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Several years ago, a group met regularly at Thelema Lodge to speculate about what the Christian Mass would have developed into had the angelic communications of John Dee and Edward Kelley been considered as canonical. At one point, I compiled (with the aid of an unnamed Christian priest) some of the original Enochian prayers along with some traditional Christian liturgies, particularly the Tridentine Mass in English, the Communion Service from the 1559 Book of Common Prayer (used in Dee's time), and the Mass of the Liberal Catholic Church. This was actually performed once in a Christian church for a small congregation. In the intervening years, though, I somehow lost track of the script.
Recently, an inquiry went out on the Net about this piece, and it turns out that Benjamin Rowe had somehow obtained a copy, and has been so kind as to scan it and make it available. He's also done a terrific job of formatting it for print (requires Acrobat reader).
While it may be of interest to Enochian enthusiasts, it is very, very Christian, and visitors who are easily offended by expressions of Christian worship should turn back now.
I. THE LITURGY OF THE CALL
Congregational response is set in bold type.
In the name of the Father, + and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.
Almighty God, unto whom all hearts are open, all desires known, and from whom no secrets are hid: cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of thy Holy spirit, that we may perfectly love thee and worthily magnify thy holy Name; through Christ our Lord. Amen.
The Prayer of Enoch
Can the vessel of fear, fragility, or that which is of a determined proportion, lift up himself, heave up his hands, or gather the Sun into his bosom? Lord it cannot be:
Lord my imperfection is great: Lord I am less than sand: Lord, thy good Angels and Creatures excel me by far, for our proportion is not alike: our sense agreeth not: Notwithstanding I am comforted; For we all have one God, all one beginning from thee, and all respect thee as Creator: Therefore I will call upon thy name, and in thee, I will become mighty. Thou shalt light me, and I will become a Seer; I will see thy Creatures, and will magnify thee amongst them. Those that come into thee have the same gate, and through the same gate, descend those that thou sendest. Behold, I will offer my house, my labor, my heart and soul, If it will please thy Angels to dwell with me, and I with them; to rejoice with me, that I may rejoice with them; to minister unto me, that I may magnify thy name.
Then, lo, these Tables I offer unto thee, and unto thy holy Angels, desiring them through thy holy names: As thou art their light and comfort, so they will be my light and comfort. Lord they prescribe not laws unto thee, thus it is not meet that I prescribe laws unto them: What it pleases them to offer unto me, I will receive. Behold, O Lord, if I shall call them in thy name, be it unto me in mercy, as unto the servant of the Highest. Let them also manifest unto me, Howsoever I shall call them, and at whatever time.
O Lord, Is there any who is mortal that can measure the heavens? How, therefore, can the heavens enter into man's imagination? Thy Creatures are the Glory of thy countenance and thereby thou glorifiest all things, but this Glory excelleth and is far above my understanding. It is great wisdom, to speak with Kings according to one's understanding: But to command Kings is not wisdom, unless it come from thee. Behold Lord, How shall I ascend into the heavens? The air will not carry me, but resisteth my folly, I fall down, for I am of the earth. Therefore, O thou very Light and true Comfort, that canst command the heavens; Behold I offer these Tables unto thee, Command them as it pleaseth thee: and O you Ministers, and true lights of understanding, who govern this earthly frame, and the elements wherein we live, Do for me as for the servant of the Lord. For unto me it has pleased the Lord to talk of you.
Behold, Lord, thou hast appointed me 50 times; Thrice 50 times will I lift my hands unto thee. Be it unto me as it pleaseth thee, and thy holy Ministers. I require nothing but thee, and through thee, and for thy honor and glory: But I hope I shall be satisfied, and shall not die, (As thou hast promised) until thou gather the clouds together, and judge all things. And in that moment I shall be changed and dwell with thee forever.
May the Lord purify me that I may worthily perform his service.
