Keyes

Purpose: The Keyes ceremonies is a program of adult faith formation and development. It is composed of 33 keyes teaching a different aspect of the faith. It is something that is required for those that are thinking of entering into the ordained ministry but it is open to all adult men and women. It is to be attended in unison by the members of the ordained priesthood all over the world.

Who it is performed by: Bishop

Where it is performed: Local Chancel

Qualifications: Purification, endowment, communion, and confirmation.

Ceremony:

Entrance

Song that introduces the Liturgy and brings the people together with the procession of the five offices of the priesthood and any visiting priesthood members, the Liturgy is headed by the Bishop with the Priests, Teachers, Deacons, and Evangelists taking on minor roles

(ANTIPHON 1)

Greeting

In the name of the spirit, of humanity, and of our hopeful divinity

So be it

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The grace of the divine and the love of the Christs and the communion we have with our spirit be with the rest of you

And with your spirit

May the grace of the divine and the guidance of the Christs be with you all.

And with your spirit.

Let the divine be with you always through your spirit.

And with your spirit

 

Rite of Blessing

The priest and the deacon will come around and bless the people by sprinkling water to all the people. It is a sign of their continual process of their purification.

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The gift of the divine brings life to the world and the divine plan will bring us to everlasting life.

We ask the divine to bless the water of life and we ask that this water renew our spirits over the next week so that we may reflect on and challenge ourselves to come ever closer to life in the heavens.

We as this through the blessings and guidance of the Christs.

So be it.

The gift of water brings renewal to our humanity and our spirituality as we constantly strive towards the eventual divinity. We should be saved from all things that will bring us down.

We should petition the divine, the bringer of the plan of salvation and of the waters of life, to free us from danger as we go through this path of life and to have a purity of heart.

We ask this with the guidance of the Christs.

So be it.

We celebrate our creation and redemption and we ask for renewal and cleansing. This water, to us, represents the waters of the people of the world and how all are blessed under the covenant of humanity. We will all share in the joy of the entrance into the waters of the world to set our place in the world.

We ask this through the guidance of the Christs.

So be it.

 

Penitential Act

 

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People of the world, let us acknowledge our shortcomings as humanity and we should prepare ourselves to be more fully like the harmony of the Christs. Let us come together to show our compassion and judgment to one another. Let us ask for forgiveness from one another. Let us prepare to enter into the sacred spaces of the world so that we can renew and cleanse ourselves.

 

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I confess to the divine potential of the spirit within me that I am a human and have the nature of the animal inside of me and that it affects my words, thoughts, and actions in life. I am in the world and I am of the world, even though I strive for something greater. Therefore I ask the Angels, Saints, and Christs to serve as divinely inspired examples of me. I confess to you, my brothers and sisters, to set an example for me as well.

May we all have mercy on one another, forgive as we have forgiven, and strive towards everlasting life.

So be it

We have done bad in this world and we need to see the light.

Have mercy on us.

Show us the mercy and love of the plan of the divine.

Grant us the salvation that comes with the light.

May we all have mercy on one another, forgive as we have forgiven, and strive towards everlasting life.

So be it

You raise the people of the world to light, have mercy on us.

Have mercy on us.

The Christs provide us with a clear path to the light.

Have mercy on us.

You bring the light to the darkness of the world.

Have mercy on us.

May we all have mercy on one another, forgive as we have forgiven, and strive towards everlasting life.

So be it

 

Mercy

May our spirit have our mercy

So be it

May the Christs serve as a divine example

So be it

May we strive towards this goal

So be it

Gloria

Glory to the heavens in the highest

and may they bring peace to the people of good will

We praise them

We bless them

We adore them

We glorify them

We give them thanks for their great glory

Heavenly kings over the earth

The almighty creator of the world

The harmony of the Christs, sons of the creator

The sacrifice of the world and the harmony of the divine

Take away the grasp of the world upon us

Have mercy on all of us

Take away the grasp of the world upon us

Receive the petitions and intentions of the people

You are seated in the heavens with the creators

Have mercy on all of us

You are among the holy ones

You are among the Lords of the heavens

You are among the most high

To strive for the Christs

With the help of the spirit within us

In the glory of the divinity that we all strive for

So be it.

