Lesser Feast

A Lesser Feast is mentioned in the Book of the Law, Chapter II, 41 as one of the “feasts of the times”1).

“A feast for fire and a feast for water; a feast for life and a greater feast for death!”—Liber AL vel Legis, Book of the Law, Chapter II, 41

“The feast for life is at a birth; and the feast for death at a death. It is of the utmost importance to make funerals merry, so as to train people to take the proper view of death. The fear of death is one of the great weapons of tyrants, as well as their scourge; and it distorts our whole outlook upon the Universe.”—New Comment on II.41

“With abrupt vigour the subject swings over to the triumph of the Masters. Aiwass bids us rise up and awake. He prescribes ways of worship. We are to invoke with joy and beauty. He begins by making a list of rituals and feasts; and in the course of this he works himself up into a state of rapture so that these rites at first clearly defined in order, gather force, wave upon wave, quicker and quicker, until at last he proclaims all times and places as proper for feasts. At the end he exclaims once more that all such pleasures are free from any taint of hidden poison. We are to make the present perfect, without the least fear that we are making trouble for ourselves in the future. True, our bodies are dissolved; but this brings us into full timeless rapture. We enjoy all that may be, as we could not even at the best while forced to measure our Magick in terms of the body and mind. It may be that events cease to occur, that they become one single event, a constant state of joy.”—Djeridensis Comment on II.34–44

In Liber XV Eccliesiæ Gnosticæ Catholicæ Canon Missæ, the Gnostic Mass of Ecclesia Gnostica Catholica, Greater Feast is mentioned in IV Of the Ceremony of the Opening of the Veil as the Deacon recites the list of feasts from the Book of the Law. The final Collects recited by the Deacon in V Of the Office Of the Collects Which Are Eleven in Number are for life events, and one is labelled Birth.

“Birth

The DEACON: Be the hour auspicious, and the gate of life open in peace and in well-being, so that she that beareth children may rejoice, and the babe catch life with both hands.

The PEOPLE: So mote it be.”—Liber XV, Eccliesiæ Gnosticæ Catholicæ Canon Missæ

“Here is the Calendar of our Church […] 'a feast for life and a greater feast for death!' […] It all depends on your own acceptance of this new law, and you are not asked to believe anything, to accept a string of foolish fables beneath the intellectual level of a Bushman and the moral level of a drug-fiend. All you have to do is to be yourself, to do your will, and to rejoice.—Liber DCCCXXXVII, The Law of Liberty

“Cardinal sacraments are those by which the Church distinguishes its members from the profane, and distinguishes among its members. There are only five of these: Baptism, Confirmation, Ordination, Last Rites, and the Eucharist of the Gnostic Mass. They correspond to water, fire, air, earth and spirit, respectively. Cardinal sacraments are also the ones that might be viewed by the Church as requiring episcopal and/or sacerdotal participation to be valid. This stipulation makes obvious sense in the cases of both the Eucharist of the Gnostic Mass, and the sacraments that affect affiliation and status in the Church. Last Rites is a trickier instance. Since we don’t hold any doctrine that penalizes those who die without Last Rites, the responsibility and concern for their cardinality lies not with the adherent, but with the Church. While non-clergy might effectively administer to the spiritual needs of the dying, they could not absolve the Church of the responsibility for action from its clergy, if needed or desired by a dying member.”—T Polyphilus on Cardinal Sacraments


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Book of the Law, II.36

 

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