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Doinel was a librarian, a Grand Orient Freemason, an antiquarian and a practicing Spiritist. In his frequent attempts at communication with spirits, he was confronted with a recurring vision of Divine Femininity under various aspects. He gradually developed the conviction that his destiny involved his participation in the restoration of the feminine aspect of divinity to its proper place in religion. Stephan was burned later the same year for heresy. Doinel became fascinated by the drama of the Cathars and their heroic and tragic resistance against the forces of the Pope.
He began to study their doctrines and those of their predecessors, the Bogomils, the Paulicians, the Manichaeans and the Gnostics. As his studies progressed, he became increasingly convinced that Gnosticism was the true religion behind Freemasonry. Doinel had long been associated with Lady Caithness, who was a prominent figure in the French Spiritist circles of the time, a disciple of Anna Kingsford, and leader of the French branch of the Theosophical Society.
Communications from the spirits were generally received by means of a pendulum suspended by Lady Caithness over a board of letters. The head of the Synod was Guilhabert de Castres, who addressed Doinel and instructed him to reconstitute and teach the gnostic doctrine by founding an Assembly of the Paraclete, to be called the Gnostic Church.
Helene-Ennoia was to assist him, and they were to be spiritually wedded. The assembly was to be composed of Parfaits and Parfaites, and was to take for its holy book the Fourth Gospel, the Gospel of John. He consecrated a number of bishops, all of whom chose a mystic name, which was prefaced by the Greek letter Tau to represent the Greek Tau Cross or the Egyptian Ankh. The Church consisted of three levels of membership: the high clergy, the low clergy, and the faithful.
They were elected by their congregations and later confirmed in office by formal consecration by the patriarch. The low clergy consisted of pairs of deacons and deaconesses, who acted under the direction of the bishops and sophias, and were responsible for conducting the day-to-day church activities.
Only individuals judged to be of high intelligence, refinement and open mind were admitted to Doinel's Gnostic Church. At the same time, the Gnostic Church was intended to present a system of mystical Masonry. The sacramental liturgy of the Church was completed by the inclusion of two Cathar sacraments, the Consolamentum and the Appareillamentum. Within a year, he resigned from Masonry, converted to Catholicism, and began one of the most notorious propaganda campaigns in the history of Occultism.
Miss Vaughan, a direct descendant of the 17th century Rosicrucian and Alchemist Thomas Vaughan, had been corresponding with Taxil.
Her heart had evidently been softened by one too many child sacrifices, and she had secretly written to Taxil to inquire about how she might be saved. Her correspondence also revealed many shocking secrets of the devilish world of the Masonic Inner Circle: luciferian symbolism contained in seemingly innocent emblems and phrases; gruesome human sacrifices and obscene phallic orgies conducted in hidden chambers of infernal worship carved beneath the Rock of Gibraltar; and terrifying conspiracies for world satanic domination.
Ultimately, Miss Vaughan, by then world-famous, decided once and for all to renounce Satan and convert to Catholicism.
To a lecture hall filled with Catholic Clergy and Freemasons, Jogand revealed that Diana Vaughan was none other than his secretary, but that there was no point in introducing her, because she had never been a High Priestess of the Palladists. In fact, there had never been an Order of the Palladium. He, Gabriel Jogand, had fabricated the entire story as a monumental joke at the expense of the Church.
He had remained a faithful anti-clericalist all along. The Masons present found this revelation intensely amusing.
The Catholic clergy present did not. Fortunately for the proprietors of the lecture hall, the police were summoned before a full-scale riot had broken out.Thomas G. Weinandy, OFM, Cap.
Thursday, June 7, There is much discussion today concerning the presence of a new Gnosticism within the Catholic Church. Some of what has been written is helpful, but much of what has been described as a revival of this heresy has little to do with its ancient antecedent.
Moreover, attributions of this ancient heresy to various factions within contemporary Catholicism are generally misdirected. To bring some clarity to this discussion of neo-Gnosticism first demands a clear understanding of the old form. Ancient Gnosticism came in various forms and expressions, often quite convoluted, but some essential principles are discernible:. By means of their saving knowledge, they can completely extricate themselves from the evil material world and ascend to the divine.
