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Theodosian Walls

The Theodosian Walls are among the most impressive monuments of Late Antiquity.

These land walls protected Constantinople for centuries while the other great cities like Rome, Antioch or Alexandria were sacked.

The Theodosian Walls consists of an inner wall, an outer wall with an inner terrace, and a wide moat, with a second outer wall in front of it.

Attackers first had to cross the moat and its wall, while being fired upon from both the outer and inner walls – the towers of the inner walls were equipped with ballistae and catapults.

Even if some attackers were able to scale the outer wall, they would then be trapped on the inner terrace, facing a taller wall reinforced by huge towers.

As Constantinople lies on triangular peninsula surrounded by the sea on two sides, its land walls were frequently the main defenses required.

The triple line of defense of the Theodosian Walls, then, helped make Constantinople virtually invulnerable for centuries.

The Wall

"Take the helmet of salvation

and the Sword of the SpirIT,

which is the Word of Æon."

Ephesians 6:17

You have endured many terrible griefs

but you're still under a veil -

because dying to yourself

is the fundamental principle

and you haven't adhered to it.

Your suffering cannot end

before this death is complete:

You cannot reach the roof

before climbing up the whole ladder.

How could you ever experience

your boat's total shipwreck

before you've loaded it

with the final weight?

This final weight is essential;

it is a star that summons light

and it shipwrecks the boat of error.

When your boat of selfishness

is finally broken and sunk,

reality becomes like a sun

flooding a cloudless sky with light.


I  arise today

Through the invocation of the Trinity,

Through the belief in the threeness,

Through the confession of the oneness

Of the Creator of Creation.

I  arise today

Through rebirth by baptism,

Through crucifixion and burial,

Resurrection through Ascension,

Descension reserved for the Judgment Day.

I  arise today

in compassion of Cherubim,
in obedience to angels,
in the service of archangels.
In hope of resurrection my just reward,
In prayers of patriarchs,
In predictions of prophets,
In preaching of apostles,
In faith of confessors,
In innocence of holy virgins,
In deeds of righteous men.

I  arise today
Through the depth of heaven:
Dayight of sunlight,
Radiance of moon,
Splendor of fire,
Speed of lightning,
Swiftness of wind,
Depth of sea,
Stability of earth,
Firmness of rock.

I arise today
Christ to pilot me:
Christ to uphold me,
Christ to guide me,
Christ to prognosticate,
Æon's ear to hear me,
Æon's word to speak for me,
Æon's hand to guard me,
Æon's way to lie before me,
Æon's shield to protect me,
Æon's host to save me
From snares of demons,
From temptations of vices,
From all who wish me ill,
Afar and anear,
Alone and in multitude.

I summon the Mantle of Invisibility,
to cloak my body, spirit and soul from evil,
against every cruel merciless tyrannical power,
against incantations of false prophets,
against black laws of pagandom
against false laws of heretics,
against the profession of idolatry,
against spells of witches and smiths and wizards,
against carnal knowledge corrupting body and soul.

Christ to shield me now and forever,
against poison, against wasting,
against drowning, against surgery,
Christ on my right, Christ on my left,
Christ when I lie down, Christ when I arise,
Christ in the heart of every man who thinks of me,
Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks of me,
Christ in every eye that sees me,
Christ in every ear that hears me.

I  arise today
Through the invocation of the Trinity,
Through belief in the threeness,
Through confession of the oneness,
Of the Creator of Creation.

in Gaelic

Atomriug indiu

niurt tríun

togairm Tríndóite

cretim treodatad

foísitin oendatad

i nDúilemon dáil.

Atomriug indiu

niurt gene Chríst cona baithius

niurt a chrochtho cona adnacul

niurt a esséirgi cona f.resgabáil

niurt a thoíniuda fri brithemnas mbrátho.

Atomriug indiu

niurt gráid Hiruphin;

i n-aurlattaid aingel

i frestul archaingel

i frescisin esséirgi ar chenn fochraicce

i n-ernaigdib úasalathrach

i tairchetlaib fáthe

i praiceptaib apstal

i n-iressaib foísmedach

i n-enccai noebingen

i ngnímaib fer fírían.

Atomriug indiu

niurt nime

soilsi gréine

étrochtai ésci

áini thened

déini lóchet

lúaithi gaíthe

fudomnai maro

tairismigi thalman

cobsaidi ailech.

Lawrence's Breastplate

Atomriug indiu

niurt Dé dom lúamairecht;

cumachtae nDé dom chumgabáil

cíall Dé dom imthús

rosc nDé dom remcisin

clúas Dé dom étsecht

bríathar Dé dom aurlabrai

lám Dé dom imdegail

intech Dé dom remthechtas

scíath Dé dom immdítin

sochraite Dé dom anacul

ar intledaib demnae

ar aslaigib dúalchae

ar airrechtaib aicnid

ar cach nduine mídúthrastar dam

i céin ocus i n-ocus

i n-úathad ocus i sochaidi.

Tocuirir etrum indiu inna huli nertso

fri cach nert n-amnas fristaí dom churp ocus dom anmain

fri tairchetla saebf.áthe

fri dubrechtu gentliuchtae

fri saebrechtu eretecdae

fri imchellacht n-idlachtae

fri brichtu ban ocus gobann ocus druad

fri cach fiss arachuili corp ocus anmain duini.

