English Translation of The Reuss Mass

One of the hightlights (for me at least) of the inaugural National Ecclesia Gnostica Catholica Convention hosted by Leaping Laughter Lodge in the Valley of Minneapolis was their performance of the English translation of the German translation of Aleister Crowley by undertaken by Dr. Theodor Reuss, one of the founders Ordo Templi Orientis and its first OHO. There are a number of variations between the version typically performance in the United States and Reuss’ rubric. Some of these are down to language while others are clearly doctrinal interpolations based on Reuss’ perspective on Thelemic theology. The Reuss Mass script can actually be found in Mystery of Mystery, A Primer of Thelemic Ecclesiastical Gnosticism. This Mass team admits that they played with the English translation of the Reuss rubric “a very little bit.”

 

THE REUSS TRANSLATION OF THE GNOSTIC MASS

Translation (C) 1995 e.v.

Marcus M. Jungkurth

 

 

I.N.R.I.

Ordo Templi Orientis

O.T.O.

 

ECCLESIAE GNOSTICAE CATHOLICAE

CANON MISSAE

 

The Gnostic Mass

 

From the original text of

-Baphomet-

Translated into German by

Merlin Peregrinus

 

Publishing-house of the “Oriflamme”

1920 e.v.

 

THE GNOSTIC NEO-CHRISTIANS

INTRODUCTION

 

The Gnostic Templars or Neo-Christians

Saint Augustine writes 340 A.D.:  What is called the Christian religion today has already existed long before Jesus Christ came to the fore of the ancient people.

The New Testament of the Christian Bible contains uncountable passages which confirm the old “Christos” (Apollo-, Mithras-, Solar-) Cult and which prove that the idea of the Mithras-Christos-Cult still constituted the basis for the new lore of Jesus even after the foundation of the Christian-Nazarene Religion.

The Christianity created by the Fathers of the Church which is still the prevailing Christianity of our days is not the Christianity of the original Christians, of the so-called primitive or gnostic Christians, but a Pseudo-Christianity.

The Gnostic Templar Christians (Neo-Christians, primitive Christians, Neo-Gnostics) do not endeavor to establish a new religion; since they want solely to clear away the old debris the prevailing Pseudo-Christianity has heaped upon the original Christian religion, in order that the true lore of “Christos” and the religion of the original Christians may come into it’s own again.

The Gnostics are Johannean Christians, not the so-called Nazarene Christians (Jesus of Nazareth).

The Gnostics reject the lore of the original sin.  The Gnostics of the Neo-Christian Church, also called the Brothers of the Light of the Seven Congregations in Asia or the Order fo the Templars of the Orient proclaim to the misguided suffering humanity the message of salvation of

Liberty, Justice, Love.

Liberty in and before God, this is the liberation from original sin, by which doctrine the prevailing Christian-Nazarene Church forces man from his birth to be the slave of their priesthood.

Justice whilst being on earth, this is the equality of all adult men and of those who are able to work as against the general duty of labour.  For every man of the Gnostic Christian Church being able to work is obliged to perform a daily piece of labour according to and appropriate to his abilities.  Loafers, lazy persons, idlers can never become members of the Gnostic Church, for the object of this existence on earth is the most sincere performance of duty.

Love is the crown of the world.  Love is the highest law.  Love is God.  Love is the reward for exercised unselfishness, for exercised fraternity, for indulging in the severest self-education, for attaining to untiring self-discipline which is the result respectively the condition for the liberation from the original sin.  Then the freedom of the Gnostic Templar-Christians is not arbitrariness, licentiousness, anarchy leading to chaos, but the strongest bonds in law!  Which means:

The highest development of the feeling of responsibility to God according to the law of karma.

Out of the new Christianity of the Gnostic Templar Christians a new civilization, a new code of ethics will emerge.

In the practical implementation of the above-mentioned principles, the Church of the Gnostic Neo-Christians seeks to found congregations upon a cooperational basis and composed of men who are free from sin, i.e. freed from the Christian original sin.

Fit for the establishment of such Gnostic “Christos” Congregations are only those men who are convinced of the existence of a soul which enables us to become like unto God; who are imbued with the perception that selfish action is the source of all human suffering and that we prepare our destiny after death whilst still living on earth according to the law of karma; who are permeated by the truth of the say of Manus:

“Only he who has understood that lofty doctrine of the holiness of God’s organs is truly free and redeemed from all sin.”

