The Glastonbury Gnostic Chapel is dedicated to the Sacred Marriage of Sophia and the Christos, Mary Magdalene and Yeshua, Mother Mary and Archangel Michael. It is open daily to the public as an inter-faith Chapel for prayer and meditation. If you would like us to pray for you, please leave a comment on our Prayer Page.

The Chapel is situated in St Dunstan’s House, Magdalene Street, as close as possible to the Lady Chapel of the Abbey which was built upon the site of the original church, referred to by William of Malmesbury as an “old Church built by the hands of the disciples of Christ”.

Many pilgrims believe that Joseph of Arimathea brought Mother Mary, Mary Magdalene and her daughter Sarah here with a group of followers after the death of Yeshua, and that they built this church, the first in the British Isles.

The powerful ley lines of Archangel Michael and Mary cross near the High Altar in the Abbey, creating the Sacred Marriage of divine feminine and masculine energies, embodied in the alchemical mix of Red and White Spring waters within the Tor, held in the glass jar by the Icon.

The Chapel hosts a variety of not-for-profit events throughout the year and donates all the profits to The Glastonbury Gnostic Chapel charitable company.

St Mary Magdalene of Glastonbury

The icon in the Chapel is by Annabel Du Boulay’s icon tutor, John Coleman, which honours Mary Magdalene’s relationship to Glastonbury and the Holy Grail.

It dwelt for many years in St Margaret’s Chapel & Royal Magdalene Almshouses before John loaned it to us.

The Gospel of Philip

32. There were three who always walked with the Lord:
Mary, his mother; the sister of his mother; and Miriam of Magdala,
known as his companion [koinonos];
for him, Miriam is a sister, a mother, and a wife [koinonos].

55. The Wisdom [Sophia] thought to be sterile [steira] is the mother of angels.
The companion [koinonos] of the Son is Miriam of Magdala.
The teacher loved her more than all the disciples;
he often kissed her on the mouth.

110. Whoever has knowledge [gnosis] of the truth is free [eleutheros]; the free human being is righteous.
Those who transgress are the slaves of transgression.
Truth is our mother; knowledge [gnosis] is the promise of our union with her.
Those who do not go astray are called free by the world;
the knowledge of truth lifts their heart,
making them free of all bonds;
it is love which makes them act.
Those who have become free through knowledge
become loving servants of those who do not yet have this
knowledge and freedom.
Knowledge [gnosis] makes them capable of this
because they are free, even of their freedom.
Love refuses nothing, and takes nothing;
it is the highest and vastest freedom.
All exists through love.
It does not say “this is mine,” but “this is yours.”

from The Gospel of Philip, translated by Jean-Yves Leloup

St Hildegard of Bingen

Many years ago, Annabel bought an old print in an antique shop. As she was founding The Glastonbury Gnostic Chapel, she glanced at the name on the print – Bingen on the Rhine.

Trusting that nothing ever happens by chance, Annabel researched the name to find that it was a drawing of the Abbey founded by St Hildegard of Bingen.

St Hildegard of Bingen (1098-1179) was an extraordinary woman and mystic, a philosopher, healer, medicinal herbalist, visionary, artist and composer, who fought for the recognition of the Divine Feminine and the emancipation of women.

She was a true Gnostic who believed that we were all born into ‘original wisdom’ and that it is our Soul’s journey to return to this wisdom through the challenges of life, and to then use both our wisdom and experience for the good of all.

Hildegard’s whole philosophy was founded on Lady Wisdom, Sophia, the Divine Feminine, and she believed that Mary is “the ground of all being”, like the ancient Mother Goddess.

In The Glastonbury Gnostic Chapel, we honour St Hildegard of Bingen and her life’s work, which Annabel studies and which informs many of her teachings and practices.

“I heard a voice speaking to me: ‘The young woman whom you see is Love. She has her tent in eternity…It was love which was the source of this creation…As though in the blinking of an eye, the whole creation was formed through love. The young woman is radiant in such a clear, lightning-like brilliance of countenance that you can’t fully look at her…She holds the sun and moon in her right hand and embraces them tenderly…The whole of creation calls this maiden ‘Lady’. For it was from her that all of creation proceeded, since Love was the first. She made everything…Love was in eternity and brought forth…all creatures…’”

Love speaks: “I am the fiery life of divine substance, I blaze above the beauty of the fields, I shine in the waters, I burn in sun, moon and stars. And I awaken all to life with every wind of the air, as with invisible life that sustains everything. For the air lives in greens and fecundity. The waters flow as though they are alive. The sun also lives in its own light, and when the moon has waned it is rekindled by the light of the sun and thus lives again; and the stars shine out in their own light as though they are alive. Thus I am concealed in things as fiery energy. They are ablaze through me, like the breath that ceaselessly enlivens the human being, or like the wind-tossed flame in a fire. All these things live in their essence, and there is no death in them, for I am life. I also am rationality, who holds the breath of the resonant word by which the whole of creation was created and I have breathed life into everything, so that nothing by its nature may be mortal, for I am life.”

