Books

Sanctuary of the Sacred Flame by Fr. Anthony Silvia
SSF 2013 Front Cover

This book started as a way to provide a set of tools to people who wanted to be involved in Johannite spirituality, but didn’t live anywhere near a Johannite parish or narthex. It soon became apparent, however, that there is a real need for this kind of structured practice for all Johannites.

Spiritual practice is essential to the Johannite tradition, and this book will show you how to begin. Using the framework of the Logos Service, the quintessential Johannite practice, you will learn the basic techniques of many different types of prayer, meditation, contemplation, asceticism, and esoteric practice from a Johannite perspective. Whether you attend mass regularly at a Johannite parish, or if you live far from one, you will find a practice or two that will help guide you on the path to Gnosis.

Father Silvia’s concise and articulate work on Johannite practice takes the reader from thought to action; it helps the reader transform Johannite identity from a set of thoughts in one’s head into a discreet collection of ancient practices which over time build a nest into which gnosis settles.

The book answers common questions, suggests directions for personal exploration, and lays out clear instruction for prayer, meditation, and personal observance. Further, there is a kindness to this book, a gentleness which invites and forgives, accepts and encourages.

For anyone wishing to move from the question “What do Gnostics believe?” to “What do Gnostics do?”, this book is a stone in the water of your practice, sure to ripple out into a tradition of personal work and insight. – Monsignor Jordan Stratford, Author of Living Gnosticism


My favourite symbol of the community around Christ in the Gospel of John is The Household and as a bishop in the AJC, that symbol guides my own work in developing Johannite communities. It’s not easy work, describing our church is tricky, explaining the difference of a gnostic view takes a light touch and careful explanation, introducing people to spiritual practice is a painstaking process and having done all that, forming communities and holding them together requires great care. Father Anthony’s delightful book provides the cookbook for our Household that I have long craved. His commonsense explanations of usually complex topics, his deftness in providing enough detail but never too much and his ever-present personable, humorous and direct style provide a stunningly accessible introduction to our Johannite tradition and its practice. In my view, this book provides one of the most direct, useful and companionable guides to modern Gnostic practice of the last 50 years. I am deeply grateful to Father Anthony for the time and effort he has taken to prepare it and I commend it to you in the strongest terms. – Bishop Timothy Mansfield, Johannite Archbishop of Australia

Sanctuary of the Sacred Flame – 2013 digital edition – FREE DOWNLOAD

Download the Logos Service chapter by itself: Chapter 2


Companion Book: The Levitikon

The Apostolic Johannite Church is proud to present to you, for the first time in english- the Levitikon: the Gospels according to the Primitive Church.

This english edition contains the Gospel of John as discovered by Dr. Bernard-Raymond Fabre-Palaprat.

At a total of 86 pages, you’ll also find:

An insightful introduction by Msgr, Jordan Stratford
An introduction and notes from the text’s translator- The Reverend Donald Donato
A letter from the Patriarch of the Apostolic Johannite Church.


Companion Book: Living Gnosticism

Twenty-two centuries ago in Alexandria, a sect of philosopher-poets fashioned a myth the strands of which weave through Christianity, Judaism, Islam and Greek philosophy, and inspired the legends of the Holy Grail. Long banished to the realm of notorious heresy, the myths of the Gnostics took root in the fertile imagination of the nineteenth century’s artistic movements and esoteric circles, bearing fruit in the daily spiritual practice of thousands today. In 1945, a library of Gnostic writings surfaced form the Egyptian desert, allowing the movement–after 1500 years of propaganda and slander–to speak with its own voice. Rich in imagery, nostalgic in tone, Gnosticism quietly restores Wisdom to her place as a Goddess in Western religion, reveres Eve as the first saint, and acknowledges Mary Magdelene as foremost of the Apostles.