Society of Light – Part 3

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The Rite and Benediction of the Congregation of the Lord Sc. Metatron

Ultimately, the entirety of the Church of the Lords of Light falls under the authority of this most ancient document, penned originally by the First Patriarch Enoch, laying out the structure and organization for the Church. As the Church spread it quickly discovered that different lands and cultures demanded adaptations, as did the various organizations that sprang up as the Church grew. So while this document still to this day provides the foundation for all other Rites and Rules, it is only directly followed by a handful of extremely conservative and isolated communities.

The various “Rules” to the Church of the Lord of Light are considered the hands of the Faith. These are the basic structures for the various types of groups and organizations within the Church of Lords of Light that make up the general hierarchy. Each specific group (usually called an Order or a Company) has it’s own specific Rule, but these exist under the rubric of overall type or style of that particular organization. E.g. particulars notwithstanding, the needs for the Rule of the Anchorite are different from the needs of the Rule of the Orders Militant. In no particular order, as no type of service is considered to be greater in the eyes of the Lords of Light than any other, here are the various Rules.

  • The Benediction of the Rule of the Brethren – This the “default” Rule for the basic membership and participation in the Church of the Lords of Light and is derived most fundamentally from the Rite of Lord Sc. Metatron.
  • The Benediction of the Rule of the Orders Minor – The lay members of the Church that support the good order and keeping of the community follow this Rule, it to owes it’s fundamental existence to writings of the First Patriarch, Enoch.
  • The Benediction of the Rule of the Orders Militant – This Rule covers the military orders and service, both directly in the service to the Church in it’s military Orders, but also members of the Church who serve in the armies of their temporal lords.
  • The Benediction of the Rule of the Orders Anchorite – Despite it’s martial nature the Church of the Lords of Light also prizes learning and knowledge, and has a long history of monastic and reclusive life. This Rule covers monks, nuns, anchorites, hermits, and all those who lead contemplative lives.
  • The Benediction of the Rule of the Orders Evangelion – There is a third path between that of the conflict and contemplation, that of charisma. The Orders Evangelion are focused on preaching, missionary work, and travelling both roads and wilds in search of those in need.
  • The Benediction of the Rule of the Society of Light – This is Church of the Lords of Light attempt to codify membership in the greater “Society of Light” which defines those groups and organizations which still serve the Lords of Light but do not “technically” fall under the authority of the Council of Devas or any High Archon – much to their chagrin and frustration at times.

Currently the specific regions of the Mortal Realms have their own division of the Church of the Lords of Light assigned to it, this set of protocols, laws, and the associated hierarchy is known as a “Rite”. While the Church of the Lords of Light spells out any number of specific ways in which things should be done, just as many have come about based on the specific needs of the area and the cultures in which they are embedded. In order of seniority, these are the various Rites of the Church of the Lords of Light, along with the major Orders (meaning those that are large enough to have holdings in multiple Rites or that are exceedingly well-known) that are headquartered within the lands covered by that Rite.

