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Liber XV

O. T. O. Ecclesiae Gnosticae
Catholicae Canon Missae

Edited from the Ancient Documents in
Assyrian and Greek by The Master Therion

Crowley composed the O.T.O. Gnostic Mass on a visit toMoscow in 1915
E.V. It is the central ritual of the O.T.O., public andprivate. He
gave it its first publication in New York in The Internationalseveral
years later. Variant versions subsequently appeared inThe Equinox
III(1) (Detroit: Universal, 1919) and in Magick in Theoryand Practice
(Paris: Lecram, 1929). This edition of the Gnostic Massis a composite
of the three versions. Prepared by Frater HaLayL, itwas first
published in the journal Ecclesia Gnostica I(3), andis here
republished with Frater HaLayL's annotations.--H.B.



IN THE EAST, that is, in the direction of Boleskine, whichis situated
on the South-Eastern shore of Loch Ness in Scotland,two miles east of
Foyers, is a shrine or High Altar. Its dimensions shouldbe 7 feet in
length, 3 feet in breadth, 44 inches in height. It shouldbe covered
with a crimson altar-cloth, on which may be embroideredfleur-de-lys
in gold, or a sunblaze, or other suitable emblem.

On each side of it should be a pillar or obelisk, withcountercharges
in black and white.

Below it should be the dais of three steps, in black andwhite

Above it is the super-altar, at whose top is the St^eleof Revealing
in reproduction, with four candles on each side of it.Below the
st^ele is a place for The Book of the Law, with six candleson each
side of it. Below this again is the Holy Graal, withroses on each
side of it. There is room in front of the Cup for thePaten. On each
side beyond the roses are two great candles.

All this is enclosed within a great Veil.

Forming the apex of an equilateral triangle whose baseis a line drawn
between the pillars, is a small black square altar, ofsuperimposed

Taking this altar as the middle of the base of a similarand equal
triangle, at the apex of this second triangle is a smallcircular

Repeating, the apex of a third triangle is an uprighttomb.



The PRIEST. Bears the Sacred Lance, and is clothed atfirst in a plain
white robe.

The PRIESTESS. Should be actually Virgo Intacta or speciallydedicated
to the service of the Great Order. She is clothed inwhite, blue, and
gold. She bears the Sword from a red girdle, and thePaten and Hosts,
or Cakes of Light.

The DEACON. He is clothed in white and yellow. He bearsThe Book of
the Law.

Two CHILDREN. They are clothed in white and black. Onebears a pitcher
of water and a cellar of salt, the other a censer offire and a casket
of perfume.



The DEACON, opening the door of the Temple, admits thecongregation
and takes his stand between the small altar and the font.(There
should be a doorkeeper to attend to the admission.) TheDEACON
advances and bows before the open shrine where the Graalis exalted.
He kisses The Book of the Law three times, opens it,and places it
upon the super-altar. He turns West.

The DEACON: Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of theLaw. I
proclaim the Law of Light, Life, Love, and Liberty inthe name of IAQ.

The CONGREGATION: Love is the law, love under will.

The DEACON goes to his place between the altar of incenseand the
font, faces East, and gives the step and sign of a Manand a Brother.
All imitate him.

The DEACON and all the PEOPLE: I believe in one secretand ineffable
LORD; and in one Star in the Company of Stars of whosefire we are
created, and to which we shall return; and in one Fatherof Life,
Mystery of Mystery, in His name CHAOS, the sole viceregentof the Sun
upon the Earth; and in one Air the nourisher of all thatbreathes.

And I believe in one Earth, the Mother of us all, andin one Womb
wherein all men are begotten, and wherein they shallrest, Mystery of
Mystery, in Her name BABALON.

And I believe in the Serpent and the Lion, Mystery ofMystery, in His

And I believe in one Gnostic and Catholic Church of Light,Life, Love
and Liberty, the Word of whose Law is VELHMA.

And I believe in the communion of Saints.

And, forasmuch as meat and drink are transmuted in usdaily into
spiritual substance, I believe in the Miracle of theMass.

And I confess one Baptism of Wisdom whereby we accomplishthe Miracle
of Incarnation.

And I confess my life one, individual, and eternal thatwas, and is,
and is to come.


Music is now played. The child enters with the ewer andthe salt. The
VIRGIN enters with the Sword and the Paten. The childenters with the
censer and the perfume. They face the DEACON, deployinginto line,
from the space between the two altars.

The VIRGIN: Greeting of Earth and Heaven!

All give the Hailing sign of a Magician, the DEACON leading.

The PRIESTESS, the negative child on her left, the positivechild on
her right, ascends the steps of the High Altar. Theyawait her below.
She places the Paten before the Graal. Having adoredit, she descends,
and with the children following her, the positive nexther, she moves
in a serpentine manner involving 3 circles of the Temple.(Deosil
about altar, widdershins about font, deosil about altarand font,
widdershins about altar, and so to the Tomb in the West.)She draws
her Sword and pulls down the Veil therewith.

The PRIESTESS: By the power of + Iron, I say unto thee,Arise. In the
name of our Lord + the Sun, and of our Lord + ... thatthou mayst
administer the virtues to the Brethren.

She sheathes the Sword.

The PRIEST, issuing from the Tomb, holding the Lance erectwith both
hands, right over left, against his breast, takes thefirst three
regular steps. He then gives the Lance to the PRIESTESS,and gives the
three penal signs. He then kneels and worships the Lancewith both
hands. Penitential music.

The PRIEST: I am a man among men.

He takes again the Lance, and lowers it. He rises.

The PRIEST: How should I be worthy to administer the virtuesto the

The PRIESTESS takes from the child the water and the salt,and mixes
them in the font.

The PRIESTESS: Let the salt of Earth admonish the waterto bear the
virtue of the Great Sea. (Genuflects.) Mother, be thouadored.

She returns to the West. + on PRIEST with open hand dothshe make,
over his forehead, breast, and body.

Be the PRIEST pure of body and soul!

The PRIESTESS takes the censer from the child, and placesit on the
small altar. She puts incense therein.

Let the Fire and the Air make sweet the world! (Genuflects.)

Father, be thou adored.

She returns West, and makes + with the censer before thePRIEST,
thrice as before.

Be the PRIEST fervent of body and soul!

(The children resume their weapons as they are done with.)

The DEACON now takes the consecrated Robe from High Altar,and brings
it to her. She robes the PRIEST in his Robe of scarletand gold.

Be the flame of the Sun thine ambience, O thou PRIESTof the SUN!

The DEACON brings the crown from the High Altar. (Thecrown may be of
gold or platinum, or of electrum magicum; but with noother metals,
save the small proportions necessary to a proper alloy.It may be
adorned with divers jewels, at will But it must havethe Uraeus
serpent twined about it, and the cap of maintenance mustmatch the
scarlet of the Robe. Its texture should be velvet.)

Be the Serpent thy crown, O thou PRIEST of the LORD!

Kneeling, she takes the Lance, between her open hands,and runs them
up and down upon the shaft eleven times, very gently.

Be the LORD present among us!

All give the Hailing Sign.

The PEOPLE: So mote it be.



The PRIEST: Thee therefore whom we adore we also invoke.

By the power of the lifted Lance!

He raises the Lance. All repeat Hailing Sign. A phraseof triumphant
music. The PRIEST takes the PRIESTESS by her right handwith his left,
keeping the Lance raised.

I, PRIEST and KING, take thee, Virgin pure without spot;I upraise
thee; I lead thee to the East; I set thee upon the summitof the

He thrones the PRIESTESS upon the altar. The DEACON andthe children
follow, they in rank, behind him. The PRIESTESS takesThe Book of the
Law, resumes her seat, and holds it open on her breastwith her two
hands, making a descending triangle with thumbs and forefingers.The
PRIEST gives the lance to the DEACON to hold, and takesthe ewer from
the child, and sprinkles the PRIESTESS, making five crosses,forehead,
shoulders, and thighs. The thumb of the PRIEST is alwaysbetween his
index and medius, whenever he is not holding the Lance.The PRIEST
takes the censer from the child, and makes five crosses,as before.
The children replace their weapons on their respectivealtars. The
PRIEST kisses The Book of the Law three times. He kneelsfor a space
in adoration, with joined hands, knuckles closed, thumbin position
aforesaid. He rises, and draws the veil over the wholealtar. All rise
and stand to order. The PRIEST takes the lance from theDEACON, and
holds it as before, as Osiris or Pthah. He circumambulatesthe Temple
three times, followed by the DEACON and the childrenas before.
(These, when not using their hands, keep their arms crossedupon their
breasts.) At the last circumambulation they leave him,and go to the
place between the font and the small altar, where theykneel in
adoration, their hands joined palm to palm, and raisedabove their
heads. All imitate this motion. The PRIEST returns tothe East, and
mounts the first step of the altar.

