Most people who are familiar with Antinous and His iconography tend to view Antinous as a Roman god, a Roman cult, and visualize Antinous in Classical/ Roman terms. We must remember that Emperor Hadrian’s contemporaries wrote that it was the NATIVE EGYPTIAN populace that first recognized the miracles and divinity of Antinous, and brought this to Hadrian’s attention.
Antinous was deified first by Egyptians, as Antinoos-Ausir/ Antinous-Osiris, and He was first worshiped as an Egyptian god…a fully fledged Egyptian god. His first cult center was Antinoopolis in Egypt, opposite Hermopolis-Magna, where the Egyptian cult of Antinous flourished for hundreds of years.
It is important for modern servants of Antinous to honor the Egyptian roots of our God, and not forget that His first miracle was the Flooding of the Nile, which He accomplished as Osiris.
Antinous may have been, as a human man, a foreigner in Egypt, but He chose Egypt and its Nile as the place where He would create His own miracle, and ascend into Godhead, thus joining the pantheon of Egypt’s ancient gods.
Blessed Antinoos, Beloved of every god,
Whom Egypt honors in every sanctuary, the Hearer of Prayers
Whose ear is compassionate,
Shining with the sunbeams of Herakhuty,
Anointed with the diadem of Ra,
He of shining locks Whose body dazzles the
Eyes of men! O Lord of Grace, Son of Ptah,
Nefertem the Lotus-Born, the lion of great strength in
The South, come forth in peace and glory
To receive the offerings of every heart!
O beautiful god, suckled by Auset-Sopdet (Isis-Sothis),
The darling of heaven’s queen,
For Whom the temples are filled with the god-making fragrance!
O Antinoos, may Your face be ever
Amongst us in our time of need,
For You are the conqueror of death.
You are the resurrected and the Immortal.
Homage to You, Antinoos-Ausir,
Antinous-Osiris, the beautiful of face and
Lord of the Two Lands!
Blessed Antinoos, Light of the World,
Star of the Eastern Sky,
Lord of Grace Whose love is bountiful,
Whose mercy is all encompassing,
He who hears prayers!
Blessed is the flood of your body,
Known to all men.
Hallowed is the love of your heart,
Which embraces the week
And liberates the oppressed.
O Lord, Antinoos the Good God,
Ausir the Sacred Flood, the Resurrected,
The Lord of Life!
Homage to You, Beloved of Ptah,
United with Sokar, Whose transformations
Are millions upon millions, Who has
Through You we live again,
And our love is redeemed upon
Through Your blessing are all
Prayers answered, and none are
Homage to You Antinoos-Aleksandras,
Savior of Egypt, the Son of Zeus-Ammon,
Chosen of the command of Ammon-Ra,
Heir of the Great Ram!
Hear our prayers, receive our gratitude,
And fill our hearts with abundant love!
Blessed Antinoos, Beloved of Hadrian,
Star of the Eastern Sky, the Lord of Beauty!
Homage to You, all praise to Your name!
Hallowed Antinoos, the Eastern Star,
Your light pierces the Veil,
And the brilliance of Your mercy guides
Your companions home!
Ship on the turbulent waters, O Lighthouse of the Vault,
True Heir of the Gods.
Those who serve You are united within Your fellowship,
And all lost souls find solace within Your tender embrace.
Be near us, O Antinoos, Usiri the Resurrected,
Sun of all suns and Light of all lights!
O Savior, I take up Your mantle, I become Your lamp of divine light,
I marry Your virtue and abundance.
O Antinoos, Lord of Love, the Blessed and Sacrificial!
All text copyright © 2015 Rev. Ptahmassu Nofra-Uaa