Compared to ancient Gnosticism, what is now being proposed as neo-Gnosticism within contemporary Catholicism appears confused and ambiguous, as well as misdirected. Admittedly, we all know Catholics who act superior to others, who flaunt their fuller understanding of dogmatic or moral theology to accuse others of laxity. There is nothing new about such righteous judgmentalism. They are the doctrines that make her one, holy, catholic, and apostolic. Moreover, these doctrines and commandments are not some esoteric way of life that enslaves one to irrational and merciless laws, imposed from without by a tyrannical authority.
When God tells us what we must never do, he is protecting us from evil, the evil that can destroy our human lives — lives he created in his image and likeness. To promote this way of life is not to propose a new salvific knowledge. In ancient Gnosticism, people of faith — bishops, priests, theologians, and laity — would be called psychics.
Those who mistakenly accuse others of neo-Gnosticism propose — when confronted with the nitty-gritty of real-life doctrinal and moral issues — the need to seek out what God would have them do, personally.
People are encouraged to discern, on their own, the best course of action, given the moral dilemma they face in their own existential context — what they are capable of doing at this moment in time. If there is any new Gnostic paradigm in the Church today, it would seem to be found here. Copyright The Catholic Thing. All Rights Reserved.
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History of the Gnostic Catholic Church
Toggle navigation. Books Received View List. Gnosticism Today. Thursday, June 7, There is much discussion today concerning the presence of a new Gnosticism within the Catholic Church. All rights reserved.US Grand Lodge. Return to OTO. Ecclesia Gnostica Catholica E. The E. The central activity of the E. Lay membership in E. Members of O. Many O.Impressions of a Gnostic Mass
In most locations, no formal affiliation is required to attend the Mass. The Gnostic Catholic Church was founded in e. In e. As with all his other affiliations, Reuss incorporated the Gnostic Catholic Church into the system of O.
Reuss translated the Gnostic Mass into German and published it in e. While E. It has declared itself independent from the Christian Universal Gnostic Church and its successors, and is no longer considered to be a Christian Church.
Its ecclesiastical powers are founded on a spiritual succession from the Master Therion and the constituent originating assemblies of O. The theology, doctrines and sacramental theory of E. Its rites and ceremonies are eclectic in form drawing upon the sacerdotal practices of a wide variety of cultures and historical religious systemsbut are fundamentally Thelemic in character. The traditional doctrines, theology, canon law, and insignia of the Roman Catholic, Orthodox, and Jacobite Churches do not operate within E.
There are two recognized subclasses of Church membership, the Clergy Clerical membership and the Laity Lay membership. All official rites and ceremonies used within E. The Patriarch has the authority to approve texts to be used in celebrations of the Gnostic Mass by Priests and Priestesses of E. The Primate shall in general supervise and control the affairs of E. At this time, the Primate of E.
Grand Lodge of O. Frater Superior Hymenaeus Beta has delegated, in full, his duties and authority within E. The actions and decisions of the Primate are subject to modification or reversal by the Patriarch upon appeal by any Bishop within the U. Bishops have the power and authority within E. Bishops within E. Bishops of E. Any public celebration of the Gnostic Mass which involves the participation of a recognized Bishop of E.
Possession of a valid and documented Apostolic Succession does not make one a Bishop of E.
However, the Double Tau is reserved for use by the Patriarch and the Primate. The Priesthood of E. Priests and Priestesses have the Sacerdotal power and authority to celebrate the Gnostic Mass as representatives of E.Ecclesia Gnostica Catholica E. It is the ecclesiastical arm of the Ordo Templi Orientis O. Thelema is a philosophical, mystical and religious system elaborated by Aleister Crowleyand based on The Book of the Law. The word Catholic denotes the universality of doctrine and not a Christian or Roman Catholic belief set.
