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The Liberal Catholic Church offers intellectual and religious freedom and a natural balance between ceremonial worship, devotional aspiration, scientific and mystic thought. It uses a revised Liturgy in the language of the country, a Liturgy devised to sound a note of joyous and uplifting aspiration. The Liberal Catholic Church welcomes all and everyone to its services, those who have faith and those who have lost faith; those who believe in the literal exposition of the scriptures and those who accept the allegorical spiritual interpretation. Above all, it wishes to serve those who are earnestly seeking spiritual enlightenment.
The Christmas 2017 issue of Ubique is now available here:
Message from our Regionary Archbishop yesterday evening:
With deep gratitude to God and the Angel Hosts, we are home and our Church, homes and properties are in good condition. Thanks to all for their prayers and concern.
Anita and William Downey"
UPDATE, 12/6, 10:40 am:
Archbishop William & family (including grandbabies) & pets are safe about 100 miles north of Ojai, where they will stay at least one more night. The fire is still not controlled in Ojai but they believe their homes and the Church and Provincial properties are still safe.
Our Regionary Abp William Downey has requested prayers on behalf of our Provincial Pro-Cathedral in Ojai, California, where wildfires are burning out of control.
Abp William and all his family and pets are safely evacuated from Ojai and are on their way to a location further up the coast, where they have been able to secure rooms. 27,000 people have been evacuated in the Ventura/Ojai region due to this fire, so the situation in the area is dire.
Please pray for Bp William and his family; for all who have been evacuated/threatened/harmed by this fire; and for our Pro-Cathedral.
[06/15/17] Final rites for Bishop Robert McGinnis will be celebrated 6/20 at 1:30 PM at Lake Lawn Cemetery, Metairie, LA, with Presiding Archbishop Graham Wale and Regionary Archbishop William Downey officiating.
It is with deep sadness that I must inform you of the passing to higher life of Bishop Robert S McGinnis Jr.
Bishop Robert was a dear friend , associate, and respected spiritual brother of mine for almost 45 years. Before coming to the Liberal Catholic Church +Robert was a priest in the Protestant Episcopal Church. I was in attendance on February eighteenth nineteen seventy three when Bishop Edward M. Matthews re-ordained Robert to the Liberal Catholic Priesthood, and I was again present and serving as a crosier bearer to Bishop Matthews when Robert was consecrated a Bishop in 1979 by Bishop Bishop Sten von Krusenstierna, assisted by Bishops Gerrit Munnik, Edward Matthews and William Pitkin.
Bishop Robert had been inactive and in failing health in recent years but continued to maintain contact with us. Bishop Robert served our Province nobly and founded three separate parishes in Louisiana and Texas.
Bishop McGinnis was surrounded by his beloved wife Laura and loving family when he passed to be with Our Lord. Bishop Robert received the last rites of the Church at the hands of his Grandson who is a priest of the Roman Catholic Church.
He shall be greatly missed by all who had the privilege of knowing him and I am deeply moved by a sense of loss but am somewhat comforted by the sure and certain knowledge that our loss is Heavens gain.
Here's the Service of Consecration to the Episcopate of Bishop Thomas Miller in Fairfield, Iowa on June 3rd, 2017. The video is almost 3 hours long, which includes a full Eucharist with the embedded Consecration ceremony. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WRqhHl-_36Q
The Holy Eucharist & Service of Consecration to the Episcopacy of the Right Reverend Thomas R. Miller • The Church of Saint Gabriel and All Angels, Fairfield...
Gallery of the Consecration of Bp. Thomas has been started. The video of the service is embedded, and we are happy to accept more photos for the gallery!
thelccusa.org June 3, 2017, during the octave of the Ascension, at St. Gabriel & All Angels, Fairfield, Iowa. Consecrating Bishop: the Most Rev. Graham Wale, Presiding Archbishop of the Liberal Catholic Church. Co-consecrators: Archbishop William S. Downey, Archbishop of the Province of the United States of Ameri...
