The Third Sunday in Lent

Meditations for this week.

March 7

Color: Violet; Intent: Understanding

THE COLLECT

O repose of the all, we give Thee glory, the Father of Greatness, the glorious King, the Sun in His Aeons, the mighty Crown-bearer, the Father of all our race, the God of all the Gods, the good tree that has given no evil fruit, the Father whose children are many, the Watcher who guards His tower, the sleepless shepherd, the helmsman who does not swoon from the drink of the world, the king and god of Truth, He of the unfading crown, who is Himself all wisdom and love, and who fills our hearts with understanding and compassion. Amen.

THE LESSON

The Lesson is taken from the words of the Holy Prophet Mani:
You are the sons of the day and the sons of Light; fight yet a little while, O sons of Light, and you will be victorious; he who evades his burden will lose his bedchamber! Support one another, my brothers, do not flinch at all; we have a God who cares for us, He will help us in His compassion. Be yourselves refiners and saviors for your soul which abides in every place, that you may lead it to the dwelling of the fathers of the Light in the New Aeon in the place of Joy. The many have erred because they look to a distant day, but let us today do good so that our way may be radiant once again, and we may be fearless wherever we may go! Let us not slumber and sleep, until our Lord changes us, his garland on his head and his palm leaf in his hand, wearing the robe of his glory — and all of us enter the bridechamber and reign together with him!

THE GOSPEL

The Gospel is taken from the Gospel according to St. John:
The Pharisees brought unto Jesus a woman taken in adultery, and when they had set her in the midst they said unto him: Master this woman was taken in adultery, in the very act; now Moses in the Law commanded us that such should be stoned; but what sayest Thou? This they said, tempting Him, that they might have wherewith to accuse Him. But Jesus stooped down, and with His finger wrote on the ground, as though He heard them not. So when they continued asking Him, He lifted Himself up, and said unto them: He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her. And again He stooped down and wrote on the ground. And they who heard it, being convicted by their own conscience, went out one by one, beginning at the eldest, even unto the last; and Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst. When Jesus lifted up Himself, and saw none but the woman, He said unto her: Woman, where are those thine accusers? Hath no man condemned thee? She said: No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her: Neither do I condemn thee; go and sin no more.

A Video Homily for the Third Sunday of Lent by Bishop Stephan A. Hoeller

Homily for the Second Sunday in Lent

Homily by Bishop Stephan A. Hoeller, recorded February 28, 2021, at Ecclesia Gnostica, Hollywood, California.

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The Second Sunday in Lent

Meditations for this week.

February 28

Color: Violet; Intent: Yearning for God

THE COLLECT

O gracious Father, kindly prince, countless myriads of years have now passed since we were separated from Thee! We yearn and long to see Thy luminous and living face! Unstained we roam forth in Thy power, unstained we come again to stand before Thee! It is true we have not altogether been able to fulfill Thy will, but now be merciful to us, O gracious and royal God; we would forget our sorrows, we would live in the joy of eternal love! Amen.

THE LESSON

The Lesson is taken from the Great Book of the Mandæans:
From the day when I came to love the Life, from the day when my heart came to love the Truth, I no longer have trust in anything in the world. In father and mother, I have no trust in the world. In brothers and sisters I have no trust in the world. In what is made and created I have no trust in the world. After my soul alone I go searching about, which to me is worth generations and worlds. I went and found my soul — What are to me all the worlds? I went and found Truth, as she stands at the outer rim of the worlds.

THE GOSPEL

The Gospel is taken from the Book of the Pistis Sophia:
And Mary, the mother of Jesus according to matter, said: When Thou my Master wert a child, before the Spirit had descended upon Thee, when Thou wert in the vineyard with Joseph, the Spirit came down from the height, and came unto me in the house, like unto Thee, and I knew him not, but thought that he was Thou. And he said unto me, ‘Where is Jesus, my brother, that I may go to meet him?’ And when he had said this unto me I was in doubt, and thought it was a phantom tempting me. I seized him and bound him to the foot of the bed which was in my house, until I had gone to find you in the field — Thee and Joseph. It came to pass, therefore, when Thou didst hear me saying this thing unto Joseph, that Thou didst understand, and Thou wert joyful and saidest, ‘Where is he, that I may see him? Nay I am expecting him in this place.’ And it came to pass, when Joseph heard Thee say these words, that he was disturbed. We went together, we entered into the house, we found the spirit bound on the bed, and we gazed upon Thee and him, and found that Thou wert like unto him. And he that was bound to the bed was unloosed; he embraced Thee and kissed Thee, and Thou didst kiss him; and ye became one and the same being.

A Video Homily for The Second Sunday in Lent by Bishop Stephan A. Hoeller

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