Friday, November 15, 2013

The Act of Consecration of Man



Let us worthily fulfill the Act of Consecration of Man: 
Out of the revelation of Christ
In reverence of Christ
In mindfulness of Christ’s deed. 
The Father-God be in us.
The Son-God create in us.
The Spirit-God enlighten us. 
Christ in you-
And may He fill your spirit. 

The Father-God be in us.
The Son-God create in us.
The Spirit-God enlighten us.  


(Epistle is read.)
Christ in you –
And may He fill your spirit. 

I. The Gospel
The Father-God be in us.
The Son-God create in us.
The Spirit-God enlighten us. 
 
My heart be filled with Your pure life, Oh Christ.
From my lips let flow the word purified by You.
For if Your Grace makes me worthy, my heart can be pure, and pure my word. 
So live Your word worthily upon my lips, and borne by thy Spirit reach into those to whom it shall be proclaimed. 
 
Your blessing, Oh Christ, stream living through the word. 
May You be in my heart.
May Thy word flow from my lips.
Then from a worthy source and in a right stream, thy gospel is proclaimed. 

Christ in you –
And may He fill your spirit. 
 
Now is proclaimed the Gospel from the ____ Chapter of ____.
May it be revealed through You, Oh Christ.
(Insert Pericope.) 

We lift up our soul to You, Oh Christ.
The word of the Gospel wipes out that which lives impure in our word. 

An Almighty Divine Being, spiritual-physical is the ground of existence of the heavens and of the earth who goes before His creatures like a Father. 

Christ, through whom human beings attain the re-enlivening of the dying earth-existence, is to this divine being as the Son born in eternity. 
In Jesus, The Christ entered as Man into the earthly world. The birth of Jesus upon earth is a working of the Holy Spirit who, to heal spiritually the sickness of sin within the bodily nature of mankind, prepared the son of Mary to be the vehicle of the Christ. 

The Christ Jesus suffered under Pontius Pilate the death on the cross, and was lowered into the grave of the earth. 
In death, He became the helper of the souls of the dead who had lost their divine nature.
Then He overcame death after three days.
Since that time, He is the Lord of the heavenly forces upon earth, and lives as the fulfiller of the Fatherly deeds of the Ground of the World.

He will in time unite for the advancement of the world with those whom through their bearing, he can wrest from the death of matter. Through Him can the healing spirit work.
Communities whose members feeling the Christ within themselves, may feel united in a church to which belong those who are aware of the healing-bringing power of the Christ.
They may hope for the overcoming of the sickness of sin, for the continuance of Man’s being, and for the preservation of their life destined for eternity. 
Yea so it is.

Christ in you-
And may He fill your spirit. 
(A Festival reading is given during appropriate times.) 



II. The Offertory
The Father-God be in us.
The Son-God create in us.
The Spirit-God enlighten us. 

Receive, Divine Ground of the World, weaving in widths of space and in depths of time, this offering brought to Thee, through me, Thy unworthy creature.

I bring it because to You have also flowed my strayings from You, my denials of Your being, my weaknesses.

With me bring it all who are here present, with me may there bring it all true Christians who are born, with me may there bring it all who have died, that they bury not their eternal being for the sake of their temporal.
Yea so be it.

Divine Ground of the World, who has fashioned out of the members of His being, the being of Mankind in the supersensible, You who have transformed what was fashioned, to You my willing turn.

The power of this willing spring from feeling, that unites with Christ who lives in thy life.

And may my thinking live in the life of the Holy Spirit, through all cycles of the Earth to come.

To You, Oh Ground of the World, be offered this draught of health.

May it enliven the good, that that also can raise itself to the heavens which has fallen to the earth.

May the fragrance ascend, as this God-willed being is descended.
Yea, so be it.

We all draw near to You in soul, Oh Christ, that You offer us with You, and Your light shine upon our day, and that You may accept us.

Come to us Spirit of the widths of space and of the depths of time, and hallow our offering with Your holy being.

May our grounding in the Spirit fill the smoke with blessed Spirit, through Christ’s living in our praying.
Yea so be it.

