I was recently asked what the purpose was of “all the ritual and clothes.” The individual did not understand why I as a Priest work in the method that I do. Was there a need for all the ceremony? What was the purpose?
I explained the story of the Hindu Vedic priests, who daily chant timeless rituals. It is taught that if they ever stop performing their rituals, the whole material universe would dissipate into chaos and nothingness, not returning to Godhead, just lost.
As a Priest of the Logos I understand this and why they keep their diligent rites, and I thank them for their part of the continuing story.
As for my part, for our part as Gnostics I can only word it in this way;
The Holy Eucharist and the observation of the Mass constantly renews the Universe. It is difficult to explain to someone who is so outside of the process, but to be a vessel for the changing of the Bread and Wine into the Body and Blood of Christ is a tangible real experience.
The feeling at the point of the change is profound. The Rites and methods are a formula of spiritual Alchemy and our approach is one of esoteric manifestation. We “Do” things in a way that activates the true divine essence as we have experienced it when activated before in the same manner. We use the formula to call upon the sacred reality of the Living Logos, but not for this Divine essence to do our bidding, rather so that we may merge ourselves within the Logos.
The Eucharist is our way to disappear into God, if for a brief moment. As we know that the universe is a particle of the vibratory revelation of God, we know that the moment we enter, the moment of the Passion is a moment that has happened, is happening and will happen again. We unify ourselves with the sacred reality of the Sacrifice.
We are witnessing the event of the Last Supper, we are recounting the Passion of our Lord and in this experience and reality of the recounting and the transubstantiation of the Species we enter the moment that has happened, is happening and will happen again.
You must see without your eyes the descending Angels who create the sacred Temple, the Mystical temple of Damcar that forms with each intonation of the holy words. The gathering of the Saints. The return of the Sacred Mother, the Queen of Heaven, the blessed and Holy Theotokos who stands before you.
To not humble your soul to the Queen is to not see the truth of the Sacrifice.
The Eucharist is true, Years ago I was among the many who mocked what I did not understand. I enjoyed my hubris and my unwillingness to see the deeper reality. It was a freedom into the Material and with each action that set me free in the Material I destroyed the truest part of myself. I gave myself to illusion and rejected reality.
I wandered for years back to the Altar of God and when I found it again I saw for the first time the truth of it all. That Jesus Christ has existed, does exist and will exist again, that Jesus is the World Tree, beyond a mere name. To even call our Lord, “Jesus Christ” is to place a limit upon what he really became. He became you and me, he became the rocks and the wind. He is the lord of all creation because He, though the life given to him by the Theotokos and through the power of his sacrifice has become all things.
The Logos is the turning of the world, the force of Gravity, the spark of creation, the explosion of material from nothingness. The Logos is creation and the harmony of the Cosmos. The Logos is paradoxically outside and within all material reality.
So why do I say the Sacred and Divine Liturgy? Because it is part of me, it is who I am. With each small gesture you generate the reality, until the moment when all things form into Divine alignment. When that experience happens, you are kissed by living Gnosis, the true intuition of Godhead.
It is real, I have seen it. I have experienced it and I know.
In Service to the Logos,
Chorbishop Monsignor Meinrad, n/OSC – Vicar, Priory of the Rose Cross,
Curator of Liturgical Rites for the Oriental Apostolic Church of Damcar