The Consecration of the new LCC Bishop, The Right Reverend Thomas Miller, will be live-streamed on Saturday, June 3 at 9:30 am CDT, at http://stgabe.org/consecration. The Consecration of a Bishop is the process whereby the new Bishop is connected directly to Christ so as enable him to perform the duties of his office. The live-stream will remain available after the service as well.
LIVE WEBCAST OF THE CONSECRATION OF A BISHOP
On Saturday, June 3 at 9:30 am CDT, St. Gabriel and All Angels Church in Fairfield, Iowa, USA will celebrate the consecration of Bishop-Elect Thomas Miller to the Episcopacy. Liberal Catholic Church clergy, members and friends around the world may tune in to the live webcast of the event at http://stgabe.org/consecration. (Please wait until shortly before the event, there is nothing to see yet.)
Presiding Archbishop Graham Wale, traveling from his parish in France, will preside as Consecrator. He will be assisted by Archbishop William Downey from Ojai, California, USA, Auxiliary Bishop Lloyd Worley from Greeley, Colorado, USA and Auxiliary Bishop Gaspar Torres, Bishop Commissary for Cuba. Other clergy will be attending and assisting from U.S. Liberal Catholic Church parishes in Rio Rancho, New Mexico, Villa Park, Illinois, Greeley, Colorado and Ojai, California.
The Easter edition of Ubique is now available: http://www.thelccusa.org/ubique/
Christmas issue of Ubique, journal of The Liberal Catholic Church Province of the United States, is now posted.
What are the possibilities? http://thelccusa.org/_Media/Sagan_clip.mov
Today is Trinity 4: God as Love.
That's "AS", not "IS". God is not distant, God is omnipresent. One way in which this is perceivable is when God touches us directly AS Love. The feeling of fullness of Love in our hearts lets us know the presence of God just as the feeling of a breeze on our face lets us know the presence of air.
One way God appears in our lives is as Love.
[06/10/16] On the 'popularity' of The Liberal Catholic Church: "What we’re offering is not generally what folks seem to want. We don’t offer someone for them to follow, we don’t offer salvation from some dire fate, we don’t offer a golden membership card to a fancy exclusive club. We only offer a path to sainthood, some tools to help along the path, and an opportunity to accept increased responsibility for the evolution of all."
Today is Trinity 2: God as Light. "God is light, and in him is no darkness at all." John 1:5
All matter is essentially "congealed light", formed by the action of gravity and stars into increasingly complex chemical elements via E=MC^2. And "empty space" is full of virtual particles, winking in and out of existence at the quantum level.
Truly, " in him is no darkness at all."
Yesterday was the Feast of Corpus Christi, which commemorates the “body of Christ”-- that is, the institution of the sacrament of communion. There is another sense to the phrase “body of Christ,” however, which also demands our consideration from time to time. The Church is called the body of Christ, and individual Christians (us) are “members in particular,” in St. Paul’s words. That is, as Christ has ascended and reigns from heaven, we who profess to follow Him are his hands and feet upon earth. We are not individually Christ, any more than we can individually be God; but through Christ we are able and in fact are called to bring His love and blessing to all whom we meet, to serve the Lord by serving our fellow men.
Nor is the Church Christ; but Christ’s body, the structure through which Christ can be expressed on the physical plane, in the sacraments and in the teaching and upliftment of mankind. That the Church has often failed at her task in no way negates her commission. And of course here the phrase “the Church” is used in its broadest sense, to include all who love and serve Our Lord, whatever their institutional affiliation.
Order of Our Lady Elevation in Brazil
Did you ever wonder what sort of spiritual work is being done during a celebration of the Holy Eucharist (the Mass)?
A great spiritual teacher was heard saying: “I believe in God! But God is something to be lived!!”
So our first question is, what sort of a God do we believe in? We can ask ourselves:
Do I believe in “God-out-there,” still gray-haired and long-bearded after all these eons, creating, fixing, arranging, and therefore, by implication, judging and punishing? The prime mover of creation but not the prime mover in creation?