Christ in us – out of the Christened soul may the smoke ascend, and upon us descend Your grace.

Christ in us – Christ in our prayer – our prayer be for your ear.

Christ in the lifting of our hands – Christ’s light in our daylight.

Before my mouth the threshold be guarded.

A wall hinder my error from streaming around me.

All evil be taken from my words, and good will pour into them. 
In the offering be borne the fire of love, creative of being, and the flame beget timeless existence, that the good endure. 
Yea so be it. 
Christ in you –
And may He fill your spirit.

III. The Transubstatiation
The Father-God be in us.
The Son-God create in us.
The Spirit-God enlighten us. 

Our prayer reach unto You, Oh Ground of the World, through Jesus Christ, Thy son, our Lord.

Your blessing ray out over the pure offering, the offering done in love, the offering fulfilled with good will.

Receive it from our pure thinking, from our loving hearts, from our willing devotion.

We unite for this offering that we be the Community of the Christ.

May He be in us.

He who makes hearts to be at peace, strengthens wills, unites mankind.

So grant He unity to those who confess Him.

May He grant it to all who look towards Him, and would follow Him.

Feel with blessing, Oh Christ, the confession unto You, and hear our praying who are united in Thy name. 
Receive Oh Father God, the Christ offering, even as it would come to life in us.

Be it brought for the redemption of souls, for the attainment of true salvation, for walking with Christ.

Our praying unite with all, who bringing Christ to life within them, have gone before us.

Their sheltering power ray forth to us.

Christ in us – hear our praying, Oh Father-God, for the acceptance of our offering.

This offering is sent to You by the Christian Communion, which knows Christ in freedom, as its helping guide.

Christ in us – Let live, Oh Father-God, in this Christ offering, the body and the blood of your Son, who has His being in love.

Before the agony of his passing, He took the bread for the revealing of salvation, and He looked up to You, His Father, thanking You, and uniting His soul therewith.

Thus He gave it to the disciples to eat, and He said: Take with the bread my body.

After sharing the bread for the way, he took the cup for the making strong of salvation, and He looked up to You, His Father, Thanking Thee, and uniting his
soul therewith.

Thus He gave it to the disciples to drink and he said: Take with the cup my Blood.


And He went on: With this word, Godhead is given again to man, for on the cross will the body bear the new confession, and from the cross will flow in the
blood, the new faith; take this into your thinking.

And so live in our thoughts the new confession, the new faith: this thinking in us, Christ’s suffering and death, His resurrection, His revelation, through all ages of the Earth to come.

To Thee, Oh Father God, the offering be brought: thinking in purity, hoping for salvation, working from Christ.

May Christ hold sway in the bread that bears salvation, in the water* that bestows strength.

Thou, Oh Father-God, did once receive the offerings of those who had not yet Christ.

So may You receive the offering of those who bring it in the name, the being, the power of Christ.

Thy Spirit’s power of grace work earthward, as this offering strives heavenward. 
Let the bread be Christ’s body.

Let the water* be Christ’s blood.

So would we make this offering in as much as Christ is in us.

And we would unite in praying with those from whom You did receive before us Your Son’s offering.

Before Thee, we can do no works; Before Thee, we would overcome sin through Christ, through whom You, oh Father-God, do create, heal, and ensoul – through Christ, through whom You, together with the Healing-Spirit, do fulfill the revelation, the ordering of space, the course of time. 
So be it.

Christ in you –
And may He fill your spirit.
Our Father who is in the Heavens
Hallowed be your name,
Your kingdom come,
Your will be done as above in the heavens so also on the earth,
Give us this day our daily bread
And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us,
And lead not into temptation
But deliver us from the evil.
Yea so be it.
Amen

IV: The Communion
The Father-God be in us.
The Son-God create in us.
The Spirit-God enlighten us.

Thou, Oh Christ, didst say to those walking with Thee:
I stand at peace with the world; this peace with the world can be with you also, because I give it to you.

