Saturday, August 23, 2008

Sacred (and Secret) Marriage of Jesus Christ and Mary Magdalene

Jesus and Mary Magdalene1.
Cana, Galilee, 23 A. D.

'They have no wine', said Mary to Jesus.

And on the third day there was a marriage in Cana of Galilee; and the mother of Jesus was there. And both Jesus and his disciples were called to the marriage.

And when they wanted wine, Mary, the mother of Jesus said to him, 'They have no wine.'

Mary immediately ordered the servants to do whatever Jesus instructed. And Jesus told them to fill the pots with water up to the brim. He then asked them to draw wine from them and to serve the governor of the feast.

The servants served the wine. When the ruler of the feast tasted the water that had been made into wine, the governor called the bridegroom and said to him that most people serve the good wine first the lower grade wine later. The bridegroom, on the other hand, had done the reverse.

His mother, Mary, had clearly been in charge. She was the hostess without doubt.

And the bridegroom had been Jesus.

- The Christ Conspiracy: The Marriage of Jesus by Rhawn Joseph.

2.
Mary anointed Jesus twice with Nard. She once anointed his head. Another time she anointed his feet, later wiping them with her long hair. Nard was a fragrant ointment more commonly called Spikernard and was part of a sacred marriage ritual practiced by Hebrew, Sumerian and Egyptian priestesses. In the Old Testament's Song of Solomon, this act of anointing was carried out as an element of the marriage ceremony.

Lynn Picknett, a researcher of religious mysteries, would later write: 'In their time was a sublimely pagan rite that involved a woman anointing a chosen man both on head and feet - and also on the genitals - for a very special destiny. This was the anointing of the sacred king, in which the priestess singled out the chosen man and anointed him, before bestowing his destiny upon him in a sexual rite known as the Hieros Gamos.'

3.
Bethany, Judea, 27 A.D.

Mary Magdalene annoints JesusShe was making Jesus go through an ancient fertility ritual called Hiero Gamos, or 'the Sacred Marriage'.

In 1993, a book entitled 'The Woman with With the Albastar Jar' by Margaret Starbird reveals: 'Jesus had a secret dynastic marriage with Mary of Bethany. She was a daughter of the tribe of Benjamin, whose ancestral heritage was the land surrounding the Holy City of David, the city of Jerusalem. A dynastic marriage between Jesus and a royal daughter of the Benjamites would have been perceived as a source of healing for the people of Israel.

Perhaps the earliest verbal references attaching the epithet Magdala to Mary of Bethany's name had nothing to do with an obscure town in Galilee in Hebrew. The epithet Magdala literally means tower or elevated, great, magnificent ... This meaning had particular relevance if the Mary so named was in fact the wife of the Messiah. It would have been the Hebrew equivalent of calling her Mary the Great (or, Mary the Magnificent).

In older sacred marriage rituals, a woman who represented the goddess and the land was wedded to the king. Their union symbolized many things, depending on the time and place such a ritual was practiced ...'

.: Credit: via The Rozabal Line by Shawn Haigins

4.
Then Mary stood up and greeted all of them and said to her brethren, "Do not mourn or grieve or be irresolute, for his grace will be with you all and will defend you. Let us rather praise his greatness, for he prepared us and made us into men (perfected beings)." When Mary said this, their hearts changed for the better, and they began to discuss the words of the [Savior].

Mary MagdalenePeter said to Mary, "Sister, we know that the Savior loved you more than other women [John 11:5, Luke 10:38-42]. Tell us the words of the Savior which you have in mind since you know them; and we do not, nor have we heard of them."

Mary answered and said, "What is hidden from you I will impart to you." And she began to say the following words to them. "I," she said, "I saw the Lord in a vision and I said to him, 'Lord, I saw you today in a vision.' He answered and said to me, 'Blessed are you, since you did not waver at the sight of me. For where the mind is, there is your countenance'

... Levi answered and said to Peter, "Peter, you are always irate. Now I see that you are contending against the woman like the adversaries. But if the Savior made her worthy, who are you to reject her? Surely the Savior knew her very well [Luke 10:38- 42]. For this reason he loved her more than us [John 11:5].

- Gospel of Mary Magdalene

5.
Mary's presence at the Crucifixion and Jesus' tomb is consonant with a role as grieving wife and widow. After the Crucifixion she watched by his tomb, and was the first to whom he appeared after the resurrection; her unfaltering faith, mingled as it was with the intensest grief and love, obtained for her this peculiar mark of favour. It is assumed by several commentators that Jesus appeared first to Mary Magdalene, because she, of all those whom he had left on earth, was his beloved and in most need of consolation: 'The disciples went away unto their own; but Mary stayed without the sepulcher and wept.'

6.
Mary Magdalene was chosen by our Lord as a type of the Church and would be one of the first fruits taken to be with her Lord. She was the constant companion of Jesus' Ministry, to him she ministered of her substance, she anointed him for his Ministry, and for his Burial, She was the last at the Cross, and the first at the Tomb, and to her alone He gave the commission*, "Go tell Peter," and wheresoever the Gospel was to be preached, her love and devotion to her Master were to be declared. - Gospel of the Holy Twelve
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