Entrance of the Candidate

The elect and two assist in coming forward to the altar. The ring of the new degree is blessed prior to the ceremony. The people stand as the people and the holy items are brought in.

First Talk

The word of inspiration

Thanks be to the inspired

Response Chant

A chant is sung based on the Book of Anthems of Through Minds’ Eyes

Second Talk

The word of inspiration

Thanks be to the inspired

Acclamation

The chant of thanks to the divinity that is within all of us and that which we strive for is sung in preparation for the words of the Christs, who serve as an example for all of us.

(ACCLAMATION 1)

Third Talk

May the divine light up through your spirit

And with your spirit

A reading of the teachings of the Christs passed down from generations before

Glory to the words of the Christs

A talk is given by the presiding priest or bishop.

The good news of the Christs have been proclaimed

Praise and Glory to the Christs

Standing at the Altar

The elect comes forward to the altar while a hymn is sung according to local customs

Profession

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I believe in the almighty spirit of the divine around us and within us

I believe in the creation of all things visible and invisible

I believe in the harmony of the trinity through the teachings and examples of the Christs

I believe in the coming of age before all ages

I believe in the truth and the light set forth from the beginning of all time

I believe in the combination of the spirit and the human through the grace of the divine

I believe in the coming and the rising of the life of all of us

I believe in the life, suffering, death, and rebirth of the world

I believe in the examples of the Christs, Prophets, and Angels

I believe in the ultimate harmonization of the trinity in all of us and the reaching of our divine potential

I believe in the ascension and the glory of the divine

I believe in the spirit of life which comes before all things

I believe in the adoration of all parts of our nature

I believe in the words of the prophets

I believe in the covenant which has come to us

I believe in the forgiveness of sins

I believe in the life after this, whatever that may be for us

I believe in the life of the eternities and the passing of time

So be it

I believe in the divine, the creator that is around us and within all of us.

I believe in the Christs and the path of the light that they have shown to all of us.

I believe in the conception of the spirit within me and the struggles that I face in life with the balance between the two.

I believe in the suffering and the world, the death, and the rebirth of the world and of our spirits.

One day, all the people of the world will be judged by their actions and their attitude.

I believe in the spirit.

I believe in the universal humanity.

I believe in the communion of prophets and Christs.

I believe in the resurrection of my spirit.

And I believe in life forever after death.

So be it.

 

Universal Proclamation

Most Reverend, the chancel asks you to ordain this person for the degree of N.

Have you a mandate?

We have

Let it be read

Everyone sits while the document is read.

Consider carefully the position in  while our member is about to be raised.  Our Christs, who were sent by the divine to redeem the human race, in turn sent more  into the world. These men were filled with the power of the Spirit to preach the news of goodness and gather every race and people into a single flock to be guided and governed in the way of holiness.  Because this service was to continue to the end of time, they selected others to help them. By the laying on of hands which confers the sacrament of orders in its fullness, the apostles passed on the gift of the Spirit which they themselves had received from the Christs.  In that way, by a succession is unbroken from one generation to the next, the powers conferred in the beginning were handed down, and the work lives and grows in our time.

In the person of the degree of N, with those around him, who became High Priest, is present among you.  Through the ministry, the Christs continue to proclaim the good news and to confer the mysteries of faith on those who believe.  Through the fatherly action of the bishop, Christ adds new members to his body. Through the bishop’s wisdom and prudence, Christ guides you in your earthly pilgrimage toward eternal happiness.

Gladly and gratefully, therefore, receive whom we are about to accept into the degree of N by the laying on of hands.  Respect them as a steward of the mysteries of God. They have been entrusted with the task of witnessing to the truth of the good news and fostering a spirit of justice and holiness.  Remember the words of the Christs spoken to the apostles for all the ages that have been and all the ages to come.

He then addresses the candidates:

You, dear brother, have been chosen by the Lord.  Remember that you are chosen from among men and appointed to act for men and women in relation to God.  The title of bishop is not one of honor but of function, and therefore a bishop should strive to serve rather than to rule.  Such is the counsel of the Master: the greater should behave as if he were the least, and the leader as if he were the one who serves.  Proclaim the message whether it is welcome or unwelcome; correct error with unfailing patience and teaching. Pray and offer sacrifice for the people committed to your care and so draw every kind of grace for them from the overflowing holiness of Christ.

As a steward of the mysteries of the Christs entrusted to you, be a faithful overseer and guardian.  Since you are chosen by the plan, always be mindful of the Good Shepherd, who knows the sheep and is known by them and who did not hesitate to lay down his life for them.

Love all those whom the plan places in your care. Love the poor and infirm, strangers and the homeless.  Encourage the faithful to work with you in your task; listen willingly to what they have to say. Never relax your concern for those who do not yet belong to the degree; they too are commended to you in the plan.  You should therefore have a constant concern for all the people and gladly come to the aid and support of people in need. Attend to the whole flock in which the Spirit appoints you an overseer of the degree. Remember to always hele, ever conceal, and never reveal any of the secrets of the degree of N.

Are you resolved by the grace of the Spirit to discharge to the end of your life the degree of N entrusted to us, which we now pass on to you by the laying on of hands?

I am.

Are you resolved to be faithful and constant in proclaiming the words of the Christs?

I am.

Are you resolved to maintain the deposit of faith, entire and incorrupt, as handed down through the generations and professed by the chancel everywhere and at all times?

I am.

Are you resolved to build up the chancel as the body of the philosophy and to remain united to it?

I am.

Are you resolved to be faithful in your obedience to the secrets and authority?

I am.

Are you resolved as a devoted father to sustain the people and to guide them on the way of salvation in cooperation with those who share your ministry?

I am.

Are you resolved to show kindness and compassion to the poor and to strangers and to all who are in need?

I am.

Are you resolved as a good shepherd to seek out the sheep who stray and to gather them into the fold?

I am.

Are you resolved to pray for the people without ceasing, and to carry out the duties of one who has the fullness of the degree so as to afford no grounds for reproach?

I am, with the help of the divine plan.

May the plan who has begun the good work in you bring it to fulfillment.

My dear people, let us pray that the almighty in their goodness will pour out their grace upon this person whom they have chosen to provide.

So be it

Presentation of the Gifts

The sacrificial gifts are brought forth and proceed around the space. They are brought to the main table and the communion gifts are prepared. The offices of the priesthood say a silent prayer and the music stops after it is said.

Invitation

Divine Plan, be moved by our meditations.  Anoint your servant with the fullness of priestly grace, and bless him with spiritual power in all its richness.  We ask this.

So be it.

Let us stand.

Laying of hands on the new candidates is performed with the candidates kneeling.

Divine plan, full of grace and mercy, you dwell in heaven, yet look with compassion on all that is humble.  You know all things before they came to be; by your gracious word you have established the plan of your Chancel.

From the beginning you chose the descendants of the city of light.  You established rulers and priests, and did not leave your sanctuary without ministers to serve you.  From the creation of the world you have been pleased to be glorified by those whom you have chosen.

So now pour out upon this chosen one the power that is from you, the governing Spirit whom you gave to the Christs, prophets, apostles, and leaders here today.

You have chosen your servant for the degree of N.  May they be a shepherd to your holy flock, and a high priest blameless in your sight, ministering to you night and day; may they always gain the blessing of your favor and offer the gifts of your city.  Through the Spirit who gives the grace of the degree of N grant them the power to forgive sins as you have commanded, to assign ministries as you have decreed, and to loosen every bond by the authority which you gave to the apostles.  May they be pleasing to you by their gentleness and purity of heart, presenting a fragrant offering to you, through whom glory and power and honor are yours with the Spirit in your holy city, now and forever.

The candidates kneel

The plan has brought you to share the degree of N.  May the plan pour out on you the oil of mystical anointing and enrich you with spiritual blessings.  

The ceremonial washes their hands.

Receive the canons and preach the words with unfailing patience and sound teaching.

Afterward the deacon takes the Book of the Gospels and returns it to its place.

Take this ring, the seal of your fidelity.  With faith and love protect it forever more.

Take this staff as a sign of degree, keep watch over the whole flock in which the Spirit has appointed you to shepherd of the degree of N.

The ceremonial leads the newly candidates to the chair or to a place prepared for them.

The chant of thanks to the divinity that is within all of us and that which we strive for is sung in preparation for the words of the Christs, who serve as an example for all of us.