Therefore make me strong, oh Christ, that in me which wrests itself free from the load of sin, and in thinking and willing joins with You that it stand at peace with the world and unite with the world’s evolving which can come to pass through You in all cycles of time to come. 
Yea so be it. 

Oh Christ, Thou who didst go forth without sickness from the Father God, who didst with the Healing Spirit give continued life to the spirits of human beings, quell through Thy health-bearing Body the might of the sickness of sin and strengthen me in my wrestling soul with Thy health bestowing Blood, that I live evermore with Thee.

Thou who dost bear and order the life of the World, as Thou receivest it from the Father and makest it whole through the Spirit in all cycles of time to come.

Yea so be it.


The receiving of Thy Body Oh Christ be to me who am not sick unto death but unto the life of the soul and of my formative forces, the healing medicine.

Be it through Thee
Thou who dost bear and order the life of the World
as Thou receivest it from the Father
and makest it whole through the Spirit
in all cycles of time to come.

Yea so be it.

I take the bread and do so in the name of the Lord, calling: Oh Christ, sick is the dwelling into which You enter, but through Your word my soul becomes whole. 

I take the bread and do so in the name of the Lord, calling: Oh Christ, sick is dwelling into which You enter, but through Your word my soul becomes whole.

I take the bread and do so in the name of the Lord, calling: Oh Christ, sick is dwelling into which You enter, but through Your word my soul becomes whole. 
The Body of the Lord heal my soul that it continue to live.

Yea so be it.

Take me, for as much as Thou have given Thyself to me.

I take the cup and do so in the name of Lord, calling: Oh Christ, I confess unto that which is revealed through You and the might of Man’s adversary You take from me.

I take the cup and do so in the name of Lord, calling: Oh Christ, I confess unto that which is revealed through You and the might of Man’s adversary You take from me.

I take the cup and do so in the name of Lord, calling: Oh Christ, I confess unto that which is revealed through You and the might of Man’s adversary You take from me. 
The blood of the Lord keep strong my soul, that in the time to come it die not.

Yea so be it.

What my mouth has received become spirit in my soul and what is offered in time change into medicine everlasting.

Thy body, Oh Christ, which I have received and Your blood which enlivens me,
May they penetrate me that the sickness of sin be healed by the medicine that makes whole: the sacrament.


May it come to pass through You, You who do bear and order the life of the world, as You receive it from the Father and make it whole through the spirit in all cycles of time to come.

Yea so be it. 

(Priest delivers the Sacrament to those attending.)
The body of Christ, which you receive, and the blood of Christ, which enlivens you, may they penetrate you that the sickness of sin be healed by the medicine that makes whole: the sacrament. 
May it come to pass through You, You who do bear and order the life of the world, as you receive it from the Father and make it whole through the spirit in all cycles of time to come.

Yea so be it.

The peace be with you.

Christ in you-
And may He fill your spirit.


The Father-God be in us.
The Son-God create in us.
The Spirit-God enliven us.

(Repeat opening Epistle.)

Christ in you –
And may He fill your spirit.  
The Act of Consecration of Man: Thus it has been.



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"In 1919 Rudolf Steiner translated the Opening Sections through Offertory, in 1921 the Canon and Communion of the Missale Romanum (GA343a) and illustrated the Tridentine Mass latin in contrast with the emerging text of the Act of Consecration of Man - throughout several volumes of lectures to priests - but Rudolf Steiner was quite clear that he only facilitated Rittlemeyer to receive the text from the spiritual world. The comment I made many years ago about begging down the archetypes [of a tenth century Mass] is as was told to me by a now quite ancient retired CC priest."
-James Gillen
* This is altered from the text used by the Christian Community. There was no fermented wine at the Last Supper- R. Steiner, The Mystery of Golgotha, December 2, 1906, Cologne. Chametz was not permitted at Passover.

Now is the time to turn wine into water in preparation for the "Water Man".


10 comments:

888 said...

"Whoever partakes of wine cannot attain to any true knowledge of Manas, Buddhi and Atma. He can never comprehend reincarnation. By his coming again Christ means his reappearance in the Sixth sub-race when he will be proclaimed by the ‘Water-Man’."

