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Little Office of Compline

This is a Little Office of Compline, also compiled by Rev. Mother Marsha Emrick+, as an official prayer of the Order of St. Esclarmonde.  For those who are unable to keep the 8 canonical hours of the day, Prime and Compline are most excellent practices: one to begin the day in praise of the Father and Mother, and the other to end the day, not only in praise, but also in examination of oneself.

The Office of Compline
To be said prior to retiring for the evening.

In the Name of the One + True Father, in Barbelo, the Mother of all, in the union of the Christosophia, peace be to all on whom this Name reposes. Amen.

O Blessed One, Lady of the Stars, Who wraps the night around me as Her sweet smelling hair, remain with me as the moon ascendeth to the heavens. Amen.

O Heavenly Paraclete, the comforter, Sprit of Truth, Who art in all places and endurest all things, Treasury of endless good, and Well of infinite compassion: Come and take up thine abode in me, and cleanse me of every obscuration; and liberate my soul, O Perfect One. Amen.

Repeat thrice:
O Holy God, Holy and Mighty, Holy Immortal One, shed Thy glory upon me.
(or Hagios ho theos, Hagios ischyros, Hagios athanatos, eleison imas.)

Glory be to the Father ,and to the Mother, and to the Holy Child;
As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, unto the æons of æons. Amen.

O God from Whom all desires for Gnosis, all good counsels, and all just works proceed; give unto Thy servant that peace and wisdom which the world cannot give; both that my heart may be set to be inclined to Thy divine inspiration, and also that by Thee, I being defended from fear of all evil may pass my days in serenity and peace; through Christ, our indwelling Lord. Amen.

On taking to sleep, Heavenly Father, I sing Thy praises and dare say to Thee again with mindfulness the prayer that the Divine Master taught us:

Our Father who art in the depths of the Æons, may Thy Holy Sophia and Christ be understood and adored in all the Universe; may the kingdom of Thy Holy Spirit come to us, may Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our spiritual food, the strength and courage to earn bread for our body. And forgive us our digressions from Thy Law, as our Assembly forgives the penitent. Support us in our weakness, so that we are not carried away by our passions, and deliver us from the deceptive mirages of the archons. For we have no other king than Thy beloved Son, the Christ our Savior, Whose is the kingdom and the triumph and the glory unto the æons of æons. Amen.

Calling to remembrance our most holy, undefiled, most blessed and glorious Lady, the Mother of the Æons and ever-blessed Sophia, with all the Saints, I commend myself and my life unto Christ, my Lord.

O Queen of Heaven, Celestial Bride, Holy Sophia, grant me Thy Wisdom that I might not stumble in darkness. Bless me that even in sleep I may walk in Thy ways, and remain in the Gnosis of who I am, of where I am from, and whither I am hastening, that the rest of my days may be the best of my days, and that I may experience the resurrection now, and in the life to come. Amen.

Burn incense if desired

Hear me, O Lord. Let my prayer be set forth in Thy sight as incense, and let the lifting up of my hands be an evening sacrifice.


O gladsome radiance of the holy glory of the Father immortal, heavenly, holy, blessed Christ! In that we are now come unto the setting of the sun, and behold the light of even, we hymn Thee, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit: God. For it is meet that at all times Thou shouldst be magnified by voices propitious, O Son of God, Who bestoweth life. For which cause all the world doth glorify Thee.

Into Thy hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit.
Thou hast redeemed me, O Lord, God of truth.
Keep me, O Lord, as the apple of Thine eye.
Shelter me under the shadow of Thy Wings.
Protect me, O Lord, while I am awake, and safeguard me while I sleep,
That I may keep watch with Christ, and rest in peace

Glory be to the Father, to the Mother, and to the Holy Child;
As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, unto the æons of æons. Amen.

O Glorious Godhead of the Æons, Thou Who art surrounded by the radiant presence of the host of holy angels and messengers of light, hear my prayer, and listen to my supplications which rise from this world of shadows toward Thine abode of unending light.
Night has spread its veil over me, everything invites me to meditate. I raise my thoughts to Thee, O Divine Propator, and I come into Thy presence. Blessed be my heavenly Father and Mother. I search my heart, so that I my go forth in spirit, and gather the sparks of Light from the sea of forgetfulness.

Examination of Conscience
Read and meditate on each line of the Examen

Did I hide my religious thoughts when, on the contrary, I should have expressed them clearly?
Have I mixed the name of God with words of impatience, anger, lying, or thoughtlessness?
Have I at all times had a firm will, and have I always subjected it to the light of reason?
Have I always preserved my honor?
Have I always been moderate in prosperity, and patient in adversity?
Have I been angry?
Have I been proud, vain, or haughty?
Have I always treated my neighbor as a brother, and with love?
Have I acted out of hatred or vengeance?
Have I abstained from gossip, from slander, and from rash judgments?
Have I put right the wrong caused to my fellow beings?
Have I always told the truth?
Have I always kept my word when it was given?
Finally, have I filled my day well?

