The Holy Week is the high point of the year. It begins with the PALM SUNDAY service (April 2) which celebrates the entry of Jesus into Jerusalem and into his destiny. During this service we each receive a new palm cross to keep during the year as a reminder to continue to walk the path of Christ.
On MAUNDY THURSDAY (April 6) the Meditation on the Fourteen Stations of the Cross provides us with an opportunity to journey in spirit with Christ on the road to Calvary, and to encounter the different stages of this final initiation.
GOOD FRIDAY (April 7) is celebrated with a special agapē meal of hot cross buns and wine. On this day, all who attend are co-celebrants with the priests, and the blessing of peace is passed from one person to another.
On EASTER SATURDAY (April 8), the holy oil is blessed by the Meriti and priests. This is the holy oil that will be used for anointing and healing during the coming year. The Blessing of Fire and the Veneration of the Light is a service in which the altar is ceremonially dressed and the Paschal Candle is blessed in preparation for the dawning of Easter day.
On EASTER SUNDAY (April 9), the end of Holy Week, we celebrate with joy the resurrection of Christ, the turning point of evolution, and the victory of light over darkness. We are powerfully reminded of the opportunity he has given us to fulfil our destiny and become redeemers of our humanity and co-creators with the Gods.
Rosa Veritas is a spiritual community who recognise that we are spiritual beings living on this earth with a purpose.
Our spiritual teacher, Rev Mario Schoenmaker (1929-1997), gave us esoteric and spiritual teachings to enable us to grow and evolve in understanding and expression of the spirit.
We believe that the seed of Christ is within each one of us. We know Christ as a free-making spirit that works to heal, uplift and transform our soul-being. We see reincarnation as the unfolding of our eternal soul. We are evolving beings, learning to be whole and free.
We are located in different parts of the world, primarily Australia, New Zealand and the Netherlands, and we meet together in different ways to deepen our ability to live according to the spirit that lives within us.
We offer different programs and activities: retreats, workshops and devotional services to strengthen our ability to see ourselves and one another as spiritual beings growing into wholeness and freedom.
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Three in One and One in Three
Our spiritual focus for this new year is Trinity: the three in one and one in three. It implies the cultivating of a threefold awareness. It speaks of the Holy Trinity: God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. It speaks to the trinity of our own being: body, soul, spirit. It embraces the trinity of experience: past, present, future. The workings of the light and the darkness in colour. It speaks of the trinity of influences within us: Lucifer, Ahriman, Christ. It is a focus that encourages us to consider more than what is physically apparent.
The focus on the Trinity asks us to take notice of and experience the soul and spirit levels, as well as our physical existence. It asks us to take notice of our sleeping life and our dreaming life, as well as our waking life – for throughout all these times different aspects of ourselves are active and experiencing. All these areas need to be more in the picture, more taken account of, for us to be truly whole and complete. So this is about healing.
To focus on the Trinity in the cosmos and in ourselves will bring a greater fullness and balance to our thinking, understanding, and expression. It will also bring the firmness and restfulness that we glimpse when we see the triangle, and this especially is very much needed on the earth.
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