December 2020

The Gnosis Endures

Holy Nicholas of Myra

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

First-time attendees are advised to call (323) 467-2685 in advance.

Friday Lecture Series resumes from March 2020

Understanding and Interpreting Dreams


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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Ecclesia Gnostica

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.”