The Healing Womb

Inside the Glastonbury Gnostic Chapel

The Chapel also houses Annabel Du Boulay’s art installation with paintings of

  • Hecate – Mother of Loss – Earth (Child Loss)
  • Lilith – Mother of Solitude – Air (Childlessness)
  • Brigit – Mother of Healing – Fire (Parenting Special Needs Children)
  • Kuan Yin – Mother of Compassion – Water (Pregnancy Termination)

and the Glastonbury Gnostic Chapel charitable company funds workshops for women suffering with these issues

  • Such an amazing opportunity to journey so deeply and to feel so encouraged and held by Annabel.Helen Rideout, The Healing Womb
  • A very safe space where I could journey into the depths and feel totally held…incredibly powerful.Heloise Pilkington, The Healing Womb
  • I was able to forgive myself, to find peace, compassion, acceptance and healing.Rachel Bass, The Healing Womb

The Santo Nino de Atocha Chapel

Santuario de Chimayo, New Mexico

Santo Nino is a manifestation of the Christ or Divine Child who is believed to have performed many miracles in Spain and Mexico. The original chapel was built in 1856 and has since been renovated as a Children’s Chapel.

Annabel became aware of the chapel on a buying trip for her Shop, which supports Native American artisans from the pueblos of New Mexico.

She made a pilgrimage to the chapel on Good Friday 2015, and then took her daughters in July 2015, to give thanks for the survival and healing of her three children, two of whom were born with life-threatening syndromes and multiple disabilities.

She took a pair of her disabled son’s newborn shoes as an offering to Santo Nino and brought back the sacred water and sand – ‘tierra bendita’ – to which the many miraculous healings are attributed.

Inspired by the Santo Nino de Atocha Chapel, we invite pilgrims to bring or send us a pair of baby’s shoes and/or a sonogram/photo of their child so that we may pray for them, alive or in spirit.

 

The Story of Santo Nino de Atocha

In the 7th century, a statue of Mother Mary with a detachable Divine Child was found in a field in Atocha, Spain.

In the 13th century, the men were imprisoned by the Moors and only children were allowed to bring the prisoners food and water. The women prayed to Our Lady of Atocha for help.

The children spoke of an unknown boy carrying water and bread to the prisoners, whilst the shoes of the statue of the Divine Child became worn and dirty. He became known as Santo Nino (Holy Child) de Atocha.

A Spanish general brought the statue of Our Lady of Atocha to Plateros, Mexico. After an explosion in a mine there, the women prayed to Her to save the trapped men. The detachable statue of the Divine Child disappeared, only to reappear with its clothes and shoes torn and dirty, whilst the freed miners spoke of a child who rescued them.

Following a pilgrimage to Plateros, Severiano Medina built a chapel near El Santuario de Chimayo in New Mexico, dedicated to Santo Nino de Atocha in 1856.

Every year on Good Friday, tens of thousands of pilgrims walk to the Chapel. Inside a small room with a statue of Santo Nino, pilgrims leave pairs of children’s shoes and photographs with their prayers of gratitude or for healing.

(from an article by Richard L. Rieckenberg on www.elsantuariochimayo.us)

The Charitable Company

The Glastonbury Gnostic Chapel is a not-for-profit Charitable Company, founded by Annabel Du Boulay and her fellow directors Fiona McWilliams and Zoe Wigan.

Its purpose is to provide in-person and online low-cost therapeutic and educational services to those in need within the local and wider community who have been identified as suffering from emotional, psychological or social issues such as grief, isolation, the responsibilities of caring and lone-parenting, anxiety and depression. Social groups will also provide the opportunity for people in need to meet and gain support from each other and from being part of a community.

If you would like to speak to us about an individual or community need, or you are interested in working with us as a paid practitioner or volunteer in the provision of community services, please get in touch.

Donations

The Glastonbury Gnostic Chapel is raising funds to be able to expand into larger premises and to deliver more comprehensive services to vulnerable people in need within the community. All donations are gratefully received.

Philosophia

Our word ‘philosophy’ comes from the ancient Greek word ‘philosophia’ meaning ‘a love of wisdom’, Sophia being the Greek and Gnostic Goddess of Wisdom. Philosophia is the term I use for all my teachings I share on Gnosticism and the Rose Lineage.

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