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.

Wherever one may be in this world — in Southern California, Portland, Seattle, Austin or elsewhere — all new, old and future friends in the Gnosis are invited and encouraged to stay in touch, to subscribe to this monthly online Newsletter, and to make an online contribution to Ecclesia Gnostica.

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

April 2020

Holy Observances for April, 2020

Sunday April 19
Divine Mercy Sunday (Low Sunday)
“If the flesh has come into existence because of the spirit, it is a marvel; but if the spirit has come into existence because of the body, it is a marvel of marvels. But I marvel at how this great wealth has made its home in this poverty.”


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The Holy Prophet Mani, painting by Jan Saether

Saturday April 25
Feast Day of the Holy Prophet Mani
“For this great door which I have opened lies open to the Gods and Angels, and Men and all the spirits and living souls who are ready for Life and everlasting rest!”


Holy Week 2020, and Continuity

While public events and services at Ecclesia Gnostica are suspended for the time being, traditional observances of the Holy Mysteries continue.

Bishop Hoeller and Ecclesia Gnostica clergy have conducted celebrations and services in private for Palm Sunday and Holy Week, including the Blessing of the Holy Oils (Maundy Thursday), the Blessing of both the Holy Fire and Baptismal Water (Holy Saturday); the The Festival of the Risen Light, Easter Day; a Service of Devotion to Our Lady the Holy Sophia; and a Eucharistic Celebration for Divine Mercy Sunday, during which Bishop Hoeller delivered the Homily above.

Your continuing support for Ecclesia Gnostica and The Gnostic Society is especially appreciated during this unusual time of apparent discontinuity, absence and suspension. This movement of the Gnosis, the work itself, continues in each and all of us.

All are invited to send email prayer requests, to subscribe to this monthly online Newsletter, and to make an online contribution.

And grant to us, O boundless One, not to be attached to earthly things, but rather to love heavenly things; so that while all around us passes away, we may ever now hold fast that which abides forever. Amen.

March 2020

Ancient Dream Interpretation Understood Today

Artemidorus

New Friday Lecture Series
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 will elucidate the recently published book An Ancient Dream Manual, edited by scholars Peter Thonemann and Martin Hammond, giving new insights into Artemidorus’ work.

Friday March 6
The Master of Dreams and his Vision
Artemidorus and his inspired view of dreams. An informed overview with illuminating examples. Can dreams guide us in our lives?

Friday March 13
No Lecture
Ecclesia Gnostica’s annual Montségur Day liturgical event, in commemoration of the Cathars martyred on March 16, 1244. Includes Solemn Vespers Service and homily.

Friday March 20
Ancient Directives for Today’s Dreamers
Social, individual and cultural lessons of dream-interpretation.

Friday March 27
Artemidorus, Freud and Jung
The convergence of ancient traditions and new views of dream analysis. How useful are dreams to us today?


Manly P. Hall’s Vision of the Future

Wednesday March 18
Special Event at the Philosophical Research Society
Dr Hoeller will present a lecture in celebration and commemoration of Manly P. Hall’s birthday.


Ecclesia Gnostica

Holy Observances for March, 2020

Sunday March 1
The First Sunday in Lent (Sunday Eucharist, 11am)
“Let us therefore examine our shrines, so that in cleanliness they may receive the Light.”

Sunday March 8
The Second Sunday in Lent (Sunday Eucharist, 11am)
“…he embraced Thee and kissed Thee, and Thou didst kiss him; and ye became one and the same being.”

Sunday March 8
Benediction of the Most Holy Sacrament and a Service of Healing (Evening service, 5pm)
Benediction is a devotional ceremony, the worship of Christ in the Eucharist. Healing Service includes Unction (Chrism), invocation of the Holy Raphael, and Holy Communion.

Sunday March 15
The Third Sunday in Lent (Sunday Eucharist, 11am)
“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…’.”

Monday March 16
Montségur Day (Service Friday, March 13, 8pm)
Ecclesia Gnostica’s annual Montségur Day liturgical event, includes Solemn Vespers Service and homily. Refreshments follow.

Thursday March 19
A Service of Devotion to Our Lady Sophia (Evening service, 8pm)
The monthly Sophia Service is particularly unique, comprised of a mystical, devotional liturgy and invocation of the Holy Mother and Consoler, the Divine Feminine, Holy Wisdom.

Sunday March 22
The Fourth Sunday in Lent (Sunday Eucharist, 11am)
“Brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report: if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.”

Sunday March 22
The Martyrdom of Tau Harmonius
“Remember him, O Lord, in Thy Kingdom, Thy faithful servant Tau Harmonius, bishop of the Gnosis, and a knower of the things that are, who like his predecessors of old gave his life and blood for the Truth that makes men free. “

Sunday March 22
Evening Vespers, and a Service of Healing (Evening service, 5pm)
Vespers are one of four kinds, unique to Ecclesia Gnostica: The Common Vespers, The Mandaean Vespers, The Vespers of Sophia & Mary Magdalen, and The Vespers of Martyrs and the Departed. Healing Service includes Unction (Chrism), invocation of the Holy Raphael, and Holy Communion.

Tuesday March 24
Day of the Holy Gabriel, Archangel (No scheduled event)
“Behold I will send My messenger, and he shall prepare the way before Me.”

Wednesday March 25
Feast of the Holy Annunciation (Evening Eucharist, 8pm)
“And in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee named Nazareth, to a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin’s name was Mary.”

Sunday March 29
Passion Sunday (Holy Eucharist, 11am)
“The hour is come that the Son of Man should be glorified.”