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of the Bridechamber: Author's Commentary
According to the Zohar, the marriage of the supernal King
and Queen (i.e. God and his consort, the Matronit) “could not be celebrated
until Solomon had built the temple at
, which was to serve as their wedding chamber, and thereafter their bedroom.”
(Raphael Patai, The Hebrew Goddess, Wayne State University Press, Detroit, p.
“The Lord did all things by means of a mystery: baptism,
chrism, eucharist, ransome and bridal chamber.” (Gospel of Philip, Saying 60).
On the subject of fasting, Jesus said: “How can the sons
of the Marriage Chamber mourn while the Bridegroom is with them? The time will
come when the Bridegroom will be taken from them; then they will fast.” And
again he said: “What is the sin that I have committed, or wherein have I been
defeated? But when the Bridegroom leaves the bridal chamber then let them fast
and pray.” (Gospel of Thomas, Saying 104).
“He who is anointed possesses the All. He possesses the
resurrection, the light, the cross, the Holy Spirit. As the Father gave him this
in the bride chamber, such a one received it.” (Gospel of Philip, Saying 96).
most traditional societies in antiquity, as in the early Christian faith laid
down by Jesus, the path of transcendence lay in the uniting of the archetypal
male and female principles within the seeker’s soul. This was a high
initiatory experience – the highest and most secret of the
three grades of initiation possible in the early Christian movement - and
involved a sacrament called the Bridechamber rite. In this secret ceremony a marriage of
Bridegroom and Bride was ritually effected, which raised the postulant’s
consciousness to a new spiritual level. Therein he or she received what
Christian Gnostics called the Gnosis of the Heart, or heart-knowledge, or
prophecy. Such higher spiritual
knowledge was the basis of the miraculous deeds of healing and empowerment for
which Christians were once famous; but because it bypassed the authority of the
bishops it soon became unpopular in official circles. The original three-grade
system of initiation was therefore abandoned by the Church, the Bridechamber
sacrament was suppressed and eventually outlawed, and
Gnostic worship was in general anathematised.
When the Bridechamber mysteries were excised from mainstream
Christianity the very heart of the religion was torn out. Christendom was cut
off from its living participation in the great spiritual traditions of
antiquity. As a consequence, In many respects, Christians have been left with
little more than a system of tribal superstition, the mere shell of a religion
in which the high path of transcendence has been long forgotten. What the West
now celebrates as its official faith is not the Christ Mystery that Jesus
brought but its pallid similacrum.
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