Accordingly, the Gnostic Catholic Church endeavours to establish a worldwide community of truly free men, of men freed from original sin.

The Gnostics realize that the “likeness of God” of man consists of his ability to understand the divinity of the worldy act of precreation as the counterpart of the divine animal.  And in this sense, the following words from the Bible are to be understood according to the Gnostic doctrine: “And God created man in his likeness, in Gods’ likeness he created him.”

Therefore, an act of love performed under the control of will is a sacramental act, a “mystic marriage with God,” a communion, a union with God.

The Holy Mass is a ceremonial, symbolic representation of the mystic union of man with God, a communion of man with God by means of the sacrament of the Mass.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PART II:  THE GNOSTIC MASS

Chapter 9:  The Reuss Translation of the Gnostic Mass

 

THE GNOSTIC CATHOLIC MASS

HIGH – MASS.

I.

THE FURNISHINGS OF THE TEMPLE

            High temple hall with side-rooms and niches.  In the East is situated the altar and high-altar with the Holy Shrine which are separated from the auditory by veils to be drawn between two high pillars.  A baptismal font in the South, a black cubus in the South, a tomb entrance in the West.

 

II.

THE OFFICERS

The officers of the High-Mass are:

Hierophant:  he carries the Sacred Lance and is at first clothed entirely in white;

Priestess:  she bears the sword from a red girdle and the Host on a paten.  She is always clothed in white, blue and gold.  She should be Virgo Intacta;

Deacon:  he carries the Book of the Law and is always clad in white and yellow.

Two Children:  The positive child is clothed in red and carries the fire and the perfumes.  The negative child is clothed in blue and carries the pitcher of water and salt on a plate.

Psyche: represents the congregation and is clothed in white and green.

 

 

III.

THE INTROIT

(The Deacon opens the door of the Temple and admits the congregation.  Organ.  He bows to the East, kisses The Book of the Law, opens it and places it upon the altar; then says after having turned West)

Deacon

Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the law.  But remember that thou must render account of all thy deeds.  Therefore, I proclaim the law of light, love, life and liberty in the name of IAO.

Psyche

Love is the Law, love under the control of Gods’ will.

Deacon

(advances to his place between the small black altar and the baptismal font, turns East and gives the sign of a Man and Brother.)

All

(SIGN OF MAN AND BROTHER)

Deacon and congregation

(now recite the creed together)

I believe in a secret and ineffable GOD the LORD, in one star in the company of stars of whose fire we are created and to which we shall return; in one Father of Life, O Mystery of all Mysteries; his name is CHAOS, the sole viceregent of the Sun upon this earth; and in one Air, the nourisher of all beings that breathe.

                And I believe in one Earth, our mother, out of whose womb everything born has been given birth, O Mystery of all Mysteries; her name is BABALON.

                And I believe in the Serpent and the Lion, O mystery of all Mysteries; called BAPHOMET.

                And I believe in one Gnostic and Catholic Church whose law is Light, Love, Life, and Liberty.  THELEMA is her name.

                And I believe in the communion of Saints.

And seeing that the material earthly bread we daily enjoy is transmuted in us daily into spiritual substance, I believe in the miracle of the Holy Mass.

                And I believe in one baptism of wisdom whereby we accomplish the wonder of becoming a man.

                And I confess and realize my life to be an entire whole which was, is, and is to be.

                Amen, Amen, Amen.

 

(Organ in C-major, then E-major, then G-major, gloomy sounding bell.)

 

 

The negative child

(enters with water and salt)

Priestess

(enters from the East with sword and Host)

 

The positive child

(enters with fire and air (censer))

 

Priestess

Greeting to you all of Earth and Heaven!

 

Deacon and Congregation

(HAILING SIGN OF MAGICIAN: hands above the head, and bow)

 

Priestess

(with the negative child on the left, and the positive child on the right, turns East.  The children stay below at the foot of the high altar.  The Priestess ascends the steps of the high altar. [places Host on altar] Devotion.  Then she turns back to the center of the Temple, moves 3 ½ serpentine circles.

TEMPLE DANCE

Now turns East, parts the veil in the middle with the sword; the veil flows back on the right and left.)

Priestess

By the power invested in me I charge you, Lion, Fire of Life, to enkindle in the name of the Sun, our Lord All-Begetter, arise and leap up that the Brethren may partake of thy virtues and powers!

[Facing West, the Priestess slowly descends the dais during this speech finishing in the center]

(The fire blazes up, whereupon she sheathes the sword.)

Hierophant

(issuing from the tomb holds the Lance erect with both hands.  Right over the left, pressed against his breast.  He gives the Lance to the Priestess who is standing in the middle before the high altar, then gives the sign of a Master.  Then he kneels before the Priestess who is holding the Lance, by touching the same with both hands, and says: )

(a few measures of music with the organ in Minor)

I am just a man among men.

(he takes again the Lance and bows.)

How should I be worthy to administer the powers and virtues to the Brethren?

Priestess

(takes from the negative child water and salt, and mixes them in the water upon the baptismal font)

Let the salt of the earth fertilize the water to inherit the virtues and powers of the ocean of life!

Mother, we adore Thee

(Priestess makes one cross on Priest)

The Priest be pure of body and soul.

(she takes the censer and swings it)

Fire and air shall make sweet the world!

(kneels to the East and rises)

Father, we adore Thee!

[faces Hierophant]

The Soul and body of the Priest be inspired with fervour and Fire!

(Returns the implements to the children)

Deacon

(takes the consecrated Robe from the high altar and gives it to the Priestess)

Priestess

(clothes the Hierophant in the Robe of scarlet and gold)

The flames of the Sun be thine ambience, O Priest of the Sun.

Deacon

(brings the crown of gold and gems with the Mitra of scarlet velvet and the serpent)

Priestess

The Serpent be thy crown, O Priest of the Lord!

(kneeling she takes the Lance in both hands and runs them up and sown the shaft eleven times)

Be the Lord present among us!

Congregation

So mote it be.

(HAILING SIGN OF MAGICIAN)

(short interval of organ music in Major.)

(During the music the congregation sits and remains sitting until the veil is opened)

IV.

THE CEREMONY OF THE OPENING OF THE VEIL

Hierophant

Thee, whom we adore, we now invoke; by the power of the uplifted Lance!

Congregation

(directs its attention to the uplifted lance.  Congreration: HAILING SIGN OF MAGICIAN)

(Short phrase of triumphant music.)

Hierophant

(takes the Priestess with his left by her right hand and leads her, keeping the lance upraised, to the East.)

I, Hierophant and King, lead thee, Priestess and virgin, pure and without spot, before the Lord to the East.  I upraise thee and set thee upon the summit and centre of the earth.

(she resumes her seat upon the high altar)

Deacon

(advances followed by the children to the first step of the altar where all of them remain standing in one line)

Priestess

(takes The Book of the Law and hold it to her breast in the grip of the Delta)

Hierophant

(gives the Lance to the Deacon and takes the ewer from the negative child and consecrates forehead, breast and lower part of the body of the Priestess; then he takes the censer from the positive child and makes five crosses over the Priestess.   He returns the implements to the children, kisses thrice The Book of the Law, then kneels before the Priestess and remains with hands folded in the Qadosh-form in quiet devotion for some minutes before the Priestess, leaning his head upon her knees.)

(Faint music during the following circumambulations)

(Then he rises and closes the veil in front of the high altar)

Congregation

(all rise and stand in the SIGN OF DEVOTION.  Hierophant takes the Lance from the Deacon and upraises it, as described before.  He circumambulates thrice the interior of the temple, with Lance upraised, followed by the Deacon, and behind the latter, the two children.  After the last circumambulation, the Deacon and the two children, remaining in one line at their places, CONGREGATION KNEELS absorbed in devotion facing the East.

(Hierophant mounts the first step of the altar in the East)

Hierophant

O heavenly vault of stars whereof our Father the Sun is the younger brother; marvel beyond all imagination; soul of boundless space, before whom time is ashamed, the mind bewildered, the understanding ceases in impenetrable darkness, not unto thy likeness may we attain, your eidolon may we not be, unless thine image be love!

Therefore, by seed, root, stem, bud, leaf, flower and fruit do we invoke thee and raise thee.   Then the Priest answered and said unto the Queen of Space, kissing her lovely brows, and the dew of her light bathing his whole body in a sweet-smelling perfume of sweat; O Nuit, continuous one of heaven, let it ever be thus; that men speak not of thee as One, but as None; and let them speak not of thee at all, since thou art continuous.

(During this speech the Priestess has divested herself of her robe and rises solely clothed with the sword and the crown and stands before the high altar.  Liber CCXX, I. 62)

Priestess

But to love me is better than all things; if under the night-stars in the desert thou presently burnest mine incense before me, invoking me with a pure heart, and the serpent flame therein, thou shalt come a little to lie in my bosom.  For one kiss wilt thou then be willing to give all; but whoso gives one particle of dust, shall lose all in that hour.  Ye shall gather goods and store of women and spices; ye shall wear rich jewels; ye shall exceed the nations of the earth in splendour and pride; but always in the love of me, and so shall ye come to my joy.  I charge you earnestly to come before me in a single robe, and covered with a rich head-dress.  I love you!  I yearn to you!  Pale or purple, veiled or voluptuous, I who am all pleasure and purple, and drunkenness of the innermost sense, desire you.  Put on the wings and arouse the coiled splendour within you: Come to me!  To me!  To me!  Sing the rapturous love-song unto me!  Burn to me perfumes!  Drink to me!  For I love you!  I love you.  I am the blue-lidded daughter of sunset; I am the naked brilliance of the voluptuous night-sky.  To me!  To me!

(Priest mounts the second step)

Hierophant

O secret of all secrets that art hidden in the being of all that lives, not Thee do we adore, for that which adoreth is also Thou.  Thou art That, and That am I.  I am the flame that burns in every heart of man, and in the core of every star.  I am life, and the giver of life; yet therefore is the knowledge of me the knowledge of death.  I am alone; there is no God, where I am.

(Deacon and congregation rise with the hailing sign)

But ye, o my people, rise up and awake.  Let the rituals be rightly performed with joy and beauty.  There are rituals of the elements and feasts of the times. 

A feast for the first night of the Prophet and his Bride.

A feast for the three days of the writing of The Book of the Law.

A feast for Tahuti and the child of the Prophet-secret o Prophet!

A feast for the Supreme Ritual, and a feast for the Equinox of the Gods.

A feast for fire and a feast for water; a feast for life and a greater feast for death.

A feast every day in your hearts in the joy of my rapture.

A feast every night unto Nu, and the pleasure of uttermost delight.

(Priest mounts the third step)

Thou who art Unity, Thou who art Our Lord in the Universe of the Sun.  Thou who art the Lord in ourselves, whose name is Mystery of all Mysteries.  Uttermost being whose radiance enlightens the world and makes God and even death to tremble before Thee.  By the sign of Light

(makes cross)

I invoke Thee, Glorious One, appear on the throne of the Sun!  Open the path and portal of creation and of intelligence between us and Thee!  Enlighten our understanding!  Encourage our hearts!  Let thy light permeate our blood and thus fulfull us of resurrection.

Omnia in duos.  Duos in unum.  Unus in nihil.  Gloria Patri et Matri and Filio and Filiae Et Spiritus Sancto Externo et Spiritui Sancti Interno.  Ut Erat, Est, Erit in Saecula Saeculorum.  Sex in Uno per nomen Septem in Uno.  Ararita!  Ararita!  Ararita!

Priestess

There is no law beyond do what thou wilt and love under will.

(she resumes her robe over shoulders and body)

Hierophant

(Now slowly parts the veil, and the Priestess sits down in the middle of the high altar)

IO, IO, IO, IAO SABAO, KYRIE ABRASAX, KYRIE MITHRAS, KYRIE PHALLE, IO PAN, IO PAN PAN, IO ISCHURON, IO ATHANATON, IO ABROTON, IO IAO.  CHAIRE PHALLE, CHAIRE PANPHAGE, CHAIRE PANGENETOR.  HAGIOS, HAGIOS, HAGIOS, IAO.

(Priestess now holds the paten with the Host in her right hand and in her left the Cup of the Grail with the wine.  The Priest presents the point of the Lance to her, which she kisses thrice, then she holds the Lance to her breast by fastening the same with her thighs and arms.  The Priest falls at her knees, he stretches his arms along the thighs of the Priestess and kisses her knees nine times, whilst the organ plays.  Hereafter he remains in this position while the Deacon recites the Collects.)

 

V.

THE CEREMONY OF THE COLLECTS

(The congregation stands in the sign of the Dieu Garde which is the usual position of the adorer unless another is especially given.)

THE SUN

Deacon

Visible and invisible God the Lord of whom this earth is but a fading spark; source of light, source of life, let thy perpetually radiant heat hearten us to ever continual labour and pleasure.  So that we, as constantly partaking of thy bounty and benefits, may be able in our particular orbit to give out light and life, sustenance and joy to them whose daily fate here whirls about our own existence.

[music is played to sing “so mote it be” to throughout the reciting of the collects]

Congregation

So mote it be.

THE LORD

Deacon

Lord most secret and most holy, God and Master, secret and divine source of life, love and liberty, be thou ever constant and mighty in us, inciting our energy and our motion.  With diligence, assiduity and solicitude let us ever labour with thee that we may remain in thine abundance.

 

Congregation

So mote it be.

THE MOON

Deacon

Lady of the Night, visible, then invisible in thy season, radiate thine favour unto all lovers, unto all mariners and unto all men that toil and labour upon the earth.

Congregation

So mote it be.

THE LADY

Deacon

Giver and receiver of joy, gate of life and love, mayest thou with thine handmaiden ever be ready to fulfill thine office of life and happiness and benediction for the sake of mankind.

Congregation

So mote it be.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE SAINTS

(At each name Deacon and congregation make a cross with thumb between index and medius)

Deacon

Lord of Life and Joy that art the might and power of man, that art the true inner being of every true God upon the surface of earth and in the universe, continuing knowledge from generation to generation, thou who art adored of us upon heaths and in woods, on mountains and in caves, openly in the market places and secretly in the chambers of our houses, in the Temples of gold and ivory and marble, as in these other temples our bodies, we wish worthily to commemorate them that did of ancient times as fearless heroes in the empire of God until now profess themselves to be thine adorers and disciples and who proclaimed thine glory unto man.

We commemorate Lao-Tse and Siddharta and Krishna and Tahuti, Mosheh, Dionysos, Mohamed and Therion, with these Hermes, Pan, Priapus, Osiris and Melchizedek, Chem, Amoun and Mentu, Heracles, Orpheus and Odysseus, Virgil, Catullus, Martialis, and many an holy bard of old, Apollonius Tyaenus, Simon Magus, Manes, Basilides, Valentinus, Bardesanes and Hippolytus who transmitted the Light of the Gnosis to their successors and heirs, Merlin, Arthur, Parzifal and many another prophet, priest and King, that bore and adored the Lance and the Cup, the Sword and the Scabbard, and defended them against the Heathen.

And these also; Carolus Magnus, Wilhelm von Schyren, Friedrich von Hohenstaufen, Roger Bacon, Jacobus Burgundus Molensis the Martyr, Dante Alieghieri, Christian Rosenkreutz, Ulrich von Hutten, Paracelsus, Michael Maier, Jakob Bohme, Francis Bacon Lord Verulam, Andrea, Robertus de Fluctibus, Elias Ashmole, Thomas Vaughan, Molinos, Johannes Dee, Sir Edward Kelley, Wolfgang von Goethe, Ludovicus Rex Bavariae, Richard Wagner, Ludwig von Fischer, Friedrich Nietzsche, Sir Francis Burton, Sir Richard Payne Knight, Hargrave Jennings, Swinburne, Forlong Dux; and these who have been thine prophets in these dark days upon our earth and who brought thy glory to life again among men:  Doctor Karl Kellner, the wise; Doctor Franz Hartmann, the untiring; Doctor Gerard Encausse, the hero of so many a battlefield; with him Charles Detre and Merlin Peregrinus, the fearless messenger of thy will; and Baphomet, the enthusiastic bard of they splendour.

O sons of the Lion and the Serpent, we celebrate your commemoration together with all Saints and Heroes of the Sun-God who were, are, and shall be.  May their essence be present here among us, potent, puissant and paternal, to make perfect this feast!

Congregation

So mote it be.

 

THE EARTH

Deacon

Mother of fertility, on whose breast the oceans beat, whose cheek is caressed by the storms, and in whose heart burns the fire of the worlds.  Womb of all life, always anew giving birth to the seasons, answer favourably to our prayer for benediction, bless the toil of the peasants and farmers in the fields and gardens.

Congregation

So mote it be.

THE PRINCIPLES OF THE WORLD

Deacon

Mysterious Energy, triform, mysterious Matter, fourfold and sevenfold divided, the interplay of which weaves the dance of the Veil of Life upon the countenance of the Spirit, let there be harmony and beauty in our mystic love, that in us may be health and growth, force and divine joy according to the Law of Liberty.  Let each pursue his will as a strong man that followeth rejoicingly his path, as a star ever blazing in the company of stars in the vault of heaven.

