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Gnosis is the Greek word for “knowledge.” Gnosis refers not to intellectual knowledge of mundane things, but to intuitive, mystic knowledge, closely bound with the experiences of revelation and epiphany. The name “Gnostic” describes numerous sects in the first centuries of Christianity who sought and revered gnosis, and who affirmed personal spiritual experience and freedom of religious expression to be more important than dogmas of belief.
The early Christian community openly included Gnostics. However, after the late-second century, Gnosticism was suppressed and anathematized by the dominant orthodox traditions of Christians as heresy. By the late 18th through early 19th centuries, a movement was underway from within the Catholic Church of France to restore the longstanding and hidden tradition of classical Gnosticism. This involved numerous ecclesiastics, who were leading Masonic and Templar figures. L’Eglise Gnostique Catholique Apostolique (EGCA) is the French Gnostic Church, the first Gnostic Church in modern times, established in 1890 by Jules Doinel in Paris. Our Ecclesia has for long been known as regarded as L'Eglise des initiés (“The Church of the Initiates”), having served since its establishment as a sanctuary for initiates of the Western Mystery Tradition.
Symbols can express the human psyche’s deepest truths. Christian symbolism has developed slowly over two millennia as an embodiment of civilization’s highest spiritual aspirations. As symbolic forms, the sacraments and liturgical rituals are effective vehicles for the transformation of consciousness. Properly encountered, religious ceremony can establish new levels of receptivity to the inner world of the spirit. The central Mystery of our sacramental practice is the Holy Eucharist. The structure and content of our Eucharistic liturgy (i.e. the Mass) is similar in structure to the Latin rite, with elements inspired by the Gnostics of the First through Fourth Centuries A.D.
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Membership in the Church is not required for those who wish to participate in services and partake of the Eucharist. The Church does not require members to renounce membership in any other church or religious practice. Our Church does not discriminate on the basis of creed, ethnic origin, nationality, gender, or sexual orientation.
We invite you to join with us in experiencing this living tradition.