The PRIEST: O circle of Stars whereof our Father is butthe younger
brother, marvel beyond imagination, soul of infinitespace, before
whom Time is Ashamed, the mind bewildered, and the understandingdark,
not unto Thee may we attain, unless Thine image be Love.Therefore by
seed and root and stem and bud and leaf and flower andfruit do we
invoke Thee.

Then the priest answered & said unto the Queen ofSpace, kissing her
lovely brows, and the dew of her light bathing his wholebody in a
sweet-smelling perfume of sweat; O Nuit, continuous oneof Heaven, let
it be ever thus; that men speak not of thee as One butas None; and
let them speak not of thee at all, since thou art continuous.

During this speech the PRIESTESS must have divested herselfcompletely
of her robe. See CCXX I:62.

The PRIESTESS: But to love me is better than all things;if under the
night-stars in the desert thou presently burnest mineincense before
me, invoking me with a pure heart, and the serpent flametherein, thou
shalt come a little to lie in my bosom. For one kisswilt thou then be
willing to give all; but whoso gives one particle ofdust shall lose
all in that hour. Ye shall gather goods and store ofwomen and spices;
ye shall wear rich jewels; ye shall exceed the nationsof the earth in
splendour and pride; but always in the love of me, andso shall ye
come to my joy. I charge you earnestly to come beforeme in a single
robe, and covered with a rich head-dress. I love you!I yearn to you!
Pale or purple, veiled or voluptuous, I who am all pleasureand
purple, and drunkenness of the innermost sense, desireyou. Put on the
wings, and arouse the coiled splendour within you: comeunto me! To
me! To me! Sing the raptuous love-song unto me! Burnto me perfumes!
Wear to me jewels! Drink to me, for I love you! I loveyou. I am the
blue-lidded daughter of sunset; I am the naked brillianceof the
voluptuous night-sky. To me! To me!

The PRIEST mounts the second step.

The PRIEST: O secret of secrets that art hidden in thebeing of all
that lives, not Thee do we adore, for that which adorethis also Thou.
Thou art That, and That am I.

I am the flame that burns in every heart of man, and inthe core of
every star. I am Life, and the giver of Life; yet thereforeis the
knowledge of me the knowledge of death. I am alone; thereis no God
where I am.

The DEACON and all rise to their feet, with the Hailingsign.

The DEACON: But ye, O my people rise up and awake.

Let the rituals be rightly performed with joy and beauty.

There are rituals of the elements and feasts of the times.

A feast for the first night of the Prophet and his Bride.

A feast for the three days of the writing of the Bookof the Law.

A feast for Tahuti and the children of the Prophet--secret,O Prophet!

A feast for the Supreme Ritual, and a feast for the Equinoxof the

A feast for fire and a feast for water; a feast for lifeand a greater
feast for death.

A feast every day in your hearts in the joy of my rapture.

A feast every night unto Nu, and the pleasure of uttermostdelight.

The PRIEST mounts the third step.

The PRIEST: Thou that art One, our Lord in the Universethe Sun, our
Lord in ourselves whose name is Mystery of Mystery, uttermostbeing
whose radiance enlightening the worlds is also the breaththat maketh
every God even and Death to tremble before Thee--By theSign of Light
+ appear Thou glorious upon the throne of the Sun.

Make open the path of creation and of intelligence betweenus and our
minds. Enlighten our understanding. Encourage our hearts.Let thy light
crystallize itself in our blood, fulfilling us of Resurrection.

A ka dua

Tuf ur biu

bi a'a chefu

Dudu nur af an nuteru.