These, O my Father, are my faults; I admit them before Thee, and even though Thou seest into the depths of my heart, I confess them to Thee nevertheless, and I admit them before heaven and earth. In thought, word and deed, O God, my Father, I have wandered from the path that leads to liberation. O my God and my Father, I have missed the mark Thou has set for me; break the hardness of my heart, and by Thine infinite strength and goodness make it receptive to the Truth of Thy Gnosis, and in Thy loving-kindness forgive me, O my God, for all the wrong that I have done and caused to be done; forgive me for all the good I have not done, and which I should have done, or that I have done badly; forgive me for all my wrongdoings which I know, and also for those which I do not know, from all my lifetimes, even until today, that I may be worthy to call myself Thy child, and may partake in the inheritance of the Kingdom of the Light. Amen.

Lord, O divine Propator, who art the Father of the Lights, and the Protector of all those who trust in Thee, deign to take me in Thy holy protection during this night and keep me from all earthly dangers, and spiritual perils. During the sleep of my body make my soul watch in Thee. Subdue in me all wrong desires; make my conscience enjoy a holy tranquility; take far from me all evil thoughts, and all the dangerous illusions of the Archons. Grant Thy powerful protection to all whom I love; my parents, my friends, and to all those who make up the household of the Gnosis, and to all human spirits still wandering in this place of exile, whether they be in the body or out of the body.

Closing Psalm

I will bless the Lord who giveth me counsel; even in the night my heart doth exhort me. It is vain to rise up early, to put off rest, for God giveth to his beloved in sleep. Day poureth out the word today, and night unto night imparteth Gnosis. Day-by-Day the Lord bestoweth his grace, and in the night his song shall be with me, and my prayer unto the God of my life.
I call to remembrance my song in the night: I commune with mine own heart: and my spirit searcheth me diligently. I consider the days of old, the years long past. For a thousand years in Thy sight, O Lord are but as yesterday when it is past, and as a watch in the night.
Give light to mine eyes, O Lord, that I may not sleep in death. If I say, Surely the darkness shall cover me; even the night shall be my light. Yea, the darkness hideth not from Thee, but to Thee the darkness and the light are both alike; the night shineth as the day.
The Lord who keepeth me will not sleep. Behold, He will neither slumber nor sleep. The Lord is my keeper; the Lord is my shade upon my right hand. The sun shall not smite me by day, nor the moon by night. I shall not fear. I shall not fear the terror of the night nor the arrow that flieth by day. The Lord shall preserve me from all evil; He shall preserve my soul. As soon as I lie down, I fall peacefully asleep, for Thou alone, O Lord, keep watch upon my dwelling. The Lord shall preserve my going out, and my coming in from this time forth, and forevermore. Praise be to Thee, O Lord.

Closing Prayers

Lord, O Divine Propator, Who art the Father of the lights, and the Mother of compassion, the protector of all who trust in Thee: deign to take me in Thy holy protection during this night, and keep me from all danger, and from every peril. During the sleep of my body, make my soul watch in Thee. Subdue in me all wrong desires; make my conscience enjoy a holy tranquility; take far from me evil thoughts, and all the dangerous illusions of the Archon. Grant Thy powerful protection to my relations, to my friends, and to all those who make up the family of Gnostics, and generally to all people. Father, as I fall asleep, I place my confidence in Thee and in the double and shining star of the Pleroma. Amen.

Let the Light of the Divine Soul illumine all beings and myself. That all may be guarded from distress and want; that all our days be perfect, holy and peaceful: That what is good and profitable for our souls, and for the peace of the whole world may be granted us: That the rest of our lives may be spent in the Gnosis of Truth. So let the Light of the Divine Soul illumine all beings.

Hail Sophia filled with light, the Christ is with Thee. Blessed art Thou amongst the Æons, and blessed is the liberator of Thy light, Jesus. Holy Sophia, Mother of all gods, pray for us Thy children, now, and at the hour of our death. Amen.


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Holy Rosary of Our Lady Sophia


This version of the Holy Gnostic Rosary focuses on the whole of the Gnostic mythos, from our source in the Unknown Father, through the Fall of Sophia and the creation of matter, to our ultimate redemption through the Christos.  It is the Rosary I personally pray, and is a conglomeration of Gnostic Rosaries that are (or have been) available online.  The prayers of the Rosary primarily come from the Ecclesia Gnostica, while the Mysteries are those used by the Apostolic Gnostic Church in America (which, as far as I can tell, no longer exists – but if I’m wrong, and someone from the AGCA stumbles upon this blog, I’d love to hear from you!).  Like the traditional Catholic Rosary, the Gnostic Rosary uses three sets of five Mysteries, upon which one meditates while vocalizing the prayers and keeping track of the prayers on each bead.  One can either choose one set of Mysteries to focus on, or may decide to pray all 15 at once.

