Esoteric Wisdom in a Time of Crisis

A video lecture by Dr. Stephan Hoeller in honor of Manly P. Hall on the importance of cultivating one’s own philosophy of life.

“A mature philosophy of life originates in a natural thoughtfulness. To live without thinking is to fail in the proper use of the powers and faculties with which we have been endowed. To think without applying our thoughts to the conduct of our affairs is to substitute mere intellectualism for intelligence. It is seldom possible to perfect a personal philosophy without study, through which we become familiar with the deepest and noblest convictions of mankind. We must also call upon daily experience, by which we can convince ourselves of the reality and integrity of certain basic principles ever present and forever true. Beyond both study and experience are the internal faculties of the soul, and these must bestow final certitude upon our convictions. If, therefore, we live simply and wisely, seeking first the improvement of our inner lives, reserving an open heart and mind, we shall be guided and directed according to our needs and understanding.”

-Manly P. Hall, My Philosophy of Life

This video was recorded at the Philosophical Research Society in Los Angeles, California, August, 2020.

June 2020

The Mystery and Magic of the Eucharist

The Mystery and Magic of the Eucharist

Revised Edition
By Stephan A. Hoeller
A detailed and illustrated exposition of the liturgy, ritual phases, mystic and symbolic elements of the Gnostic Holy Eucharist, a profoundly moving religious rite, the sacrament central to 2,000 years of Christian practice and worship.
As light bears witness to the principle of light, or the movement of a tree branch bears witness to the wind, so the Seven Sacraments are the manifesting agents of the mysteries which in the words of St. Clement “are delivered mystically.” The ordinary, human consciousness cannot find anything within itself that would cause man to perform a mystery. It can only do so when it is seized by the mystery. Once the Seven Sacraments are interpreted, understood and practiced in the light of the Gnosis, their grace and redeeming power will grow and expand to cover the whole Christian world with its blessing. May those who recognize this possibility devote their labors with increasing force to this great task and may their efforts be crowned with the success they so richly deserve! (From the Author’s Preface.)

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Holy Observances for June, 2020

Carl Gustav Jung

Saturday June 6
Commemoration of the Death of Carl Gustav Jung
“Our aim is to create a wider personality whose center of gravity does not necessarily coincide with the ego, but which, on the contrary, may even thwart the ego-tendencies. Like a magnet, the new center attracts to itself that which is proper to it, the ‘signs of the Father,’” … Read more.

Sunday June 7
Trinity SundayDevotion to the Triune Deity
“If anyone does not obtain them for himself, the name also will be taken from him. But one receives them in the chrism of the fullness of the power of the Cross, which the apostles call the right and the left. For this one is no longer a Christian but a Christ.”

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More video Homilies for Trinity Sunday by Bishop Stephan Hoeller

A Homily for Trinity Sunday by Bishop Steven Marshall

Thursday June 11
Corpus ChristiThe Mystical Body of Christ
“We thank Thee for this the most wonderful gift which Thou hast given unto us and we ask Thee to grant us so to venerate the mystery of this sacred body and blood that we may ever perceive within ourselves thine indwelling presence, and share Thy life with others. Amen.”

Video Homilies for the Day of Corpus Christi by Bishop Stephan Hoeller

A Homily for the Day of Corpus Christi by Bishop Steven Marshall

Sunday June 14
The First Sunday after TrinityTransforming Power of the Holy Spirit
“When the pearl is cast down in the mud it does not become dishonored the more …”

Sunday June 21
The Second Sunday after TrinityGod as Light
“We bless this season of the Summer sun, and all it shines on visibly and outwardly. Permit, O Eternal One, that we may ever keep its great light undimmed within us, shining in our hearts and radiating warmth around us unto every living soul. Amen.”

Video Homilies for the Second Sunday after Trinity by Bishop Stephan Hoeller

The Holy Archangel Uriel

Monday June 22
Day of the Holy Archangel Uriel
“… especially Thy most holy archangel Uriel, who bringeth us the torch of Thy divine flame. Help us to remember that Thy divine spark dwelleth in us always and that in due time we shall also become bearers of Thy light and messengers of thy holy love. Amen.”

