Category Archives: Traditions

Commemoration of St. Aurades Kapelos

orange-flowerToday, Manichaeans observe the commemoration of Aurades Kapelos. We have a special prayer commemorating this saint, with the link below. Aurades Kapelos, or more properly, “Aurades bar Kapelos”, is referred to in the Manichaean Scriptures as “one of his disciples” — that is, a disciple of Mar Mani.

Aurades is mentioned twice in the main text of the Manichaean Holy Book of Light, at least through the eighth edition. You will find Aurades’ name in the Acts of Mar Mani, in the 11th chapter, verse 6. He is mentioned again by name in the 24th verse. In the first occurrence of his name, we see where he requested two Manis, saying “O please, our Lord, give us two Manis who resemble yourself and come down like you.”
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Appreciating our Scribes

ink-writing-scribe“When the calendar refers to Scribes’ Day, it is referring to a day when Religion of Light scribes observe special prayers related to their responsibilities; this is also a day when others can show their appreciation for and to the scribes.” *

Concerning the scribes, the Manichaean Holy Book of Light says, “The scribes help bring the Message of Light to all the nations and islands throughout the world; truly their hands are blessed to spread the Call and their feet are swift to carry the burden of their individual responsibilities. Let all those within the Religion of Light, give thanks to Aten, day after day, with the rising of the sun in the eastern horizon, for His scribes who are active in helping spread the Call to humanity. The scribes are the possession of the Aten, and a gift to the Temple.” — Teaching of Smenkhkare 10:1-3
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Saint Priscillian of Spain, Martyr

On the coast of Palma de Mallorca

On the coast of Palma de Mallorca

On the 15th of December, Manichaeans will be commemorating the memory of Saint Priscillian, a Martyr in Spain.

According to a Dictionary of Gnosticism* by Andrew P. Smith, Priscillian was a bishop in Spain and “the first person in the history of Christianity to be executed for heresy.” We know he was a bishop around 380 CE/AD in Avila.
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