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Contemplative Eucharist Service (online)

A service, streamed online. Participate using Zoom – interactively with video and audio on or you can turn you camera and mic off and just watch, if that’s better for you.

The service includes 20 minutes of silent meditation. Please stay on for a cup of tea and a chat afterwards to connect.

5pm Welcome and hellos
5:15pm Eucharist Service
6pm Tea and conversation
6:30pm Close

More Details

Service handout, notes on how to prepare and Zoom details available here.

Incarnation…

The Visitation, artist unknown

Priest: The Virgin, bearing God in her womb, hastened to visit Elizabeth, whose own babe at once knowing her greeting, rejoiced and leaping up as if in song, cried out to the Theotokos:

Rejoice, branch of an unwithered shoot;
Rejoice, land of unblemished fruit.
Rejoice, you who cultivate the husband and who loves humankind;
Rejoice, for you gave birth to the gardener of our life.
Rejoice, arable land yielding an abundance of compassion;
Rejoice, table laden an abundance of grace.
Rejoice, for you make flourish the meadows of luxury;
Rejoice, for you prepare a safe harbor for our souls.
Rejoice, intercession’s acceptable incense;
Rejoice, expiation for all the world.
Rejoice, goodwill of God to mortals;
Rejoice, boldness of mortals before God.
Rejoice, O Bride unwedded.

People: Rejoice, O Bride unwedded.

(excerpt from The Akathist Hymn)

And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed. And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city. And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; because he was of the house and lineage of David: to be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child.

And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered. And she brought forth her first born son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn. And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, “Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.” And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying “Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace to men of goodwill.”

Gospel of Luke, gnosis.org

Ávē Marī́a, grā́tiā plḗna, Dóminus tḗcum. Benedícta tū in muliéribus, et benedíctus frū́ctus véntris túī, Iḗsūs. Sā́ncta Marī́a, Mā́ter Déī, ṓrā prō nṓbīs peccātṓribus, nunc et in hṓrā mórtis nóstrae. Āmēn.

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou amongst women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen.

Dorothea Lange, 1936, New York Public Library

We are all meant to be mothers of God. What good is it to me if this eternal birth of the divine Son takes place unceasingly, but does not take place within myself? And, what good is it to me if Mary is full of grace if I am not also full of grace? What good is it to me for the Creator to give birth to his Son if I do not also give birth to him in my time and my culture? This, then, is the fullness of time: When the Son of Man is begotten in us.

― Meister Eckhart (1260-1328)

A blessed Incarnation to you. May all blessing and protection rest on you and those you love and may this troubled world be healed.

… we say together…

Amen.

On Equality

To all people of grace and goodwill, greetings and blessings from the Apostolic Johannite Church:

All across the world, we continue to struggle with the legacies of hatred, structural racism and white supremacism. Despite the extraordinary strides that have been made, this fight is far from over. Each nation faces unique challenges in regards to the marginalisation and oppression of black and indigenous people of colour. In Canada, Australia, the United States, and elsewhere we continue to see the damage wrought by slavery and colonialism; black, aboriginal, and First Nations peoples pay the price for the mistakes of our history and the continuing mistakes of our institutions, leaders, fellow citizens, and ourselves.

The Johannite Statement of Principles specifically states, “We recognize the Sacred Flame to be present in all Beings…without discrimination on the basis of gender, race, social status or sexual orientation.” Nothing could be more clear. And yet we will say it again. The Apostolic Johannite Church recognises, stands with, and supports oppressed communities globally, and is dedicated to the principles of the universal presence of the Sacred Flame and the equality of all peoples without exception. We reject utterly the ideas of white supremacism and all other forms of hatred, exclusion, and oppression. We find these doctrines to be fundamentally incompatible with the teachings of the Christ and the Holy Gnosis.

We ask that you and all people of good will join us in combatting hatred in all its forms, by prayer, by speech, and by action. We pray to the Divine Beloved to heal our hearts and our lands, so that we may all be one even as the Beloved is one. We remain

Your devoted servants before the Sacred Flame:

+ The Most Rev. Shaun McCann, Ep.Gn.
Sovereign Pontiff of the Apostolic Johannite Church
Primate of Canada

+ The Most Rev. William Behun, Ph.D, Ep.Gn.
Primate of the United States

+ The Most Rev. Timothy Mansfield, Ph.D, Ep.Gn.
Bishop of New South Wales, Australia


Originally published at AJC Statement on Racism, 3 July 2020

Photo by Alex Holyoake on Unsplash

Trimorphic Protennoia II – Dinner & discussion (Online)

Dinner discussions are an informal time to meet and get to know each other, to discuss what we’re reading, ask questions, and share ideas and experiences.

During this time of home seclusion, we’ll meet using a Zoom video conference (see below for instructions and the giant, friendly yellow zoom button). Please organise some food to eat while we talk, so we still observe the convention of eating together.

Trimorphic Protennoia

Last month, we began our inquiry into Trimorphic Protennoia, or The Three Forms of the First Thought.

The text is another text from the Nag Hammadi corpus (there is a single version in Codex XIII, no other copies of this text survive). It’s classified as “Sethian” material, so it’s within the same tradition as Secret John and several other texts.

We completed the first section last time, so this session we begin the second section.

How to access the text

Versions of the texts are available in most published collections. It’s in The Nag Hammadi Library and The Gnostic Bible, so you may already have it.

Several translations are also available at The Gnostic Society Library:

Please RSVP by email.

Event Details

How to join


Please try to make sure you have headphones with a microphone so any noise in your environment is kept to a minimum. If you can’t, then stay in muted mode unless you’re speaking. You can also turn your video off (use the camera button) if it’s more comfortable.

To join in, you need to have Zoom installed

  • The Zoom web browser client will download automatically when you start or join your first Zoom meeting, so join a little earlier to give yourself time to install it.
  • You can also manually download the Zoom Client for Meetings or a mobile app here: https://zoom.us/download

You can also connect by voice by dialling into one of the following numbers and using your Meeting ID (see above):

+61 3 7018 2005 Australia
+61 8 7150 1149 Australia
+61 2 8015 6011 Australia
+64 9 884 6780 New Zealand
+64 4 886 0026 New Zealand
(dial-in numbers for other countries)

This help article spells out how to download Zoom and join a call – if you’re unsure how to use it, take a look before the first call.

Image: Photograph of a performance of “Barbelo, À Propos de Chiens et D’Enfants” by Anna Popek