here is One single thread of Wisdom that weaves outside of the flow of Aeons and the revolvings of the circles of Time. This Golden Thread is the Wisdom that partakes of the Cup of the Sophia, drinking in the draught of the Ineffable Divine that exists before the first incarnation. Spirit, trapped in matter, has as its divine right and heavenly gift, the ability to attain this revelation of Gnosis. This fact, and this alone, sets Humanity above the Gods. This potential resides in allóa stone within, waiting to shine forth in a glow of indescribable Light.
he Gnostic Church was reconstituted in the modern age by Tau Valentine II (Jules Doinel, 1842-1903 e.v.). Doinel was a historian, spiritist and esoteric Freemason, who suffered frequent visions of the divine. During a sťance in 1889e.v., Doinel convened a meeting of Cathar bishops, the ďVery High Synod of Bishops of the Paraclete.Ē Under orders of the Synodís head, one Guilhabert de Castres, Doinel (re)founded the Gnostic Church.
The Gnostic Church took form in 1890e.v. with Tau Valentine as itís Patriarch. The Church included Gerard Encausse (Papus), Tau Vincent, among itís earliest members. In 1895e.v, Doinel converted to Roman Catholicism, abdicating his position as Patriarch and resigning from the Church.
Tau Synesius, Fabre des Essarts, succeeded Tau Valentine as Patriarch in 1896e.v. Synesius continued to head the Church until his death in 1917e.v.
In 1901e.v. Jean Bricaud joined as Tau Johannes. In 1907e.v. Bricaud left the Church and joined fellow defector, Encausse, and Louis-Sophrone Fugairon in the founding of The Gnostic Catholic Church (later líEglise Gnostique Universelle). After the break, Synesius renamed his branch, The Gnostic Church of France.
The United Rite
he Gnostic Church is a nexus point of lineages drawn together into one United Rite. The foundation of this Uniting derives from the Creed and the Mass of this Holy Universal Gnostic Church (Ecclesia Gnostica). A diversity is hidden herein, contained within each line and lineage. Each subtly distinct, while, often, drawing on common or overlapping histories.
The Church draws on the constituent lines of the United Rite for its spiritual and apostolic succession.