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From the Rector

Dear Friends,

For the Johannite Church, and many Gnostic Churches, March, like November, has a significant amount of reflection on those who have passed but the ones we commemorate in March each have a direct connection to Gnostic or heterodox belief or accusations-  the Martyrs of Montsegur, Grand Master Jacques de Molay, and Constant Chevillon. 

The Montsegur Martyrs were Cathars, dualist Christians who placed a heavy focus on the Gospel of John, and the target and victims of the Albigensian Crusade, called by the See of Rome to eliminate what it saw as their heretical beliefs. At their last, the martyrs of Montsegur marched into the flames willingly, singing.

Some time ago, I wrote a reflection on the martyrdom of the Cathars, and as the years roll on, it seems to become increasingly relevant as views and discussions in the public sphere tend to bring more heat but less light. You can read it here in a reflection called the Fires of Montsegur.


Grand Master Jacques de Molay should be well known to most readers of this newsletter and members of our church- as he forms an integral part of the mythos, lineage and legend of the Johannite Church as well as a significant place in secular and religious history- being the Grand Master of the Order of the Temple who was burned at the stake on March 18th, 1314, the ultimate result of the arrest, imprisonment and torture of the Knights of the Temple seven years prior. I offer some thoughts on the last years and moments of Jacques de Molay here in a reflection called 1314 which can be found here

Constant Chevillon- Gnostic Bishop, Martinist Master and Masonic Grand Master, and who served as a Patriarch in the Gnostic movement, was gunned down by the Gestapo during the Second World War. Constant Chevillon was canonized by the Apostolic Johannite Church, together with many other Gnostic and Esoteric organizations as a part of the commemoration of the 70th anniversary of his martyrdom. 
 
Each of these, collectively and individually, recall the persecution found in every age, when people fear what they do not understand. I encourage to take some time to learn more about these moments in history, and further to that, encourage you to reach out and learn from those whose views, social, political or religious, you may not understand. You may discover that you have much to learn from them
 
This Month at St. Joseph's

Join us this month as we commemorate the Cathars with the Grail Rite of the Apostolic Johannite Church at 7:30pm on March 14th. Later on in the month, on March 28th, we will be sitting down to break bread at Ricky's Diner at North Hill, to discuss the Cathars in more detail.

I hope to see you there.

Ad Sacram Flammam,
+ Shaun Mar Iohannes

News and Education from Around the Church
Johannite School

The Apostolic Johannite Church has recently launched 'Johannite School' - a place to learn more about the thought, practice, community, and history of the Apostolic Johannite Church. Our aim is to make it easier for new members of the church, as well as interested people who aren’t close to a local community, to find out more about the AJC.

Johannite School is free.

As the school curriculum grows, it will cover popular topics like,

  1. Introduction to Johannite Concepts and Theology
  2. What do Johannites do (practice, ritual, traditions)?
  3. What is the AJC about (structure, definitions, community)?
  4. What is Gnosticism (introduction)?
  5. History of Johannite communities (33CE to today)
  6. What is Hermeticism and why is it relevant?

The first of these courses,Introduction to Johannite Concepts and Theology” (which includes a total of eighteen modules!) has already begun and you are welcome to join in.

All courses include video lectures, written notes, extra resources and homework exercises. Each course is self-paced. The school includes a forum area where you can meet other students and ask for help.

To sign up- visit https://johannite.org/learn/

Coming later this Month on The Lectern Podcast: The Primate of the United States on the Sacrament of Unction, from Conclave 2017

Upcoming Schedule
 

Liturgy: 7:30pm @ The Unitarian Church of Calgary
Room 4, Side Entrance
1703 1 Street Northwest
Calgary, AB T2M 4P4

Coffee and Discussion:
7:15pm @ Ricky’s @ North Hill

1668 14 Ave NW, Calgary, AB T2N 1M7

March 14th - Liturgy - The Cathars
March 28th - Discussion - The Cathars

April 11th - Liturgy - Holy Jacob Boehme
April 25th - Discussion - Open Discussion

 

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