Monthly Archives: December 2014

Requiem Æternam

Repose in the eternal Fullness grant unto her, O Lord; and let the light above the Æons shine upon her. Amen.

Repose in the eternal Fullness grant unto her, O Lord; and let the light above the Æons shine upon her. Amen.

Many of you have probably already heard the tragic story of transgender teen, Leelah Alcorn, who recently committed suicide after facing no acceptance from her parents. She was forced to see “Christian” counselors, who tried to “cure” her of her gender identity and told her she was selfish for being who she was. As this blog is especially dedicated to LGBT youth who have lost their lives — either at the hand of someone else, or by their own hand due to persecution — I’ve added her name to the In Memoriam section of the sidebar. Please pray for the repose of the soul of Leelah Alcorn, may she find that peace which the world could not give. I will be praying the Office of the Dead for her myself.

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Talk Gnosis Interview

Sophia

Last Wednesday, I had a great time speaking with with Bishops +Ken Canterbury and +Lainie Petersen of the Oriental Apostolic Church of Damcar, along with Fr. Tony Silvia+ of the Apostolic Johannite Church. If you don’t currently watch Talk Gnosis, I’d encourage you to subscribe to their YouTube channel — they do live YouTube episodes every Wednesday evening, followed up by their podcast Talk Gnosis After Dark. They touch on a wide variety of Gnostic topics from various different traditions, and I was honored to be able to speak with them about the Little Office and praying the hours, following their wonderful interview with my own bishop from the Ecclesia Gnostica, the Most Rev. +Stephan Hoeller.

My interview can be found here: Talk Gnosis After Dark

The Most Rev. +Stephan Hoeller’s interview is here: Talk Gnosis

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Elevation of the Deceased

An excellent rite for the Elevation of the Deceased, by my good friend and colleague the Rev. Dn. Michael Strojan

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The Little Office is Now Available on Amazon

Little Office Print

I’m pleased to announce that The Little Office of the Blessed Sophia is now available on Amazon.com, and can be purchased here. Just in time for Christmas, this 150 page book of hours features:

  • a complete calendar
  • instructions and rubrics for praying alone or with a group
  • the Ordinary of the Little Office (the regular prayers to be said each day) consisting of Matins, Lauds, Diurnum, Vespers, and Compline
  • Lessons for both the Penitential Seasons (Advent & Lent), as well as Lessons to be used throughout the rest of the year
  • the Book of Odes, with the Odes of Solomon arranged according to a 3-day cycle
  • Commemorations for the feast days over 100 saints, as well as other high holy days
  • an Office of the Dead

Modeled after the Little Office of the Blessed Virgin Mary but with Gnostics in mind, this book is designed to both honor the Most Holy Sophia, and to elevate our consciousness to the Divine Light through a daily cycle of prayer. It is my hope that this book will become an important part of your prayer life, enriching your devotional practice.

Here are a couple of sample pages, to give you an idea of what the book looks like. (I do apologize for the poor quality of the photos!)

The beginning of the Office of Vespers, prayed in the evening around sunset.

The beginning of the Office of Vespers, prayed in the evening around sunset.

A selection from the Commemorations, showing the prayer for Restoration Day, Cyprian of Antioch, Cosmas & Damian, Mary Undoer of Knots, and Archangel Michael

A selection from the Commemorations, showing the prayer for Restoration Day, Cyprian of Antioch, Cosmas & Damian, Mary Undoer of Knots, and Archangel Michael.

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