(ACCLAMATION 1)

Preface

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(Choice of dozens of texts appropriate for the season and feast days) It is right and just, it is our duty and a part of our salvation. This is what has been brought forth by the divine in the beginning and passed down through the prophets and the Christs of all ages. This is fulfilling the will of the people and the reminder of the covenant by which we all are bound to under purification. The death and rebirth of the human spirit has been manifest in the death and the rebirth of the Christs. We all declare the glory of this plan as we say, It is right to give thanks and just to give glory, o mighty divine, through this plan that we have brought forth and manifest here. This exists before all ages and through all time to the end of all covenants. This is the source of all life and the fill of all the blessings of the world. In the greatest presence of all the angels both day and night, we gaze to the heavens and we praise the glory of this life that we are living as we unite and acclaim,

 

Sanctus

Sanctus, sanctus power and might of the divine

The heavens and the earth are full of your glory

Sanctus, sanctus in the highest of the heavens

Blessed is the one that comes in the name of the divinity

Sanctus, sanctus in the highest of the heavens

Thanksgiving

A B C
To you, oh divine through the plan, we make a petition with  the guidance of the Christs and the reminders of the prophets. We ask that these sacrifices be acceptable in our continued understanding of our place in the covenant. We ask that the universal and holy congregation throughout the world be blesses as well.

The sacrifices made throughout the world by the prophets and the Christs have also been of a great deal of help to us. Grant peace throughout the world to all of us. The eternal and true divine plan gives us hope in strength in the good times and in the bad times.

We ask for the protecting help of our ancestors and of those around us. We ask this of one another as we try to improve our lives.

Therefore, we ask for this service to be given to us for our whole society so that we are continually reminded of our blessings forevermore, saved from damnation, and counted among the flock of everlasting life.

The plan of the divine and the divine is the fountain of all holiness and the foundation of the world, to be given to us time and time again through the prophets and the Christs who have given us this plan for our spirit. A pure sacrifice will be given to us through the name of the Christs. We give you praise, divine, for you have fashioned all the works in wisdom and in love. You formed man in your own image and entrusted the whole world since them, so that in serving you alone, the Creator, he might have dominion over all creatures.

Your plan came in mercy to the aid of all, so that those who seek might find you. Time and again you offered them covenants and through the prophets and Christs taught them to look forward to salvation. The Christs laid out the path for us and we have to follow it through the blessings of the ancestors and prophets.

To accomplish your plan, the Christs gave themselves up to death, and, destroyed death and restored life in the process. And that we might live no longer for ourselves but for the one who died and rose again. This is the satisfaction and the fulfillment of the divine plan.

Epiclesis

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Be pleased and bless us, acknowledge us, and approve this offering in every respect; make it spiritual so that it may become for us the representation of the three states of humanity. Make holy, therefore, these gifts by sending down the Spirit upon us all so that these emblems may become for us the three states of being like that of the Christs. Therefore we humbly implore the divine: by the same Spirit graciously make holy these gifts we have brought for consecration, that they may become the three states of being at the Christs command we celebrate this great mystery.

Institution

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On the day before they were to suffer they took bread in their hands, and with eyes raised to heaven to the divine, giving thanks they said the blessing, and broke the bread, and gave it to all of us, saying:

TAKE THIS, ALL OF YOU, AND EAT OF IT, THIS IS THE BREAD OF NOURISHMENT FOR THE BODY OF DIVINITY WHICH HAS BEEN GIVEN UP FOR YOU ALL.

TAKE THIS AS WELL, FOR THIS IS THE OIL OF THE JOY THAT WE HAVE THE POTENTIAL TO EXPERIENCE IN LIFE. THIS IS A REPRESENTATION OF OUR PLACE IN THE WORLD AS SOMEONE WHO RECOGNIZES THAT WE DO NOT CONFLICT BETWEEN THE TWO NATURES.

In a similar way, the Christs would take the precious chalice in their hands and they said the blessing and gave the chalice to us all, saying:

TAKE THIS, ALL OF YOU, AND DRINK FROM IT, THIS IS THE CHALICE OF WINE OF REFRESHMENT OF THE ETERNAL COVENANT FROM THE BEGINNING TO THE END, WHICH WILL BE POURED OUT FOR YOU AND FOR MANY FOR THE FORGIVENESS OF ALL THE SINS AND THE FULFILLMENT OF THE DIVINE PLAN. DO THIS IN MY, AND ALL OF OUR, NAMES.

