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 The Joy of Christ's Coming
by the late Reverend Howard Ray Carey

This book is joyfully dedicated to the Christ and the Spiritual Hierarchy of our planet Earth, with gratitude for the generous help They beam to all disciples as we seek to transmit Their energies to a needy humanity.            

Author's Note

These articles first appeared in Share International magazine between February 1982 and December 1987. Biblical quotations are taken from the Revised Standard version unless otherwise indicated.

Also by Howard Ray Carey: Journey Into Light and Joy (Marina del Rey, CA: De Vorss & Co., 1979)



1. From traditional religion to ageless wisdom

2. The joy of Christ's coming

3. From believing to knowing – our unique opportunity

4. Hidden esotericism in the Bible

5. The gates of the temple

6. Fire from heaven

7. Christmas of the soul

8. The choice is always ours

9. The five-fold path to resurrection

10. The contribution of religion in the new age

11. Love: the key to sharing

12. No justice without sharing

13. Burning away barriers

14. Release from separatism and pride

15. A Christmas message: the sword of cleavage – 
Herod vs. Christ

16. Our voyage on the sea of life

17. Aquarian age good Samaritan

18. Planetary resurrection

19. Inner mysteries revealed

20. When the walls come tumbling down

21. A time of accounting

22. ëëI come in time''

23. The miracle of the mustard seed

24. Written in heaven

25. He who has ears to hear

26. No weeds shall grow

27. A future bathed in light

28. A present day parable on karma and forgiveness

29. Hell or heaven – we make our own

30. ëëThat all men may quench their thirst''

31. Biblical teachings and the great initiations

32. The second initiation in the Bible

33. The third initiation: transfiguration

34. The Bible and the great renunciation

35. The fifth initiation: door to mastership

36. Music and dancing

37. Emergence from the imprisoning cave of materialism

38. Yoke fellows with Christ

39. The life cycle of glamour and illusion

40. In all His Glory

41. Jacob's ladder – and ours

42. Song and prayer from prison, at midnight

43. Spiritual healing – past, present and future

44. Guerilla warfare ended through goodwill

45. Commitment to service

46. Banishing the fear of sharing

47. The glory of God

48. From unlimited revenge to unconditional love

49. A new heart – a new world

50. What is fundamental?

51. Continuity of the teaching in the Bible and in our day

The Great Invocation


Further reading

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Howard Ray Carey is that unusual combination: a Methodist minister who is also a student of the esoteric teachings, and so can shine the revealing light of the esoteric tradition on the symbolic stories and events of the Christian Bible. His is thus a most valuable service. We have been privileged to publish these articles in the monthly magazine Share International, where they have rightly proved enormously informative and inspiring. We are glad to have the opportunity of presenting them in this collected form.

Benjamin Creme

The Great Invocation

  • From the point of Light within the Mind of God
    Let light stream forth into the minds of men.
    Let Light descend on Earth.
  • From the point of Love within the Heart of God
    Let love stream forth into the hearts of men. 
    May Christ return to Earth.
  • From the center where the Will of God is known 
    Let purpose guide the little wills of men –
    The Purpose which the Masters know and serve.
  • From the center which we call the race of men 
    let the Plan of Love and Light work out. 
    And may it seal the door where evil dwells.
  • Let Light and Love and Power restore the Plan on Earth.

The Great Invocation, used by the Christ for the first time in June 1945, was released by him to humanity to enable man himself  to invoke the energies which would change our world, and  make possible the return of the Christ and Hierarchy. This is not   the form of it used by the Christ. He uses an ancient formula,  seven mystic phrases long, in an ancient sacerdotal tongue. It  has been translated (by Hierarchy) into terms which we can use  and understand, and, translated into many languages, is used today  in every country in the world.

It can be made even more potent. Used in triangular formation  it becomes very potent. If you wish to work this way, arrange  with two friends to use the Invocation, aloud, daily. You  need not be in the same town, or country, or say it at the same  time of day. Simply say it when convenient for each one, and,   linking-up mentally with the two other members, visualize a triangle  of white light circulating above your heads and see it linked to a network of such triangles covering the world.

References cited by the author

Alice A. Bailey, A Treatise on the Seven Rays:
Vol. I Esoteric Psychology (London: Lucis Press, 1936) 
Vol. II Esoteric Psychology (London: Lucis Press, 1942)
Vol. III Esoteric Astrology (London: Lucis Press, 1951)
Vol. IV Esoteric Healing (London: Lucis Press, 1953)
Vol. V Rays and Initiations (London: Lucis Press, 1960)
From Bethlehem to Calvary (London: Lucis Press, 1937)
Discipleship in the New Age, Vol. II (London: Lucis Press, 1944)
The Reappearance of the Christ (London: Lucis Press, 1948)
A Treatise on Cosmic Fire (London: Lucis Press, 1925)
John Gaynor Banks, Healing Everywhere (San Diego, CA: St. Luke's Press, 1953)
Sherwood Eddy, You Will Survive After Death (Evanston, IL: Clark Publishing Co., 1965)
Joseph Head and S. L. Cranston, Reincarnation----The Phoenix Fire Mystery (New York: Julian Press, 1977)
Geoffrey Hodson, The Hidden Wisdom in the Holy Bible, Vol. I (Wheaton, IL: Theosophical Publishing House, 1967)
C.W. Leadbeater, The Masters and the Path (Adyar, India: Theosophical Publishing House, First Ed. 1925, Reprinted 1973)
Howard Murphet, Sai Baba Avatar (San Diego, CA: Birth Day Publishing Co., 1977)

This book by the late Rev. Howard Ray Carey was published by Share International Foundation in 1988. It is not currently available in hard copy form. Copyright  © Share International Foundation.

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First published April 1999, Last modified: 15-Oct-2005