THE ROMAN IMPERIAL CULT  
TEMPLE OF THE DIVINE EMPEROR MARCIAN
August 25, 450 AD - January 27, 457 AD
 
 
      
Click the image above to visit the virtual shrine
of Divus Flavius Marcianus Augustus

 
 
 
Historical Information:
Emperor Flavius Marcianus Augustus
 
Sacred Days:
 
August 25  - Coronation in 450 AD
October 8th - Convention of Council of Chalcedon
November 1st - End of Council of Chalcedon
January 27 - Divine Apotheosis, 457 AD
 
 
The Emperor Marcian was the ruler of the Eastern Roman Empire.
His reign marked a recovery of the Eastern Empire's military and economy.
However he gave little aid or attention to the West, which was sacked
by the Vandals during his reign. He is recognized as a Catholic Saint for
his convention of the Council of Chalcedon and was buried in the Royal
tombs in the Church of the Holy Apostles.

 
 
 
Classical Prayer and Offering:
 
Items Needed, Altar space, an image of the Emperor Marcian (optional)
 a candle or lamp, Incense, a small container of wine (or juice if necessary)
and a small, open dish to pour wine into.
 
When prepared, take a moment to reflect on the Divine Emperor, then light the lamp or candle saying:
 
"I offer this sacred flame in honor of Divus Flavius Marcianus Augustus.
May his Imperial legacy be honored and increased.
"
 
Focus for a moment on the Divine Genius (spirit) of the Emperor Marcian shining with light.*
 
Next, light the incense, saying:
 
"Divus Flavius Marcianus Augustus, I offer this sacred incense to honor your divine spirit.
May your Imperial Power be well remembered, and bring good fortune to the world."
 
As the smoke of the incense rises, feel the sacred space around you being filled with the
Imperial power of Eternal Rome.
 
Finally, pour some wine from the container into the offering dish, saying:
 
"Divus Flavius Marcianus Augustus, I offer this sacred wine, that your spirit may be increased,
and bring divine good fortune upon I who remember you, and the world."
 
In your mind's eye, focus on the image of the centuries between you and the Divine Emperor
falling away, allowing you to be in the Imperial Presence. If you wish, you may now
state your own personal prayers, or ask for personal blessings in your own words.
 
To End The Rite; hold up the dish of incense (adding more if needed) and say:
 
"Divus Flavius Marcianus Augustus, I offer this sacred incense in atonement if there was fault
in any of this rite. I end this rite in honor."
  
 
Leave everything in place for at least a few minutes after leaving the altar space. It is proper
to respectfully offer the wine outdoors by pouring it on the ground after you have put out the incense and light.
 
Notes:
Scented oil may be substituted for incense as a sacred scent if necessary.
*The "mental visualizations" between offerings are not documented historical, but are religious thoughts
that might have been likely. Trying them certainly cannot hurt the ritual itself.
 

 

Christian Prayer:
 
Look upon our most devout Emperor Flavius Marcianus Augustus, the desire of whose longing for you, O God,
know beforehand, and by the inexpressible grace of your kindness and mercy grant him the
tranquility of lasting peace and heavenly victory with all his people.

 

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