The PRIESTESS: There is no law beyond Do what thou wilt.

The PRIEST parts the veil with his lance. During the previousspeeches
the PRIESTESS has, if necessary, as in savage countries,resumed her

The PRIEST: 'I(c) 'I(c) 'I(c) 'IA(c)Q S(c)ABAO K(c)URIE'(c)ABRASAX
K(c)URIE MEIVRAS K(c)URIE F(c)ALLE. 'I(c) P(c)AN, 'I(c)P(c)AN P(c)AN
'I(c) 'ISX(c)UROX, 'I(c) 'AV(c)ANATON 'I(c) '(c)ABROTON'I(c) 'IA(c)Q.
'(c)AGIOS, '(c)AGIOS, '(c)AGIOS 'IA(c)Q.

The PRIESTESS is seated with the Paten in her right handand the cup
in her left. The PRIEST presents the Lance, which shekisses eleven
times. She then holds it to her breast, while the PRIEST,falling at
her knees, kisses them, his arms stretched along herthighs. He
remains in this adoration while the DEACON intones theCollects. All
stand to order, with the Dieu Garde, that is, feet square,hands, with
linked thumbs, held loosely. This is the universal positionwhen
standing, unless other direction is given.



The Sun

The DEACON: Lord visible and sensible of whom this earthis but a
frozen spark turning about thee with annual and diurnalmotion, source
of light, source of life, let thy perpetual radiancehearten us to
continual labour and enjoyment; so that as we are constantpartakers
of thy bounty we may in our particular orbit give outlight and life,
sustenance and joy to them that revolve about us withoutdiminution of
substance or effulgence for ever.

The PEOPLE: So mote it be.

The Lord

The DEACON: Lord secret and most holy, source of life,source of love,
source of liberty, be thou ever constant and mighty withinus, force
of energy, fire of motion; with diligence let us everlabour with
thee, that we may remain in thine abundant joy.

The PEOPLE: So mote it be.

The Moon

The DEACON: Lady of night, that turning ever about usart now visible
and now invisible in thy season, be thou favourable tohunters, and
lovers, and to all men that toil upon the earth, andto all mariners
upon the sea.

The PEOPLE: So mote it be.

The Lady

The DEACON: Giver and receiver of joy, gate of life andlove, be thou
ever ready, thou and thine handmaiden, in thine officeof gladness.

The PEOPLE: So mote it be.

The Saints

The DEACON: Lord of Life and Joy, that art the might ofman, that art
the essence of every true god that is upon the surfaceof the Earth,
continuing knowledge from generation unto generation,thou adored of
us upon heaths and in woods, on mountains and in caves,openly in the
marketplaces and secretly in the chambers of our houses,in temples of
gold and ivory and marble as in these other temples ofour bodies, we
worthily commemorate them worthy that did of old adorethee and
manifest they glory unto men,

(At each name the DEACON signs + with thumb between indexand medius.
At ordinary mass it is only necessary to commemoratethose whose names
are italicized, with wording as is shown.)

Laotze and Siddartha and Krishna and Tahuti, Mosheh, Dionysus,
Mohammed and To Mega Therion, with these also Hermes,Pan, Priapus,
Osiris and Melchizedek, Khem and Amoun and Mentu, Heracles,Orpheus
and Odysseus; with Vergilius, Catullus, Martialis, Rabelais,
Swinburne, and many an holy bard; Apollonius Tyanaeus,Simon Magus,
Manes, Pythagoras, Basilides, Valentinus, Bardesanesand Hippolytus,
that transmitted the Light of the Gnosis to us theirsuccessors and
their heirs; with Merlin, Arthur, Kamuret, Parzival,and many another,
prophet, priest and king, that bore the Lance and Cup,the Sword and
Disk, against the Heathen; and these also, Carolus Magnusand his
paladins, with William of Schyren, Frederick of Hohenstaufen,Roger
Bacon, Jacobus Burgundus Molensis the Martyr, ChristianRosencreutz,
Ulrich von Hutten, Paracelsus, Michael Maier, RodericBorgia Pope
Alexander the Sixth, Jacob Boehme, Francis Bacon LordVerulam, Andrea,
Robertus de Fluctibus, Johannes Dee, Sir Edward Kelly,Thomas Vaughan,
Elias Ashmole, Molinos, Adam Weishaupt, Wolfgang vonGoethe, Ludovicus
Rex Bavariae, Richard Wagner, Alphonse Louis Constant,Friedrich
Nietzsche, Hargrave Jennings, Carl Kellner, Forlong dux,Sir Richard
Payne Knight, Paul Gaugin, Sir Richard Francis Burton,Doctor GЉrard
Encausse, Doctor Theodor Reuss, and Sir Aleister Crowley--OhSons of
the Lion and the Snake! with all thy saints we worthilycommemorate
them worthy that were and are and are to come.