At the time they were betrayed and entered willingly into death, they took bread, broke it, and gave it to all of us, saying:

TAKE THIS, ALL OF YOU, AND EAT OF IT, THIS IS THE BREAD OF NOURISHMENT FOR THE BODY OF DIVINITY WHICH HAS BEEN GIVEN UP FOR YOU ALL.

TAKE THIS AS WELL, FOR THIS IS THE OIL OF THE JOY THAT WE HAVE THE POTENTIAL TO EXPERIENCE IN LIFE. THIS IS A REPRESENTATION OF OUR PLACE IN THE WORLD AS SOMEONE WHO RECOGNIZES THAT WE DO NOT CONFLICT BETWEEN THE TWO NATURES.

In a similar way, they took the chalice and gave it to all of us, saying:

TAKE THIS, ALL OF YOU, AND DRINK FROM IT, THIS IS THE CHALICE OF WINE OF REFRESHMENT OF THE ETERNAL COVENANT FROM THE BEGINNING TO THE END, WHICH WILL BE POURED OUT FOR YOU AND FOR MANY FOR THE FORGIVENESS OF ALL THE SINS AND THE FULFILLMENT OF THE DIVINE PLAN. DO THIS IN MY, AND ALL OF OUR, NAMES.

For when the hour had come for him to be glorified by you, having loved all their own who were in the world, loved them to the end: they took bread and gave it to all of us, saying,

TAKE THIS, ALL OF YOU, AND EAT OF IT, THIS IS THE BREAD OF NOURISHMENT FOR THE BODY OF DIVINITY WHICH HAS BEEN GIVEN UP FOR YOU ALL.

TAKE THIS AS WELL, FOR THIS IS THE OIL OF THE JOY THAT WE HAVE THE POTENTIAL TO EXPERIENCE IN LIFE. THIS IS A REPRESENTATION OF OUR PLACE IN THE WORLD AS SOMEONE WHO RECOGNIZES THAT WE DO NOT CONFLICT BETWEEN THE TWO NATURES.

In a similar way, taking the cup filled with the fruit of the vine, they gave thanks and gave the chalice to all of us, saying:

TAKE THIS, ALL OF YOU, AND DRINK FROM IT, THIS IS THE CHALICE OF WINE OF REFRESHMENT OF THE ETERNAL COVENANT FROM THE BEGINNING TO THE END, WHICH WILL BE POURED OUT FOR YOU AND FOR MANY FOR THE FORGIVENESS OF ALL THE SINS AND THE FULFILLMENT OF THE DIVINE PLAN. DO THIS IN MY, AND ALL OF OUR, NAMES.

 

Main Chant

Let us proclaim the mystery that surrounds our life.

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The Christs have died, they have risen again, and they shall come through within us again. Dying has destroyed death, rebirth has given new life. We will come in glory as an example to all around us. When we take of these sacraments, we think of the balance of our life. We will do this until the covenant comes to an end.

Remembrance

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Therefore, as we celebrate the memorial of the blessed covenant, which will be the resurrection from the dead, and the glorious ascension into heaven, your servants offer glorious majesty so that we may all come to everlasting light and salvation on our own accord.

Be pleased to look upon these offerings with a serene and kindly countenance as you were pleased to accept the gifts of your servants, the prophets and the Christs, in times past.

Therefore, as we celebrate the memorial of the death and rebirth, we offer you the three states of salvation and the three states of life. Therefore, O Lord, we celebrate the memorial of the death and the resurrection of the Christs and the prophets of old in a spiritual sense, we offer you in thanksgiving this holy and living sacrifice to remind us of our own path to the same destiny.

Epiclesis

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Humbly we ask the petition of the divine plan on our lives to bless us as we take our quest unto the light. All of those who are participating here shall receive the blessings of deity on their lives as they remember their place in the covenant. We ask humbly that, as we partake of these items that have been sacrificed, that we may be gathered as one around the world. Look at the sacrifice that has been given to us in the universal congregation and have been commanded by the Christs. Grant us blessings as we partake of the sacrifice so that we are continually guided rightly and justly into the light that we have individually discovered. This sacrifice is for the glory of the plan that we all look to in our life day by day.

