Insofar as I may be heard by anything, which may or
may not care what I say, I ask, if it matters, that you be forgiven for anything you may have done or failed to do which requires
forgiveness. Conversely, if not forgiveness but something else may be required to insure any possible benefit for which you
may be eligible after the destruction of your body, I ask that this, whatever it may be, be granted or withheld, as the case
may be, in such a manner as to insure your receiving said benefit. I ask this in my capacity as your elected intermediary
between yourself and that which may not be yourself, but which may have an interest in the matter of your receiving as much
as it is possible for you to receive of this thing, and which may in some way be influenced by this ceremony. Amen.
(Roger Zelazny, Creatures of Light and Darkness, © 1969)