Or do I believe in “God-in-here,” as close to me as my own heartbeat, or even closer; unfurling in me as surely as the leaf opens from her stem, guiding me as certainly as the moon finds her way around the earth?
Or do I believe both, depending on whether I am in trouble or easy with life? (Or does it go the other way?)
Or do I just not even stop to listen and discover?
How we “live God” depends entirely on how we find God; and how we find God depends entirely on which God we believe in. This is our Christian path—mystical, cosmic, and utterly practical.
Some of our friends from the recent GES/Centennial celebration in Rio Rancho NM. Center: Bp. Bertil Medius-Schroder, from Sweden; flanked by (L) Fr. Heiszer Ferenc and (R) Deacon Karoly Barany.
"Why, if true, does not the Christian religion as theologically explained whether by Catholics or by Protestants, make a stronger appeal to enquiring man? May it not be because that teaching is always based on Jewish conceptions which do not seem to square with post-Copernican science? From first to last, from the Fall to the final Redemption, theology always has in the background presuppositions which are too local, too small, too narrow to be convincing. The traditional teaching carries no weight because it does not tell man what he wants to know, but something else in which he is not interested. Somewhere, he believes, there is an infallible teaching, a divine plan of evolution, and explanation of the great riddle of life, and it is that plan that enquiring man seeks to discover, or at least that a corner of the veil that hides it shall be lifted. But the theologians only tell him of an estrangement between him and God which he does not believe, of propitiation and blood-sacrifice which he cannot understand, and of an atonement in which he is not interested. It is not enough for man’s needs."
- excerpt from "The Parting of the Ways" by The Rt. Rev. Frank W. Pigott, m.a.
Fr. Edward celebrating Palm Sunday Eucharist at St. Rafael Church Center, Richmond California.
Our Lady’s Rosary of the Seven Rays is an esoteric prayer practice based on the Franciscan Crown Rosary. This Rosary consists of seven decades of Ave Marias, which celebrate the Seven Joys of Mary: the Annunciation, the Visitation, the Nativity, the Adoration of the Magi, the Finding of Jesus in the Temple, the Resurrection, and the Assumption and Coronation of Our Lady. The seven decades are prayed once, with additional preparatory and final prayers.
Here is a video of the first decade prayed during our recent Centennial and GES: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mNaQXIjnOBc
For more info, see: http://orderofourlady.org/rosary.html
Februar 2016. OLQA - Rio Rancho - NM - USA
Procession February 13th 2016 in Rio Rancho.
We are blessed to have such a fine person for our Presiding Bishop.
At the General Episcopal Synod in Rio Rancho, New Mexico
[12/25/15] Alleluia! Christ is born anew today! Peace on earth to all people of goodwill! Merry Christmas!
The Christmas issue of Ubique, our Provincial journal, is now published at the link below. Enjoy and share!
Ubique | The Liberal Catholic Church
We are always want to receive articles that would interest our readers.To submit an article to Ubique, please email the editor, Kathleen Clute.
Reminder: special hotel rates for the International Congress/GES in February 2016 are not available after today. If you still need to register at the Hilton Garden Inn, do it today! We look forward to seeing you at the Centennial!
hiltongardeninn.hilton.com Welcome to THE LIBERAL CATHOLIC CHURCH CENTENNIAL / INTERNATIONAL CONGRESS reservation site!A block of rooms has been reserved for February 7, 2016 - February 15, 2016. Your special room rate of $180.00 single occupancy or $95.00 per person double occupancy, which includes all meals (vegetarian), wi…
In a nutshell...
"The Holy Eucharist is the central act of christian worship. Designed to help those who take part therein, it is intended also to pour out a great flood of spiritual power upon the surrounding world at large and it summons the congregation to intelligent and energetic participation in this work. So real is this participation that the congregation may expect to feel a great spiritual upliftment; indeed, if they have done their work efficiently, they may experience physical fatigue. But assuredly they will gladly bear this much inconvenience for the sake of serving God."