May their Essence be here present, potent, puissant andpaternal to
perfect this feast!

The PEOPLE: So mote it be.

The Earth

The DEACON: Mother of fertility on whose breast liethwater, whose
cheek is caressed by air, and in whose heart is the sun'sfire, womb
of all life, recurring grace of seasons, answer favorablythe prayer
of labour, and to pastors and husbandmen be thou propitious.

The PEOPLE: So mote it be.

The Principles

The DEACON: Mysterious Energy, triform, mysterious Matter,in fourfold
and sevenfold division, the interplay of which thingsweave the dance
of the Veil of Life upon the Face of the Spirit, letthere be Harmony
and Beauty in your mystic loves, that in us may be healthand wealth
and strength and divine pleasure according to the Lawof Liberty; let
each pursue his Will as a strong man that rejoiceth inhis way, as the
course of a Star that blazeth for ever among the joyouscompany of

The PEOPLE: So mote it be.


The DEACON: Be the hour auspicious, and the gate of lifeopen in peace
and in well-being, so that she that beareth childrenmay rejoice, and
the babe catch life with both hands.

The PEOPLE: So mote it be.


The DEACON: Upon all that this day unite with love underwill let fall
success; may strength and skill unite to bring forthecstasy, and
beauty answer beauty.

The PEOPLE: So mote it be.


The DEACON: Term of all that liveth, whose name is inscrutable,be
favourable unto us in thine hour.

The PEOPLE: So mote it be.

The End

The DEACON: Unto them from whose eyes the veil of lifehath fallen may
there be granted the accomplishment of their true Wills;whether they
will absorption in the Infinite, or to be united withtheir chosen and
preferred, or to be in contemplation, or to be at peace,or to achieve
the labour and heroism of incarnation on this planetor another, or in
any Star, or aught else, unto them may there be grantedthe
accomplishment of their wills; yea, the accomplishmentof their wills.
'A(c)UMGN. 'A(c)UMGN. 'A(c)UMGN.

The PEOPLE: So mote it be.

All sit.

The DEACON and the children attend the PRIEST and PRIESTESS,ready to
hold any appropriate weapon as may be necessary.



The PRIEST makes the five crosses. +3 +1+2 on paten andcup; +4 on
paten alone; +5 on cup alone.

The PRIEST: Life of man upon earth, fruit of labour, sustenanceof
endeavour, thus be thou nourishment of the Spirit!

He touches the Host with the Lance.

By the virtue of the Rod

Be this bread the Body of God!

He takes the Host.

TO(c)UTO '(c)ESTI T(c)O S(c)OMA MOU.

He kneels, adores, rises, turns shows Host to the PEOPLE,turns,
replaces Host, and adores. Music. He takes the Cup.

Vehicle of the joy of Man upon earth, solace of labour,inspiration of
endeavour, thus be thou ecstasy of the Spirit!

He touches the Cup with the Lance.

By the virtue of the Rod

Be this wine the Blood of God!

He takes the Cup.


He kneels, adores, rises, turns, shows the Cup to thePEOPLE, turns
replaces the Cup, and adores. Music.

For this is the Covenant of Resurrection.

He makes the five crosses on the PRIESTESS.

Accept, O LORD, this sacrifice of life and joy, true warrantsof the
Covenant of Resurrection.

The PRIEST offers the Lance to the PRIESTESS, who kissesit; he then
touches her between the breasts and upon the body. Hethen flings out
his arms upward, as comprehending the whole shrine.

