Initiatory Rites

Initiatory Rites

Sekhet-Maat offers a training program that provides its students with opportunities to become better servants and leaders to themselves, their families, and to the broader community. The foundation of this training is a sequence (or “degrees”) of ceremonial initiations. The sequence in total is called Mysteria Mystica Maxima (M∴M∴M∴), translated roughly as “most secret mystery.” The initiations are in the vein of dramatic ritual. The candidate undergoes specific ordeals throughout the ritual’s narrative in order to have lessons inculcated into their consciousness, both directly and through more subtle means. The contents of the initiations are confidential, to be shared only with those who have themselves gone through them. The rituals themselves are subjects of intense study as initiates sort through the layers of symbol and reference in order to discern and absorb the lesson in their own personal way.

People seeking M∴M∴M∴ initiation should be involving themselves in such because they want to participate in the service of the congregation of our church, to be leaders of that body. That congregation in turn serves the wider community by manifesting the church’s mission there. All church clergy are initiates of M∴M∴M∴ as a necessary part of their training and to facilitate their understanding of our church’s principal ritual, the Gnostic Mass.

The church clergy help the congregation tend to its social welfare, offer counsel and guidance, and develop structured educational and worship programs. Church staff serve their congregation by nourishing the rudiments of community and providing the structures by which supple and enduring ties can form, bringing people together into smaller subgroups that coalesce around shared interests, season of life, areas of study, or community service. Church leaders help guide congregants through the educational programs, connect newcomers with other congregants with whom they may have a shared interest, maintain ongoing contact with people slipping away, and otherwise facilitate the congregation in understanding how to internalize theology and apply it practically to their lives.

This is no call for ultimate sacrifice and self-abasement. There is personal growth, comfort, and benefit to be found at every level of the work. Having a service orientation should not be confused with denying the personal. Being service oriented guards us from having to tend overmuch to noisome “drifting occultists” who endanger our Order with irrelevance. Service orientation means that our initiates are better equipped to accomplish the aim of the Order of the Templars of the East, to provide safe passage and hospitality to pilgrims on the long road to the Holy Land.

The initiation program is available to anyone who is free, of majority age, and of good report. However, we urge those seeking this training to first familiarize themselves with the church develop personal contacts within the community.