John the Baptizer

Wednesday June 24
The Nativity of St. John the Baptizer
“The voice of him that crieth in the wilderness: Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make straight in the desert a high way for our God. …”

Sunday June 28
The Third Sunday after Trinity
God as Ruler of Angels
“And all the Angels stood round about the throne, and about the elders and the four beasts, and fell before the throne on their faces, and worshiped God, saying: AMEN. Blessing, and glory, and wisdom, and thanksgiving, and honor, and power, and might, be unto our God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Video Homily for the Third Sunday after Trinity by Bishop Stephan Hoeller

The Holy Apostles Peter and Paul

Monday June 29
Day of the Holy Apostles Peter and Paul
“We give Thee most high praise and hearty thanks for Thy glorious apostles Peter and Paul who have been chosen vessels of Thy grace, and lights of the world unto several generations; and we pray that, rejoicing in their fellowship, and participating in the works bestowed on us by their powers handed on in holy succession, we may partake with them of the heavenly kingdom. Amen.”

Regular Sunday Mass Resumes at Ecclesia Gnostica

As of May 31, Sunday 11am Celebration of the Holy Eucharist has resumed at Ecclesia Gnostica. All who would like to join are most welcome. Our tradition holds Open Communion, which means any and all who wish to receive the Body and Blood of our Lord the Christ in the form of bread and wine may do so. No one is compelled or forbidden. For inquiries concerning services during the week please contact the Ecclesia by phone.

At dawn, let me hear of Thy lovingkindness, for in Thee do I trust. Show me the way wherein I should walk, for I lift up my soul unto Thee.

May 2020

A Gnostic Catechism

A Gnostic Catechism

Revised Edition
By Stephan A. Hoeller
A compendium of instruction of the Gnostic framework, tenets and mythos, arranged in question and answer form.
When we attach the word “Gnostic” to “Catechism” we may encounter a problem. A Gnostic is by definition a knower, and since knowledge supersedes belief, a knower cannot very well be a believer. If a catechism is mainly a statement of beliefs, it is something that no Gnostic would have a need for. So far so good, but the issue under consideration is a bit more complex than that. (From the Author’s Preface.)

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Prayer to St. Michael, Holy Archangel

St Michael

Saint Michael, the Archangel, defend us in battle; be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the evil one. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray, and do thou, O prince of the heavenly host, by the power of God, thrust into the infernal regions, the Adversary and all the other evil spirits, who prowl throughout the world, seeking the ruin of souls. Amen.

Holy Observances for May, 2020

Friday May 1
Day of the Holy Apostles Philip and James
“… and we pray that those to whom their wondrous power has descended may ever be filled with Thy love and wisdom, that under their hierophantic guidance thy Ecclesia may ever serve the one and true Gnosis for evermore. Amen.”

Sunday May 3
The Third Sunday after Easter
“Seek out the channel for the Soul-Stream, whence it is that the Soul fell into slavery to the body, and to what state thou shalt rise again.”

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Sunday May 10
The Fourth Sunday after Easter
“As I beheld and knew my Father, I addressed three requests to him. I asked him for mildness in which there is no rebellion. I asked him for a strong heart to bear both great and small. I asked him for smooth paths to ascend and behold the place of light.”

Sunday May 17
The Fifth Sunday after Easter
“Let not your heart be troubled; ye believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so I would have told you.”

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Thursday May 21
Ascension Day
“… the sweetness of thy voice has made us remember the heavenly city.”

Return to the Light
A Homily for the Feast of the Ascension by Bishop Steven Marshall

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Sunday May 31
Whitsunday (Pentecost)
“Most holy comforter, dove that deifies mankind; thou presence most secret and adored in all the worlds …”

Ongoing at Ecclesia Gnostica

Bishop Hoeller and Ecclesia Gnostica clergy continue sacramental activity, just as a deep stream advances without question or pause, beneath worldly turmoil and confusion.

The suspension of regular public events also allows time to perform needed repairs and maintenance to the Ecclesia and Chapel at Besant Lodge. In Late Antiquity, both pagan and early Christian Rome, a deep religious and social significance was expressed in the Latin term renovatio. It denotes not mere renovation or sprucing-up, but rather a pious and spiritual doing, an actualizing of the Spirit in this world.

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There is a power that makes all things new:
It lives and moves in those who know the Self as one.