The Liturgy of The Liberal Catholic Church, 197.
"7. Christ instituted various sacraments in which an inward and spiritual grace is given to us through an outward and visible sign. The Liberal Catholic Church recognises and administers the seven traditional sacraments, which are: Baptism, Confirmation, the Holy Eucharist, Absolution, Holy Unction, Holy Matrimony, and Holy Orders. To ensure their efficacy it guards with the greatest care the administration of all sacramental rites. The doctrine of these sacraments is sufficiently set forth in the authorised liturgy of the Church. Christ, the living head of the Church, which He founded, is the true minister of all sacraments."
Summary of Doctrine of The Liberal Catholic Church
Information about The Liberal Catholic Church Centennial Eucharist and celebration, plus the International Congress and the General Episcopal Synod, is available at this link. The page linked here also gives access to the registration form and the hotel reservation page.
thelccusa.org L to R: The Rt Rev Dr Lloyd Worley, Regionary Bishop the Rt Rev William SH Downey, Presiding Bishop the Most Rev Graham Wale, the Rt Rev Gaspar Torres. At the conclusion of the Holy Eucharist closing the Provincial Triennial, Sunday, 19 October 2014, Our Lady Queen of Angels Church, Rio Rancho, New…
The Assumption of Our Lady edition of Ubique, the journal of The Liberal Catholic Church, Province of the United States, has been published and is available at this link.
"The clergy exist for the benefit of the world; they are intended to act as channels for the distribution of God's grace. Priests and Bishops have sometimes forgotten that primary fact, and have yielded to the temptation to seek power for themselves and for the branch of the Church to which they belong. Their duty is to explain the truth as they see it and to offer guidance and advice where it is needed; never under any circumstances have they the right to attempt to dominate the minds of others, or to force them into any course of action. Any branch of the Church which entangles itself in politics thereby betrays its spiritual heritage and departs from the path which our Lord has marked out for it; and in so doing it lays itself open to the just condemnation of honest and right-thinking men."
Bishop C.W. Leadbeater, "The Science of the Sacraments", 342-3.
"6. We have ethical duties to ourselves and to others. 'Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart and with all thy soul and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment and the second is like unto it, thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the Law and Prophets' (Matt. 22:37-40). It is our duty to learn to discern the divine light in ourselves and in others; that light 'which lighteth every man' (John 1:9). Because we are the children of God, we are all inseparably linked together. We all share His life. That which harms one, harms all. Hence we owe it as a duty to God, both within ourselves and in others, to live up to the highest that is in us, thereby enabling the God within to be more perfectly manifested in our lives; and also, to recognise the unity of all humanity by constant effort towards unselfishness, by love of, consideration for, and service to, our fellow human beings. The service of humanity, reverence for all life and the sacrifice of the lower self to the higher, are laws of spiritual growth."
Summary of Doctrine of The Liberal Catholic Church
"5. The world is the theatre of an ordered plan, according to which the spirit of man, by repeatedly expressing himself in varying conditions of life and experience, continually unfolds his powers. This spiritual unfoldment takes place under an inviolable law of cause and effect. 'Whatsoever a man soweth that shall he also reap' (Gal. 6:7). His doings in each physical incarnation largely determine his experience after death in the intermediate world (or world of purgation) and the heavenly world, and greatly influence the circumstances of his next birth. Man is a link in a vast chain of life extending from the highest to the lowest. As he helps those below him, so also he is helped by those who stand above him on the ladder of life, receiving thus a free gift of grace. There is a communion of saints, just men made perfect (Heb 12:23) or holy ones, who help mankind. There is a ministry of angels, who transmit God‟s love and vitalizing energy to all parts of His evolutionary scheme."
Summary of Doctrine of The Liberal Catholic Church
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Welcome to St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, served by the Augustinian Fathers. We are located at 185 St. Thomas Dr. Ojai, CA 93023.
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