Chapter Twenty Four

1. The Lord’s Prayer in the original Aramaic:

Oh Thou, from whom the breath of life comes, who fills all realms of sound, light and vibration.
May Your light be experienced in my utmost holiest.
Your Heavenly Domain approaches.
Let Your will come true – in the universe just as on earth.
Give us wisdom for our daily need,
detach the fetters of faults that bind us, like we let go the guilt of others.
Let us not be lost in superficial things,
but let us be freed from that what keeps us off from our true purpose.
From You comes the all-working will, the lively strength to act, the song that beautifies all and renews itself from age to age.
Sealed in trust, faith and truth.

2. Sebastianus espouses Montanist views (like Tertullian in old age), believing in “end times,” ascetic, strictly moral, believing persecution should be welcomed and not fled, because it shows strength of faith, encourages others into the faith, and will be rewarded in heaven.

He quotes from Revelations:

3.  Maiestas – A trial for sedition – Notable and infamous in Roman history for torturing citizens before condemnation, not to find out about accomplices (which was the only reason torture could be used previously) but to elicit confessions.