I also offer some optional prayers that may be said at the conclusion of the Rosary, if one so desires.  Most often, I pray the Renunciation of the Archons, taken from the Book of the Stranger, which was the official prayerbook of the now defunct Order of Allogenes.  This particular prayer was arranged by Jeremy Puma, based upon a passage from the Pistis Sophia.  One of the other optional prayers is taken from a traditional 13th century Cathari prayer, and is the official prayer of the Order of St. Esclarmonde.

As a slight variation, this Rosary may be offered for the dead by replacing the Gloria with the Requiem prayer.  In either case, it is possible to offer the Rosary for special intentions, by mentioning them after the introductory prayers before announcing the First Mystery – this can mean mentioning the names of deceased loved ones, living friends or family, or any other intention one may have.  I have attempted to be as thorough as possible in this rather lengthy post, but if you’re not familiar with the practice of praying a Rosary, feel free to email me with any questions you may have.

How to Pray the Holy Gnostic Rosary

1.  Begin with the Sign of the Cross, and on the cross recite the Gnostic Credo.

2.  On the first large bead, pray the Gnostic’s Prayer*.

3.  On the three smaller beads, pray three Ave Sophias.

4.  On the space before the next larger bead, pray the Gloria Patri.

5.  On the first large bead, announce the First Mystery, and pray the Gnostic’s Prayer.

6.  Pray the Ave Sophia on each of the 10 beads that follow.  Conclude with a Gloria Patri.

7.  On the second large bead, announce the Second Mystery, and pray the Gnostic’s Prayer.  Continue in the same manner as above around the Rosary for each of the Mysteries.

8.  On the center piece, pray the O Alma Sophia, followed by any concluding prayers you may desire.

9.  Finish with the Sign of the Cross.

*The Gnostic’s Prayer may also be replaced by the more traditional Our Father, if you prefer.

The 15 Mysteries of the Holy Gnostic Rosary

The Pleromic Mysteries

 1.  The Mystery of the Source:  All is at rest in the Divine Pleroma.

 2.  The Mystery of the Emanations:  The Spirit of God, the Unknown Father, moves to create the Æons.

 3.  The Mystery of the Æon Sophia:  Sophia comes to embody the Father’s Divine Wisdom.

 4.  The Mystery of Sophia’s childbearing:  Sophia gives birth to Ialdabaoth, the demiurge.

 5.  The Mystery of Sophia’s separation:  Our Lady, as Mother of Sorrows, is rent into the Higher Sophia and the Lower Sophia, following Ialdabaoth’s arrogant creation of the cosmic realm.

The Liberation Mysteries

 1.  The Mystery of Sophia’s sorrow:  As Mother of Sorrows, Sophia decides to enter the world of humanity.

 2.  The Mystery of the Serpent:  Sophia takes the form of the serpent, and comes to humanity to instruct them in the wisdom of God.

 3.  The Mystery of Eve:  Humanity responds to Sophia’s call to reach for complete understanding.

 4.  The Mystery of Sophia the Teacher:  Throughout human history, Sophia inspires and instructs great prophets, holy people, and ordinary men and women in the ways of Gnosis.

 5.  The Mystery of Sophia the Liberator:  Through Gnosis, Sophia leads each of us now through the veil, as we move toward full reunification with the Pleroma.

The Bridal Mysteries

 1.  The Mystery of the Consorts:  Christ and Sophia are partnered as Æons, syzygies, emanating from Unknown Father, representing poles of God’s unity:  Light and Dark, Male and Female, Word (Logos) and Wisdom (Sophia).

 2.  The Mystery of the Incarnation:  Christ enters the world from the Pleroma through the human being, Jesus of Nazareth, spurred on by the compassion of Sophia.

 3.  The Mystery of the Baptism in the Jordan:  Jesus is baptized by John the Baptizer in the Jordan, and Sophia descends upon Him like a dove, to be with Him during His mission.

 4.  The Mystery of the Resurrection:  After Jesus’ death, Sophia brings Him forward to a new form of life in spirit.

 5.  The Mystery of Sophia the Advocate:  After Jesus leaves the world, Sophia remains as an advocate for those who seek to understand His teachings and message.

The Prayers of the Holy Gnostic Rosary

 Sign of the Cross

In the Name of the + Unknown Father; in Truth, Mother of All; in union, and redemption, and the sharing of powers: peace be to all on whom this Name reposes. Amen.

