Besides the Sacraments of Mass and that of the Ordinations of Clergy, the E.G.C. delivers also:
The rite of baptism is a short public ritual that is usually given before the celebration of a Gnostic Mass. Thelema rejects the concept of original sin—for us, baptism is a symbolic entrance into the Thelemic community of worshippers, as well as a commemoration of the individual’s “Baptism of Wisdom” or physical birth. The oaths taken are strictly between the participant and their god or gods, and no duties or obligations are promised in service of the church or any individual.
The baptized child or adult joins the community at what is essentially a probationary level. It is a time for exploration, study, asking questions, and a chance to participate in the Gnostic Mass. The recitation of the creed by the congregation during the baptismal ceremony represents the instruction of the child in the essential tenets of the church. The individual 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.
Confirmation is the rite that confers formal Lay membership in E.G.C., which is usually performed just after a Gnostic Mass. Within this rite, the individual confirms that it is their True Will to join the church. The recitation of the Creed from memory shows that they have learned the essential tenets of the church and that they are willing to be an active participant in our spiritual community. The Church accepts the new member as a Thelemite, one of its own, a rightful claimant to the heirship, communion and benediction of the Saints. 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.
As in the rite of baptism, no duty or obligation is laid on the new member regarding the Church or any individual. However, with confirmation the individual is specifically charged with serving the Law of Thelema and Ra Hoor Khuit. The manifestation of this duty is strictly determined by the individual’s understanding of their True Will, and is not subject to any other authority. Although there is no other charge, it is hoped that the new Lay member will continue to study the Creed and the Gnostic Mass, as well as other Thelemic holy books—most especially The Book of the Law.