Críst dom imdegail indiu

ar neim

ar loscud

ar bádud

ar guin

condomthair ilar fochraicce.

Críst limm, Críst reum, Críst im degaid

Críst indium, Críst íssum, Críst úassum

Críst dessum, Críst túathum

Críst i llius, Críst i ssius, Críst i n-érus

Críst i cridiu cach duini rodomscrútadar

Críst i ngiun cach oín rodomlabrathar

Críst i cach rusc nomdercadar

Críst i cach clúais rodomchloathar.

Atomriug indiu

niurt tríun

togairm Tríndóite

cretim treodatad

foísitin oendatad

i nDúilemon dáil.

(modifed, adapted, edited, redacted, modernized from Saint Patrick's Breastplate)

Cat Stevens - Morning has broken

The hymn originally appeared in the second edition of Songs of Praise (published in 1931), to the tune "Bunessan", composed in the Scottish Highlands. In Songs of Praise Discussed, the editor, Percy Dearmer, explains that as there was need for a hymn to give thanks for each day, English poet and children's author Eleanor Farjeon had been "asked to make a poem to fit the lovely Scottish tune". "Bunessan" had been found in L. McBean's Songs and Hymns of the Gael, published in 1900. Before Farjeon's words, the tune was used as a Christmas carol, which began "Child in the manger, Infant of Mary", translated from the Scottish Gaelic lyrics written by Mary MacDonald. The English-language Roman Catholic hymnal also uses the tune for the Charles Stanford hymns "Christ Be Beside Me" and "This Day God Gives Me", both of which were adapted from the traditional Irish hymn St. Patrick's Breastplate. Another Christian hymn "Baptize In Water" borrows the tune. Piano arrangement by Rick Wakeman.

I bind unto myself today and forever in the name
of the Creator and Sustainer the Dream of Creation

I bind unto myself today and forever,

by faith in the Reality of Creation,

by Baptism in Water of Life I am renewed.

My Soul is redeemed from everlasting death.

Rising from the spiced spiritual tomb of pragmatic materialism,

the Creator and Sustainer carries me in a spiritual way.

Creator and Sustainer with me eternally.

I bind unto myself today and forever,

The power of the compassion of Christ,

The sweet gratitude of being spiritually redeemed.

In the service of Creation,

Living the faith of the true Apostles' word,

Repeating the sweet words of Christ the Savior,

Awakening and redeeming spiritually corrupt souls,

Through the awesome power of the Holy Spirit.

I bind unto myself today and forever

the virtues of the starlit heavens,

the glorious sun's life-giving ray,

the whiteness of the moon at night,

The flashing of the lightning free,

The whirling wind's tempestuous shocks,

The stable earth, the deep salt sea,

Around the old eternal rocks.

I bind unto myself today

The power of to hold and lead,

Gaian eye to watch, Gaian might to stay,

Brahma's ear to hearken to my need.

The wisdom of Sophia to teach,

the hand of Thor to guide,

the shield of Mars to ward,

The Logos of Creation to give me speech.

Holy Spirit to be my guard,

Against the demonic snares of sin,

The lies that gives temptation force,

The unnatural lusts based on fantasy,

The hostile men that obstruct my course;

The few or many, far or nigh,

In every place and in all hours

Against their fierce hostility,

I bind to me the holy and sacred power of Creation,

of all that does exist, has existed or ever will exist,

To guide and protect me

Against intellectual idolatry,

Against all followers of evil,

Against false words of heresy,

Against false knowledge that defiles,

Against the propagandists' evil craft,

Against the spiritual death-wound of narcissism,

Against the chocking enslavement of totalitarianism,

Against the fossil fuel fire poisoned air, water and Earth,

Protect me, Creator and Sustainer from all of mankind's evil.

Christ within me, Christ above me,

Christ beside me, Christ before me,

Christ behind me, Christ beneath me,

Christ on my right, Christ on my left,

Christ to comfort and restore me,

Christ to guide me in quiet and in danger,

Christ in the heart of every man who thinks of me,

Christ in the mouth of every man who speaks of me,

Christ in every eye that sees me, in every ear that hears me.

I bind unto myself the Creator and Sustainer,

Æon, One seen as Three, through which all nature is grew,

Eternal Immortal Father, Everlasting Spirit, Divine Word,

Praise to my redemotion and my salvation,

Redemption found in the Words of Christ,

Salvation discovered in the Kingdom on Earth.

walled compartmentalized fortress

Trump's Wall

Walking down the road of a walled fortress of compartmentalized rationality allowed human coöperation which resulted in conversion to a MICE culture.

Young men I knew were sent away to die in the jungles of southeast Asia.

Many days I could hardly breath as asthmatic attacks captured my lungs.

The lies were so thick and deep you could cut them with a butter knife.

I did not want to believe that people could act in such evil malicious ways.

By about fourteen my bicameral mind was fully compartmentalized.

Exceptionalism, slamming into my consciousness, was driving me insane.

I became confused by the accumulation of toxic effects.

The walls crumbled as my compartmentalization defragmented.

I learned to let the emotion flow through me rather than repress it, file it away in a cubicle and bury feelings of empathy towards living things.

The walls I had built did not have foundations in reality.

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