Basil of the Russian Church". In addition to the Eucharist, baptism, confirmation, marriage, and last rites are offered by E. Marriage is not limited to couples of opposite gender. I prepared for the use of the O. Most O. Ecclesia Gnostica Catholica has a hierarchical structure of clergy, assisting officers, and laity which parallels the degree structure of the O. Beforethe two systems were more loosely correlated, but since then there have been strict rules concerning minimum O.
As currently constituted, E. Clergy must be initiate members of O. Novice clergy are initiate members who participate in the administration of E.
The first ordination in E. Second Degree initiates of O. The sacerdotal ordination admits members to the priesthood. Sacerdotal ordinands must hold at least the K. The Priesthood is responsible for administering the sacraments through the Gnostic Mass and other ceremonies as authorized by their supervising Bishops. The Priesthood is supervised and instructed by the Episcopate, or Bishops.
Full initiation to the Seventh Degree of O. The Frater or Soror Superior of O. Theodor Reuss produced and authorized a German translation in The text of the Gnostic Mass makes reference to ceremonies of baptism, confirmation, and marriage. Crowley left some notes towards a baptism ritual, and his " Liber CVI " was written for use in a last rites circumstance. The Bishops of the contemporary Church have developed rituals for all of these purposes, as well as infant benedictions, consecration of holy oil, funerals, and home administration of the Eucharist to the sick.
Although some Gnostic Masses are held privately for initiates only, there is nothing 'secret' about E. The Gnostic Saints of Ecclesia Gnostica Catholica are a series of historical and mythological figures revered in the religion of Thelema. Two Gnostic Saints have been officially added to the original list. William Blake was so recognized based on a discovered writing by Aleister Crowley which described him as such.
The Ecclesia Gnostica Catholica descended from a line of French Gnostic revival churches that developed in the 19th century. At that time, these Gnostic churches were essentially Christian in nature. Inthey gave O. The name " Ecclesia Gnostica Catholica " was not applied to the church until Crowley wrote the Gnostic Mass inwhich Reuss proclaimed to be the church's official rite.
This marked the first time an established church was to accept the Law of Thelema as its central doctrine. During this period of separation Ecclesia Gnostica Catholica published its own quarterly magazine.
Since then the Church has expanded greatly, and in recent years several books and articles dealing with the E.
A creed is a statement of belief—usually religious belief—or faith. The word derives from the Latin credo for "I believe". The first six articles profess several beliefs by the congregants.This page is depreciated. You can find the current pages at the Invisible Basilica of Sabazius. No part of this document may be duplicated in any form; electronic or otherwise, without the express written permission of Ordo Templi Orientis. To view the Hebrew characters used herein, you will need to download and install the Hebrew font available here.
And, forasmuch as meat and drink are transmuted in us daily into spiritual substance, I believe in the Miracle of the Mass. And I confess my life one, individual, and eternal that was, and is, and is to come. Note that the Creed is divided into 8 clauses followed by three repetitions of the Thelemic form of the Pranava. The two following clauses describe the essential products of the Mass from the perspective of the congregation.
The final two clauses are in the form of confession rather than belief and describe parallels between the occurrences in the Mass and the life of the individual. It refers to Kether, the ultimate Unity which is beyond all Understanding and cannot be comprehended even through the highest Wisdom. CHAOS is the name used by the Orpheans to denote the primal, undifferentiated substance from which the Universe was formed. As the Ruach, it is the Holy Spirit, the Mind of the Formative World, and the Son of the Father, which caresses the cheek of our fair Mother, and which descends from the sky to mediate between us and our Father the Sun by communicating the Holy Prana into our blood through Inspiration.
Physically, this one Air unites us in a single, sensible continuum with all other living beings who have ever dwelt on the surface of the Earth. From it, the plants partake of carbon dioxide gas, which they combine with the Salts of the Earth, Water, and the Light of the Sun to give us our bread and wine; and to it they return the oxygen gas of which we, as animals, partake. This oxygen gas feeds our interior flames of metabolism, in which the bread and wine is sacrificed, and whose incense returns the carbon dioxide gas to the Air, in just measure, as an offering of thanksgiving for our nourishment.
