Come forth, o children, under the stars, & take your fill of love. ~ Liber AL, I:12 ~
Thelema rejects the idea of original sin. For us, baptism represents a symbolic birth into the Thelemic community. The "child" heeds the call of Nuit, who declares, “Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law.” The "child" enters the portals of Her Church, where he or she is welcomed into the community of worshippers, leaving the profane world and its materialistic obsessions behind. The baptized individual 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 individual 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 ceremony of confirmation is mentioned in the final paragraphs of Liber XV. 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. The cheirotonia conveys the sacramental bond that joins the confirmand's consciousness with the egregore of the Church. The cuff on the cheek represents an awakening to the reality of Thelema and all its implications, as well as to the life-consciousness of puberty. (The Greek word egrêgora means, roughly, “it has awakened.”)
Any free individual of at least 11 years of age may apply for baptism, providing they have 2 members of the laity who are willing to sponsor them. There is no fee for baptism. While being baptized does not yet qualify one for membership, it does give the individual an opportunity to participate in the Gnostic Mass in the role of "child."
Confirmation requires that the individual obtains a white robe of their own and has word-perfect knowledge of the Creed of the Gnostic Catholic Church. Once a Confirmed member of the laity, the individual may become a dues paying member of Sekhet-Maat.
It is not required to become a baptized and/or confirmed member of the Gnostic Catholic Church in order to apply for the Minerval degree, nor is it expected that you must take initiation if you are a member of the laity.
If you are interested in seeking baptism or confirmation within Ecclesia Gnostica Catholica, please speak to any member of the clergy or email us for more information.
Now I begin to pray: Thou Child, Holy Thy name and undefiled! Thy reign is come; Thy will is done. Here is the Bread; here is the Blood. Bring me through midnight to the Sun! Save me from Evil and from Good! That Thy one crown of all the Ten Even now and here be mine. AMEN