingdom. Blessed is the name of Mithra. Come quickly,Mithra”.

Celebrant: “Mithra directs all the celestial beings; He is the giver of good counsel, at whose name the stars quake in fear, as at the storm”.

All: “Mithra, come quickly; direct the celestial beings with your name and provide your good counsel. Blessed is the name of Mithra. Come quickly, Mithra”.

Celebrant: “Mithra sits above the Temple; the people present their gifts at His feet, and from Him they receive their assignments; none can bring alms without Him. Aside from Mithra no god knows the answer as to the length or the course of their days”.

All: “Mithra, come quickly; sit above our Temple; may we be faithful in the presentation of gifts at your feet. Blessed is the name of Mithra. Come quickly, Mithra”.

Celebrant: “Mithra maintains the double edged sword, and brings forth miracles in the battle against the evil one. He has broad wisdom, is filled with insight; His mind is so vast with wisdom that the gods, all of them, cannot fathom it”.

All: “Mithra, come quickly; bring forth miracles and destroy the evilone. Blessed is the name of Mithra. Come quickly, Mithra”.

Celebrant:”Mithra is his name, his cape is like a canvas over the whole sky. May his beneficent voice ever hover over the earth; may he diminish the dark clouds of untruthfulness of the peoples of this world”.

All: “Mithra, come quickly; grant your blessing to us; cover us with your protective cape above the sky; remove untruthfulness from our hearts, from our hands and from our mouths. Blessed is the name of Mithra. Come quickly, Mithra”.

Celebrant: “Mithra guides the gods in their duties as to the future; all the gods are certainly in His charge”.

All: “Mithra, come quickly; bless us with the guiding of the stars in the heavens and show us your glorious kingdom. Blessed is the name of Mithra. Come quickly, Mithra”.

Celebrant:” Mithra shall hold the crossings of heaven and earth; he is the Chief Star whose light and likeness illumines the sky. He upholds the course of the stars of heaven; he shepherds all the gods like sheep”.

All: “Mithra, come quickly; may we, your children, see your light in the heavens. Blessed is the name of Mithra. Come quickly, Mithra”.

Celebrant:” May Mithra vanquish the evil one; may her life be short, may it be cut away and may she be removed forever even at the hearing of the name of Mithra in these Seven Calls. Blessed is the name of Mithra, the Divine Mirror of Zurvan”.

All: Amin”

Recitation of the New Mithraic Covenant

Celebrant: Let us all join together as we recited the words of the New Mithraic Covenant:

These are the words of Mithra:

All: “I shall come in the night, as quickly as the wind blows, when the sons of men slumber.

I will bring unto them a tablet and when those who take hold of it, if they truly come into the covenant of Asha, they shall have life, that is, if they remain faithful unto that word. And surely, they shall no longer scorch under the heat of the sun, for their labor will be for God, and not for man nor for the evil one.

Liberation of the soul is not dependent on membership in any religious group or institute.

Liberation is achieved through the worship of the One God, acceptance of His Divine Messenger, and practice of the Three Lamps* of Light.

*(Scripture, Tradition, and Revelation)

Worship the one God who is outside of time and creation; abandon idolatry. I will not tolerate those who worship false gods or hold to false concepts.

Accept the Divine Messenger sent by God and the pure teaching that is revealed in Asha.

Those who reject the Divine Messenger and the teaching of Asha will be cast out into the darkness.

Cultivate these characteristics: Royalty, wisdom, victory, contentment, purity, truth, faith, patience, sincerity, kindness, justice, and light. The cultivation of these characteristics will draw you closer to Zurvan, the one God of Asha, in the Religion of Light.

Practice food-offerings at least once each month, for it is a means by which you can receive intercession for your shortcomings.

Observe the seventh day Sabbath given by Zurvan, from sundown Friday to sundown Saturday, by refraining from unnecessary labors and non-essential activities; use this day of rest to focus on spiritual matters and the Divine Teachings.

