Sacredness emerges when we consciously embrace the awe and wonder of our being in the beautiful, mysterious, and terrifying cosmos, ever seeking truth and using our limited powers and knowledge to be advocates for Grace in the service of life.


Order for Daily Focus

 HOW TO USE THIS ORDER:
     When used for community praxis, someone is appointed to recite the portions of the Order printed in normal type. The portions printed in bold are recited in unison by the community.
     When the Order is used by an individual as a part of a discipline of daily personal praxis of focus and meditation, it should be recited aloud, speaking both the normal and bold printed portions.
     The periods of silence are intended to be sufficiently long to allow adequate time for thought and reflection on the focus themes. It is appropriate to verbally share relevant thoughts and concerns during the period of silence.
     
When the Order is recited daily, in time it will achieve its purpose of altering the practitioner's reality.
     To be effective, this praxis requires the discipline of beginning each day with recitation of the Order followed by meditation. A comfortable position that promotes receptivity is desirable.  Music that enhances centering and reflection is helpful.

 

Whether Alone or in a Gathering, We Are of One Substance with Each Other and Everything That Exists in The vast Cosmic Sea of Matter And Energy

We Celebrate The Power of The Discipline of Liturgical Praxis, focused on Grace and The Common Good, to Expand our Consciousness of Our Cosmic Unity, and to help us make Beauty and Sense of our Lives. 

Seeking to Grow in Our Vocation of Service To Life and The Earth, and our Commitment To Live In Witness to Grace and Universal Harmony, in Everything We Say and Do;

We Affirm our Cosmic Kinship With One Another, and Receptively Direct Our Focus to the Welfare and the Well Being of the Earth, and Everything That Lives Upon It.

(silence)

We Focus on The Mission we Share With All Those Everywhere Who Work For Love, Harmony, and Universal Wellbeing;

That We May Support Each Other, and Work Together as Agents of Grace, Truth, and Critical Rational Thinking, for The Benefit and The Well Being of Everyone and Everything With Whom We Share the Earth.

(silence)

We Focus on The Political, Geographical, and Cultural Communities That Identify, Define, and Divide Us;

On All Who Work to Embrace Our Differences, and Affirm Our Commonalities, by Including Everyone and Everything into the Beauty of Grace and Universal Well Being, and by Standing Up for Justice, Egality, and Non-Violence, in The Face of Fear and Self-Interest.

(silence)

We Focus on The Sick and Suffering, on Refugees and Prisoners, and On All Who Are In Any Kind of Trouble;

On Those who Use the Healing Power of Love to Alleviate All Forms of Suffering, and Care for The Sick, The Friendless, and Those in Need.

(silence)

We Focus on Scholars, Artists, Scientists and All Those Who Hunger for Truth, Knowledge, and Understanding, of Ourselves and The Cosmos of Which We Are a Part;

That They May Help Us to Broaden Our Knowledge, Deepen Our Receptiveness, Expand Our Consciousness, and Encourage Us to Discern and Live a Vision of Ourselves, and Our universe, Based Upon Love, Critical Rational Thinking, and the Disciplined Pursuit of Truth.

(silence)

We Focus on Our Innate Selfishness, Greed, and Primal Drive For Domination, Control, and Exploitation Of Each Other, and Everything In Our World;

That We May Fully Accept Responsibility for Our Personal and Collective Self-Centeredness (the primary threat to our wellbeing and survival) and Deepen Our Experience of The Disciplined Praxis of Grace, Through which We Are Transformed, and By Which our Selfishness Is Redirected, to Altruistic Love and Passion For The Welfare and The Well Being of Everyone and Everything On The Earth.

(silence)

We Focus on Our Relationships With Those We Regard As "Others", Our Adversaries and Those Who Wish Us Harm;

That We May Emotionally Connect With Them, Through The Hopes and Values We Hold In Common, and Have The Courage to Face Their Criticism, Opposition, and Anger, with Grace, Receptivity, and Self-Understanding.

(silence)

We Focus on Our Personal Needs and Concerns;

That We May Find Healing, Resolution and Renewal, In Relationship With One Another, Through Unconditional Love, Empathy, and Humor, in The Comfort of Knowing That We Are Not Alone.

(individual needs and concerns are expressed and/or shared)

(silence)

We Focus on Those Relationships and Experiences That Bring Us Love, Joy, and Meaning;

That We May Celebrate and Expand Our Experience of Grace, Awe, and Wonder, In All of Life, Time, and Space, Finding Strength in Joy to Work Co-Creatively, For The Happiness and Welfare Of Everyone, Everywhere.

(points of celebration are shared)

(silence)

We Focus on The Lives of Those Seekers Who Have Gone Before Us, and Upon Whose Work and Vision We Build;

May The Beauty of Their Lives of Love, Commitment, and Service To The Common Good, and Their Contributions To The Fund of Human Knowledge and Understanding In Their Times, Be An Inspiration and Encouragement For Us in Our Own Lives and Time.

(reflections may be shared)

(silence)

Through Our Praxis We Sanctify Our Values, Alter Our Reality, and Transform Our Being;

May We Be So Transformed, As To Be Strengthened and Encouraged to Live Out Our Vocation As Agents of Grace, Truth, and Harmony, In Every Relationship, Moment, and Place In Which We Find Ourselves, As Individuals and As A Community.

