Our Liturgical Style

St. Joachim’s primarily uses two forms of formal liturgy.

Fr. John, being a practicing Buddhist, prefers the quiet and reflective liturgy that we call our Contemplative Rite. The Contemplative Rite is much more informal form of liturgy and is designed to provide a much greater opportunity for participation by the congregation. It is also meant to facilitate group meditation in the context of the Eucharist and presence of the Divine.

For those favoring a more traditional approach and feel to liturgy, we also offer our Theocletian Rite. This is a formal form of liturgy that is influenced by both the Johannite Congregational Rite and traditional Orthodox Christian practice. It offers what we lovingly refer to as “all the bells and smells” of the mainstream Christian denominations with a flavor that is both esoteric and inherent of our Gnostic tradition.

The Apostolic Johannite Church has authorized an additional number of formal liturgies that are enjoyed by our parishes, depending on the interests of their clergy and members. St. Joachim’s is happy to introduce these from time to time as well.

If you are looking to develop your own lay observance for your home, Fr. John is happy to introduce you to some of what we have to offer. After all, we believe that a personal relationship with the Divine is not only possible, but incredibly fulfilling.


St. Joachim’s is looking forward to getting back to our regular schedule as soon as possible. If you are in the Los Angeles area and are interested in helping us re-establish our parish, please let us know!!!

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