December 2020

The Gnosis Endures

Holy Nicholas of Myra

Our religious services and lecture programs continue to be presented free of charge at historic Besant Lodge (street parking only). Your generous contribution is welcome and very much appreciated.

Due to unpredictable government restrictions imposed upon religious practice, first-time attendees are advised to call (323) 467-2685 in advance.


Friday Lecture Series resumes from March 2020

Understanding and Interpreting Dreams

Artemidorus

The five-book Greek treatise Oneirocritica (The Interpretation of Dreams), written in the 2nd century AD by Artemidorus, is a manual on dreams, their classification, and interpretive tools. Dr Hoeller resumes the lecture series interrupted in March with an examination of the recently published book An Ancient Dream Manual, edited by scholars Peter Thonemann and Martin Hammond, giving new insights into Artemidorus’ work.

Friday December 4
Artemidorus and the Dream
Introducing the first dream interpreter within a universal context.

Friday December 11
How to Interpret the Dream
What can be learned from the treatise Oneirocritica (The Interpretation of Dreams), a seminal dreambook for the ages.

Friday December 18
God-Archetypes in Dreams
From Artemidorus, to Carl Jung and Depth Psychology.


Homily for Advent Sunday


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Holy Observances for December, 2020

Sunday December 6
The Second Sunday in Advent
Cease to seek God in created things on the outside, but seek Him within thyself; and thus learn who it is that takes possession of thee and says: “My God, my consciousness, my understanding, my soul, my body.”

Holy Nicholas of Myra

Sunday December 6
Day of the Holy Nicholas
Bestower of the gifts of the spirit.

Sunday December 13
The Third Sunday in Advent
The Messenger of Light, who comes at the right time and assumes the form of the true church and human flesh, and acts as leader within righteousness, chooses the personalities of his disciples and then frees them, both those of the Elect and those of the Hearers; …

Sunday December 20
The Fourth Sunday in Advent
The ever coming Redeemer gave us glory and joy, and jubilation, happiness and peace and hope, and faith and love and truth which changes not.

Ribera - St Thomas

Monday December 21
Day of the Holy Apostle Thomas
Jesus said to his disciples: Make a comparison to me and tell me who I am like. […] Thomas said to him: My mouth will in no way declare whom thou art like. Jesus said: I am not thy Master, because thou hast drunk, thou hast become drunk from the bubbling spring which I have measured out.

Holy Raphael Archangel

Tuesday December 22
Day of the Holy Archangel Raphael
And the angel said unto them: Bless God, praise him and magnify him and praise him for the things which he hath done unto you in the sight of all that live.

Friday December 25
Christmas Day
” … For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.” And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying: “Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace to men of goodwill.”


November 2020

Esoteric, Occult and Spiritual Los Angeles

New Friday Lecture Series
Since the early 20th Century our city functioned as the center of Esotericism in the United States. Dr Hoeller has been active in the Los Angeles esoteric milieu since the 1950s, and will discuss the nature, the history, the past and future of these currents.

Please note: In October The Gnostic Society resumed weekly Friday evening lectures presented by Dr. Stephan A. Hoeller. Attendance is now by invitation. Those interested in attending may call (323) 467-2685 to arrange for an invitation. Seating is limited.

Friday November 6
Los Angeles, the West Coast Occult Capital
How the “burnt over district” of New York State reincarnated in California.

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Friday November 13
Spirits, Yogis and Seers in Southern California
Mediumship, Hindu Spirituality, Healers and Magicians.

Friday November 20
Theosophists, Philosophers and Rosicrucians in California
Including Krotona, Manly P. Hall, Max Heindl and Besant Lodge.

Friday November 27
No Lecture
Happy Thanksgiving Day!


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Holy Observances for November, 2020

Sunday November 1
The Day of All Saints
“The saints shall exist in the light of the sun, and the elect in the light of everlasting life, the days of whose life shall never terminate; … “

Homily for the Day of All Saints

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Monday November 2
The Day of All Souls
“Remember them, O Lord, in Thy kingdom, the faithful souls whom we knew but see no longer … “

Sunday November 8
The Twenty-second Sunday after Trinity
“Be not fearful of the flesh, nor love it. If thou fear before it, it will become master over thee …”

Sunday November 15
The Twenty-third Sunday after Trinity
“His disciples said to Him: When will the repose of the dead come about and when will the new world come? He said to them: What you expect has come, but you know it not. …”

Friday November 20
The Day of All Gnostic Saints
“Especially do we praise and thank Thee today for the holy and enlightened teachers and knowers of truth … and all the holy souls and wise sages who have in any way or form, under whatsoever guise and appearance attained to and taught the true and ancient Gnosis of God.”

Sunday November 22
The Sunday Next Before Advent
“Jesus said: If you bring forth that within yourselves, that which you have will save you. If you do not have that within yourselves, that which you do not have within you will kill you.”

Sunday November 29
Advent Sunday
“Seek, all of you, after the Light, so that the power of your Soul that is in you may live. Do not desist from seeking by day and by night, until you find the purifying mysteries of the Light which refine the body of matter and make it a pure Light very refined.”

Holy Sophia Meditations for November


Sacramental Services

Those interested in attending private sacramental services may call (323) 467-2685 to make arrangements. Seating is limited.

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.)

Published by Ecclesia Gnostica, available now. More titles will be released in the near future.


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.