Every Moment and Circumstance of Our Lives is An Opportunity to Act For The Common Good, and to Become Representatives of Transcendent Values and Vision;

We Commit Ourselves to Discerning and Guiding The Course of Our Evolution, Through The Praxis of Grace and Critical Rational Thinking, and We Dedicate Our Lives to The Relief of Suffering, and The Pursuit of The Common Good. 

With Passion, Discipline and Courage, GO IN SERVICE OF LIFE AND THE EARTH, in Grace, Truth, and Beauty!

FOR THE WELFARE AND THE WELLBEING OF THIS FRAGILE EARTH, OUR ISLAND HOME, AND ALL THAT LIVE UPON IT!!

 

 


 

The Opthean Rite of Marriage
 

Concerning the Rite
Marriage is a solemn and public covenant between two people in the presence of the full community.
In the opening exhortation (at the symbol of N. N.), the full names of the persons to be married are declared. Subsequently, only their first names are used.

The Celebration and Solemnization of a Marriage


The Celebrant, facing those gathered and the persons to be married, addresses the gathering and says

Dearly beloved:

We have come together to witness and celebrate the joining together of these two persons in marriage.

The creative union of one person to another in heart, body, and mind is intended for their mutual joy; for the help and comfort given one another in prosperity and adversity; and in some cases for the rearing and nurture of children in love, encouragement, and the discovery of their whole being within this relationship. Therefore, marriage is not to be entered into unadvisedly or lightly, but thoughtfully, deliberately, and with complete integrity.

Into this sacred union N. N. and N. N. now come to be joined. If any of you can show just cause why they may not lawfully be married, speak now; or else for ever hold your peace.

Then the Celebrant says to the persons to be married

I require and charge you both, here in this moment and place, that if either of you know any reason why you may not be united in marriage lawfully, and with full integrity, you do now confess it.
 

The Declaration of Consent
 

The Celebrant says to the party on the right

N., will you have this (man/woman) to be your partner for life; to live together in the covenant of marriage? Will you love (him/her), comfort (him/her), honor and keep (him/her), in sickness and in health; and, forsaking all others, be faithful to (him/her) as long as you both shall live?

The party on the right answers

I will.

The Celebrant says to the party on the left

N., will you have this (man/woman) to be your partner for life; to live together in the covenant of marriage? Will you love (him/her), comfort (him/her), honor and keep (him/her), in sickness and in health; and, forsaking all others, be faithful to (him/her) as long as you both shall live?

The party on the left answers

I will.

The Celebrant then addresses the gathering, saying

Will all of you witnessing these promises do all in your power to uphold these two persons in their marriage?

The gathering answers

We will.

If there is to be a presentation or a giving in marriage, it takes place at this time.

Music, appropriate readings, or presentations may follow.
 

The Vows
 

The party on the left, facing the party on the right and taking her/his right hand in his/hers, says

In the presence of these witnesses, I, N., take you, N., to be my partner in marriage, to have and to hold from this day forward, for better for worse, for richer for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish, until we are parted by death. This is my solemn vow.

Then they loose their hands, and the party on the right, still facing the party on the left, takes his/her right hand in his/hers, and says

In the presence of these witnesses, I, N., take you, N., to be my partner in marriage, to have and to hold from this day forward, for better for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish, until we are parted by death. This is my solemn vow.

They loose their hands.

The Celebrant asks the gathering to recognize the ring(s) as symbols

I ask N. and N. and all of you here to recognize these rings to be symbols of the vows by which these two persons are binding themselves to each other with our presence and solemn support.

The giver places the ring on the ring-finger of the other's hand and says

N., I give you this ring as a symbol of my vow, and with all that I am, and all that I have, I honor you.
 

The Promises
 

All standing, the Celebrant says

N. and N. Will you seek such wisdom and devotion in the ordering of your common life, that you each may be to the other a strength in need, a counselor in perplexity, a comfort in sorrow, and a companion in joy?

The couple answers

We will

The Celebrant says

Will you seek to so unite yourselves in will and spirit, that you may grow in love and peace with one another all the days of your life?

The couple answers

We will

The Celebrant says

Will you, when you hurt each other, act gracefully to recognize and acknowledge your fault, and to seek and grant each other's forgiveness?

The couple answers

We will

The Celebrant says

Will you strive to make your life together a sign to all who know you, that unity may overcome estrangement, forgiveness heal guilt, and joy conquer despair?

The couple answers

We will

The Celebrant says

Will you seek such fulfillment of your mutual affection that you will reach out in love and concern for others?

The couple answers

We will
 

The Pronouncement
 

Then the Celebrant binds the right hands of the couple and says

May your love for each other be a seal upon your hearts, a mantle about your shoulders, and a crown upon your foreheads. May you know true love and peace in your work and in your companionship; in your sleeping and in your waking; in your joys and in your sorrows; in your life and in your death. May your home be a haven of love, wisdom and peace.

Now that N. and N. have given themselves to each other by solemn vows and promises, with the joining of hands and the giving and receiving of rings, I pronounce that they are partners in marriage for life.
 

The Kiss
 

The Celebrant says

It is my honor to present to you N. and N.N.