In the strength of the Lord do I repel all evil from this his holy altar and sanctuary, and from this house, wherein we worship him; and I pray to our heavenly Father that he will send his holy angels to build for us a spiritual temple through which his strength and blessing may be poured forth upon his people; through Christ our Lord
The Oration to God
O Almighty, Aeternal, the True and Living God: O King of Glory: O Lord of Hosts: O Thou, the Creator of Heaven and Earth, and of all things visible and invisible: now (even now, at length) among others thy manifold mercies used and to be used, toward us, thy simple servants, we most humbly beseech thee, in this our present petition to have mercy upon us: to have pity upon us, to have compassion upon us: who, faithfully and sincerely, of long time, have sought among men, in Earth: and also by prayer, (full oft, and pitifully,) have made suit unto thy Divine Majesty for the obtaining of some convenient portion of True Knowledge and understanding of thy laws and ordinances, established in the natures and properties of thy creatures: by which knowledge, thy Divine Wisdom, Power and Goodness, (on thy creatures bestowed, and to them imparted) being to us made manifest, might abundantly instruct, furnish and allure us, (for the same), incessantly to pronounce thy praises, to render unto thee most hearty thanks, to advance thy true honor, and to win unto thy name some of thy due Majestical Glory, among all people, and for ever. And whereas it has pleased thee (O God) of thy infinite Goodness, by thy faithful and holy Spiritual Messengers, to deliver unto us long since an orderly form and manner of Exercise Heptarchical: how, to thy Honor and Glory, and the comfort of our own poor souls, and of others thy faithful servants, we may at all times, use very many of thy good Angels, their counsels and helps: according to the properties of such their functions and offices, as to them, by thy Divine Power, Wisdom and Goodness is assigned, and limited: (which orderly form, and manner of Exercise, until even now, we never found so urgent opportunity, and extreme necessity, to apply ourselves unto). Therefore, we, thy poor and simple servants, do most humbly, heartily, and faithfully beseech thy Divine Majesty, most lovingly and fatherly to favor and thy Divine Beck to further this our present industry and endeavor to Exercise ourselves, according to the aforesaid orderly form and manner: and now (at length, but not too late) for thy dearly beloved Son IESVS CHRIST his sake (O Heavenly Father) to grant also unto us, this blessing and portion of thy Heavenly Graces: that thou wilt forthwith enable us, make us apt, and acceptable (in body, Soul, and Spirit), to enjoy always the Holy and friendly conversation, with the sensible, plain, full and perfect help, (in word and deed) of thy Mighty, Wise and Good Spiritual Messengers and Ministers generally: and namely of Blessed Michael, Blessed Gabriel, Blessed Raphael and Blessed Uriel: and also, especially of all those, which do appertain unto the Heptarchical Mystery isagogically, (as yet) and very briefly unto us declared: under the method of Seven Mighty Kings; and their Seven faithful and Princely Ministers, with their subjects, and servants, to them belonging. And in thy great mercy, and grace, on us bestowed, and to us confirmed (O Almighty God) thou shalt, (to the great comfort of thy faithful servants) approve, to thy very enemies and ours, the truth and certainty of thy manifold most merciful promises, heretofore made unto us: and that thou art the True and Almighty God, Creator of Heaven and Earth, (upon whom we do call: and in whom we do put our trust). And thy Ministers, to be the true and faithful Angels of Light: which have hitherto principally and according to thy Divine Providence dealt with us: and also we, thy poor and simple servants, shall then in and by thee be better able to serve thee, according to thy wellpleasing to thy honor and glory. Yea, even in these most miserable and lamentable days. Grant, oh grant, O our Heavenly Father, grant this (we pray thee), for thy only begotten Son IESUS CHRIST, his sake:
Amen. Amen. Amen.
Invocations of the Heptarchy
The invocation for the Heptarchical King of the day is read, ending with:
COME, O right Noble King N. we say, COME. Amen.
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.
The invocation for the Heptarchical Prince of the day is read, ending with:
COME, O Noble Prince N. we say, COME, Amen.
Our Father, who art in heaven: hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come; thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen.
The Enochian Call
Join us for the recitation of the (Nth) Angelic Call.
The people recite the appropriate Call with the Cantor leading.
The Fundamental Prayer
From this point on, the Angelic names are intoned by the people with the Cantor leading.
O IEOVA ZEBAOTH, we invoke and implore most earnestly your Divine Power, Wisdom and Goodness, and most humbly and faithfully ask you to favor and assist us in all our works, words and cogitations, concerning, promoting orprocuring yourpraise, honor and Glory. And by these your twelve mystical names. ORO, IBAH, AOZPI, MOR, DIAL, HCTGA, OIP, TEAA, PDOCE, MPH, ARSL, GAIOL, most ardently do we entreat and implore your Divine and Omnipotent Majesty: that all your faithful Angelic Spirits whose mystical names are expressed in this book and whose offices are briefly noted, in whatever part of the world they be and, in whatever time of our lives they are summoned by us by means of their peculiar powers or authority of your Holy Names (likewise contained in this book), that most swiftly they come to us visible, affable, and appear to us peacefully and remain with us visibly according to our wishes, and that they disappear at our request from us and from our sight. And through you and that reverence and obedience which they owe you in those twelve mystical names above mentioned, that they give satisfaction amicably to us also, at each and every moment in our lives, and in each and every deed or request to all, some or one of them, and to do this quickly, well, completely and perfectly to discharge, perfect and complete all this according to their virtues and power both general and individual and through the injunctions given them by you (O God) and their charged offices and ministry. AMEN.
Through you, Jesus Christ, AMEN.
II. THE LITURGY OF THE TABLE
The Lord be with you.
Let us pray.
Blessed be God the Father, and the only begotten Son of God, as likewise the Holy Ghost; for He has shown mercy to us.
Accept, O holy Father Almighty and Eternal God, this unspotted Host, which I, Thy unworthy servant, offer unto Thee my living and true God, for my innumerable sins, offenses, and negligence, and for all here present: as also for all faithful Christians, both living and dead; that it may avail both me and them unto life everlasting. Amen.
O God + Who, in creating human nature, hast wonderfully dignified it, and still more wonderfully reformed it, grant that, by the Mystery of this water and wine, we may be made partakers of His divine nature, Who vouchsafe to become partaker of our human nature, namely, Jesus Christ our Lord, Thy Son, Who is with Thee, in the unity of the Holy Ghost. Amen.
