Thursday, January 3, 2013

The Lévitikon: The Gospels According to the Primitive Church

On Saturday 12 January St. Sarah’s Parish Discussion Group will meet after the 5 p.m. mass to learn about  The Lévitikon: The Gospels According to the Primitive Church.

According to both Johannite legend and contemporary memoirs, this Johannite version of the Gospel of John was taken from an 8th century manuscript discovered at a bookstall on the Quai des Gesvres in Paris by Dr. Bernard-Raymond Fabré-Palaprat in 1804.   Dr. Fabré-Palaprat, Grand Master of the French Masonic Ordre du Temple, would later become the Sovereign Pontiff and Patriarch of the Johannite Church of Primitive Catholic Christians, with the help of two Roman Catholic Bishops, Monsignor Guillaume Mauviel and Abbé Châtel.

Many Johannite and other Gnostic sources mention that Dr. Fabré-Palaprat practiced medicine at the court of Napoleon I. In 1814 he received the Légion d’Honneur, France’s highest civilian and military award for heroic service during the siege of Paris.  (See primary sources at the National Archives of France.)

When it was rediscovered over two centuries ago, The Lévitikon stood as a point of reference for the Johannites, The Secret Church of John, as the blueprint to understand the architecture of divinity in terms compatible with the greatest Platonist philosophers, and also to build the “New Jerusalem” through the ultimate commandment to love one another.

Among other challenges to the claim of Peter as the leader of the Christian Church, The Lévitikon’s seventeenth gospel quotes Jesus as saying: “In truth I say unto you that I am not of this world, but John will be your father until he comes to be with me in Paradise, and he will anoint in the Holy Spirit.”

Translated into French and published by the Johannite Church in 1821, The Lévitikon is comprised of several sections or chapters of which the gospels are a part. Other sections include an exposé of the fundamental principles of the primitive Catholic Christians, a section on ceremonial rituals and Sacraments, the Statute on the Government of the Church and the Priestly Hierarchy, and a commentary on the Apocalypse of St. John, also known as the Book of Revelation.

The gospels were translated by Rev. Donald Donato over a two year period, beginning in Strasbourg, France in the spring of 2008. The translation was completed in Boston in the spring of 2010, and it was published in June of that year with an introduction by the current Johannite Patriarch Mar Iohannes IV and commentary by Monsignor Jordan Stratford