Let this offering be borne upon the waves of Aethyr toour Lord and
Father the Sun that travelleth over the Heavens in hisname ON.

He closes his hands, kisses the PRIESTESS between thebreasts, and
makes three great crosses over the Paten, the Cup, andhimself. He
strikes his breast. All repeat this action.

Hear ye all, saints of the true church of old time nowessentially
present, that of ye we claim heirship, with ye we claimcommunion,
from ye we claim benediction in the name of 'IA(c)Q.

He makes three crosses on Paten and Cup together. He uncoversthe Cup,
genuflects, takes the Cup in his left hand and the Hostin his right.
With the Host he makes the five crosses on the Cup.


+3 +2

+5 +4

He elevates the Host and the Cup. The Bell strikes.

'(c)AGIOS '(c)AGIOS '(c)AGIOS 'IA(c)Q.

He replaces the Host and the Cup, and adores.




Thou who art I, beyond all I am,

Who hast no nature and no name,

Who art, when all but thou are gone,

Thou, centre and secret of the Sun,

Thou, hidden spring of all things known

And unknown, Thou aloof, alone,

Thou, the true fire within the reed

Brooding and breeding, source and seed

Of life, love, liberty, and light,

Thou beyond speech and beyond sight,

Thee I invoke, my faint fresh fire

Kindling as mine intents aspire.

Thee I invoke, abiding one,

Thee, centre and secret of the Sun,

And that most holy mystery

Of which the vehicle am I.

Appear, most awful and most mild,

As it is lawful, in thy child!


For of the Father and the Son

The Holy Spirit is the norm;

Male-female, quintessential, one,

Man-being veiled in woman-form.

Glory and worship in the highest,

Thou Dove, mankind that deifiest,

Being that race, most royally run

To spring sunshine through winter storm.

Glory and worship be to Thee,

Sap of the world-ash, wonder-tree!

First Semichorus, MEN:

Glory to thee from gilded tomb!

Second Semichorus, WOMEN:

Glory to thee from waiting womb!


Glory to Thee from earth unploughed!


Glory to Thee from virgin vowed!


Glory to Thee, true Unity

Of the eternal Trinity!


Glory to Thee, thou sire and dam

And self of I am that I am!


Glory to Thee, beyond all term,

Thy spring of sperm, thy seed and germ!


Glory to Thee, eternal Sun,

Thou One in Three, Thou Three in One!


Glory and worship be to Thee,

Sap of the world-ash, wonder-tree!

(These words are to form the substance of the anthem;but the whole or
any part thereof shall be set to music, which may beas elaborate as
art can devise. But even should other anthems be authorizedby the
Father of the Church, this shall hold its place as thefirst of its
kind, the father of all others.)




The PRIEST takes the Paten between the index and mediusof the right
hand. The PRIESTESS clasps the Cup in her right hand.

The PRIEST: Lord most secret, bless this spiritual foodunto our
bodies, bestowing upon us health and wealth and strengthand joy and
peace, and that fulfilment of will and of love underwill that is
perpetual happiness.

He makes + with Paten and kisses it. He uncovers the Cup,genuflects,
rises. Music. He takes the Host, and breaks it over theCup. He
replaces the right-hand portion in the Paten. He breaksoff a particle
of the left-hand portion.

TO(c)UTO '(c)ESTI T(c)O SP(c)ERMA MOU. `(c)O P(c)ATHR'(c)ESTIN `(c)O
H(c)UIOS D(c)IA T(c)O PNE(c)UMA '(c)AGION. 'A(c)UMGN.'A(c)UMGN.

He replaces the left-hand part of the Host. The PRIESTESSextends the
Lance-point with her left hand to receive the particle.The PRIEST
clasps the Cup in his left hand. Together they depressthe Lance-point
in the Cup.


The PRIEST takes the Lance. The PRIESTESS covers the Cup.The PRIEST
genuflects, rises, bows, joins hands. He strikes hisbreast.

The PRIEST: O Lion and O Serpent that destroy the destroyer,be mighty
among us.

O Lion and O Serpent that destroy the destroyer, be mightyamong us.

O Lion and O Serpent that destroy the destroyer, be mightyamong us.