Observe the Ten Blessed Maxims given in the Religion of Light.

Abandon all forms of idolatry, harmful desires, extreme materialism and accept Asha as it is, without attachment to preconceived ideas and assumptions.

Call upon My Name and the Name of My Messenger on a regular basis.*

*(Note: Reciting the name of Mithra with thanksgiving for His grace is practiced ten times per day, although a member of Asha may recite His name more than the traditional ten times if he or she wishes. Example: “I bow down before Mithra, the Unkindled Fire. I bow down before Mir Eresh Zademir, the Truth born of Mithra.” )

The truth of Asha is not too difficult to accept upon yourself. Regardless of your race, nationality, gender, social status, or sexual orientation, you are accepted as one of the children of Light; in order to maintain this relationship, continue observing these simple truths.

Earthly or worldly organizations will not bring liberation to your soul, but you will find deliverance from the darkness by practicing the tenets of Asha in the Religion of Light.

This is my covenant with you.

When you genuinely accept and honestly live by these truths, I will accept you and I will grant you a place in the Blessed Land of Light.

A spiritual and eternal oasis awaits those who take up the teaching of Asha.”

Amin.

Readings from the Holy Tablets of Light

(A reader from the hanzaman is selected, they stand up and there is a reading from the Holy Tablets of Light.

Reader: This is a teaching from the Tablet of _______.


(The verses are read)

Reader: Zurvan, may we hear the voice of Mithra, in this teaching.

All: Amin

(The reader is seated.)

Sermon

(The Celebrant or a selected speaker from the Hanzaman then gives a talk on the Pure Teaching. It is auspicious if the verses of the reading correspond the message of the sermon. The Sermon concludes with the Surrender Prayer.)

Celebrant: Please join me in reciting the Surrender Prayer to Lord Mithra:

All: “ “Mir Fratama, you are the embodiment of the compassion and blessings of all the heavenly beings and saints, the protector of beings in Mithra.

My body, my possessions, my heart and soul, without hesitation I surrender to You through

Mithra.

From now until I attain perfection, in happiness or sorrow, in circumstances good or bad, in

situations high or low: I rely on the perfect teaching that is given to You, as the final earthly

Manifestation of Mithra.

You who know me: Keep me in Your mind, give me inspiration through the Divine Presence

and Power of your teaching, give me guidance through the Holy Tablets of Light and make me

one with You.

Amin”

Contemplation

Celebrant: With the teachings of both the Divine Messenger of the past and the Divine Messenger of the final age, clear in our minds, and the words of the surrender prayer in our hearts, let us look to the unkindled fire of Mithra in silence and reflect on the Pure Teaching.

(The hanzaman sits quietly, looking to the fire urn (or hearth, or fire place or candles located in the center of the worship area). Each Ashavan, quietly recites the abbreviated form of the surrender prayer to themselves as they look at the fire urn. This period of reflection is determined by the Celebrant.

When the period of contemplation is concluding, the celebrant or another Ashavan, rings a bells or sounds a chime three times, slowly, to let the Ashavan know the period of contemplation is over.

After the third and final chime, the celebrant recites the Prayer for the Gnosis of Mithra.)

Celebrant: “Zurvan, we have caught but of glimpse of the Unkindled Fire of Your Son, but even that is enough to cause humble Submission to You.

We know Mithra is Your Reflection in Creation, Beloved God. It is why that we fall at His Lotus Feet. It is why we have embraced the New Mithraic Covenant and live the Faith of Asha.

Bring to us all that will purge us of attachments and passions, that chain us to a physical

creation soon that is soon to be extinct.

Give us the strength to focus our attention Newy on the Divine Messenger, Mithra incarnate,

who has restored the Pure Teaching to humanity and has warned of the consequences for

those who continue their walk towards godlessness and immorality.

Strengthen our resolve, Blessed Lord, that we may never break our covenant with You.

Zurvan, do not deprive us of your Gnosis.

