Group reading by Sekhet-Maat Lodge. Project conceived and recorded by Soror Theodora. Music and production by Frater M.P.D.
“Gnock Gnock Gnocking on the Gnostics’ Door” is a teaser for a report about experiencing a celebration of the Gnostic Mass of Ecclesia Gnostica Catholica at Sekhet-Maat Lodge, Ordo Templi Orientis, in Portland, OR, by Joel and Amanda as part of an ongoing series “Year of Sundays” over at Beliefnet Voices.
“When Amanda and I started our church tour, I’d had it up to here with vanilla religion. I wanted to take a walk on the wild side (read: nothing Christian), but it turns out that, for a city that prides itself on ‘keeping weird,’ Portland doesn’t have much to offer in that regard.
And then I heard from a member of Home PDX that there is a place in town that can satisfy all that and more!
It’s the local chapter of Ordo Templi Orientis, based on the teachings of occultist Aleister Crowley—a.k.a. The Great Beast—and purveyor of the only Gnostic Mass in these parts. It sounded quite gnice.
Steeped in pagan ritual, it promised sharpened gnives and a bare gnaked virgin! I gnew it would be loads of fun—and definitely out of our comfort zone. Even though our gnees gnocked a bit as we entered their lodge yesterday, the service didn’t disappoint.”
Because of the nature of the event, and with an aside that Sekhet-Maat Lodge happens to be my local body, I quote at length:
“This past Sunday night, an act of arson was perpetrated against Sekhet-Maat Lodge in Portland, Oregon. The arson occurred in the middle of the night, and no one was in the building at the time. However, the fire was reported quickly to the fire department, which was able to act in time to prevent any significant structural damage, although there was some damage to the facade of the building and some smoke damage inside. The police are actively investigating this crime.”
“The damage has been largely cleaned up by lodge members and friends at this point, but further repairs will be required; and SML could use some help with the costs. Contributions may be made via Paypal to firstname.lastname@example.org, or mailed to the Lodge at:
Sekhet-Maat Lodge, Ordo Templi Orientis
1409 SE Stark
Portland, OR 97214”
Update 6jul2010 @ 8:51pm:
Geoff Leibinger, the body master of Sekhet-Maat Lodge, has posted a note to the Fb page for the body, which you may wish to gander at also. In addition to re-iterating the statement about donations being accepted to help repair what damage has been caused to the building, I quote the following from that post:
“The Brothers and Sisters of Sekhet-Maat Lodge would like to thank everybody for the showing support and love for the recent arson attempted at our temple. We are currently in the process of rebuilding and had a great night last night of cleaning and our community came together to console each other and start the process of renewal by doing the first round of cleaning and repairs from the fire.
The investigation is underway with arson specialists from Portland City Police and Fire department as well as the A.T.F. They have determined that the attack was targeted. At this point they are looking for a specific suspect rather than an organized group or random act of violence.”
“All of the members of Sekhet-Maat Lodge are shook up by this event and we are so very grateful for the love that initiates and local bodies from across the globe have shown us. We hope to rebuild quickly and come back stronger than ever.
‘Burning up in the Flame of his Prayer, and born again — the Phoenix!’
– Book of Lies, TWIG”