Ecclesia Gnostica Catholica (E.G.C.), or the Gnostic Catholic Church, is the ecclesiastical arm of Ordo Templi Orientis (OTO). The E.G.C. is a Thelemic religious environment, dedicated to the advancement of Light, Life, Love, and Liberty through alignment with the Law of Thelema. To learn more about E.G.C., our history, ceremonies, and administrative structure, visit the Grand Lodge E.G.C. page.
Horizon holds Mass three times a month at our temple according to the following schedule:
1st Sunday at 3pm
2nd Saturday at 6pm
4th Sunday at 6pm
Check our calendar for specific dates.
It's not necessary to contact Horizon prior to attending; our masses are open to the public and we welcome new people. A donation is requested, but no one is turned away for lack of funds. For more information contact email@example.com.
Liber XV, The Gnostic Mass, is the official public rite of Ordo Templi Orientis and of the Ecclesia Gnostica Catholica. It has been said with authority that every important secret of the O.T.O. is revealed, in symbol and in ceremony, within the Mass.
Aleister Crowley wrote Liber XV in 1913 in Moscow, the year after his appointment by Theodor Reuss as the X° Head of the British Section of O.T.O. According to W. B. Crow in A History of Magic, Witchcraft and Occultism (Aquarian Press, London 1968), Crowley wrote it "under the influence of the Liturgy of St. Basil of the Russian Church." Crowley published the Gnostic Mass three times during his life: in 1918 in The International, in 1919 in The Equinox, Volume III, No. 1 (the "Blue Equinox"), and in 1929 in Appendix VI of Magick in Theory and Practice. Theodor Reuss published a German variant in 1918. It was first publicly celebrated on Sunday, March 19, 1933 e.v. by Wilfred T. Smith and Regina Kahl in Hollywood, California.
Crowley writes in Chapter 73 of his Confessions:
"During this period [The summer of 1913 e.v. - Ed.] the full interpretation of the central mystery of freemasonry became clear in consciousness, and I expressed it in dramatic form in `The Ship'. The lyrical climax is in some respects my supreme achievement in invocation; in fact, the chorus beginning: Thou who art I beyond all I am... seemed to me worthy to be introduced as the anthem into the Ritual of the Gnostic Catholic Church, which, later in the year, I prepared for the use of the O.T.O., the central ceremony of its public and private celebration..."
Liber XV; The Gnostic Mass
With Annotations and Commentary by Sr Helena and T Apiryon
Lay Membership in E.G.C. is conferred by the ceremony of confirmation, which must be preceded by the ceremony of baptism. Baptism by itself does not confer Lay Membership.
Baptism is open to any person at least 11 years old. Confirmation is open to any person who has been baptized and who has attained the age of puberty. Baptism or confirmation for any person less than 18 years of age requires the prior written consent of the custodial parent(s) or legal guardian(s). Baptism and confirmation are public ceremonies.
To request baptism or confirmation contact Horizon's E.G.C. Secretary by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Any member who is interested in being part of the mass is warmly encouraged to pursue this interest. Performing in the mass can be a deeply rewarding experience and is a service to the Oasis.
Generally, being a Child is the first role one learns and performs as part of a mass team. To become part of the mass, contact Horizon's E.G.C. secretary at email@example.com and let them know of your interest. They will give you more information and can help you begin.
Everyone performing mass at Horizon must first meet the requirements set by the E.G.C:
Horizon sets these additional requirements:
Each supervising Bishop may (and probably will) have additional expectations. The local body has no authority over the Novice/Bishop relationship; check with your supervising Bishop about their requirements.
Each mass team has their own interpretation and personal way of performing the mass, and Horizon has a long history of encouraging and respecting that. These are Horizon Oasis's expectations about what mass teams, and team members, will do: