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This ritual may performed independently as a stand alone rite, or incorporated into the Mass proper, should it fall on Feb 2nd or 3rd. At sunset (or any other solar angularities for that matter).
Of the furnishings of the Temple
Upon the altar is the Stele of Revealing, A large red votive for Our Lady Babalon, (lit) a smaller white one (unlit) before it for the Lord, and six yet smaller white candles, 3 on each side. There should also be icons of A) Isis and Horus as Madonna and Child, B) Isis, and C) Harpocrates (these last two will not be on the altar yet).
The Priest is robed in white, wearing a red cope and stole. He does not wear the chasuble, nor the cap and crown, nor does he bear the lance. Or if the Priestess presides, she is clothed in white, blue and gold, bearing the sword from a red girdle.
The officers and people with unlit candles assemble outside of the Temple by a font, with the image of our Lady, the cup of lustral water and the thurible. The following Hymn is sung (if desired, as accompaniment for a procession to the font, otherwise around the font once all have gathered):
This is the Daughter of the King.
This is she that the Holy One hath wrested from the Giant Time,
This is she that is set upon the Throne of Understanding.
For Koré they have called her, and Malkah,
And the poets have feigned songs about her, and the prophets have spoken vain things,
but this is she, that immaculate,
Thought cannot pierce the glory that defendeth her,
Memory is blank, and in the most ancient books of Magick
Will bends like a reed
and imagination cannot figure so much as one petal of the lilies
This is she that hath bedecked her hair with seven stars,
And she hath tired her hair with seven combs,
that are not known even of the Angels, or of the Archangels,
Holy, Holy, Holy art thou, and blessed be Thy name for ever,
The icon is ritually bathed in the font, and reverently dried off.
The officers process in solemnly bearing aloft the image of The Lady, which they set down on the altar to the left of the Isis/Horus image. On the extreme left of the altar they set down the cup of Lustral Water; to the extreme right, the Thurible with incense. The candles are placed likewise.
The Priest advances to the East and bows. He turns to the People and says: Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law.
The People reply: Love is the law, love under will.
The Priest: Let us celebrate the Purification of Our Lady, who hath brought the quickening Light of our Lord the Sun into the Temples of our hearts.
The priest the purifies the Altar, The Officers, the people and the Temple with these words:
Likewise with the thurible, saying:
The Priest, standing at the epistle side of the altar, blesses the candles in these words:
The Priest then purifies the candles with water, and consecrates them with fire using the above formulae.
The Priest lights a taper from the Babalon candle saying:
Yea, cried the Holy One, and from Thy spark will I the Lord kindle a great light.
He then sings the Canticle from Liber 418, 9th Æthyr, whilst the Cantor or choir chant the chorus; as they do so, the people approach the altar and light their candles from from the Horus candle.
V. Who is this that cometh forth from the Abyss from the place of rent garments, the habitation of him that is only a name?
R. Glory unto him that is concealed, and glory unto her that beareth the cup,
V. Who is this that travelleth between the hosts, that is poised upon the edge of the Æthyr by the wings of Maut?
V. This is he that hath given up his name. This is he whose blood hath been gathered into the cup of BABALON.
V. Until the light of the Father of all kindle that death.
V. Blessed is not I, not thou, not he, Blessed without name or number who hath taken the azure of night,
V. Open wide your gates, O City of God, for I bring No-one with me.
V. For this is the key-stone of the palace of the King's daughter.
(This Hymn is repeated if all the candles are not yet lit by its conclusion.)
The Priest (bearing the Horus candle) and other other officers then lead the people in procession out of the Temple and around the building singing this Hymn:
Weary in the grey land waiting
Laden are the laboring shoulders
What now is this Word resounding
On his throne, the tyrant trembles
Though His breast and arms be naked,
Yea, the little Babe so tender
Let Thy Love and Light fulfill us,
Lovely Child, adorned in beauty
Now let Earth and Heav'n together
As the procession returns, they are met by an officer (ideally the Priestess, as a representative of the Goddess) at the door, bearing the icon of Harpocrates; she then leads the procession into the church, the people assuming their regular places, the Priestess and the other officers proceeding to the altar where the icon is reverently placed thereon.
The Priest: The light is come to the darkness, and the darkness is made light.
Then is light married with light, and the child of their love is that other darkness, wherein they abide that have lost name and form.
Therefore did I kindle him who had not understanding, and in the Book of the Law did I write the secrets of truth that are like unto a star and a snake and a sword.
The Priest: Now is the Pillar established in the Void; now is Asi fulfilled of Asar; now is Hoor let down into the Animal Soul of Things like a fiery star that falleth upon the darkness of the earth.
But I have burned within thee as a pure flame without oil. In the midnight I was brighter than the moon; in the daytime I exceeded utterly the sun; in the byways of thy being I flamed, and dispelled the illusion Therefore thou art holy pure before Me. Therefore thou art My virgin unto eternity.
All kneel briefly in adoration.
The Priest turns to the altar, where the images of Isis and Horus are now restored side by side, and declares:
Turning now to the people, he raises hands in blessing, saying:
The Deacon rings the bell 333-55555-333, and recites:
The Final Blessing
Using the Horus candle, the Priest makes the cross upon the people.
The Priest: The Lord bless you.
The Lord enlighten your minds and comfort your hearts and sustain your bodies
The Lord bring you to the accomplishment of your True Wills, the Great Work, the Summum Bonum, True Wisdom and Perfect Happiness.
The Priest, with the candle, then exits the Temple in procession, followed by the other officers.
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