Apropos of the call for new versions of the “Hail Mary” prayer, I received a video teaching* from Aramaic scholar Neil Douglas Klotz.
I am proud to say that Neil was on our faculty for years at ICCS in Oakland where he led body prayer every morning and taught courses on the Aramaic Jesus and on the Dances for Universal Peace.
His first book, Prayers of the Cosmos, offers a masterful service by re-translating the “Our Father” prayer and the “Beatitudes” based on Aramaic. We always employ that translation in our Cosmic Masses and always people respond deeply to it.
Neil wrote me this note accompanying the teaching he has done on the “Hail Mary” prayer from the Aramaic.
This might be of interest…not a word about death in this one either, but much to do with us all being “mothers of God,” in Eckhart’s words.
All the best,
Of course, he is referring to passages like this in Meister Eckhart: What help is it to me that Mary is full of grace, if I am not also full of grace? And what help is it to me that the Father gives birth to his Son unless I too give birth to him? It is for this reason that God gives birth to the divine Son in a perfect soul and lies in the maternity bed so that Divinity can give birth to him again in all his works.
And this: Have concern so that a ‘child’ will not only be in the process of being born but that it be already born, just as the Son is constantly born and will constantly be born in God. May God help us so that this will happen to us! Amen.
Another responder asked for the original Latin version of the prayer which follows:
Ave Maria, gratia plena
Dominus tecum, virgo serena;
Benedicta tu in mulieribus
Qui peperisti pacem hominibus
Et angelis gloriam.
Et benedictus frutcus ventris tui
Que coheredes ut essemus sui
Nos fecit per gratiam.
* Unfortunately, due to technical difficulties between the U.S. and Scotland, Neil Douglas-Klotz’s teaching video could not be included in this DM, but will be added in tomorrow’s meditation. We regret the inconvenience!
Adapted from Matthew Fox, “We are Children of God and Mothers of God,” in Fox, Passion For Creation: The Earth-Honoring Spirituality of Meister Eckhart, pp. 336, 330, 325-337.
And Fox, Meditations with Meister Eckhart, pp. 76-84.
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Queries for Contemplation
Do you recognize yourself and humanity as a whole being called to bring forth the Christ (Buddha or Image of God) in all your works as Eckhart invites us to do?
Passion for Creation: The Earth-Honoring Spirituality of Meister Eckhart
Matthew Fox’s comprehensive translation of Meister Eckhart’s sermons is a meeting of true prophets across centuries, resulting in a spirituality for the new millennium. The holiness of creation, the divine life in each person and the divine power of our creativity, our call to do justice and practice compassion–these are among Eckhart’s themes, brilliantly interpreted and explained for today’s reader.
“The most important book on mysticism in 500 years.” — Madonna Kolbenschlag, author of Kissing Sleeping Beauty Goodbye.
Meditations with Meister Eckhart: A Centering Book
A centering book by Matthew Fox. This book of simple but rich meditations exemplifies the deep yet playful creation-centered spirituality of Meister Eckhart, Meister Eckhart was a 13th-century Dominican preacher who was a mystic, prophet, feminist, activist, defender of the poor, and advocate of creation-centered spirituality, who was condemned shortly after he died.
“These quiet presentations of spirituality are remarkable for their immediacy and clarity.” –Publishers Weekly.