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The Rite of the Master Jesus
The Ministrant works with the invisible forces and builds forms to channel their manifestation.
The Lector works with the group-mind of the congregation
The Temple is formed symbolically with the altar in the East and the congregation seated in the West. As the congregation views the altar, the Ministrant is seated to the left on the North side of the altar and the Lector is seated on the right/South side of the altar.
Ministrant Moves to stand between the altar and the congregation, facing the altar and the East. Raises arms in the Sign of the Chalice: arms in front and above the head with the hands cupped, the head thrown back and the face turned upward awaiting the descent of power.
O Holy Jesus, Master of Love and Compassion, we Thy children, dedicated to Thy service, approach Thee in faith in the Living Christ, the unseen companion of the heart.
Prepare us, O Lord, to drink of the living waters of life, soon to be made manifest to us; open our eyes that we may see, and our hearts that we may understand. Make the way plain, O lord, that we fail not in Thy service. May we be a channel whereby Thy Holy Ones may approach the World. May we be a centre of radiation of Thy power.
Teach us to travel light as do all who travel upon the path; to give ourselves entirely to Thy service; to attune ourselves to Thy will; to suffer gladly for Thy sake; to lay down the small personal life in the great cosmic life; and to love with the love of God.
Lift up your hearts.
All We lift them up unto the Lord.
Lector (Standing on South side of Altar facing west towards the congregation)
I will lift mine eyes unto the hills, whence cometh my help. My help cometh from the Lord, which made heaven and earth.
He will not suffer thy foot to be moved; He that keepeth thee will not slumber. Behold, he that keepeth Israel will neither slumber nor sleep. The Lord is Thy keeper; the Lord is thy shade upon thy right hand. The sun shall not smite thee by day nor the moon by night. The Lord shall preserve thee from all evil; he shall preserve thy soul. The Lord shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in, from this time forth and even for evermore.
Ministrant Kneels before the altar, facing East
O Lord Jesus, Most Holy and Beloved Master, be with us in Thy wisdom and compassion, that what we are about to do may be potent in spiritual power. Amen.
Let us meditate upon the Master Jesus as the Risen Christ.
Ministrant remains kneeling. There is a PAUSE for meditation.
Ministrant rises and stands facing the altar and the East
Lector (Standing to south of altar facing west and congregation.)
God is light and in Him is no darkness at all. If we say we have fellowship with Him and walk in darkness we do not speak the truth. But if we walk in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ cleanseth us from all sin. If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us.
I will arise and go to my Father and will say unto Him: “Father, I have sinned against heaven and before Thee, and am no more worthy to be called Thy son. Make me as one of Thy hired servants.”
And he arose and came to his Father. But when he was yet a great way off, his father saw him and had compassion, and ran to meet him, and fell on his neck and kissed him.
Ministrant (Facing altar)
O Master of Love and Compassion, show us wherein we have erred and give us strength and understanding to make amends.
Ministrant O Lord, show Thy Mercy upon us.
All And grant us Thy salvation.
Lector Lord, who shall abide in Thy Tabernacle? Who shall dwell in Thy Holy Hill? He that walketh uprightly and worketh righteousness and speaketh the Truth in his heart. He that backbiteth not with his tongue, nor doeth evil to his neighbour, nor taketh up a reproach against his neighbour. He that sweareth to his own hurt and changeth not. He that putteth not out his money to usury, nor taketh reward against the innocent. He that doeth these things shall never be moved.
Ministrant Turns, and faces the congregation
Let the brethren dwell together in love and harmony, in loyalty and truth, thinking no evil of one another. Let compassion temper justice and justice balance compassion. Let us be serene and diligent, courageous and strong, wise and temperate. There is a blessing + on all who serve.
Ministrant makes the sign of the cross over the brethren, and turns to the altar
Lector Jesus saith: “Judge not that ye be not judged; and with what measure ye give, it shall be measured to you again. And why beholdest thou the irritation that is in thy brother’s eye, and considereth not the annoyance that is in thine own eye? Thou hypocrite, first cast out the sting that is in thine own eye, and then thou shalt see clearly to cast out the speck that is in thy brother’s eye. Love your enemies; bless them that curse you; do good to them that hate you and use you and persecute you, that ye may be the children of your father which is in Heaven; for He maketh His Sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and the unjust. For if you love them that love you, what reward have ye? And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others?
Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father in Heaven is perfect.
Ministrant Turns to face the congregation
Let us join together in the Lord’s Prayer.
Our Father, who are 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.
Forgive us our trespasses,
As we forgive those who trespass against us.