"The Indian, Persian and Egyptian initiates had no need of wine. What played a part in the sacred rituals was exclusively water. "

-Rudolf Steiner

888 said...

That is why Christ indicated the bread and said: “This is my Body.” And of the juice of the grapes (at the LAST SUPPER the juice of grapes was passed round, not fermented wine) he had to say: “This is my Blood,” for the juice of the fruits of the earth is his blood. Consequently mankind must appear to him like beings who walk about upon his body. That is why he told his disciples after having washed their feet: “He that eateth bread with me, lifts up his heel against me.” (Treads on me).

Rudolf Steiner, The Mystery of Golgotha

http://wn.rsarchive.org/Lectures/MG1442_index.html

888 said...

To back up Dr. Steiner's claim that there was no fermented wine at the Last Supper:

" In regards to the Lord's Supper. The Greek word oinos is not used in connection with the Lord's Supper. Instead, the phrase gennema ampelos, which is translated "fruit of the vine" is used, or is referred to by metonymy as "the cup." The phrase "fruit of the vine" refers to unfermented grape juice, as can be seen by this quote from Josepheus:

"God bestows the fruit of the vine upon men for good; which wine is poured out to him, and is the pledge of fidelity and mutual confidence among men, and puts an end to their quarrels, takes away passion and grief out of the minds of them that use it, and makes them cheerful. 'Thou sayest that thou didst squeeze this wine from three clusters of grapes with thine hands and that the king received it: know, therefore, that this vision is for thy good, and foretells a release from thy present distress within the same number of days as the branches had whence thou gatherest thy grapes in thy sleep'" [Josephus, Antiquities II:V:2].

Note that this quotation makes it clear that "wine" (oinos) did not always refer to fermented grape juice.

http://lavistachurchofchrist.org/LVanswers/2011/05-08a.html

888 said...


“At this point I feel obliged to make an interpolation which is of importance and which ought to be thoroughly understood, particularly by the friends of Spiritual Science. It ought never to be represented that our attempts at Spiritual Science are a substitute for the life and exercise of religion. Spiritual Science may in the highest sense, and particularly as regards the Mystery of Christ, be taken as a support, as a foundation for the life and exercise of religion; but it should not be made a religion, for we ought to be clear that religion in its living form and living practice enkindles the Spiritual consciousness of the human community. If this Spiritual consciousness is to become a living thing in man, he cannot possibly remain at a standstill, stopping at the merely abstract ideas of God or Christ, but must stand renewed amidst the religious practices and activities (which in different people may take various forms) as something which provides him with a religious centre and appeals to him as such.

"If this religious sentiment is only deep enough, and finds means of stimulating the soul, it will soon feel a longing — a real longing — for the very ideas that can be developed in Spiritual Science. If Spiritual Science may be said to be a support for a religious life, as, objectively speaking, it certainly is — subjectively the time has come today when we may say that a man with true religious feelings is driven by these feelings to seek knowledge. For Spiritual consciousness is acquired through religious feeling and Spiritual knowledge by Spiritual Science, just as knowledge of nature is acquired by Natural Science. Spiritual consciousness leads to the impulse to acquire Spiritual knowledge. It may be said that an inner religious life may today subjectively drive a man to Spiritual Science.”

Rudolf Steiner, “The Human Soul and the Universe” http://wn.rsarchive.org/GA/GA0175/19170220p02.html

888 said...

A service was in use before the Act of Consecration was penned: "[The] Opferfeier [was] given by Rudolf Steiner March 13, 1923, for use in the upper two classes of the Stuttgart Waldorf school in response to their request for a service 'similar to a mass'. He is said to have released it for use wherever it is wanted. [From] GA 269 62-79." It is celebrated by laypeople rather than clergy.

888 said...

Why water? Water has memory: https://youtu.be/ILSyt_Hhbjg

888 said...

It is well-nigh incomprehensible to me that again, quite recently, anthroposophical Spiritual Science should have been accused by theological circles of destroying the religious life. It has been said, for example: the life of Anthroposophy betokens the death of religion!

