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The Twenty-Fifth Sunday After Trinity

Intent: Ultimate Freedom


O God, master of the Aeons, we would worship Thee, the same God who changeth not; perfect in holiness, infinite in wisdom, of boundless love and compassion: we in the feebleness of our human selves cast ourselves upon Thine almighty strength; in the helplessness of our mortality upon Thy immortal caring presence; in our weariness we stay our souls on Thee. For thy wholeness envelops our incompleteness; thy rest stills our restlessness; thy truth dispels our ignorance; and thy liberty lifts us up above the highest Aeons.


The lesson is taken from the Book of the Prophet Ezekiel:

And it was said unto me: Son of man, behold with thine eyes, and hear with thine ears, and set thine heart upon all that I shall show thee; for to the intent that I might show them unto thee art thou brought hither. And he brought me to the gate of the Temple, the gate that looketh toward the east. And behold, the glory of God came from the way of the east; and His Voice was like the voice of many waters, and the earth shone with His glory; and I fell upon my face. And the glory of the Lord came into the house by way of the gate whose prospect is toward the east. So the Spirit took me up and brought me into the inner court; and behold, the glory of the Lord filled the whole house, and I heard Him speaking unto me. And He said unto me: Son of man, the place of My throne shall be holy, where I will dwell in the midst of My children for ever; the whole limit thereof round about shall be most holy; behold, this is the law of the house. And again I fell upon my face before the glory of the Lord.


The gospel is taken from the Gospel according to St. Philip:

There is a glory that is higher than glory, there is power which is above power. Because of this the perfect things are open to us, and the hidden things of the truth; and the holy things of the holy ones are revealed, and the bridal chamber invites us in. Insofar as it is hidden, wickedness is indeed brought to naught, but it is not taken away from the midst of the seed of the Holy Spirit; they are the slaves of wickedness. But when it is revealed, then the perfect light will pour out upon every one. And all those who are in it will receive the chrism. Then the slaves will be free, and the captives delivered and they will be at peace.

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