The PRIEST joins hands upon the breast of the PRIESTESS,and takes
back his Lance. He turns to the People, lowers and raisesthe Lance,
and makes + upon them.

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

The PEOPLE: Love is the law, love under will.

He lowers the Lance, and turns to East. The PRIESTESStakes the Lance
in her right hand. With her left hand she offers thePaten. The PRIEST

The PRIEST: In my mouth be the essence of the life ofthe Sun!

He takes the Host with the right hand, makes + with iton the Paten,
and consumes it. Silence. The PRIESTESS takes, uncovers,and offers
the Cup, as before.

The PRIEST: In my mouth be the essence of the joy of theearth!

He takes the Cup, makes + on the PRIESTESS, drains itand returns it.
Silence. He rises, takes the Lance, and turns to thePEOPLE.

The PRIEST: There is no part of me that is not of theGods.

(Those of the PEOPLE who intend to communicate, and noneother should
be present, having signified their intention, a wholeCake of Light,

and a whole goblet of wine, have been prepared for eachone. The
DEACON marshals them; they advance one by one to thealtar. The
children take the Elements and offer them. The PEOPLEcommunicate as
did the PRIEST, uttering the same words in an attitudeof
Resurrection: ``There is no part of me that is not ofthe Gods.'' The
exceptions to this part of the ceremony are when it isof the nature
of a celebration, in which case none but the PRIEST communicate;or
part of the ceremony of marriage, when none other, savethe two to be
married, partake; part of the ceremony of baptism, whenonly the child
baptised partakes; and of Confirmation at puberty, whenonly the
persons confirmed partake. The Sacrament may be reservedby the
PRIEST, for administration to the sick in their homes.

The PRIEST closes all within the veil. With the Lancehe makes + on
the people thrice, thus.

The PRIEST: + The LORD bless you.

+ The LORD enlighten your minds and comfort your heartsand sustain
your bodies.

+ The LORD bring you to the accomplishment of your trueWills, the
Great Work, the Summum Bonum, True Wisdom and PerfectHappiness.

He goes out, the DEACON and children following, into theTomb of the

Music. (Voluntary.)

NOTE: The PRIESTESS and other officers never partake ofthe Sacrament,
they being as it were part of the PRIEST himself.

NOTE: Certain secret Formulae of this Mass are taughtto the PRIEST in
his Ordination.


I = The International XII(3), March |9|8, New York
BE = The Equinox III(1) (Detroit: Universal, 1919)
MTP = Magick in Theory and Practice (Paris: Lecram, |929)

1. ``awaiting'' instead of ``await'' in I & BE.
2. One possible interpretation of this muddled description:


3. ``+'' comes after ``the'', instead of before, in I& BE.

4. ``...'' after ``+'' in I & BE.

5. ``+'' comes after ``censer,'' instead of before ``with,''in

6. Spelt ``ambiance'' in MTP.

7. Usually spelt ``Ptah''.

8. ``we do'', instead of ``do we'', in MTP.

9. ``child'' in Book 220 II:39.

10. These are either simple or qabalistic misspellings.Probably
should be K(c)URIH; F(c)ALLH; 'I(c)Q; '(c)ISXURON or'(c)ISXUROS;

11. In I, BE, & MTP this stage direction comes afterthe saints' list
instead of here.

12. A stage direction here in MTP: ``(All stand, Headerect, Eyes

13. According to a previous direction the Priest alreadyhas the Cup.

14. ``to'', instead of ``in'', in I & BE.

15. either a simple or qabalistic misspelling. Probablyshould be

16. According to a previous direction the Priest alreadyhas his

17. ``of a wedding in which none'', instead of ``or partof the
ceremony of marriage, when none other'', in MTP.


This whole issue brings to mind the story of the Japanesepeasant who,
mishearing the mantra ``O the Jewel in the Lotus! Amen!''as ``O the
Jewel in the Latrine! Amen!'', proceeded to sit and chanthis
mispronunciation until he realized Nirvana. The pointis that
pronunciation is not a limiting factor, spiritually speaking;it does,
however, have dramatic implications. That most importantfor a
performer is the need for a consistent and intelligiblerecital.
Hesitation, doubtfulness, and malaprops are not conduciveto
concentration. Most audiences couldn't care less if it'scorrect as
long as it sounds good. There may be those present whodon't like to
hear the ``wrong'' pronunciation. Let it be a spur tothem to perform
the Mass themselves!
Pronunciations are given section by section, numberedas in the
text. All g's are hard, as in get; all s's are sibilant,as in yes;
all th's as in thing.

