Website last updated:
24 December, 2016
A parish of
the Ecclesia Gnostica
Serving the Greater Seattle area since
"Let him who seeks continue seeking until he finds.
When he finds, he will become troubled.
When he becomes troubled,
he will be astonished, and he will rule over the all."
The Gospel According to Thomas
Hagia Sophia Gnostic Church is the Seattle parish of the Ecclesia
Gnostica, and welcomes all spiritual seekers to share in community
the Gnostic tradition through liturgical services, spiritual exercises,
formal and informal learning opportunities, and in conversation with
trained clergy and other like-minded individuals. We make no judgments
based on ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, socio-economic status,
or even creed. There is no membership requirement for participation, and
no barrier of any kind exists around our altar. Communion is open to
all who wish to receive it.
Hagia Sophia is housed on the second floor of historic University
Christian Church in Seattle's University District (4731 - 15th Ave NE,
Seattle, WA 98105). We are pleased and honored to share a building with
such an ecumenical, open, and affirming group of people, as well as the
other churches and outreach groups serving the Seattle community
including University Baptist Church, St. George Jacobite Syriac Orthodox
Church, the U-District Food Bank, and the Seattle Human Services
Coalition, which also have their home at University Christian.
See the Introduction page for
general information about our parish, and the services we offer; the Schedule of Services
for our calendar; and About Us for information
about our chapel and clergy. For more information, contact Rev.
Sam Osborne at: sosborne1393 (at) gmail (dot) com, or
Hagia Sophia Gnostic Church is the Seattle parish
of the Ecclesia Gnostica, the oldest and largest sacramental and
liturgical Christian Gnostic church within the Apostolic Succession in
the Americas. As a sacramental, liturgical church, we employ
vestments, chant, candles, incense, bells, and other accoutrements.
This serves the purpose of elevating our consciousness out of the
mundane concerns to focus upon the Divine.
To join our e-mail list and receive reminders of upcoming services and events, e-mail us with the subject line "Join Hagia Sophia Newsletter".
The Gnostic Holy Eucharist (the Mass) is so
designed that it may effectively remove the barriers separating
the human and the Divine. The Ecclesia Gnostica invites all
who seek this mystic union to partake of the Divine Mystery
of the Eucharist. The structure and content of our Liturgy
are age-old, and are not altered by the passing fancies of
individuals or the mundane trends of culture. Thus our service is
Christian as well as Gnostic in nature, ancient as well as
contemporary. Communion is open to all who wish to receive
Celebrations of the
Gnostic Holy Eucharist are held on Sunday afternoons at 1:00 P.M.
(See the Schedule
An evening service of devotion to the Holy
Sophia is held once a month. This devotional service, unique
to our rite, is a singularly meaningful and mystical experience
dedicated to the Divine Feminine. The service includes the
blessing of the rose, and culminates in the Litany of Love, in
which love is sent forth to all, both the seen and unseen.
Sophia Services are usually
held on the Sunday of the full moon. Please check
the calendar for specific dates and times.
Often celebrated in conjunction with the Sophia
Service, and Benediction, the Service of Healing or Unction is
a sacrament offered for the healing of mind, body, soul, and
spirit. In the anointing, we invoke the help of the
Archangel Raphael, whose name means: "It is God who heals." One
does not need to be gravely ill to receive the benefits of this
The sacrament of Unction may also be
received upon request, either privately or in conjuction with a
public worship service.
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