Assassins' Mass

Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law.

RATIONALE

The temple is the Great Hall of the Nest of the Eagle (Alamut), where the Grand Resurrection has been proclaimed. Therefore mundane time had ended, and all the participants have been transmitted to heaven. All events during the Mass are epiphanies (mazhar), i.e. the simultaneous manifestation (zahar) and hiding (batin) of the One Divine Principle (AL'LA) through sense experience.

PARTICIPANTS

Houri (Priestess) Zuleica
Old Man of the Mountain (Priest) Dionysus Soter
Master Assassin (Deacon) Kairete Nikomen
Junior Assassins (Children) Katsu Ninken (Positive)
Maitreya (Negative)
Brethren (People) Circle of Stars Sanctuary and guests

PREAMBLE

The Master Assassin addresses the Brethren and gives the context and requirements for the ritual (as per Sanctuary custom). He names the officers and notes alterations to Mass standards, i.e. additional saints, unusual admission procedure, and additional temple trappings. Then the lights of the narthex are turned off, and the Master Assassin reads aloud the following induction by the light of a single candle:

Across the luster of the desert & into the polychrome hills, hairless and ochre violet dun & umber, at the top of a dessicated blue valley you find an artificial oasis, a fortified castle in a saracenic style enclosing a hidden garden.

You are the appointed guest of the Old Man of the Mountain and you climb rock-cut steps to the castle. Here the Day of Resurrection has already come and gone -- those within live outside profane Time, which is held at bay with daggers and poisons.

Behind crenellations and slit-windowed towers, scholars and fedayeen wake in narrow monolithic cells. Star-maps, astrolabes, alembics and retorts, piles of open books in a shaft of sunlight -- an unsheathed scimitar.

For us, there is no Law beyond Do what thou wilt. The outside of everything is its inside, its true face shines through direct. But our garden gates are camouflaged with terrorism, mirrors, intoxicants, rumors of murder, legends.

Pomegranate, mulberry, persimmon, the erotic melacholy of cypresses, membrane-pink shirazi roses, stiff shafts of ottoman tulips -- a pavillion set with a mosaic of calligrams -- a fountain crystalled underneath with geometry -- "water, greenery, beautiful faces."

The setting sun gives way to the jewelled night sky, and it will soon be time for the Feast in the Great Hall of Alamut.

(Induction largely plagiarized from "The Assassins" in Hakim Bey's Chaos)

ADMISSION

One Junior Assassin brings the brethren individually to the door of the Hall, where the Master Assassin makes a cross on each with a dagger, saying, "Nothing is true, everything is permitted." The Master then passes each brother off to the other Junior Assassin, who seats them in the Hall. The seating is directed and arbitrary. When the outer Assassin has cleared the narthex, the two Junior Assassins exit into the sacristy to join the Houri.

INTROIT

The Master announces the Law. He then leads the brethren in the profession of Mystery (the Creed). In demonstration of the Resurrection and the transcendence of the mundane, the Houri advances to the tomb and raises the Old Man of the Mountain from the dead. He declares that the brethren are his equals under the Resurrection, and she clenses and consecrates him to conduct the Feast of Resurrection.

RENDING THE VEIL

The Old Man enthrones the Houri in the shrine and circumambulates the Hall thrice. He then mounts the first step to the shrine and declares zahar (manifestation of the Law), and is answered by the Houri from behind the veil. He mounts the second step and declares batin (hiding of the Law), and is answered by the Master Assassin from the altar of incense. He mounts the third step and declares qiyamat (the Resurrection), and rends the veil. The Houri kisses the Lance, and the Old Man kneels before her.

COLLECTS, CONSECRATION, ANTHEM

The Master leads the brethren in acknowledging mazhar in eleven of its forms. The list of Imams (Saints) is expanded to include Hassan-i-Sabbah and all of the Grand Masters from Kellner through McMurtry. The Old Man declares the food and drink of the feast to be epiphanic, and leads an anthem in which he asks that his own epiphanic nature be revealed. ("Appear most awful and most mild, as it is lawful, to thy child.")

CONSUMMATION

The Old Man and the Houri together perform the sumbolic operation whereby the epiphanic elements of the Feast, representing Life and Joy, are commingled, thus fulfilling Resurrection. he consumes the elements, integrating them into himself, and realizing himself as mazhar. The Master Assassin invites each of the brethren to do likelise in turn, as the Houri presides over the Feast. The Old Man pronounces a final benediction, and the Hall is cleared.

INCIDENTAL STIPULATIONS

Information on the spiritual technology of the batiniya (Order of Assassins) for this ceremony was derived primarily from the writings of Peter Lamborn Wilson and Henry Corbin. Besides the cosmetic adjustments, the transposition was effected solely through the preliminary induction and the intentionality of the ritualists. Except for the additional Saints, the ceremony was in complete conformity with Liber XV.

This Mass was performed at the Bodhi Yoga and Massage Center on the 84th Anniversary of the Annihilation of the Prophet of the Law (December 3, 1995 e.v.). Fourteen People communicated.

Love is the law, love under will.


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