THE CELTIC ORTHODOX CHURCH IS UNIQUE – BY THE GRACE OF GOD

 

BIBLICAL ORTHODOXY IS TRUE ORTHODOXY

 

WE ARE THE ANCIENT CHURCH STILL LIVING

THE FAITH AS ONCE DELIVERED TO THE SAINTS

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The Celtic Orthodox Church is a Western Rite expression of the Faith from the Johannine Branch of Christianity of those churches founded by the twelve apostles, (Gallican, Celtic, Mozabarec, Coptic, Byzantine.)  The Roman Catholic Church is from the Pauline branch of the Church.    

 

CELTIC ORTHODOXY ESTABLISHED IN 37 AD IS THE

OLDEST WESTERN RITE ORTHODOX CHURCH

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WE ARE PART OF BIBLICAL ORTHODOXY

The Celtic Orthodox Church is so

Ancient it demands respect, so

Traditional it is refreshing and so

Conservative it is reassuring

 

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HOLY TRINITY CELTIC ORTHODOX CHURCH

CELTIC ORTHODOX BENEDICTINE FATHERS

1703 Macomber St., Toledo, Ohio 43606

Phone 419.206.2190

amdg@bex.net

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WE LIVE IN A TIME OF WARS AND RUMORS OF WAR.

WE LIVE IN A TIME WHEN CHRISTIANS ARE BEING SLAUGHTERED FOR

THEIR FAITH BY GODLESS PAGANS.

 

THE SOLUTION IS JESUS CHRIST

 

NO JESUS, NO PEACE

KNOW JESUS, KNOW PEACE

 

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COME AND EXPECT THE MIRACLES, WONDERS AND SIGNS OF GOD’S LOVE.

 

Come and experience the Word of God fulfilled in your life. Jesus is ALIVE and

loves you. Come to Holy Trinity Celtic Orthodox Church in Toledo, Ohio.

 

You already have friends here 

 

Introduction

 

Like all parishes and Monasteries of the Celtic Orthodox Church in the United States, Holy Trinity Celtic Orthodox Church is a traditional Western Rite community focused on Christ present in the Eucharist. Our worship is Holistic, using the body, the mind as well as the soul and the heart to raise our prayers to the Father.  When you enter our Temple (Orthodox Churches are called Temples) you may be surprised to learn we ask you remove your shoes for the ground upon which you walk is holy ground.  At certain points during the Liturgy our people kneel and sometimes prostrate before the Blessed Sacrament and before the God of all creation.  This is a tradition as old as the church itself.

 

It is easy to teach a man “about” Celtic Orthodoxy and it is easy to teach a man the outward signs of worship and devotions but that will not make the man Celtic Orthodox.  What makes a man Celtic Orthodox is the Spirit of Celtic Orthodoxy internalized into the heart and soul intertwined like a finely woven rug. Being Celtic Orthodox is not just a group to which a man belongs, it is who and what he is.

 

Celtic Orthodox Christians are expected to live as a people called apart by God to be His own.  People of God are prayer warriors, men and women of prayer.  People do not plan to fail they just fail to plan.  This is dangerous in worldly affairs but it is tragic in spiritual matters.  The Priest will work with each individual to develop a spiritual plan that will enable the individual man or woman to carry the Cross after Jesus.  Celtic Orthodoxy does not try to remove the Cross but give you the strength to carry the Cross together with Christ our Savior.  

 

Our form of worship is ancient, lived out from the teaching and praxis of the Apostles and the early church and uniform to the practice of the larger church catholic for some 600 years or more.  Sadly, the Church established by Christ upon the Apostles has been in great measure replaced by the church established by men.  Bishop Aftimios Ofiesch of the Syrian Orthodox Church in 1932 said there are two churches; one established by Christ to set man free and the other established by men to make bond servants of us all.

 

Our form of worship may seem strange to some who never experienced the spirit of Celtic Orthodoxy.  The spirit of Celtic Orthodoxy cannot be taught; it must be experienced. For one imbued with the spirit of Celtic Orthodoxy there will be no question as to why we prostrate before the Blessed Sacrament, remove our shoes during Divine Liturgy (the Mass) practice Sabbath Day worship as well as Sunday worship and place such importance on the Word of God. 

 

Our "church buildings" are usually a converted house or a storefront or a small building someplace.  We have no Cathedrals or large churches.  All our communities are small and everybody knows everybody. There is no such thing as being alone.  Soon new members feel at home and are friends with everybody else.   The Priest is accessible directly.  There are no office hours. This makes us unique.

 

The Priest is there to talk, listen and reach out with the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit. 

 

Our focus is on worshipping the Father in spirit and in truth, not on big buildings. Our focus is on synergy with the Father in Christ, not on what the world thinks of us.   Our focus is on the heart of Christ and loving all God's children.

