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from the churchy-la-flamme dept.
As presented this past Saturday in my living room (first time in 8+ years that I've had ritual there, yowza!).
Thanks, all who attended, for making it a success.
THE EQUINOX OF THE GODS
SOLEMN BEGINNING OF THE VIGIL
The Celebrant lights the candle fromthe new fire, saying:
May the rising light of the Crowned and Conquering Child, rising in Glory, dispel the darkness of our hearts and minds.
Then the Deacon takes the Equinox candle, singing alone:
Nu is our refuge;
(lifts it high)
Hadit our Light.
And Heru Ra Ha the strength, force, vigor of our arms.
Then all enter the temple, led by the Deacon with the Equinox Candle. If incense is used, the Thurifer goes before the Deacon.
The Refugiumis repeated at the temple door a 2nd time, at which point all light their candles from the Equinox candle, and continue in the procession.
When the Deacon arrives before the Altar, he faces the people a 3rd time and repeats the Refugium.
All the lights in the temple are then put on.
The Celebrant then goes to the altar, and sits. The Deacon places the Equinox Candle on a stand in the middle of the sanctuary or near the lectern. The Celebrant puts some incense in the censer, then blesses the Deacon, saying,
May the Lord Tahuti be in your heart and on your lips, that you may worthily proclaim the Equinox of the Gods.
In the name of Nuit, and of Hadit, and of Ra Hoor Khuit.
So mote it be.
All rise with lighted candles; the book and the candle are censed, and the Deacon sings the Equinox proclamation at the pulpit, saying:
This is the night Darkness gave birth to Light;
When Death gave way to Life, Fear to Love, And Slavery to Liberty
This is the night when the power of the Slave Gods was broken.
This is the night when the old and dying world gave way to renewal by fire
This is the Equinox of the Gods.
The Celebrant sounds the gong or bell once, letting the tone die completely away before continuing:
Ra-Hoor-Khuit hath taken his seat in the East at the Equinox of the Gods.
Hoor in his secret name and splendour is the Lord initiating.
The Deacon replies:
There is a word to say about the Hierophantic task. Behold! there are three ordeals in one, and it may be given in three ways. The gross must pass through fire; let the fine be tried in intellect, and the lofty chosen ones in the highest. Thus ye have star & star, system & system; let not one know well the other!
The Deacon then leads the Congregation in the Invocation of Horus, as follows (the music setting for this is on a separate page:
|Strike, strike the master Chord!|
Draw, draw the Flaming Sword!
Crowned Child and Conquering Lord!
|The Voice of the Five.|
The Voice of the Six.
Eleven are the Voices.
Here follows the Lection, in this case from The Heart of the Master -- "The Temple of Truth".
The Deacon rings the bell 333-55555-333, and recites:
Now I begin to pray. Thou child!
Holy Thy name and undefiled!
Thy reign is come; thy will is done.
Here is the Bread, here is the Blood.
Bring me through midnight to the Sun!
Save me from Evil and from Good!
That Thy one crown of all the Ten
Even now and here be mine. AMEN.
The Celebrant gives the benediction:
+ Let Ra Hoor Khuit bless you!
+ Let His light shine perpetually in your darkness.
+ Let his force eternally brace up your weakness!
+ Let His blessing be upon you for ever and ever!
+ Yea, Verily and Amen, let His blessing be upon you for ever and ever
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