Section III

``AUMGN''--Ah-oo-m-gn--see Book Four, Parts | & 3

Section IV

``A ka dua...nuteru!''--this passage from the St^ele isparaphrased by
``Unity uttermost showed! I adore the might of Thy breath,supreme and
terrible God, who makest the Gods and Death to tremblebefore Thee:--
I, I adore Thee!'' Egyptian pronunciation is hotly disputed.I suggest
either studying it yourself or taking consonants as inEnglish and
``ah'' for a, ``eh'' for e, ``ee'' for i, and ``oo''for u. For a
critical analysis of this text that includes modern transliterations,
see The Holy Books of Thelema (York Beach, ME: Weiser,1983), Appendix
Ee-oh Ee-oh Ee-oh Ee-ah-oh Sah-bah-oh Koo-ree-ee Ah-brah-sahkh
Koo-ree-ee May-thrahs Koo-ree-ee Fah-lee. Ee-oh Pahn,Ee-oh Pahn Pahn
Ee-oh-Ees-khoo-rohn, Ee-oh Ah-thah-nah-tohn, Ee-oh Ah-broh-tohnEe-oh
Ee-ah-oh. Khi-reh Fah-lee Khi-reh Pahn-fah-gee Khi-rehPahn-geh-neh-
tohr. Hah-gee-ohs, Hah-gee-ohs, Hah-gee-ohs Ee-ah-oh./``Oo o IAO
powerful, o deathless, o woundless, o IAO. Hail PHALLUS,hail all-
devourer, hail father of all. Holy, holy, holy IAO.''

Section V

Lau (like cow)-dzoo, Sid-ahr-tah, Krish-nuh, Tah-hoo-tee,Moh-sheh,
Di-uh-nis-us, Moh-hah-mehd, Toh Meh-gah Thee-ree-ohn,Hur-meez, Pan,
Pri-ap-us, Oh-si-ris, Mehl-kiz-uh-dehk, Khehm, Ah-moon,Mehn-too,
Heer-ah-kleez, Or-fee-us, Oh-dis-ee-us, Vur-gil-ee-us,Kah-tool-us,
Marsh-ee-ahl-iss, Rah-bla, Swin-burn, Ah-puh-loh-nee-usTi-uh-nee-us,
Simon May-gus, Mah-neez, Pith-ag-uh-rus, Buh-sill-id-eez,Val-un-tin-
iss, Bar-deh-sahn-eez, Hip-ahl-eh-tus, Merlin, Arthur,Kah-moor-et,
Part-sif-ahl, Kah-rohl-us Mag-nus, William of Shi-rehn,Frederick of
Hoh-en-shtau (like cow)-fen, Roger Bacon, Jah-koh-busBur-gun-dus Moh-
len-sis, Christian Roh-zen-kroits, Ool-rik fon Hoo-ten,Pear-uh-sel-
sus, Michael Mi-ur, Roderic Bor-jah, Yah-kohb B-o-muh,Francis Bacon
Lord Ver-oo-lahm, Ahn-dree-uh, Roh-bear-tus day Fluk-tib-us,Yoh-hah-
ness Dee, Sir Edward Kelly, Thomas Vawn, III-i-us Ashmole,Moh-leen-
ohs, Adam Vis-haupt (like cow), Volf-gahng fon G-o-tuh,Loo-doh-veek-
us Rex Bah-vah-ree-ee, Rik-hard Vahg-ner, Lood-vig fonFish-ur, Ahl-
fons Loo-ee Kohn-stahnt, Freed-rik Nee-chuh, HargraveJennings, Carl
Kellner, Forlong dooks, Sir Richard Payne Knight, PaulGoh-gan, Sir
Richard Francis Burton, Doctor Zha-rahrd On-kauss (likecow), Doctor
Theodor Royss, and Sir Al-ess-tur Croh-lee.


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