Homily by Bishop Stephan A. Hoeller, recorded June 21, 2020, at Ecclesia Gnostica, Hollywood, California.
Homily by Bishop Stephan A. Hoeller, recorded June 14, 2020, at Ecclesia Gnostica, Hollywood, California.
The Mystery and Magic of the Eucharist
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
Sunday June 7
Trinity Sunday – Devotion 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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Thursday June 11
Corpus Christi – The 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.”
Sunday June 14
The First Sunday after Trinity – Transforming 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 Trinity – God 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.”
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.”
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.“
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.