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,
Ministrant (Facing the congregation)
For if ye forgive men their mistakes, your Heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if ye forgive not men their faults, neither will your Heavenly Father forgive you your errors.
Ministrant turns to face the altar
O Master of Love and Compassion, our human needs are ever with us. May Thy wisdom give us understanding, and Thy love give us strength to bear our burdens to the honour and glory of Thy Holy Name. Amen.
Ministrant returns to seat on north side of altar
Lector Jesus saith: ‘Come unto Me all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn of Me, for I am humble and lowly of heart, and ye shall find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.
The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.
He maketh me to lie down in green pastures,
He leadeth me beside the still waters, He restoreth my soul;
He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for His Name’s sake.
Yea, though I walk through the Valley of the Shadow of Death
I will fear no evil, for Thou art with me, Thy rod and Thy staff they comfort me.
Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies;
Thou annointest my head with oil, my cup runneth over.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life,
And I shall dwell in the House of the Lord forever.
Ministrant Stands between the congregation and the altar, facing east
May the blessing and the mercy and the goodness of God rest upon our people, and on all peoples. May there be peace and goodwill between us and them. May there be brotherly love, good faith, and kindness between all people throughout our heritage. May the spirit of liberty, equality and justice be maintained among us.
Keep far from us both poverty and riches, that we be not led into temptation, but give us a sufficiency of all good things and Thy blessing thereon. May the Sword of Thy Might deal justice between man and man, nation and nation; may we be fearless and merciful ministers of Thy justice and truth. Bless all who serve their fellow men; may we be numbered among the servers.
Bless, O Lord, all homes and consecrate them. Bless the marriage bond between man and woman, that it may be natural and beautiful, a source of joy and peace and security. Sanctify it with Thy blessing that it may be sacred unto Thee; bless with a special blessing all who open the gates of life unto incoming souls.
Heal, we beseech Thee, O Lord, all strife and quarrel within the home, and bless the peacemakers.
O Master Jesus, we bring to Thy Compassion and Wisdom all those of our friends who are sick or in trouble; may Thy Infinite Love meet all their needs. May Thy Help comfort those for whom our prayers have been asked.
Let us remember those dear to us who have entered into the Light. May that Light shine upon them perpetually.
O Thou Most Holy and Powerful Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God Most High, we invoke Thy Most Potent Name and Sign, in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost. Amen.
Lector (standing on south side of altar facing west)
May the Lord hear thee in the day of trouble; may the God of Jacob defend thee, and send thee help from the sanctuary and strength out of Zion. We will rejoice in the Thy salvation and in the name of our God we will set up our banners. May the Lord fulfil all thy petitions. Now know I that the Lord saveth His anointed. He will hear him from His Holy Heaven, with the saving strength of His right hand. Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we will remember the Name of the Lord our God.
And the seventy returned with joy, saying: ‘Lord, even the devils are subject unto us through Thy Name.’ And He said unto them: ‘I beheld Satan as lightning falling from Heaven. Behold I give you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall hurt you.’
He that dwelleth in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord: He is my refuge and my fortress; my God, in Him will I trust.
I shalt not be afraid of the terror by night, nor for the danger by day because the Lord is my protection and no evil befall me nor any plague come unto my home. For He shall give His angels charge over me, to keep and honour me.
He shall call upon Me and with long life will I satisfy Him and show Him my salvation.
Ministrant (Standing between the congregation and the altar, facing east)
O Master Jesus, Lord of Love and Compassion, we worship Thee with love, obedience and pride in being your own.
O Holy Mary, Mother of Jesus, draw thy compassionate mantle of blue around us.
O Holy Michael, Saint and Angel, with thy rod of power protecting us from the satanic forces, we salute you with love, honour and gratitude for thy protection.
O Holy Men of our race, great Saints of old with whom we join, we salute you with love and respect. Give us of your strength, your faith and fearlessness.
Lector Jesus saith: The Comforter, which is the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My Name, He shall teach you all things and bring all things to your remembrance.
The Holy Communion
Ministrant Goes to the east of the altar, facing West. Pours water into wine
Dearly beloved in Christ, I bid you to the Holy Communion of the Body and Blood of Christ our Saviour.
Consider how He bids us all to try to examine ourselves before we presume to eat of that Bread and drink of that Cup.
Let us examine ourselves in thought, word and deed.
Ministrant The Lord Almighty pardon + and deliver you from all your sins, confirm and strengthen you in all goodness, and bring you to the Life of the Ages. Amen.
(Lifting arms wide) Lift up your hearts.
All We lift them up unto the Lord.
