Homily by Bishop Stephan A. Hoeller, recorded April 26, 2020, at Ecclesia Gnostica, Hollywood, California.
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.”
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.
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.
Ancient Dream Interpretation Understood Today
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
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.
Holy Observances for March, 2020
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…’.”
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.”