Ecclesia Gnostica Catholica (E.G.C.), or the Gnostic Catholic Church, is the ecclesiastical arm of Ordo Templi Orientis (O.T.O.). The E.G.C. is a Thelemic religious environment, dedicated to the advancement of Light, Life, Love, and Liberty through alignment with the Law of Thelema.
Through local financial support, the members of Bubastis Oasis maintain a facility for O.T.O. and E.G.C. events. It is located at 2510 Electronic Ln, #912 Dallas, TX 75220. You can find a map of this facility on our hospitality map.
We hold performances of O.T.O. Gnostic Mass (Liber XV) generally on the second and fourth Sundays of the month though we reserve the option of modifying this on a case by case basis. Sometimes, a special event may cause us to move the event so be sure to check our schedule.
Performances are participatory and require an active congregation. It is highly recommended that you review the script before attending. There will be time before the performance for questions, but you may also want to join us socially and ask questions. Check us out on our Facebook and Yahoo Groups. Tau Polyphilus also has a good essay covering some of the basics.
You can also view our current schedule for the next performance.
We offer a ceremonial baptism into the E.G.C. which is a ceremony welcoming a person into our congregation. Instead of a washing away of Sin, baptism in the E.G.C. represents a symbolic birth into the Thelemic community.
The baptized child joins the community at what is essentially a probationary level. The recitation of the creed by the congregation during the baptismal ceremony represents the instruction of the child in the essential tenets of the church. The child is not a full member of the community until he or she has learned these tenets and has made a conscious, informed decision to accept them.
The Confirmation ceremony is the formal entrance into the Laity, the official congregation of the Church.
Confirmation represents the first conscious manifestation of the True Will. The recitation of the Creed by the confirmand represents a statement that active participation in the Church and belief in its tenets is in conformity with the confirmand’s own True Will. The Church accepts the confirmand as a Thelemite, one of its own, a rightful claimant to the heirship, communion and benediction of the Saints.
Members of O.T.O. II° are eligible to join the Diaconate through a ceremony of ordination. Deacons are ordained assistants to the Priest and Priestess.
This ceremony is the first of a number of Sacred Rites in E.G.C. known as Ordinations. The Latin word Ordinare means to “order, arrange, or appoint.” The Sacrament of Ordination is attributed to Sol and Tiphareth, and refers to entry into the Path of Service. It is symbolic of the Second True Grade of the Order of Thelemites, that of the Lover, Tiphareth, the mediator between Kether and Malkuth, who serves both.
Those interested in being baptized, confirmed or ordained as a deacon should complete the Petition for Ecclesiastical Ceremony.
You can participate either as one of the Congregation, a Child (acolyte), the Deacon or as Priest/Priestess; each role having its own requirements. The requirements for participating are as follows:
Being part of a mass team is a privilege that often provides a greater understanding of the Mysteries contained therein. We welcome anyone who is interested in serving a congregation through a leadership role. To learn more, discuss the possibilities with a clergy member.