Intercession

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Remember also of the servants of the worldwide congregation N, our president, our counselor N, our senators N and N, our bishop, N, and of all the clergy that are gathered here and around the world.

Remember, also, those who have come to the path, who have been on the path, and those who have yet to discover it. Remember also the Christs and the prophets that came before this time through their words, deeds, and examples. Remember not on our shortcomings, but also on our faith and commitment to the path.

Remember also of the servants of the worldwide congregation N, our president, our counselor N, our senators N and N, our bishop, N, and of all the clergy that are gathered here and around the world.

Remember those who have passed on into the next light in the hopes that they have seen the light of salvation that has been laid out to them. Remember all those that have seen and have taught us of the path to the light so that we may be heirs to the glory of the heavens.

Remember also of the servants of the worldwide congregation N, our president, our counselor N, our senators N and N, our bishop, N, and of all the clergy that are gathered here and around the world.

Remember those who have come to the light in life, the prophets who have guided us, and the Christs who have laid them out for us. Remember, also, those who have passed on in this world so that we can one day share in the glory that they have seen. Remember our ancestors, our society, and our posterity in all our dealings.

Doxology

Through the plan and with the plan and in the plan, the plan of the divine, in unity with the spirit and with the guidance of the Christs, the glory and honor is theirs forever.

So be it

The Chant of the Meditation

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Let us remember the words that the Christs gave to us by the grace of the divine. We are taught to think of the divine always, so we should say on meditation. Let us forgive as other people forgave us.

We think of the heavens and the earth and the divine spirit that puts this plan forward to all of us.

We should remember the kingdom of the heavens on the earth that we are set to create.

We remember the blessings that we have received in the world.

We should forgive one another of bad things that are done in our human state like others have forgiven us.

We wait in the joyful hope of the divine plan to be realized in the world. In the meantime, we think of our personal journey that brought us to this point.

The kingdom and the power and the glory of the divine plan will be here forevermore.

Sign of Peace

It has been passed down from the Christs to the apostles and the prophets that the peace will be revealed to the world, Do not look on the sins of all of humanity, but on the faith of the people to follow in your path. Look at the unity of the world under the covenant forever and ever.

So be it.

The peace of the Christs will be with the world forever.

And with your spirit

Let us offer a sign of peace as we enter into this feast.

Accept this offering from your whole family and from the one you have chosen for the order of keyes.  Protect the gifts you have given them, and let him yield a harvest worthy of you.

Sacrifice

May the words and deeds of our life take away the pleasures of the world, have mercy on all of us

May the words and deeds of our life take away the pleasures of the world, have mercy on all of us

May the words and deeds of our life take away the pleasures of the world, grant us peace

Invitation to Communion

Behold, the sacrifice of the covenant

Behold that which takes away the pleasures of the temporary world

Blessed are those who are called and have answered to the call of the sacrifice

I am not worthy as a human for this to come to me

But I will be healed with the sacrifice and the word of those with me and before me and I will be worthy to receive the invitation.

Communion

The bread of humility, the waters of purification, the meat of sacrifice

These items are eaten by the congregation similar to the communion ceremony of Christianity. Other items are substituted for bread products and the partaking is voluntary.

So be it.

Communion Chant

Let us remember the sacrifice that all have made for the human covenant

Intentions are revisited

(CHANT 3)

So be it.

Blessing

Divine Plan, you care for your people with kindness, you rule them with love.  Give you Spirit of wisdom to those you have made teachers and pastors. By advancing in holiness may the flock become the eternal joy of the shepherds.

So be it.

Divine Plan, by your power you allot us the number of our days and the measure of our years.  Look favorably upon the service we perform for you, and give true, lasting peace in our time.

So be it.

Divine Plan, now that you have raised me to the order of the degree of N, may I please you in the performance of my office.  Unite the hearts of people, so that the shepherd may not be without the support of his flock, or the flock without the loving concern of its shepherd.

Final Blessing

May the divine bless you from the heavens through your spirit, your humanity, and your potential divinity.

So be it.

Dismissal

Go forth at the commencement of this Liturgy.

So be it.

A chant is sung as the five offices of the priesthood leave in a procession.

Aftermath: In conjunction with Transition, Actualization, and Consciousness