Semiphoras and Schemhamphoras
Of the Benefit and Use of the Semiphoras
That man, who lays hold in strong faith and trust in the first Creator, must first implore the divine help and blessing, not only wiih the lips, but also with holy gestures and humble heart, praying fervently and continually, that he may enlighten the mind and take away from the soul all darkness of the body. For, precisely as when our souls are moved by some ordinary cause, so the soul moves all the members of the body to contribute something toward the accomplishment of a contemplated work. Therefore, the great Creator, when he is worshipped in spirit and in truth, and when no unnecessary things are asked of Him, when the prayer is devoutly preferred, will cause the lower order of creatures to yield obedience to the wishes of man, according to their state, order, and calling, for man was made in the image and likeness of God and endowed with reason. And working under the favor of God, he will obtain his desire through faith and wisdom: first, from the stars and from the heavens by the rational reflections of His spirit; second, by the animal kingdom, through his senses; third, by the elements, through his four-fold body.