Services Held at the Besant Lodge
In July 2015, activities of the The Gnostic Society and Ecclesia Gnostica returned to the historic Besant Lodge in Hollywood, California. The Besant Lodge is located on North Beachwood Drive, immediately below the famous Hollywood sign. Parking is available on the streets around the facility, but it is advised that you come a bit early to find parking. (Map and Directions) This is a location we have used on various occasions for many decades, and we are very pleased to now permanently return our activities to this beautiful and historic location.
The Christmas Eve Eucharist is always at Midnight, but all other services are not held on the Eve or Day of Christmas and New Year's, or on the day of the major secular holidays. Come and join us!
The Holy Gnostic Sacraments
The Gnostic Holy Eucharist:
Every Sunday, 11:00 AM: High Mass with homily
Low Mass Every Wednesday (January 2016 the time returned to) 8:30 PM
Benediction of the Most Holy Sacrament and Healing Service:
Second Sunday of the month, 5:00 PM
Vespers and Healing Service:
Fourth Sunday of the month, 5:00 PM
Devotional Service to the Holy Sophia:
Third Thursday of the month, 8:00 PM
Descriptions of the Ecclesia Gnostica Services -- Diocesan Center
The Mystery of the Sacraments
The Ecclesia Gnostica of which Dr. Stephan A. Hoeller serves as the
bishop (having been duly consecrated to that office in 1967 and having
served in that capacity ever since) conducts the following regular services
on a weekly and monthly basis in the Los Angeles Area. All are welcome
to attend our services and all are welcome to receive Holy Communion!
Sunday Morning Eucharist.
This service, which resembles the Mass of the Roman Catholic communion,
is the supreme transformational rite of Christian Alchemy. Regular
attendance at this service advances the personal spiritual transformation
of those attending in marked measure; while many have found even occasional
attendance very helpful. The service is of an average duration of one hour
and fifteen minutes, and concludes with a brief homily. Bishop Hoeller
conducts the services on the majority of Sundays, with qualified Gnostic
clergy substituting for the Bishop on other occasions.
Wednesday Evening Eucharist.
These intimate evening Eucharists are conducted by Gnostic clergy. This
service lasts approximately one hour and is an intimate evening Mass.
Solemn Benediction and Healing Service.
A brief devotional service to the Blessed Sacrament of the Altar,
followed by the sacrament of healing with anointing and laying on of hands,
and Communion with the reserved sacrament.
Devotional Service to the Holy Sophia.
A singularly meaningful and magical service dedicated to the Divine
Feminine. This service is unique in our particular rite, and its likeness
is not found elsewhere!
Vespers and Healing Service.
A short service of praise and devotion, using recitations from psalms
and Gnostic scriptures, followed by the traditional healing service as
Video Collection of Sunday Homilies
Homilies delivered by the Most Rev. Stephan A. Hoeller during the Sunday Eucharistic service are now available online.
Locaton and Directions
All activities of The Gnostic Society and Ecclesia Gnostica have now been permanently returned to the historic Besant Lodge in Hollywood, California. The Besant lodge is located on Beachwood Drive, immediately below the famous Hollywood sign. Parking is available on the street around the facility, best north (past) the building, but it is advised that you come a bit early to find parking. (Map and Directions)