Ministrant Let us give thanks to our Lord God
All It is worthy and right to do so
Ministrant (Open arms, first fingers and thumbs together)
It is very true, proper and our bounden duty that we should at all times and in all places give thanks unto Thee.
Company of Heaven, we praise and magnify Thy glorious name, evermore singing and saying:
HOLY! (bells) HOLY! (bells) HOLY (bells)
Lord God of Hosts,
Heaven and Earth are full of Thy glory:
Glory to Thee, O God Most High.
Blessed is He that cometh in the Name of the Lord.
Hosanna in the Highest.
Prayer of Consecration
Ministrant All glory to Thee, Almighty God, our Heavenly Father, Whose only-born Son, Jesus Christ didst suffer death upon the Cross, and by that death didst overcome death, and by that sacrifice didst cleanse the world of the domination of evil, opening the way into the heavenly places and commanding us to continue this blessed sacrament of His Love.
Hear us, O Almighty God, and with Thy Holy Spirit, bless + approve + and sanctify + these gifts of bread and wine, (spread hands over elements) that they may become the channels and signs of His life and strength.
Who, on the day before He suffered, took bread + (pick up a wafer and elevate it, bells at elevation) and when he had given thanks, he blessed and brake it, and gave it to His disciples, saying: “Take, and eat ye all of this, for THIS IS MY BODY.”
Likewise, after supper, He took the cup, and when He had given thanks, He blessed it + and gave it to them (elevate cup, bells at elevation) saying: “Take, and drink ye all of this, for THIS IS MY BLOOD.”
Wherefore, O Lord and Heavenly Father, we Thy children, having in remembrance the precious death of Thy Son, His mighty resurrection, and glorious ascension, according to His holy institution, do celebrate and set forth before Thy divine majesty, with these Thy holy gifts, the memorial which He hath willed us to make.
And here we offer and present unto Thee, O Lord, ourselves, our souls and bodies, to be a reasonable, holy, and living sacrifice unto Thee.
(Takes a wafer, breaks it into two large pieces and one small piece. The small piece is placed in the wine. )
Beseeching Thee that all we who are partakers of this Holy Communion may be filled with Thy grace and heavenly benediction, through Jesus Christ our Lord, by whom, and with whom, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, all honour and glory be unto Thee, O father Almighty, world without end. Amen.
Lector Kneels. Communicates
Ministrant Elevates bread (in right hand) over Cup (in left hand).
Ye that desire to partake of the mysteries of the Body and Blood of Christ draw near, and take this Holy Sacrament to your comfort.
All All who so wish, come to the altar, kneel and take the Communion
The Ministrant offers the Bread, saying to each communicant: The Body of Christ.
The Lector offers the Wine, saying to each communicant: The Blood of Christ
Upon completion, the Ministrant moves to the East of the altar, facing East, and stands upon the symbol of the Universe. Elevates the Cup with both hands, saying:
Glory be to God on High, and on Earth peace to men of goodwill.
We praise Thee, we bless Thee, we worship Thee, we honour Thee, we give thanks to Thee for Thy great Glory. Amen.
All O Holy Spirit, my soul inspire, Thou Flame of Fire descend on me.
The Ministrant replaces the Cup and kneels at the altar. Then rises, and moves to the west of the altar, facing the congregation.
Lector Now on the first day of the week, very early in the morning, they came to the tomb, bringing spices which they had prepared. And they found the stone rolled away.And they entered in and found not the body of the Lord Jesus.
And it came to pass, as they were much confused, two men stood by them in shining garments. And as they were afraid and bowed down their faces to the Earth, those shining beings said unto them: “Why seek ye the living among the dead? He is not here, but is risen.”
And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, the disciples were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly, there came a sound from Heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire which touched them, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit.
But we speak of the wisdom of God as a mystery, even the hidden wisdom which God ordained from the foundation of the world unto our glory. As it is written: “Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man the things that God has prepared for them that love Him.” But God has revealed them unto us by His Spirit; for the Spirit searched all things, yea, the deep things of God.
Jesus saith: “I will pray to the Father and He shall give you another Comforter, that He may abide with you for ever, even the Spirit of Truth, when the world cannot receive because it seeth Him not, neither knoweth Him. You know Him for He dwelleth with you, and shall be in you; I will not leave you comfortless.
I will come to you. Peace I leave with you. My Peace I give unto you, not as the world giveth I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. Lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world.
Ministrant The Peace of God, which passeth all understanding, keep your hearts and minds in the knowledge and love of God and of His Son, Christ our Lord; and the blessing of God Almighty, the Father + the Son + and the Holy Spirit + be amongst you and remain with you always.