Sunday, August 05, 2012

'TOTALITER ALITER'

TWO PRIESTS  of Anti­nous at the Tem­ple of the Blessed Boy in Rome had devot­ed their lives to the Good God and were get­ting on in years. 

As young men they had become priests togeth­er. Their love for each other was sym­bol­ized and enhanced by their love for Anti­nous. They had lived out their lives togeth­er at the great Tem­ple of Rome under the most exalt­ed Priest Nikias. 

Nikias of Rome was the author of a famous inscrip­tion in Greek which address­es Anti­nous as NEOS HER­MES the "New Her­mes" who con­veys the deceased through the por­tals of death into tran­scen­dent light. A great Antinoo-Hermeticist, Nikias had taught them much about the tri­umph of Anti­nous over death. 

And now, as tooth­less old men, they were approach­ing the final stage of their earth­ly priest­hood. Both men were frail and ill. They knew death was immi­nent. 

But they were unafraid, for they were con­fi­dent that they would be re-united in death through the grace and love of the Most Great and Good God whom they had served so faith­ful­ly all their lives.