The Third Sunday after Easter

Color: White; Intent: Divine Protection

THE COLLECT

O great alone-born, hear us this day when we cry to thee, O One-Father, almighty spirit, the firstborn of every living being and every Aeon! Help us, O holy angels! May our afflictions both within and without swiftly flee away from us, so that the benevolent powers may come to us, remain with us, and protecting us, guide us to Thine ineffable Light! Amen.

THE LESSON

The Lesson is taken from the Chaldean Oracles:
The soul of man, with nothing in it subject to death, should press God closely to itself; but now it is all drunk, for it glories in the Harmony under whose sway the mortal frame exists.
Seek out the channel for the Soul-Stream, whence it is that the Soul fell into slavery to the body, and to what state thou shalt rise again.
Those who flee the reckless fated wing of Fate and stay themselves in God, drawing to themselves the fires in all their prime as they descend out of the Father. And the soul is nourished all these aeons by the empyrean fruit which it gathered from God, who is our home, and our true Self.

THE GOSPEL

The Gospel is taken from the Gospel according to St. Thomas:
Jesus said: Blessed are the solitary and elect, for you shall find the kingdom; because you come from it, and you shall go there again. Jesus said: If they say to you: ‘From where have you originated?’, you say to them: ‘We have come from the Light, where the Light has originated through itself. It stood and it revealed itself in their image.’ If they say to you: ‘Who are you?’, say: ‘We are His sons and we are the elect of the Living Father.’ If they ask you: ‘What is the sign of your Father in you?’, say to them: ‘It is a movement and a rest.’

Video Homilies for the Third Sunday after Easter by Bishop Stephan Hoeller