We offer unto Thee O Lord, the chalice of salvation, beseeching Thy clemency, that it may ascend before Thy divine Majesty, as a sweet odor, for our salvation, and for that of the whole world. Amen.
Accept us, O Lord, in the spirit of humility and contrition of heart, and grant, that the sacrifice which we offer this day in Thy sight may be pleasing to Thee, O Lord God
Come O Almighty and Eternal God, the sanctifier, and bless + this sacrifice, prepared for the glory of Thy holy Name.
May the Lord, by the intercession of the blessed Michael the Archangel, who standeth at the right side of the altar of perfumes, and of all His Elect, vouchsafe to bless + this incense, and receive it as an odor of sweetness: through Christ our Lord. Amen.
May this incense which Thou hast blessed, O Lord, ascend to Thee, and may Thy mercy descend upon us.
Let my prayer, O Lord, be directed as incense in Thy sight: the lifting up of my hands as an evening sacrifice. Set a watch, O Lord, before my mouth, and a door round about my lips. May my heart not incline to evil words, to make excuses in sins.
May the Lord enkindle within us the fire of His love, and the flames of everlasting charity. Amen.
I will wash my hands among the innocent: and will compass Thy altar O Lord. That I may hear the voice of Thy praise: and tell of all Thy wondrous works. I have loved, O Lord, the beauty of Thy house and the place of Thy glory. Take not away my soul, O God, with the wicked: nor my life with Bloody men. In whose hands are iniquities: their right hand is filled with gifts.
But I have walked in my innocence: redeem me, and have mercy on me. My foot hath stood in the direct way. in the churches I will bless Thee, O Lord. Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.
Lift up your hearts!
We lift them up unto the Lord!
Let us give thanks unto our Lord God!
It is meet and right so to do!
It is very meet, right and our bounden duty, that we should at all times, and in all places, give thanks to Thee, O Holy Lord, Father Almighty, eternal God. Through Christ our Lord: through Whom the Angels praise Thy Majesty, the dominations adore, the powers do hold in awe, the Heavens. And the Virtues of the heavens, and the blessed Seraphim do celebrate with united joy. In union with whom we beseech Thee that Thou wouldst command our voices also to be admitted with suppliant confession, saying:
Holy! Holy! Holy! Lord God of Hosts: Heaven and Earth are full of Thy glory! Glory be to Thee, O Lord most high!
Grant us therefore, gracious Lord, so to eat the Flesh of Thy dear Son Jesus + Christ, and to drink his Blood, that our sinful bodies may be made clean by His Body, and our souls washed through His most precious Blood, and that we may evermore dwell in Him, and He in us. Amen.
Almighty God, our Heavenly Father, which of Thy tender mercy didst give Thine only Son Jesus + Christ, to suffer death upon the Cross for our redemption; who made there, by His one oblation of Himself, once offered, a full, perfect, and sufficient Sacrifice, Oblation, and Satisfaction for the sins of the world:
And did institute, and in his Holy Gospel command us to continue, a perpetual memory of that His precious Death, until His coming again;
Hear us, O Merciful Father, we beseech Thee: and grant that we, receiving these Thy creatures of bread and wine, maybe partakers of His most blessed Body and Blood,
Who, in the night that He was betrayed, took bread, and when He had given , thanks, He brake it, and gave it to His disciples, saying: "Take, Eat, THIS IS MY BODY Which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me."
Likewise, after supper, He took the Cup, and when He had given thanks, He gave it to them, saying: "Drink ye all of this, for THIS IS MY BLOOD of the New Testament, which is shed for you and for many, for the remission of sins. Do this, as oft as ye shall drink it, in remembrance of me."
The Kiss of Peace
Peace be with Thee.
And with thy spirit.
Whereupon the Kiss of Peace is exchanged.
Administration of the Sacrament
Behold the Lamb of God, behold Him Who taketh away the sins of the world.
Here the celebrant shall himself deliver the Holy Sacrament in both kinds to the generality of the People.
Let us pray:
Almighty and Everliving God, we most heartily thank Thee, for that Thou dost vouchsafe to feed us, which have duly received these Holy Mysteries, with the Spiritual Food of the most precious Body and Blood of Thy Son, our Savior, Jesus + Christ, and dost assure us thereby of Thy Favor and Goodness toward us, and that we may be very members incorporate in Thy mystical Body, which is the blessed company of all People, and be also heirs, through hope, of Thy everlasting Kingdom, by the merits of the most precious Death and Passion of Thy dear Son.
We now most humbly beseech Thee, O Heavenly Father, so to assist us with Thy Grace, that we may continue in that holy fellowship, and do all such good works as Thou hast prepared for us to walk in: through Jesus + Christ our Lord, to whom, with Thee and the Holy Ghost, be all honor and glory, world without end. Amen.
Here shall all stand, and joyfully say or sing:
The Gloria in Excelcis
Glory be to God on high!
The Peace of God, which passeth all understanding, keep your Hearts and Minds in the Knowledge and Love of God, and of His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord: And the Blessing of God almighty, The + Father, The + Son, and The + Holy Ghost, be amongst you, and remain with you always.
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