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Lectionary & Daily Office
Thelemic Lectionary and Daily Office for use by the laity and the diaconate alike.
The liturgical year is a cycle of readings within the Thelemic corpus through a seasonal and sanctoral approach. Much like the liturgical approaches of the Roman Catholic Church, the Anglican Church, and others with rich histories involving liturgical cycles of worship, this approach aims to provide the Thelemic community with a view of the year through both from the mytho-historical lens of Thelema as revealed by its first Prophet and from the readings from majority of the relevant and poignant Class A texts of the A∴A∴.
The liturgical year starts toward the end of July. This surprises many, but the first season of year is the Season of Anticipation, a time when we begin our mythic journey. This is all part of the Holy Season of the Epithalamium (Gk., lit., upon the nuptial chamber). It is this time that we celebrate the Feast of the First Night of the Prophet and His Bride. Without this First Night, we would not be on this journey. It is Rose Crowley, specifically, that is the underlying key to it all here. And we celebrate their love—and the anticipation of its ultimate climax in the Book of the Law—through the Four Pillars of the Bridal Chambers over the four Sundays leading up to the 12th of August.
The liturgical calendar has two seasons of Ordinary Time. It is called ‘ordinary’ time rather than ‘cardinal’ time, but that doesn’t mean it is boring or usual. It means it is ranked (such as First, Second, Third, etc) instead of being of a quantity (1, 2, 3, etc). These seasons are marked by Sundays and how far away they are from an important observance (First Sunday after X, etc).
Ordinary Time happens twice. The winter season is abbreviated OTN, for Ordinary Time—Nox, and the summer season is abbreviated OTL, for Ordinary Time—Lux.
The first encounter with Ordinary Time is with OTN and it holds three seasons: the Season of Reflection, the Season of Thanksgiving, and the Season of Darkness. During these times, we are immersed in the readings of the Heptateuch, the seven primary Class A texts that offer a full scriptural foundation for the Law of Thelema. It is our comfort and sustenance during times of meditation represented by the winter months.
From out of the darkness shines the hope in the form of the Light of the World off in the distance. And so we setup our Vigil. Starting with the Feast of Light on the 2nd of February, we participate in the Lucis Adventum Vigilia, or the Vigil of the Coming of the Light. This is the Season of Preparation. For seven weeks, we commemorate those Magi throughout time that heralded the aeons past and set the stage for the current aeon, its Prophet, and his Word: θέλημα (Thelema).
And with that, we move right into Viginti Duo, the High Holy Season starting on the 20th of March and culminates with the Feast of the Three Days of the Writing of the Book of the Law on the 8th, 9th, and 10th of April. This is the Season of Revelation.
Finally, the liturgical year ends with a second movement into Ordinary Time, OTL. Here we meditate through two seasons: the Season of Unity and the Season of Meditation as we prepare to start the cycle all over again. Our readings are from a myriad of Class A texts, epistles from the Prophet, and additional texts of inspiration, including the entirety of The Vision & The Voice.
*A Note: The Daily Office and Liturgical Seasons are currently marked for the Northern Hemisphere. We apologize for any inconvenience this may offer to our Brethren in the Southern Hemisphere.