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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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Little Office of the Blessed Sophia

Little Office of the Blessed Sophia

If any of you are on Facebook, here’s the official Facebook page (because everything needs a Facebook page!) for The Little Office of the Blessed Sophia. Feel free to like it and share it, and check back often for updates. The Little Office should, God willing, be released this month. I also hope to make the page a place to share biographies of the saints commemorated in the Office, as well as various other Gnostic topics of interest.

https://www.facebook.com/LittleOfficeOfTheBlessedSophia

In imitation of the Divine Office and the Little Office of the Blessed Virgin Mary, this book of hours contains a daily cycle of prayer specifically for Gnostics, in honor of the Most Holy Sophia. Centered around the Odes of Solomon, rather than the Psalms of David, the five offices in this book also include various other prayers, canticles, hymns, and readings from scripture. Additionally, there are commemorations for over 100 feast days of saints, along with other major holy days. It’s my hope that this book will be something others can carry with them, and that it will aid them in their prayer lives.

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Little Office for Friendships

St. John the Apostle

In the name of the + Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

℣. O God, come to my assistance;
℟. O Lord, make haste to help me.
℣. Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.
℟. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

Antiphon. A man that hath friends must show himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother.

Psalm 133

Oh, how good and pleasant it is, *
when brethren dwell together in unity!
It is like fine oil upon the head *
that runneth down upon the beard,
Upon the beard of Aaron, *
and runneth down upon the collar of his robe.
It is like the dew of Hermon *
that falleth upon the hills of Zion.
For there the LORD hath ordained the blessing: *
life for evermore.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.
As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

Antiphon. A man that hath friends must show himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother.

A reading from the Book of Sirach:

A faithful friend is a sturdy shelter: he that hath found one hath found a treasure. There is nothing so precious as a faithful friend, and no scales can measure his excellence. A faithful friend is an elixir of life; and those who fear the Lord will find him.

℣. But Thou, O Lord, shed Thy glory upon us.
℟. Thanks be to God.

℣. Two are better than one; because they have a good reward for their labor.
℟. For if they fall, the one will lift up his fellow:
℣. And if one prevail against him, two shall withstand him;
℟. A threefold cord is not quickly broken.

Let us pray. O God, Loving Father of those whose names Thou canst read in my heart, watch over them with every care. Make their way easy and their labors fruitful. Dry their tears if they weep; sanctify their joys; raise their courage if they weaken; restore their hope if they lose heart, their health if they be ill, truth if they err, and repentance if they fall. ℟. Amen.

Most Holy Sophia, pray for us.
Holy Mary, pray for us.
Our Lady, Untier of Knots, pray for us.
Our Lady of Perpetual Help, pray for us.
Holy Apostle John, pray for us.
John, beloved of the Lord, pray for us.
John, patron of friendship, pray for us.
Holy Francis Patrizzi, pray for us.
Holy Expeditus, pray for us.
Holy Sergius & Bacchus, pray for us.
Holy Polyeuct & Nearchos, pray for us.
Holy Perpetua & Felicity, pray for us.

℣. May the Lord grant us His peace;
℟. And life eternal in the Fullness. Amen.
℣. May Divine aid toward Gnosis remain with us always.
℟. Amen.

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