The Day of the Holy Raphael, Archangel

December 22

Color: White

The COLLECT

O God, who art the author of peace and health, in the Gnosis of whom standeth our eternal life, whose service is perfect freedom: defend us Thy humble servants from all afflictions and infirmities that take our power from the tasks we dedicate to Thee. We thank Thee for Thy glorious messenger and healing angel, Raphael, and for the aid and comfort given to us by all Thy holy angels, now and for evermore. Amen.

The LESSON

The Lesson is taken from the Book of Tobit:
And the angel said unto them: Bless God, praise him and magnify him and praise him for the things which he hath done unto you in the sight of all that live. It is good to praise God and exalt his name and honorably to show forth the works of God: therefore be not slack to praise him. Do that which is good and no evil shall touch you. A little with righteousness is better than much with unrighteousness. It is better to give alms than to lay up gold; for those that exercise alms and righteousness shall be filled with life, but they that transgress are enemies to their own life. God hath sent me to heal, thee and thy daughter, for I am Raphael, one of the seven holy angels which present the prayers of the saints and go in and out before the Glory of the Holy One.

The GOSPEL

The Gospel is taken from the Gospel according to St. John:
Then said they unto Jesus: What shall we do, that we might work the works of God? Jesus answered and said unto them: This is the work of God, that ye believe on Him whom He hath sent. For the Bread of God is He who cometh down from heaven, and giveth life unto the world. Then said they unto Him: Lord, evermore give us this bread. And Jesus said unto them: I am the Bread of Life; he that cometh to Me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on Me shall never thirst. All that the Father giveth Me shall come to Me; and him that cometh to Me I will in no wise cast out.

The Holy Sacraments and Devotional Services

Our religious services and lecture programs continue to be presented free of charge at historic Besant Lodge (street parking only). Your generous contribution is welcome and very much appreciated.

Due to unpredictable government restrictions imposed upon religious practice, first-time attendees are advised to call (323) 467-2685 in advance.


WEEKLY SACRAMENTS

Celebration of the Holy Eucharist

Sundays
11:00 am
High Mass and Homily

Wednesdays
8:00 pm
(Chapel)
Low Mass

Ministered by ordained clergy, the Celebration resembles the Western (Roman) rite. Ecclesia Gnostica practices open Communion: all who wish to receive the Holy Eucharist may do so. Sunday High Mass includes a homily by Bishop Hoeller, and is followed by coffee and refreshments. Wednesday evening Low Mass is solemn and intimate.


SACRAMENTAL SERVICES

Benediction of the Most Holy Sacrament
and
A Service of Healing


Vespers
and
A Service of Healing


A Service of Devotion to
Our Lady Sophia


Each service is less than 1 hour in duration, ministered by ordained clergy.

Benediction is a devotional ceremony, the worship of Christ in the Eucharist.

Healing Service includes Unction, invocation of the Holy Raphael. Holy Communion is also administered.

Vespers is an evening prayer service using one of four liturgical texts, unique to Ecclesia Gnostica: The Common Vespers, The Mandaean Vespers, The Vespers of Sophia & Mary Magdalen, and The Vespers of Martyrs and the Departed.

The Sophia Service is particularly unique, comprised of a mystical, devotional liturgy and invocation of the Holy Mother and Consoler, the Divine Feminine, Holy Wisdom.


DEVOTIONAL SERVICES

Regular Morning and Evening devotions are conducted in the Chapel, lasting 30-45 minutes, and may include a silent prayer period and the administration of Holy Communion.