Thus, all terrestrial life is linked in physical, cyclic communion through the medium of the one Air. She is the physical mother of each of us, the one who provided us with material flesh to clothe our naked spirits; She is the Archetypal Mother, the Great Yoni, the Womb of all that lives through the flowing of Blood; She is the Great Sea, the Divine Blood itself which cloaks the World and which courses through our veins; and She is Mother Earth, the Womb of All Life that we know. The Serpent, perhaps because it allegedly guarded the Tree of Knowledge, is associated with Wisdom.
Also, because it sheds its skin, and because it moves in an undulatory pattern, the Serpent has long been a symbol of renewal, and the cycle of death and rebirth. Some cultures have noted that, because the serpent has lidless eyes, it is the only creature that can look directly at the Sun without blinking.
The name of the Hebrew letter Teth means serpentand Teth is attributed to the zodiacal sign of Leo, the lion. Leo and Scorpio are both Fixed Signs, but whereas Leo is a fiery sign, ruled by the Sun, Scorpio is a watery sign, ruled by Mars or Plutoand Scorpio and Leo are located square to each other on the wheel of the zodiac.
Our tradition teaches us that there is no death without life, and there is no life without death. Baphomet has been interpreted in many different ways by different authorities, here are some examples:.Sydney Ambrey is a devout Christian Gnostic, archivist and historian. InSydney formally converted to Sethianism and began organizing what would become the Church of Jesus Christ Gnostic. He is now 30 years old and leads a simple life. There are a few vital facts that we all ought to know about our formative ancient history, along with the muddled Judeo-Christian tradition borne out of it.
These facts it seems few know; they are not being taught. We still want to know what actually happened, why and how it continues to inexorably motivate. As such, we cannot throw our hands up in disgust and descend down the way of the agnostic, for religion is power in the hands of those who wield it. Whether holy or profane, that which continues to influence countless millions of our People in defining their identities and directing their destinies must be understood exactly for what it is, lest the faithful muddle their very souls from off this earth, lest they be pastored down the gardened path like lambs to the slaughter.
Rather, it was timely delivered to the Camp of the Saints. Henceforth, Sethian Gnosticism is back in a big way.
Eye-opening new book published July, will help you identify Concerning problems with your order or purchasing questions, email:. We cordially invite you to enter into the Mysteries. Be thou ware of thy Self.Ecclesia Gnostica Catholica E. The E. The central activity of the E. Lay membership in E. Members of O. Many O. In most locations, no formal affiliation is required to attend the Mass. The Gnostic Catholic Church was founded in e. In e. As with all his other affiffiliations, Reuss incorporated the Gnostic Catholic Church into the system of O.
Reuss translated the Gnostic Mass into German and published it in e. Ecclesia Gnostica Catholica is an inseparable part of Ordo Templi Orientis; and the Gnostic Mass is one of the official rituals, more specifically the central ritual, of Ordo Templi Orientis.
While E. It has declared itself independent from the Christian Universal Gnostic Church and its successors, and is no longer considered to be a Christian Church. Its ecclesiastical powers are founded on a spiritual succession from the Master Therion and the constituent originating assemblies of O. The theology, doctrines and sacramental theory of E. Its rites and ceremonies are eclectic in form drawing upon the sacerdotal practices of a wide variety of cultures and historical religious systemsbut are fundamentally Thelemic in character.
The traditional doctrines, theology, canon law, and insignia of the Roman Catholic, Orthodox, and Jacobite Churches do not operate within E. There are two recognized subclasses of Church membership, the Clergy Clerical membership and the Laity Lay membership.
All official rites and ceremonies used within E. The Patriarch has the authority to approve texts to be used in celebrations of the Gnostic Mass by Priests and Priestesses of E. The Primate shall in general supervise and control the affairs of E.
At this time, the Primate of E. Grand Lodge of O. Frater Superior Hymenaeus Beta has delegated, in full, his duties and authority within E. The actions and decisions of the Primate are subject to modification or reversal by the Patriarch upon appeal by any Bishop within the U. Bishops have the power and authority within E. Bishops within E. Bishops of E. Any public celebration of the Gnostic Mass which involves the participation of a recognized Bishop of E.
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