Congregation

So mote it be.

BIRTH

Deacon

Bless any awaiting womb and give out wisdom, beauty and power and a long life to any new child on earth.

Congregation

So mote it be.

MARRIAGE

Deacon

Upon all that today unite with love grant thy divine blessings so that force and fire unite to kindle the highest rapture, and beauty shall generate beauty.

Congregation

So mote it be.

DEATH

Deacon

Final goal of life on earth, be thou in thine unfathomableness a rescuer and redeemer in our last hours on earth.

Congregation

So mote it be.

THE END

Deacon

Unto all of them from whose eyes the veil of life is fallen may there be granted the accomplishment of their true wills in God.  Be it that it was their will to become absorbed in the infinity or union with those they loved, or in contemplation, or at peace, or in the reincarnation on this or any other planet or in any star or aught else, unto all of them may be granted the accomplishment of their respective wills.  Be their wills accomplished!

Aumn, Aumn, Aumn

Congregation

So mote it be.

(ALL SIT)

Deacon

(advances, accompanied by the children, to the Hierophant and Priestess ready to give the appropriate temple-implements to them.)

VI

THE CONSECRATION OF THE ELEMENTS

Hierophant

(has meantime risen, makes three crosses on Host and Cup together and one cross on Host and Cup alone, then takes the Lance)

Life of man upon earth, fruit of labour, sustenance of endeavor, thus be thou nourishment of the Spirit!

(he touches Host with point of the Lance)

By the virtue given into this rod

Contain this bread the life of God.

(he takes the Host with his hand)

TOUTO ESTI TO SOMA MOU.

                (he kneels, adores, takes the Host, presents it to the congregation, replaces the Host, adores.)

(faint music)

(he takes the Cup)

Vessel for the joy of man upon earth, solace of labour, inspirer or power, thus be thou the enthusiasm of the Spirit!

(he touches the Cup with point of the Lance)

By the virtue which dwells in this Cup,

Be this wine the blood of God.

(he raises the Cup with both hands)

TOUTO ESTI TO POTERION TOU AIMATOS MOU.

(kneels, adores, presents the Cup to congregation, replaces it unto the altar, adores)

(faint music)

For thou art the covenant of resurrection for us.

(he makes five crosses on the Priestess)

O Lord and God!  Graciously accept this sacrifice of life and joy, the symbol of the covenant which thou hast formed with us, for that new life may be given eternally to our power.

(Presents point of the Lance to the Priestess who kisses it.  Then he touches breast and body of the Priestess with it.  Then she holds the Lance to the centre of her body, and the Priest raises both hands above his head as if to comprehend all)

Let this offering be borne upon the waves of the Aethyr to our Lord and Father the Sun that travelleth over the heavens in his name ON.

(folds hands, kisses the Priestess between her breasts.  Makes three crosses over Host, Cup, and his breast.  Congregation makes three crosses as well)

Hear ye all, ye Saints of the one true Church of old time now here essentially present, that we solemnly proclaim to be your legitimate successors and heirs.  With ye we claim spiritual communion and filial relationship.  From ye we claim benediction in the name of IAO.

(congregation kneels.  Priest makes three crosses on Host and Cup together.  He kneels, takes Cup in his left hand, Host in his right hand.  Makes five crosses on the Cup with Host.  He rises)

(bells are ringing.  E-major-G major-C major, intense organ music)

HAGIOS, HAGIOS, HAGIOS IAO!

(replaces the Cup on the altar and the Host on the paten.  Adores.  Congregation adores. –He rises.  Congregation rises. – Music stops)

VII

THE ANTHEM

Hierophant

Thou who art I, beyond all I am,

Who hast no nature and no name,

Who art, when all but thou are gone,

Thou, centre and secret of the Sun,

Thou, hidden spring of all things known

And uknown, thou aloof, alone,

Thou, the true fire within the reed

Brooding and breeding, source and seed

Of life, love, liberty and light,

Thou beyond speech and beyond sight,

Thee I invoke, my faint fresh fire

Kindling as mine intents aspire.

Thee I invoke, abiding one,

Thee, centre and secret of the Sun,

And that most holy mystery

Of which the vehicle am I.

Appear, most awful and most mild,

As it is lawful, to thy child!

(A ray of light. Red-golden Sun.)

