Whitsunday (Pentecost)

Color: Red; Intent: Coming of the Holy Spirit

THE COLLECT

Eternal Spirit of Wisdom, source of love and light; thou norm of the Father and the Son, who comest into the soul of man as the balance of righteousness and truth, we hail thee! Most holy comforter, dove that deifiest mankind; thou presence most secret and adored in all the worlds, hear our prayer! Thou who art the fire of Pentecost, who movest upon the face of the waters; who comest down as a mighty wind; and who renewest the face of the earth, we glorify thee, and rejoice in the all renewing majesty of thy deathless might, now and forevermore. Amen.

THE LESSON

The Lesson is taken from the Kephalaia of the Paraclete:
The fount of every blessing and all the invocations is the mother of life, the first Holy Spirit, the first mother who has come forth from the father and first appeared, the glorious one who is the beginning of all emanations that have come to this world. Know that the grains of the dust of the earth can be measured, with the whole universe, one can count the grains of the dust of the earth year after year; but the length of time the Holy Spirit passed with the father, that one cannot count. He first formed her in his inner chambers in quiet and in silence; but when she was needed, then was she called and came forth from the father of greatness; she looked after all the aeons of the light.

THE GOSPEL

The Gospel is taken from the Gospel according to St. John:
Jesus said unto His disciples: I will pray the Father, and He shall give you another Comforter, that She may abide with you forever; even the Spirit of Truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth Her not, neither knoweth Her; but ye know Her, for She dwelleth with you, and shall be in you. I will not leave you comfortless; I will come to you. Yet a little while, and the world seeth Me no more, but ye see Me; because I live, ye shall live also. The Comforter, who is the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, she shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you. Peace I leave with you, My peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.

Video Homilies for Pentecost by Bishop Stephan Hoeller

A Homily for Pentecost by Bishop Steven Marshall

Quinquagesima – The Next Sunday before Lent

Color: Red; Intent: The Holy Spirit as the Fire of Love

THE COLLECT

O mighty Power, Wisdom full of Life, first great commander of the hosts of light and love! God of our life, Lord of dear kindness, perfect living Word, we pray thee to clothe us in the robe of light! The heavenly luminous wheels glorify thee, the Wind, and the Water and the fire, which daily ascend from the Abyss. O Love, that drawest forth the sparks of holiness from the earth, lead us to the rose upon the cross of gold! O Love, that art the lifeblood of the universe and the sustainer of our souls, give us strength to ascend unto thee. Amen.

THE LESSON

The Lesson is taken from the first Epistle of St. Paul to the Corinthians:
Though I speak with the tongues of men and of Angels, and have not love, I am become as sounding brass or a tinkling cymbal. And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not love, I am nothing. And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not love, it profiteth me nothing. Love suffereth long, and is kind; love envieth not; love vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth; beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things. Love never faileth: but where there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away. For we know in part, and we prophesy in part. But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away. When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things. For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part, but then shall I know even as I am known. And now abideth faith, hope, love these three; but the greatest of these is love.

THE GOSPEL

The Gospel is taken from the Gospel of the Cathars:
The Son of God said when he returned to heaven: “My little ones, be not sad on this account because you who stand in truth and justice and not as other men shall return otherwise to my Father’s Kingdom.” And having said the above, the Son of God said to bar Yona: “Let no one put his hand to my plough unless he wishes to grasp it firmly. For he who shall give a cup of water to my little ones shall be blessed, because he shall receive a hundredfold more. See, therefore, if the holy Father promises us much, yet he who shall deceive my little ones in the matter of a single penny, his soul shall not be worth another penny. Where there is one who is my little one, I myself shall be with him, and where there are two, likewise, and where there are three, in the same way.”

Video Homily for Quinquagesima by Bishop Stephan Hoeller

Sexagesima – The Second Sunday before Lent

Color: Red; Intent: The Holy Spirit as Sanctifier

THE COLLECT

Hail to thee, immensity of subtle Spirit! Hail to thee, O spirit extending from heaven to earth, and amidst the Cosmic Sphere from the earth even to the end of the Abyss! Hail to thee, Spirit that enters into us, that clings to us or separates from us according to God’s will in the goodness of His heart! Hail to thee, Beginning and End of Nature none can move! Hail to thee, unwearying Liturgy of Nature’s elements! Hail to thee, Brightness of the Sun-beam that shines to serve the world! Hail to thee, Disk of the night-shining Moon that shines unequally! Hail to thee, and blessing and glory, who givest us grace and sanctification. Amen.

THE LESSON

The Lesson is taken from the Epistle of St. James:
For the Word is the first of all the origin of faith, secondly of love, and thirdly of works. For herein life consists. For the Word is like a grain of wheat. If anyone has sown it, he has faith in it, and if it has germinated he loves it, since he sees many grains in the place of one and while he works he is being saved, since he can prepare it for a meal and further has enough over in order to sow. This is the way whereby it is possible for you to receive the Kingdom of Heaven. If you do not receive it by Gnosis, you will not find it.

THE GOSPEL

The Gospel is taken from the Book of the Gospel of Truth:
But those who are to accept the instruction, namely the living ones who are inscribed in the book of the living, are taught apart, alone, receiving themselves from the Father. They turn to Him again. Since the completion of the Totality is in the Father, it is necessary for the Totality to go upward to Him. When one knows, then one can receive those things that are his own and will draw them to Himself. For he who is not Gnostic is lacking much indeed, for he lacks that which would complete him.