The Sunday Next before Advent

Color: Green; Intent: Adoration of God

THE COLLECT

Adoration be to Thee, O God of Life and Light, in and through whom the liberation of creation shall be accomplished, when there shall be no darkness nor dazzling but one pure union of light and dark, no sound nor silence but one perfect harmony, no hopes nor fears but one full possession, no discords nor opposites but one single truth, no beginning nor ending but one eternity, in the completion of Thy Wisdom, in the splendor of Thy Glory and the fruition of Thy Love. Amen.

THE LESSON

The Lesson is taken from the Hymn of the Creatures of the Holy Francis of Assisi:
O most high, almighty, good God, to Thee belongeth praise, glory, honor and blessing. Praise be my God, with all His creatures, and especially our brother the sun, who brings us the day and who brings us the light. Fair is he, and shining with very great splendor. O God, he signifies to us Thee. Praise be my God for our sister the moon, and for the stars, the which he set dear and lovely in heaven. Praise be my God for our brother the wind, and for air and cloud, calms and all weather, by which Thou upholdest in life all creatures. Praise be my God for our sister water, who is very serviceable unto us, and humble and precious and clear. Praise be my God for our brother fire, through whom Thou givest us light in the darkness; and he is bright and pleasant and very mighty and strong. Praise be my God for our mother the earth, the which doth sustain and keep us, and bringeth forth diverse fruits, and flowers of many colors and grass. Praise ye and bless ye God and give thanks unto Him, and serve Him with great humility.

THE GOSPEL

The Gospel is taken from the Gospel according to St. Thomas:
Jesus said: Whoever knows the All but fails to know himself lacks everything. Jesus said: If you bring forth that within yourselves, that which you have will save you. If you do not have that within yourselves, that which you do not have within you will kill you.

Jesus said: Why do you wash the outside of the cup? Do you not understand that he who made the inside is also he who made the outside? His disciples said to Him: When will the kingdom come?

Jesus said: It will not come by expectation; they will not say: “See, here,” or “See, there.” But the kingdom of the Father is spread upon the earth and men do not see it.

Jesus said: Whoever drinks from my mouth shall become as I am and I myself will become he, and the hidden things shall be revealed to him. I am the All, the All came forth from me, and the All attained to me. Cleave a piece of wood, I am there; lift up the stone and you will find me there.

Video Homily for the Sunday before Advent by Bishop Stephan Hoeller

The Twenty-Fifth Sunday after Trinity

Color: Green; Intent: Ultimate Freedom

THE COLLECT

O God, master of the Aeons, we would worship Thee, the same God who changeth not; perfect in holiness, infinite in wisdom, of boundless love and compassion: we in the feebleness of our human selves cast ourselves upon Thine almighty strength; in the helplessness of our mortality upon Thy immortal caring presence; in our weariness we stay our souls on Thee. For thy wholeness envelops our incompleteness; thy rest stills our restlessness; thy truth dispels our ignorance; and thy liberty lifts us up above the highest Aeons. Amen.

THE LESSON

The Lesson is taken from the Book of the Prophet Ezekiel:
And it was said unto me: Son of man, behold with thine eyes, and hear with thine ears, and set thine heart upon all that I shall show thee; for to the intent that I might show them unto thee art thou brought hither. And he brought me to the gate of the Temple, the gate that looketh toward the east. And behold, the glory of God came from the way of the east; and His Voice was like the voice of many waters, and the earth shone with His glory; and I fell upon my face. And the glory of the Lord came into the house by way of the gate whose prospect is toward the east. So the Spirit took me up and brought me into the inner court; and behold, the glory of the Lord filled the whole house, and I heard Him speaking unto me. And He said unto me: Son of man, the place of My throne shall be holy, where I will dwell in the midst of My children for ever; the whole limit thereof round about shall be most holy; behold, this is the law of the house. And again I fell upon my face before the glory of the Lord.

THE GOSPEL

The Gospel is taken from the Gospel according to St. Philip:
There is a glory that is higher than glory, there is power which is above power. Because of this the perfect things are open to us, and the hidden things of the truth; and the holy things of the holy ones are revealed, and the bridal chamber invites us in. Insofar as it is hidden, wickedness is indeed brought to naught, but it is not taken away from the midst of the seed of the Holy Spirit; they are the slaves of wickedness. But when it is revealed, then the perfect light will pour out upon every one. And all those who are in it will receive the chrism. Then the slaves will be free, and the captives delivered and they will be at peace.

The Twenty-Fourth Sunday after Trinity

Color: Green; Intent: The Truth That Makes Free

THE COLLECT

Thou O Lord of Truth, art the adored of souls, we give our selves into thy hand, we have received our whole lives from thy grace; we have let it drink the milk of thy spirit; since the start of our lives thou hast sealed us with thy hope and thy name. Our feet are on the path of truth along with thy great host; let us belong to the van of thy host, let us not be of its stragglers. Open the three gates of our bodies by thy most glorious key, pay the price of our spirits with thy truth, for it is Thou who art the good Lord of our spirit, the giver of Truth: From eternity to eternity thou art our God! Amen.

THE LESSON

The Lesson is taken from the words of the Holy Prophet Mani:
God, O how lovely art Thou my God! I dived to the depth of the Abyss wishing to comprehend Thy depth; I swam in the breadth of the Sea wishing to comprehend Thy breadth! Who can comprehend Thee, and who is able to understand Thee, my Lord? I have tasted a sweet taste; I have found no sweeter than the Word of Truth! I have tasted a sweet taste; I have found no sweeter than the Name of God! I have tasted a sweet taste; I have found no sweeter than Christ, the Logos! My brethren, taste and realize that the Lord is sweet!

THE GOSPEL

The Gospel is taken from the Gospel according to St. John:
Jesus said: My doctrine is not Mine, but His that sent Me. If any man will do His will, he shall know of the doctrine whether it be of God. Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment. If any man thirst, let him come unto Me and drink. I am the light of the world; he that followeth Me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life. If ye continue in My word, then are ye My disciples indeed; and ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.