 

A new way to think

about how Moses fed everyone...

Read and feel comforted.

Amazing Data on Moses

 

Moses and the people were in the desert,

but what was he going to do with them?

 

They had to be fed,

and feeding 2 or 3 million people

require a lot of food.

 

According to the Quartermaster General

In the Army, it is reported

that Moses would have to have had

1500 tons of food each day.

Do you know that to bring

that much food each day,

two freight trains, each at least a mile long,

would be required!

Besides you must remember,

they were out in the desert,

so they would have to have firewood

to use in cooking the food.

This would take 4000 tons of wood

and a few more freight trains,

each a mile long, just for one day.

And just think,

they were forty years in transit.

And Oh yes! They would have to have water.

If they only had enough to drink

and wash a few dishes,

it would take 11,000,000 gallons each day

and a freight train with tank cars,

1800 miles long, just to bring water!

And then another thing!

They had to get across the Red Sea at night.

 

Now, if they went on a narrow path,

double file, the line would be 800 miles long

and would require 35 days and nights

to get through.

So there had to be a space in the Red Sea,

3 miles wide so that they could walk

5000 abreast to get over in one night.

But then, there is another problem...

each time they camped at the end of the day,

a campground two-thirds the size

of the state of Rhode Island was required,

or a total of 750 square miles long.

Think of it! This much space for camping.

 

Do you think Moses figured all this out

before he left Egypt ? I think not!

You see, Moses believed in God.

God took care of these things for him.

 

Now do you think God

has any problem

taking care of all your needs?

OUR GOD IS AN AWESOME GOD!!!_____

  

HOME OF THE TRADITIONAL LATIN LITURGY

 

Photos of the Monastery

http://www.celticorthodoxchurch.com/photos.html

 

 

THE VATICAN LIBRARY RECORDS THE

HISTORY OF THE CELTIC ORTHODOX CHURCH

http://www.celticorthodoxchurch.com/history.html

 

 

The people who are attracted to this ancient church feel there is something missing in their present worship.  They feel the Holy Spirit is calling them to a deeper participation in worship.  They feel the need to worship with their bodies as well as their minds and hearts. The holistic worship of the Celtic Orthodox Church satisfies that inner longing in their souls.  Holistic worship employs the whole person in worship.

 

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Holistic worship compels us to kneel and prostrate ourselves before the Christ physically present on the Altar and to bow with our heads low in front of the God of our salvation.  People attracted to the Celtic Orthodox Church are people who appreciate the fact that when they receive the Eucharist, in a very real way they become a Tabernacle of the Most High God as was the Virgin Mary before them. The Virgin Mother of the Christ was the first Tabernacle, and for this reason we call her the Theotokos which means “God bearer”.  Every believer who receives with faith the Divine Sacrifice of the Altar, which we call the Eucharist, becomes a “God bearer”.

 

People who find a home within Celtic Orthodoxy have a clear understanding of being called out from society to be uniquely Gods own.  We obey Christ in worshipping the Father in Spirit and in Truth. We ask the Father to give us the strength to carry the Cross behind Jesus. We do not ask the Father to remove the Cross because we know that only by carrying the Cross do we have synergy with the Father in Christ. 

 

We believe the Scriptures form the basics of our faith.  All Sacred truths are found in the Scriptures or directly flow from the Sacred Word of God.  We do not add anything to the Scriptures and we take nothing away from them.  Therefore we reject the “expanded doctrine” theory that would establish a new teaching not found in the Scriptures as the Word of God and in the Apostolic Church.  If the Apostles and the Apostolic Church did not teach it, we do not teach it as required belief.  People who find a home in Celtic Orthodoxy do not accept as dogma what is really only human precepts.

 

Celtic Orthodox worship the Father on Saturday as ordered by the Scriptures and as practiced for the first 600 hundred years of the church. We believe in all 10 Commandments, not just 9 Commandments. We realize God commanded the Sabbath worship before there was a Jewish people so the Sabbath worship is not a “Jewish Sabbath”. 

 

When God gave the 10 Commandments He said “REMEMBER” to keep holy the Sabbath. God continued the Commandment to worship on the Sabbath from the earliest days even before there was a Jewish nation or people.  Today, it may not always be possible to participate at Mass on the Sabbath but there are many other ways to keep holy the Sabbath without coming to church. 

 

The Celtic Orthodox Church worships the Father on Sunday in keeping with the tradition established by the Apostles.  On Sundays we give the Father thanks and praise for the victory of His Holy Spirit in the Resurrection of His Christ.  Without having to place our hands in the wounds of the Christ, we kneel before Jesus and, like Thomas, humbly say my Lord and my God.   

