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Ranks of the Liturgical Year

Ranks (and Dates) of the Liturgical Year of the Order of Deacons

Liturgical ranking is about prioritizing the various observances throughout the calendar year. At the moment, Thelema does not have the quantity of celebrations comparable to other religious institutions. Conflicts of occasions are rare. However, for the purposes of the Order of Deacons, the following is to observed:   

Class Definition Rank
Solemnity is the highest ranking Feast day. It commemorates an event in the life of Crowley or celebrates an event for the greater Thelemic community as a whole or for the local community as prescribed in the Book of the Law. If a Solemnity falls on a Sunday, it is celebrated in place of the Sunday. 1
Feast is the rank of secondary liturgical days including celebrations of the Magi and Companions of the A∴A∴, lesser events in the life of Crowley, and other important cyclic celebrations for the greater Thelemic community as a whole or for the local community. If a Feast falls on a Sunday, it is celebrated in place of the Sunday unless a Solemnity retains priority of the occasion. 2
Memorial is the rank of tertiary liturgical days including celebrations of Saints as listed in Liber XV, though excluding Magi and Companions of the A∴A∴. A Memorial may be moved from any day of the week to the nearest Sunday if priority is not retained by a Solemnity or Feast. It may be combined with a Solemnity, a Feast, or another Memorial. 3
G. Comm. is the rank of optional liturgical days including celebrations of historical individuals of importance to the greater Thelemic community. A Greater Commemoration may be moved from any day of the week to the nearest Sunday if priority is not retained by a Solemnity, Feast, or Memorial. A Greater Commemoration may be combined with a Memorial but must not be combined with a Solemnity or Feast even if a Memorial is being included in a Solemnity or Feast. 4
L. Comm. is the rank of optional liturgical days including celebrations of historical or mythical individuals of importance to a specific Thelemic organization or local community. A Lesser Commemoration may be moved from any day of the week to the nearest Sunday if priority is not retained by a Solemnity, Feast, or Memorial. A Lesser Commemoration may be combined with a Memorial but must not be combined with a Solemnity or Feast even if a Memorial is being included in a Solemnity or Feast. 5

Ranks of the Liturgical Year

Date

Title

Class

Rank

28-Jul Feast of Tahuti and the Child of the Prophet

Solemnity

1

1-Aug Feast of Love

Solemnity

1

6-Aug Tahuti

Feast

2

12-Aug Feast for the First Night of the Beast and His Bride

Solemnity

1

12-Aug Heracles

Memorial

3

12-Aug William Blake

Memorial

3

13-Aug Hippolytus

Memorial

3

18-Aug Roderic Borgia, Pope Alexander VI

Memorial

3

25-Aug Friedrich Nietzsche

Memorial

3

26-Aug Krishna

Feast

2

26-Aug Cagliostro

L. Comm.

5

29-Aug Ulrich von Hutten

Memorial

3

4-Sep Mosheh

Feast

2

8-Sep Robertus de Fluctibus

Memorial

3

13-Sep Leila Waddell

G. Comm.

4

21-Sep Autumn Equinox / Equinox of Humanity

Solemnity

1

21-Sep Virgilius

Memorial

3

22-Sep Jeanne Robert Foster

Feast

2

24-Sep Paracelsus

Memorial

3

12-Oct Crowleymas

Solemnity

1

20-Oct Richard Francis Burton

Memorial

3

25-Oct Gerard Encausse

Memorial

3

25-Oct Karl Johannes Germer

Memorial

3

28-Oct Theodor Reuss

Memorial

3

31-Oct Feast of Liberty

Solemnity

1

13-Nov Osiris

Feast

2

17-Nov Jacob Boehme

Memorial

3

18-Nov Adam Weishaupt

Memorial

3

25-Nov Edward Kelly

Feast

3

1-Dec Aleister Crowley

Solemnity

1

13-Dec Frederick of Hohenstaufen

Memorial

3

21-Dec Winter Solstice

Solemnity

1

25-Dec Dionysus

Feast

2

26-Dec Zerdusht [Zoroaster]

Feast

2

29-Dec Molinos

Memorial

3

1-Jan Pan

Memorial

3

17-Jan Roddie Minor

Feast

2

28-Jan Carolus Magnus

Memorial

3

2-Feb Feast of Light

Solemnity

1

11-Feb Rose Edith Kelly

Feast

2

13-Feb Richard Wagner

Memorial

3

14-Feb Valentinus

Memorial

3

17-Feb Giordano Bruno the Martyr

Memorial

3

22-Feb Leah Hirsig

Feast

2

22-Feb Doctor Anna Mary Bonus Kingsford

L. Comm.

5

24-Feb Fu-Hsi [Fuxi]

Feast

2

24-Feb Charles Stansfeld Jones

Memorial

3

2-Mar Manes

Memorial

3

5-Mar Lao Tzu

Feast

2

14-Mar Pythagoras

Feast

2

17-Mar Liberalia

Feast

2

18-Mar Jacobus Burgundus Molensis the Martyr

Feast

3

20-Mar Feast for the Supreme Ritual

Solemnity

1

21-Mar Vernal Equinox / Equinox of the Gods

Solemnity

1

22-Mar Wolfgang von Goethe

Memorial

3

24-Mar Priapus

Memorial

3

26-Mar Johannes Dee

Memorial

3

 

 

8-Apr Feast for the First Day of the Writing of the Book of the Law

Solemnity

1

9-Apr Feast for the Second Day of the Writing of the Book of the Law

Solemnity

1

9-Apr Rabelais

Memorial

3

9-Apr Francis Bacon Lord Verulam

Memorial

3

10-Apr Feast for the Third Day of the Writing of the Book of the Law

Solemnity

1

10-Apr Swinburne

Memorial

3

12-Apr Mary d’Este Sturges

Feast

2

23-Apr Richard Payne Knight

Memorial

3

27-Apr Wilfred T. Smith

G. Comm.

4

1-May Feast of Life

Solemnity

1

8-May Drothy Olsen

Feast

2

8-May Paul Gauguin

Memorial

3

8-May Helena Petrovna Blavatsky

Feast

2

18-May Elias Ashmole

Memorial

3

24-May Hermes

Memorial

3

26-May Siddartha

Feast

2

31-May Alphonse Louis Constant

Memorial

3

 

 

7-Jun Carl Kellner

Memorial

3

8-Jun Mohammed

Feast

2

10-Jun Basilides

Memorial

3

13-Jun Ludovicus Rex Bavariae

Memorial

3

17-Jun Marvel “Jack” Parsons

G. Comm.

4

20-Jun Christian Rosencreutz

Feast

3

21-Jun Summer Solstice

Solemnity

1

27-Jun Andrea

Memorial

3

29-Jun Simon Magus

Memorial

3

 

 

11-Jul Bardesanes

Memorial

3

12-Jul Grady Louis McMurtry

Memorial

3