Address at Elevation

Rev Mario’s Address at the Elevation Service
of Rev Colin Read to the Office of Meritus
3rd August 1986

As a hart longs for flowing streams, so longs my soul for thee, O God.
My soul thirsts for God, for the living God.
When shall I come and behold the face of God?
My tears have been my food day and night, while men say to me continually, 
“Where is your God?”
These things I remember, as I pour out my soul: How I went with the throng, and led them in procession to the house of God, with glad shouts and songs of thanksgiving, a multitude keeping festival.
Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you disquieted within me?
Hope in God; for I shall again praise him, my help and my God.
My soul is cast down within me, therefore I remember thee from the land of Jordan and of Hermon, from Mount Mizar. 
Deep calls to deep at the thunder of thy cataracts; all thy waves and thy billows have gone over me. 
By day the Lord commands his steadfast love; and at night his song is with me, a prayer to the God of my life. 
I say to God, my rock: 
“Why hast thou forgotten me?
Why go I mourning because of the oppression of the enemy?”
As with a deadly wound in my body, my adversaries taunt me, while they say to me continually, “Where is your God?”
Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you disquieted within me? Hope in God; for I shall again praise him, my help and my God.
(Psalm 42)

I’d like to take the opportunity of welcoming you here to this very important service and I’m sure that I speak on behalf of Colin in welcoming specifically his friends coming from different parts of Australia. 

To be a Meritus is not just the equivalent of a bishop. It is to represent Christ in a physical form here on this earth and with this to display the humanity and the divinity and the endurance and the will and the feeling and the thinking that goes with such an awesome office. 

The importance of the office lies in being that point of light within the community of the people of God. The Meritus at all times must shine and reflect the light of Christ from deep within and that means giving leadership, courage, strength and inspiration and love to his equals in the brotherhood of Melchizedek, our priests. For it is not a Meritus who elevates a Meritus; the priests, as a brotherhood, elevate. And therefore, among the equals, they will look to the Meritus for guidance and direction. 

But the Meritus not only lives, as I jokingly say sometimes, in the clouds and is therefore of no earthly use. Someone dared to say to me that when you are spiritual you cannot be a businessman. Well the Meritus is precisely these two things combined. He is the focus point of Christ in the world and stands therefore firmly upon Mother Earth and he will draw around him people who also have within themselves that light and through whom they can inspire others in the world. 

A Meritus is not only a person standing in this world with his feet firmly planted and his mind directed to the spiritual worlds, but is also able to receive what I call the intuitional responses from the spiritual worlds and be in touch − through prayer, meditation, worship, liturgy and silence - with that Christ force and through these means to know and follow the guidance of these forces.

The Meritus is the physical representative of the Melchizedek priesthood. He is therefore the assistant, the direct assistant, of what we call the Michael forces. He is therefore at the front and can and must and will confront the evil forces by the deeds that he does. 

Colin, together with me, was the instrument through which The Centre came into being in Perth and through this we were able to bring into a physical manifestation the brotherhood of Christ. His wisdom and intuitive knowledge cannot be overstated. And, for the want of better words, his spiritual insight is very cunning, precise and direct. 

Through this service tonight, at which you have the privilege of being present, he will receive from you, and from the fraters and sorores of our brotherhood, a renewed inpouring of the Christ forces and will therefore be enlarged within self, and the powers which are already present will now double if not triple. 

I wonder what the requirements are to be a Meritus but they are too numerous to be summed up. Let it be stated that endurance is one of them. Patience, love, wisdom, diplomacy are the essentials for which Christ is looking. 

The first time I met Colin I saw a Buddhist monk. And I realised from that moment on that this lifetime he is expressing the wisdom which he received in the Tibetan mysteries. The Buddhist background that comes through quiet clearly is to be seen in his compassion and his grace for life. Be it nature, the trees or the gardens, be it the animals or the human kingdom, Colin always has shown great compassion and it is wonderful to behold it and see it and learn from it. I can also assure you that this very Buddhistic characteristic has brought him pain and suffering. But I think I also speak on your behalf when I say to our Meritus to be that he is loved more than he shall ever know. His graciousness and forbearance have made him popular with everybody. Few people will dislike you but all admire you. And we, who are present here, are willing to follow your leadership and your guidance because of that wisdom received so long ago and now to be enlarged and used. 

I would like to close this small address with one of your favourite songs. Colin’s whole attitude, his whole philosophy of life is to be free, thus the song he often wants the congregation to sing during the services is this:

I’m pressing on the upward way
New heights I’m gaining every day
Still praying as I onward bound,
Lord, plant my feet on higher ground.
Lord, lift me up and let me stand
By faith on heavens freedom land
Where love and joy and light abound
Lord plant my feet on higher ground.

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