The Chorus

For of the Father and the Son

The Holy Spirit is the norm;

Male-female, quintessential, one,

Man-being veiled in woman-form.

Glory and worship in the highest,

Thou Dove, mankind that deifies,

Being that race, most royally run

To spring sunshine through winter storm.

Glory and Worship be to Thee,

Sap of the world-ash, wonder-tree!

 

Men

Glory to Thee from the gilded tomb!

Women

Glory to Thee from the Waiting womb!

Men

Glory to Thee from earth unploughed!

Women

Glory to Thee from virgin vowed!

Men

Glory to Thee, true Unity

Of the Eternal Trinity!

Women

Glory to Thee, thou sire and dam

And Self of I am that I am!

Men

Glory to Thee, beyond all term,

Thy spring of sperm, thy seed and germ!

Women

Glory to Thee, Eternal Sun,

Thou One in Three, Thou Three in One!

Chorus

Glory and Worship unto Thee,

Sap of the world-ash, wonder-tree!

Hagios, Hagios, Hagios, IAO!

Aumn, Aumn, Aumn.

(music slowly faints)

Heirophant

(takes the Host in his right hand and the Priestess takes the Cup in her right hand)

Lord most secret, bless this spiritual food unto our bodies, bestowing upon us health and wealth and strength and joy and peace, and that fulfilment of will and of love under will that is perpetual happiness.

(faint music)

(Makes cross over the Host and Kisses the same.  Uncovers the Cup, kneels, rises.  Breaks it over the Cup.  Replaces right-hand portion.  Of the left-hand portion he breaks off a particle, and says:)

TOUTO ESTI TO SPERMA MOU.  O PATER ESTIN, O UIOS DIA TO PNEUMA HAGION, AUMN, AUMN, AUMN.

(he places the small particle upon the point of the Lance, and both depress the point of the Lance in the Cup and say ‘unisono’:)

HRILIU! – It is done!

(priest takes the Lance.  Priestess covers the Cup.  Priest kneels, rises, bows, folds both hands, strikes his breast thrice)

O Lion and O Serpent that destroy the destroyer, be mighty among us.

O Lion and O serpent that destroy the destroyer, be mighty among us.

O Lion and O serpent that destroy the destroyer, be mighty among us.

(folds his hands on the breast of the Priestess, takes the Lance, lowers the Lance directed toward the congregation, makes with the Lance a large cross on the congregation)

Love is the Law.  Do what thou wilt is the whole of the law of the love under the control of Gods’ will.

Congregation

Love is the Law.  Do what thou wilt is the whole of the law of the love under the control of Gods’ will.

(lowers the Lance to the East.  Priestess takes the Lance with the right hand, with the right hand she presents the right-hand portion of the Host to the kneeling priest)

Heirophant

In my mouth be the essence of the life of the Sun!

(music ceases for a short moment, then the Priestess lets the Priest take a sip of the wine)

(music cheerful as before)

In my mouth be the essence of the joy of the earth!

(makes cross on the Priestess and rises)

(Music ceases for a brief moment)

There is no part of me that is not of God and therefore of divine nature.

(playing of the organ accompanies the further proceedings)

(All willing to communicate advance to the altar, guided by the Deacon.  The children officiate with their implements.  Any member of the congregation that has communicated repeats in upright position:)

There is no part of me that is not of God and therefore of divine nature.

(when it is the day of a sublime feast, only the Priest takes the sacrament)

Hierophant

(raises the Lance, raises the Priestess, closes the great veil with the Lance, than makes great cross on the congregation whilst holding the Priestess with his hand, and says:)

The Lord bless you.

The Lord enlighten you minds and comfort your hearts and sustain your bodies.

The Lord bring and guide you to the accomplishment of your true wills, the Great Work, the Summum Bonum, True Wisdom and Perfect Happiness!

Amen, Amen, Amen.

Congregation

Amen, Amen, Amen

(final playing of the organ)

(Hierophant guides Priestess, they leave through the gate in the West.  Deacon goes with children through the entrance of the tomb.  Music plays until the last member of the congregation has left through the general portal. )

(Then a loud ringing of a bell, and thereafter silence.)

(Blackguard closes the portals of the temple)

THE END

***all [brackets] are notes on stage direction, were added by the text copier and are NOT an original part of the translation.***

Thanks to Sister Harper for providing this script!

Frater Lux Ad Mundi

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