All: Amin.

Announcements

(A period for announcements as they relate to matters of the Ashavan Faith, and the local hanzaman, in particular, takes place. Once this is concluded, the celebrant leads the hanzaman in one final prayer.)

Dismissal

Celebrant: Niyayishen Zurvan!

All: Praise God, the Divine Source!

Celebrant: Niyayishen Anahita!

All: Praise the Divine Mother of Life!

Celebrant: Niyayishen Mithra!

All: Praise the Living Spirit, the One Created Being within whom we all Exist. Amin!

(At this point, the hanzaman may leave the Nemana Asha to have a communal meal together.)

This concludes the New Moon Service

**

Service Order for the Full Moon Service

(Note: If a Full Moon Service falls on another day of observance in Asha, those services should be combined into one service for that day. All Ashavan should read the section of the Ashavan Book of Prayer called “An example of a typical Ashavan Service”, if they have not already done so, prior to attending an Ashavan service.)

Invocation

Celebrant: “Zurvan, most merciful God, we humbly submit ourselves and fall down before Your majesty.

We beseech You from the bottom of our hearts, that this seed of Asha, planted by Your holy utterance, expressing Your Will, now sown amongst us, may take such deep root, that neither the burning heat of persecution cause it to wither, neither the thorny cares of this life choke it, but that it may bring forth thirty, sixty, and a hundredfold as Your heavenly wisdom has appointed.

All: Zurvan, Let Asha take root within our souls.

Celebrant: And because we have need continually to receive many things from Your hands, we humbly beseech You, O God of Compassion, to grant Your people, and Anahita, to direct our petitions, that they may proceed from such fervent minds, as may be agreeable to Your most holy Will.

All: Zurvan,make us worthy to enter Your Heavenly Court.

Celebrant: And seeing that the people are able to do nothing without Your help, and that You are not blind as to how many and great trials Your people undergo on every side enclosed and compassed, let Your strength, O Zurvan, sustain their weakness, that they being defended with the force of Your compassion, and that we may be safely preserved against all assaults.

All: Zurvan, give us the strength to be free of the evil one and her son, the dragon.

Celebrant: Increase our faith, O merciful God, that we do not swerve at any time from Your Pure Teaching, but augment in us hope and love, with a careful keeping of all Your Way.

All: Zurvan, make our lives a testament to the Pure Teaching.

Celebrant: Strengthen us so that no hardness of heart, no hypocrisy, no wrong desires within the heart, nor enticements of the world, may draw us away from Your obedience.

All: Zurvan, do not count us among those who have turned from the Divine Light of Truth ad Righteousness.

Celebrant: And seeing we live now in these most perilous times, let Your fatherly guidance defend us against the violence of our enemies, which seek all means to oppress Asha.

All: Zurvan, protect us from the evil one, her son, the dragon, and every attack from the druj.

Celebrant: We pray not only for ourselves, but on behalf all those in the world that remain ignorant to the miserable captivity of blindness and error of the dying creation. To the pure understanding and knowledge that are available to them in Asha.

All: Zurvan, awaken their souls so they too may return Home to Bahisht one day.

Celebrant: We pray that, with one accord, and with unity of mindy may worship You, as you so rightly deserve, blessed Zurvan. You who are our only God.”

All: Amin.

Readings from the the Full Moon Service

Celebrant: In the Manual of Ashavan Teaching we learn from Mir Garendra Tarendra: “This is in reference to the Full Moon and signifies that it is a time to especially honour the Divine Messenger and the salvific path that is made available to the dying world. It is also a time to request healing and protection through the light of Mir Fratama.”

This month we remember the Divine Manifestation of Mithra who appeared in this world as: (The name of the Divine Messenger or Divine Messengers)_______.”

(A reader from the hanzaman is selected, they stand up and there is a reading from a compilation of the teachings of that Divine Messenger is then read. The readings should not be lengthy and they should always reflect the 3 Bright Lamps of Asha.)

