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The Fourth Sunday in Advent

Intent: Nature of the Redeemer


O, Thou our Redeeming Power, our mind has not ceased thinking of Thy wonders; our thought has not swerved from searching Thy secrets. Our insight has not moved from aspiring to Thy mysteries; nor has our counsel ever moved from seeking Thy marvels. Our wills have sent up desiring to comprehend Thee, our lord. We long to see Thy brilliant countenance, O ever coming Lord!


The lesson is taken from the words of the Holy Prophet Mani:

When men asked for the Redeemer, and the Mother of Life, and the first Man and the Spirit of Life decided to send to their children One who should free them and save them, to show them the knowledge and the righteousness and rescue them from evil. Being kindly, and filled with pity, the Good Father sent from His bosom His beloved Son into the heart of the earth and into its lowest parts for the saving of souls. While coming, the Son changed himself into the form of man, and He appeared to men as a man, being no man, and men fancied him to have been born.


The gospel is taken from the Book of the Gnosis of the Light:

The ever coming Redeemer gave us glory and joy, and jubilation, happiness and peace and hope, and faith and love and truth which changes not. And we have become blessed and perfect, we have come to know God as truth, and we have become gods and perfected ones. And he also gave us the law: to love one another, and to honor God and bless Him, and seek Him — who He is and what He is — that we should wonder at the place whence we have come, and not return to evil again but follow after Him who has given us the Law of Love.


A Homily for The Fourth Sunday in Advent

presented by the Most Reverend Stephan A. Hoeller, bishop of the Ecclesia Gnostic


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