 

We give the Father thanks and praise for the gift of our faith in Him and in His Christ that allows us to call ourselves “Christian”.  We know that a Christian is one who shares in the anointing of the Christ. We know that the anointing of the Christ, received by faith, makes us adopted children of God in and through Christ.  We celebrate we are a family; the family of God.  We know that death does not break the family ties that bind us to each other in love.  We approach boldly to the Throne of Grace through Christ and there join the prayers of the Saints in heaven who worship God and pray for all mankind.

 

We join in their prayers.  In communion with and venerating the memory of all the Saints we glorify Christ in the work of the Holy Spirit in the body of believers and through Christ we give glory to our Heavenly Father.  We pray with the Angels and the Saints but we do not address prayer to them.  Christ lives to make intercession for us and our faith is in Christ and in our Heavenly Father. 

 

PEOPLE WHO COME TO THE CELTIC ORTHODOX CHURCH

ARE NOT LOOKING FOR A CHURCH THAT IS EASY TO LIVE BY;

THEY ARE LOOKING FOR A CHURCH THAT IS EASY TO DIE BY.

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THE ANGLO-CELTIC DIVINE OFFICE

http://www.celticorthodoxchurch.com/divine_office.html

 

WE USE THE TRADITIONAL ALL LATIN LITURGY

 

LITURGY OF ST. GREGORY THE GREAT

http://www.celticorthodoxchurch.com/liturgy.html 

 

HISTORY OF THE MASS

http://www.celticorthodoxchurch.com/todah.html

 

HOMILY FOR THE SUNDAY MASS

http://www.celticorthodoxchurch.com/HOMILY.html

 

GOSPEL AND READINGS FOR THE SUNDAY LITURGY

http://www.celticorthodoxchurch.com/calendar.html

  

 THE CELTIC ORTHODOX CHURCH KEEPS HOLY THE SABBATH DAY

http://www.celticorthodoxchurch.com/index2.html

 

WE DO NOT BELIEVE WE CAN CONTACT THE DEAD AT WILL

SO WE DON’T TRY AND CONTACT THE DEAD THROUGH PRAYER TO THEM

http://www.celticorthodoxchurch.com/prayto.html

 

 SECRETS OF THE MONASTERY

http://www.celticorthodoxchurch.com/bible2.html

 

WE DO NOT ACCEPT THE EASTERN ORTHODOX PATRIARCHS

http://www.celticorthodoxchurch.com/faq.html

 

THE HERESY OF ECUMENISM

http://www.celticorthodoxchurch.com/ecumenism.html

 

THE APOSTATE CHURCH BY BISHOP FULTON J. SHEEN

http://www.celticorthodoxchurch.com/sheen.html

 

THE COUNTER CHURCH BY BISHOP BRAIN J. KENNEDY

http://www.celticorthodoxchurch.com/counter_church.html

 

IS THERE DIVERSITY OF FAITH IN HEAVEN?

http://www.celticorthodoxchurch.com/diversity.html

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 OUR APOSTOLIC LINE OF SUCCESSION IS ACCEPTED BY WORLD ORTHODOXY. 

REMEMBER AS YOU READ THESE LETTERS OF AFFIRMATION THE BISHOPS BEING ACCLAIMED AS PART OF WORLD ORTHODOXY WITH GRACE FILLED AND SPIRIT FILLED ORDERS ARE NOT SUBJECT TO ANY OLD WORLD PATRIARCH, YET THE PATRIARCHS ACCEPT THEM AS EQUAL BISHOPS IN THE LARGER CHURCH WITH THE SAME APOSTOLIC MISSION. 

 

LETTER OF RECOGNITION FROM THE O.C.A.

http://www.celticorthodoxchurch.com/oca_recog.jpg

 

LETTER OF RECOGNITION FROM ALEXANDRIA

http://www.celticorthodoxchurch.com/alexandria.jpg

 

LETTER OF RECOGNITION FROM THE GREEK ORTHODOX CHURCH

http://www.celticorthodoxchurch.com/greek_orthodox_affirmation.jpg

 

WE ARE SUCCESSORS TO THE APOSTLES, IN UNION WITH THE ORIGINAL 12 AND ALL THOSE WHO CAME AFTER THEM AND WITH ALL THOSE WHO WILL COME AFTER US. 

APOSTOLIC SUCCESSION 

APOSTOLIC SUCCESSION OF BISHOP BRIAN KENNEDY, O.S.B.

http://www.celticorthodoxchurch.com/succ.html

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HOLY TRINITY CELTIC ORTHODOX CHURCH / CELTIC ORTHODOX

BENEDICTINE FATHERS

IS A NOT FOR PROFIT CHURCH CORPORATION

UNDER SECTION 501 ( c ) 3 OF THE INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE .