Creeds of Gnostic Churches
From the Gnostic Mass (1913)
Baphomet (Aleister Crowley), for Ecclesia Gnostica Catholica
I believe in one secret and ineffable LORD; and in one Star in the Company of Stars of whose fire we are created, and to which we shall return; and in one Father of Life, Mystery of Mystery, in His name CHAOS, the sole viceregent of the Sun upon the Earth; and in one Air the nourisher of all that breathes.
And I believe in one Earth, the Mother of us all, and in one Womb wherein all men are begotten, and wherein they shall rest, Mystery of Mystery, in Her name BABALON.
And I believe in the Serpent and the Lion, Mystery of Mystery, in His name BAPHOMET.
And I believe in one Gnostic and Catholic Church of Light, Life, Love and Liberty, the Word of whose Law is THELEMA.
And I believe in the communion of Saints.
And, forasmuch as meat and drink are transmuted in us daily into spiritual substance, I believe in the Miracle of the Mass.
And I confess one Baptism of Wisdom whereby we accomplish the Miracle of Incarnation.
And I confess my life one, individual, and eternal that was, and is, and is to come.
AUMGN. AUMGN. AUMGN.
From The Esoteric Christian Doctrine (1907)
Johannes Bricaud, for Eglise Catholique Gnostique
I believe in one God, eternal Propator and almighty Father, Creator and attractor of all visible and invisible beings, the first tridyname amongst the divine Eons.
And in His only son, the divine logos, the prototype of man, the second tridyname, Christ, spiritual and physical light, born of the treasure of light, true God like the Father and consubstantial to Him, without whom nothing was made.
Who became incarnate on earth in the person of Jesus the Saviour and the star of the Pleroma, came down here below for us, taking on a soul and a body like our own in the breast of blessed Mary.
Who was manifest in Jesus from the time of his baptism until the time of his passion;
Who spoke to us through his mouth and taught us the very holy gnosis and the holy life, in order to deliver us from the slavery of the Demiurge and of his earthly Archon, to thus enable our return into the spiritual Pleroma our homeland, as he himself returned there after his death;
Who will come to earth again full of glory to judge the living and the dead;
Whose kingdom shall have no end.
I believe in the Holy Spirit, the third tridyname, who proceeds from the Father like the son;
Who gives love with life, who puts us onto the path of truth and holiness, who unifies all beings, who is adored and glorified with the Father and the son.
I believe in one truly universal or catholic Church, the origin of which on earth goes back to that of the human race, but which in heaven constitutes the holy Pleroma, and is as old as God Himself, the perfect being.
I confess the two baptisms, and the three other mysteries for the remission of sins.
I await, on the completion of the earthly Pleroma, the reappearance of the dead, the ascension of the Pleroma, lastly the final destruction of the spirits resistant to any conversion, at the same time as the destruction of the hylic world, the work of the Demiurge. Amen.
Edited and abridged from the Gnostic Catechism (1895)
T Valentin (Jules Doinel), for Eglise Gnostique
I am a Valentinian Gnostic. I have the Pleroma for my Father, Christos for my Savior, Simon and Valentinus as Doctors, Helen and Sophia for moral support, and I wait for the advent of Our Lady Pneuma Hagion, the eternal Feminine.
As Simon saved Helen from supreme degradation, the Savior, sent by the Father, descended into the world in an astral from and delivered Thought from the tyranny of the unjust Angels. In Judea, he is called Jesus and the Son. In Samaria, he was called Simon and the Father. For future races, he will be the Holy Spirit for which we wait, God's Great Virtue, the Woman who is to come.
Eternal as is Truth, Gnosis appeared in Time and Space, in a concrete format, following the astral descent of Jesus, the Flower of the Pleroma.
I confess the doctrine of Emanation and Salvation through Gnosis.
I confess the Church of the Holy Gnostic Assembly directed by the Holy Spirit that is feminine, governed by His Grace the Patriarch and the Very High Synod of Bishops and Sophias.
I aspire to the world of the Lord, the Ogdoad. The feast of the marriage of the lamb will take place there. The Pnuematics will receive angels for spouses, and their love will be eternal.
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