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.