  • Rite of the Congregation of Atlan – Most ancient of the Rites, this Community is made up mostly of isolated monastic communities rather than the living, breathing towns and communes of the rest of the  Church. That said, some of the oldest and most respected Orders are based here.
    • Orders Anchorite
      • Order of the Anchorite Sisters of the Shiron
    • Orders Evangelion
      • Company of the Most Holy Judgment and Inquisition into the Kingdom of Heaven- Inquisition
      • Order of the Congregation of Watchtowers of the Eternal City – the Siccari
      • Brethren of the Hallowed Evangelion
      • Brethren of the Blessed Annunciation
    • Orders Militant
      • Order of the Brethren of the Poor Knights of the Lost Temple of the Archangels – Templars
      • Order of the Silent Knights of Sc. Calir the Mystic – Calirites
      • Order of the Knights of Lord Sc. Michael
  • Rite of the Congregation of Khem – Spiritual home of the Church of the Lords of Light, the Council of Devas is based here, nominally ruling over the whole of the Church in the name of the Lords of Light. It solidly remains the largest of the Rites, it is also the most expansive and accepting of other races.
    • Orders Anchorite
      • Order of the Anchorite Sisters of the Blessed Sepulcher of the Patriarchs
      • Order of the Eremetic Brethren of Sc. Amun the Hermit
      • Order of the Singers of the Earthbound Host of the Lord Sc. Gabriel – Gabrielites
      • Order of the Scholars of the Earthbound Host of the Lord Sc. Raphael – Raphaelites
    • Orders Evangelion
      • Order of the Congregation of the Faithful
      • Company of the Earthbound Host of the Servants of the Sarim – Sarimites
      • Blessed Lovers of Talia
    • Orders Militant
      • Order of the Relentless Sovereign Hospitaller Knights of Sc. Andraa the Valorous – Hospitallers
      • Order of the Solemn Knights of Sc. Constantine the Faithful -Constantines
      • Order of the Warriors of the Earthbound Host of Lord. Sc. Michael – Michaelines
      • Order of the Holy Knights of the Shiron – Shironites
  • Rite of the Congregation of Ith – Old, established, but still a discriminated minority in it’s environs of Ith, this Rite cleaves closely to the roots of the Church as the respite and solace of slaves and the repressed. It is regularly ruthlessly repressed by the authorities for sedition and heresy.
    • Because of it’s level of persecution, there are no Orders based within Ith. That said, the Siccarri and the Calirites are quite active in Ith, as are the Green and Blue Friars.
  • Rite of the Congregation of Khitain – Perhaps the most isolated of the Rites in distant and exotic Khitain, the members of this Rite have little contact with the rest of the Church.
    • While there are certainly Orders in Khitain, they are unknown at this time.
  • Rite of the Congregation of Istar – Product of the second great schism in the Church, the Rite of Istar is proudly and often defiantly independent of the Council of Devas. Conservative and fundamentalist in nature, the Rite of Istar is often at odds with other religions and has been the source of much conflict over the years.
    • Orders Anchorite
      • Order of the Contemplative Brethren of the Evangelion – the White Friars
      • Order of the Visionary Brethren of the Lord Sc. Ratziel – the Blue Friars
    • Orders Evangelion
      • Order of the Mendicant Brethren of Sc. Austin – the Grey Friars
      • Order of the Preaching Brethren of Sc. Dominus – the Black Friars
    • Orders Militant
      • Order of the Eternal Knights of the Light of Istar – Istarian
      • Order of the Stalwart Knights of the Shield of the Faithful of the Society of Light
      • Order of the Steadfast Knights of the Sword of the Armies of the Society of Light
      • Order of the Knights of the Sword of Istar
  • Rite of the Congregation of Thule – The Church of the Lords of Light has made very few inroads into Thule, the Northmen not being attracted to the tenants of the faith for the most part. As such, the Rite of Thule is mainly concerned with the traders of the faith visiting from other lands.
    • Orders Militant
      • Order of the Implacable Knights of Sc. Ulric the Trollborn
  • Rite of the Congregation of Harrow – Based in Harrow, this Rite is actually the source of spiritual authority for the Church of the Lords of Light in the Shadowlands. Often looked at askance by the rest of the Church, they are often viewed as somewhat suspect given some of the compromises and alliances that they have made.
    • Orders Anchorite
      • Order of the Masked Brethren of Sc. Erol the Guardain
    • Orders Evangelion
      • Order of the Tantric Sisters of Sc. Kirra of the Sacred Passion
    • Orders Militant
      • Order of the Hallowed Knights of Sc. Bane the Scourge
      • Sacred Guardian Sisters of Sc. Thrace of the Oath – The Thraceans
  • Rite of the Congregation of Loren – A schism from the Rite of Istar, the Rite of Loren owes much to the interactions of the members of the Church with the followers of the Old Faith. It is generally far more accepting and more diplomatic than the more senior (and more numerous) Rite of Istar.
    • Orders Anchorite
      • Order of the Healing Sisters of Sc. Brigid of the Sacred Flame
    • Orders Evangelion
      • Order of the Sisters of Sc. Branwen of the Raven
    • Orders Militant
      • Order of the Valiant Knights of Sc. Stefan the Martyr – the Stefanos
      • Ancient Order of the Knights of Sc. Aragon the Ranger – the Aragonese
  • Rite of the Congregation of Tierna – Always the smallest of the Rites, it has dwindled even more since the Mad Gods War. Much like the Rite of Atlan, it remains as the spiritual home and nominal temporal authority of a number of Orders.
    • Orders Militant
      • Order of the Resolute Knights of Sc. Mattias the Dragonslayer – Matteans
      • Order of the Victorious Knights of Sc. Jamison of the Sword – Jamiseans
      • Order of the Devout Knights of Sword of Lord Sc. Camael – Camaelines
  • Rite of the Congregation of Acadia – The most recent of the Rites formed, it owes a great deal to the Rite of Loren which it considers it’s spiritual forebear – and which often puts it in conflict with the High Archon of Istar.
    • While there are a number of small Orders in Acadia, none are found outside of Acadia and the Orders that do operate here do so autonomously – much as they do in Rites in which they are not headquartered.

While technically ruled by the Council of Devas in Kistath under the authority of the High Archon of Khem, the various Rites all maintain a relatively high level of generally respectful autonomy. This is most lacking in Avalon, with three competing Rites – those of Istar, Loren, and Tierna – that have historically bad relationships with both each other. Technically, while the Rite of the Congregation of Harrow is also based in Avalon its focus on the members of the Church in the Shadowlands means that it has remained uninvolved in political matters there.

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