Now the life of Anthroposophy is indissolubly bound up with that life of the soul in which the very deepest forces of religion unfold. This search for super-sensible realities cannot betoken the death of religion — at most it might betoken the end of something that is merely regarded as religion and is already dead. If, indeed, this is what has happened to religion, Anthroposophy would simply be opening up a vista of death.

By its very nature, however, being a living path to the super-sensible realities, Anthroposophy is a means whereby the religious feelings, the whole-hearted devotion of men to the super-sensible worlds may be enhanced, quickened, pervaded with warmth.

Source: Rudolf Steiner – GA 79 – On the Reality of Higher Worlds – Christiania (Oslo), November 25, 1921

Translation by D. S. Osmond

888 said...

“I know, my dear friends, how much there is in the heart of modern men which speaks against the sacramental. But whoever has experience in these things may also say something different. It might be thought that what may be called the emotional antagonism (Erbostsein) to ceremonial which so easily arises in modern people, reveals something in them that might be the outcome of Christian, evangelical consciousness. But I must confess to you that I have never really yet seen anyone in whom emotional antagonism to the sacrament has arisen out of love or goodness, but always out of the secret wickedness in human nature.
This is a personal, but actual observation. It is certainly a manifold process which we see emerging today, but that which is first irritated is really the Opposing Tendencies in human nature, which work against salvation. It is a goading on by the same forces which say in the Gospel: “We know you”, and which then begin to fight against Christ, because they “recognise” Him.”

-Rudolf Steiner

888 said...

"But in the Mysteries into which Christ sent His message, it was still known that men once possessed a sublime knowledge born of the working of material substances, born of metabolism. No attempt was made to awaken the old matter-born knowledge of spirit-reality in the manner in which this had been done in primeval humanity, nor in the degenerate way subsequently pursued by hashish-eaters and others with similar habits in order to acquire, through the workings of matter, knowledge not otherwise accessible. An attempt was made in quite another way to awaken this matter-born knowledge, namely, by clothing the Mystery of Golgotha in ritual, in mantric formulae, above all in the whole structure of the Mystery as Revelation, Offering, Transubstantiation, Communion, in the administration of the sacrament of the Eucharist in bread and wine. It was not poisons, therefore, but the Lord's Supper, clothed in what arises from the mantric formulae of the Mass, and from its fourfold membering: Gospel, Offering, Transubstantiation, Communion. For the intention was that after the fourth part of the Mass, the Communion, actual communion among the faithful should take place, with the aim of giving an intimation, at least, that thereby a knowledge leading to what was once achieved instinctively by the old metabolism-born knowledge, must be re-acquired.
It is difficult for men to-day to form any conception of this metabolism-born knowledge, because they have no inkling of how much more a bird knows than a man — although not in the intellectual, abstract sense — how much more even a camel, an animal wholly given up to the process of metabolism, knows than a man. It is, of course, a dim knowledge, a dream-knowledge, for degeneration has entered to-day into what was contained in the metabolic process of primeval man. But on the basis of the earliest Christian teachings, the sacrament at the altar was conceived as a means of pointing to the need to re-acquire a knowledge of the eternal nature of the human soul." (RS, The teachings of the risen Christ, GA 211)

888 said...

As physical men we are entirely dependent on the blood flowing rightly through the body and, moreover, taking a definite course. Were it to deviate from this course we should not be able to live. The fact that the arrangement of rivers and seas has just as great a significance for the earth is generally not considered at all. It is not usually realised that water actually forms the blood circulation of the earth. Why is this not realised as a rule?

Well, you see, the blood makes a more striking impression. It is red, it contains all sorts of substances and people say to themselves that blood is in fact a peculiar substance. As to water, one simply thinks — Oh, well, it's just water! It makes less impression and the substances which it contains in addition to hydrogen and oxygen, are not present to the same extent as, for instance, the iron in the blood. So people don't consider the matter again. Nevertheless it is true that the entire water-circulation is of immense importance for the life of the earth. Just as little as the human organism could live without a circulation of blood, could the earth exist if it had no circulation of water. Rudolf Steiner