The Round Dance of the Cross

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The Round Dance of the Cross or The Hymn of Jesus Notes

The Round Dance of the Cross or The Hymn of Jesus
(In the Acts of John, it’s said that Jesus taught the Round Dance of the Cross to his disciples prior to his crucifixion. Just before this opening, the circumstance of the Round Dance of the Cross are explained in strongly polemical (Of or relating to, or involving strongly critical controversial or disputatious writing or speech) terms, & reference is made to the “lawless Jews” who were inspired by the serpent.)

[94] Jesus told us to form a circle and hold each other’s hands, and he stood in the middle and said, Respond to me with Amen.

The Song

He began singing a hymn and declaring, Glory to you, father. We circled around him and responded, Amen.
Glory to you, word. Glory to you, grace.
Amen.
Glory to you, spirit. Glory to you, holy one. Glory to your glory.
Amen.
We praise you, father. We thank you, light, in whom no darkness lives.
Amen.
[95] I declare why we offer thanks: I will be saved and I will save.
Amen.
I will be released and I will release.
Amen.
I will be wounded and I will wound.
Amen.
I will be born and I will bear.
Amen.
I will eat and I will be eaten.
Amen.
I will be in mind, I, pure mind.
Amen.
I will be washed and I will wash.
Amen.
Grace dances.
I will play the flute. Dance, everyone.
Amen.
I will weep.
Lament, everyone.
Amen.
A realm of eight sings with us.
Amen.
The twelfth number dances above.
Amen.
The whole universe joins in dancing.
Amen.
If you do not dance you do not know what is.
Amen.
I will run away and I will remain.
Amen.
I will adorn and I will be adorned.
Amen.
I will be united and I will unite.
Amen.
I am homeless and I have homes.
Amen.
I have no place and I have places
Amen.
I have no temple and I have temples
Amen.
I am a lamp to you who see me.
Amen.
I am a mirror to you who recognize me.
Amen.
I am a door to you who knock on me.
Amen.
I am a way to you, passerby.
Amen.
(‘Logos,’ here & below. Cf. 1 John 1:5. Here & throughout this section the English translation employs the emphatic future “I will” for the Greek ‘thelō,’ literally, “It is my will…” “Grace dances” is an instruction in the text for liturgical dance. This may refer to the realm of 8 (Ogdoad) in the Valentinian thought- that is, the 7 planetary spheres plus the 8th sphere (of the stars). Sometimes the 8th sphere is considered the abode of the ruler of the cosmos; sometimes it’s thought to be a higher level for spiritual advancement. Compare the Secret Book of John & the Discourse on the Eighth & Ninth. Compare the 12 signs of the zodiac. Cf. John 10:9; 14:6; Gospel of Thomas 42.)

Understanding the Song

[96] If you follow the dance, see yourself in me when I speak. If you have seen what I do, keep quiet about my mysteries. You who dance, consider what I do. Yours is the human passion I am to suffer. You could never understand what you suffer unless I the word was sent to you by the father. You who have seen what I do have seen me as suffering, and when you saw it, you did not stand still but were utterly moved. You were moved to wisdom, and you have my help. Rest in me. Who I am you will know when I go. What I am seen to be now I am not. What I am you will see when you come. If you know how to suffer you would be able not to suffer and you will be able not to suffer. What you do now know I shall teach you. I am your God, not the traitor’s. I wish holy souls to be in harmony with me. Know the word of wisdom. Say again with me,
Glory to you, father.
Glory to you, word.
Glory to you, spirit.
Amen.
If you wish to know what I was, I ridiculed at all. I jumped for joy. Understand everything, and when you have understood, declare, Glory to you, father. Amen.
(Or, “put to shame.” In Greek, ‘ton logon gnōthi tēs sophias.’ Perhaps compare Second Discourse of the Great Seth 55-56; Revelation of Peter 81-83.)

Predestination

As a doctrine in Christian theology, the divine foreordaining of all that will happen, especially with regard to the salvation of some & not of others. It has been particularly associated with the teachings of Saint Auugustine of Hippo & of John Calvin.

Calvinism

The Protestant theological system of John Calvin & his successors, which develops Martin Luther’s doctrine of justification by faith alone & emphasizes the grace of God & the doctrine of predestination.

The Waldensians

A Christian sect that was founded in Southern France circa 1170 by Peter Valdes, a merchant of Lyons. They adopted Calvinist doctrines during the Reformation, now existing chiefly in Italy & America.

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