Gnostic Credo

I acknowledge one great Invisible God, unrevealable, unmarked, ageless, and unproclaimable; the Unknown Father, the Æon of the Æons, Who brought forth in the silence with His providence:  the Father, the Mother, and the Son.

I acknowledge the Christos, the self-begotten living Son; the glory of the Father, and the virtue of the Mother; Who, given birth from the virginal and ineffable Mother, was made incarnate:  the Perfect One. Who, in the Word of the Great Invisible God, came down from above to annul the emptiness of this age, and restore the fullness to the Æon.

I acknowledge the Holy Spirit, the Bride of the Christos, the Mother of the Æons, the great virginal and ineffable Mother who proceeded from Herself a gift of Herself, out of the silence of the Unknown God.

I acknowledge the Light of the One Church in every place:  Interior, Invisible, Secret, and Universal: the foundation of the Lights of the Great Living God.

I seek liberation of my perfection from the corruptions of the world, and look to the gathering of the sparks of Light from the sea of forgetfulness. Amen.

Gnostic’s Prayer

 Almighty God, Whose footstool is the highest firmament: Great Ruler of Heaven, and all the powers therein: Hear the prayers of Thy servants who put their trust in Thee. We pray Thee, supply our needs from day to day: Command Thy heavenly host to comfort and succor us; that it may be to Thy glory, and unto the good of all. Forgive us our transgressions as we forgive our brothers and sisters. Be present with us; strengthen and sustain us: For we are but instruments in Thy hands. Let us not fall into temptation: Defend us from all danger and evil: Let Thy mighty power ever guard and protect us, Thou great Fount of knowledge and wisdom: Instruct Thy servants by Thy holy presence: Guide and support us, now and forever. Amen.

Ave Sophia

 Hail Sophia, filled with light, the Christ is with Thee.  Blessed art Thou amongst the Æons, and blessed is the Liberator of Thy light, Jesus.  Holy Sophia, Mother of all gods, pray to the Light for us, Thy children, now, and at the hour of our death. Amen.

Gloria Patri

 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, unto the æons of æons. Amen.

O Alma Sophia

 O Gentle, O Kind, O Blessed Sophia, Thy children on earth call unto Thee: We pray Thee, our Beloved Mother, to cast forth Thy net of woven starlight.  Fling it wide across the ocean of the universe to gather us home to the realms of Light. Amen.

Optional Prayers

 Renunciation of the Archons

 Rulers of the Midst, hear me: Ye usurpers of the rightful Realms of Perfection, I renounce you and your works, deeds, images. Take to yourselves your destiny! I come not to your regions from this moment onwards. I have become a stranger unto you forever, being about to go unto the region of my inheritance. Rulers of the Midst, hear me: I renounce you and your servants, and commend my whole self to the Realms of Truth, now and forever. Amen.

13th Century Cathari Prayer

Holy Mother,
Rightful Queen of faithful souls,
Who never erred,
Who never lied,
Follower of the rightful course,
Who never doubted,
Lest we should accept death
In the realm of the false god:
As we do not belong to this realm,
And this realm is not ours –
Teach us Thy Gnosis,
And to love what Thou lovest. Amen.

 Hail Holy Queen

 Hail Holy Queen, Mother of Mercy; Hail, our life, our sweetness, and our hope! To Thee do we cry, the exiled children of Eve. To Thee do we send up our longing, sighs, and crying in this vale of tears. Turn then, most gracious advocate, Thine eyes of compassion toward us, and after this our exile, show unto us our Holy Twin Angel. O clement, O loving, O sweet Sophia!  Pray for us, O Holy Mother of all gods, that we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ; that the door be opened before us into the column of glory, that we might cross over in the ships of Light, and rest forevermore. Amen.

Prayer to St. Michael

O glorious prince of the heavenly army, Saint Michael the Archangel, defend us in the eternal combat, which we sustain against the powers of darkness, malice and ignorance, which afflict us on this æonial battlefield of our earthly life! Come, invincible leader of the host of heaven, guardian of the paradise of the world, and wielder of the double-edged, flaming sword! Aid and sustain us in our defense against the adversary; and come to lead us finally into the presence of the Most High, into the abode of the blissful. Enlighten and purify us, O Thou great and mighty Archangel Michael: grant us to abandon the works of darkness, and to love the Gnosis of the Light; so that whilst all things of this world pass away, we may ever hold fast those things which abide for evermore. Amen.

 Rosary for the Dead

 Replace the Gloria Patri with the following:

Repose in the Eternal Fullness grant unto them, O Lord; and let the Light above the Æons shine upon them. Amen.

(The Credo may also be replaced with the De Profundis, Psalm 130 [129 in the Septuagint]: “Out of the depths…”)


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