First Reader: This is a teaching from _______, a Manifestation of Mithra.


(The verses are read)

First Reader: Zurvan, may we hear the voice of Mithra, in this teaching.

All: Amin

(The first reader is seated.)

Celebrant: As always, we view all teachings in light of the most recent Divine Manifestation: Mir Fratama, the World Teacher.


(A second reader from the hanzaman is selected, they stand, and there is a reading from the Teachings of Mir Fratama in the Holy Tablets of Light, as they relate to the teachings provided in the first reading. The readings should be selected before the service by the celebrant.)

Second Reader:
This is a teaching from Mir Fratama.

(The verses are read)

Second Reader: Zurvan, may we hear the voice of Mithra in this teaching.

All: Amin.

(The second reader is seated.)

Sermon

(The Celebrant or a selected speaker from the Hanzaman then gives a talk on the life and teaching of the Divine Messenger or Messengers being honored during the Full Moon Service. The talk is always concluded with the teachings seen in the Light of the Pure Teachign of Mir Fratama in this final age. The Sermon concludes with the Surrender Prayer.)

Celebrant: Please join me in reciting the Surrender Prayer to Lord Mithra:

All: “ “Mir Fratama, you are the embodiment of the compassion and blessings of all the heavenly beings and saints, the protector of beings in Mithra.

My body, my possessions, my heart and soul, without hesitation I surrender to You through

Mithra.

From now until I attain perfection, in happiness or sorrow, in circumstances good or bad, in

situations high or low: I rely on the perfect teaching that is given to You, as the final earthly

Manifestation of Mithra.

You who know me: Keep me in Your mind, give me inspiration through the Divine Presence

and Power of your teaching, give me guidance through the Holy Tablets of Light and make me

one with You.

Amin”

Contemplation

Celebrant: With the teachings of both the Divine Messenger of the past and the Divine Messenger of the final age, clear in our minds, and the words of the surrender prayer in our hearts, let us look to the unkindled fire of Mithra in silence and reflect on the Pure Teaching.

(The hanzaman sits quietly, looking to the fire urn (or hearth, or fire place or candles located in the center of the worship area). Each Ashavan, quietly recites the abbreviated form of the surrender prayer to themselves as they look at the fire urn. This period of reflection is determined by the Celebrant.

When the period of contemplation is concluding, the celebrant or another Ashavan, rings a bells or sounds a chime three times, slowly, to let the Ashavan know the period of contemplation is over.

After the third and final chime, the celebrant recites the Prayer for the Gnosis of Mithra.)

Celebrant: “Zurvan, we have caught but of glimpse of the Unkindled Fire of Your Son, but even that is enough to cause humble Submission to You.

We know Mithra is Your Reflection in Creation, Beloved God. It is why that we fall at His Lotus Feet. It is why we have embraced the New Mithraic Covenant and live the Faith of Asha.

Bring to us all that will purge us of attachments and passions, that chain us to a physical

creation soon that is soon to be extinct.

Give us the strength to focus our attention fully on the Divine Messenger, Mithra incarnate,

who has restored the Pure Teaching to humanity and has warned of the consequences for

those who continue their walk towards godlessness and immorality.

Strengthen our resolve, Blessed Lord, that we may never break our covenant with You.

Zurvan, do not deprive us of your Gnosis.

All: Amin.

Announcements

(A period for announcements as they relate to matters of the Ashavan Faith, and the local hanzaman, in particular, takes place. Once this is concluded, the celebrant leads the hanzaman in one final prayer.)

Dismissal

Celebrant: Niyayishen Zurvan!

All: Praise God, the Divine Source!

Celebrant: Niyayishen Anahita!

All: Praise the Divine Mother of Life!

Celebrant: Niyayishen Mithra!

All: Praise the Living Spirit, the One Created Being within whom we all Exist. Amin!

(At this point, the hanzaman may leave the Nemana Asha to have a communal meal together.)

This concludes the Full Moon Service