CATHOLIC - BUT NOT ROMAN
ORTHODOX - BUT NOT EASTERN
HOLY TRINITY CELTIC ORTHODOX CHURCH
A beacon of light shining amid the darkness of error
THE CELTIC ORTHODOX CHURCH IS UNIQUE – BY THE GRACE OF GOD
BIBLICAL ORTHODOXY IS TRUE ORTHODOXY
IN THE FIRST CENTURY BIBLICAL ORTHODOXY WAS NAMED “THE WAY”
WE ARE THE ANCIENT CHURCH STILL LIVING
THE FAITH AS ONCE DELIVERED TO THE SAINTS
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
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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HISTORY OF THE CELTIC ORTHODOX CHURCH
The modern church is a combination of politics and religion, paganism and Christianity. The modern church places entitlements above service; Law above Grace. It is a manmade institution that exists counter to the church of the Apostles. It is most properly called the counter church.
Wrapped in the mantle of religion, politics becomes holy and an exercise of divine authority. The divine right of Kings becomes the divine right of clergy to change and nullify God’s Word, to meet the needs of their political agenda. Religion becomes impotent as the power of politics becomes solidified.
Like the Rabbi who blesses pork and calls it fish, the modern church blesses pagan practice and calls it Christianity. Paganism has succeeded in the church more than Biblical Christianity could ever hope to prosper. Pagan practices appeal to the emotion, not the mind. Emotionalism has been allowed to replace the Holy Spirit.
Beautiful to look at, lovely to hold; pagan practices can give that warm, cuddly feeling sought by those lacking spiritual discernment. Apparitions on demand, supposed visions from heavenly personages combine to give a false sense of security to those on the precipice. Millions call good, bad; and bad, good. Millions call error, truth; and truth, error. Millions go to hell with the blessing of the counter church.
There is an old adage that says it is not what you look at that is important, but what you see. People naturally seek a moral compass and direction from the “leaders of the church”. As the people see clergy dressed in the attire of the Imperial Roman Court or the clothing of the Byzantine Empire they are suitably impressed with this ostentatious demonstration of presumed authority.
When these regal authorities speak, the world listens. The claims to divine authority, evidenced by their vestures and clerical adornments, are amplified by titles designed to impress. The people are told not to question, just obey. Pay, pray and obey becomes the express ticket on the glory train. As they look, they no longer see a man before them but a quasi divine authority with the power to save or condemn. _______________________________________________________
Biblical Orthodoxy believes each person must make a choice and that choice must be for the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ and choose to accept Jesus Christ as the Incarnate Word of God, true God and true man, and the only way to the Father; the one Mediator between God and man. Universal Salvation denies that there is no salvation apart from Christ but God’s Word teaches, “There is no other name under heaven by which man can be saved.” (Acts 4:12)
Those who believe one religion is as good as another embrace the idea that truth and error are equally valid. These people believe that it is intolerant to assert that one religion is the true religion and others, which disagree, are false. Those who accept error being as valid as truth teach salvation is possible without submission to Jesus Christ or even belief in God. Universal Salvation is the only ‘tolerant” and “loving” view. Universal Salvation says even Non-Christians can be saved, but Jesus said “but as for these enemies of mine, who do not want me to reign over them, bring them here and slay them in my presence.” (Luke 19:27)
Universal Salvation does not require a standard Creed except be a “good person” but the truth of God’s Word teaches, “Your personal righteousness is as a filthy menstrual rag in the sight of God”. (Isaiah 64:6) Universal Salvation denies the Scriptures are the Word of God that must be followed by all mankind. The Scriptures are clear that all men are not saved, even though it is the will of God that none should perish; God will not reward sin and apostasy with the beatific vision.
God will not reward with the blessing of the promises of Christ and the promises of God’s Word those who kiss the Koran and call the Koran a holy book.
The inescapable conclusion for those teaching Universal Salvation is no one religion possesses the entire truth, but only bits and pieces of it. If the Hindu or the Muslim and other pagan groups can be saved and will find safe harbor in Heaven, then it must be false that Jesus is the only way to the Father, but Jesus teaches “I am the way, the truth and the life, no one goes to the Father save through me.” (John 14: 6)
If those worshipping pagan gods can be saved we can no longer assert there is but one God. If all religions are equal and have a right to be tolerated than all religions contain error as well as truth. The contrasting teachings cannot be reconciled without redefining the truth beyond recognition. Such redefinition of truth at best diminishes truth as being no longer absolute and at worst is a denial of truth. Both views are an abomination in the sight of God and will provoke God’s righteous anger and condemnation. There is no religious diversity in heaven.
Universal Salvation denies the basic tenants of Christianity: “Truly, truly I say to you unless one is born of water and the Spirit he cannot enter into the Kingdom of God” ( John 3:5) This is not a suggestion, it is a fact and a command. “Unless you eat the body and drink the blood of the son of man you have no life in you.” (John 6: 53) It is not a suggestion, it is a command.
There will be no religious diversity in heaven. Only those who belong to Christ can have synergy with the Father and without synergy with the Father in Christ only perdition and condemnation await the soul in eternity.
ONLY IN HELL IS THERE DIVERSITY OF FAITH
THE MASS AND THE DAILY PRAYING AND STUDY OF
SCRIPTURE FORM THE HEART OF CELTIC ORTHODOXY
in the 16th Century became known as the Mass was previously known as the Rite of
the Tribute . It was the rite of the Tribute, which is
described in Leviticus 2. English Bibles generally mistranslate this as “grain
offering,” or “meal offering” or “cereal offering,” or simply and very
unhelpfully “offering.” But while this rite consists of grain or bread, the name
for it is “minchah”, which means “gift” or
“tribute.” It was also known as the “Todah”
memorial is an action done before God, or an object placed before God, that
reminds Him of what He has done in the past, reminds Him of the covenant, and
calls upon Him to come and pass judgment and renew that covenant. In a broad
sense, all the rites done before God at the Tabernacle were memorials, but only
bread rites are ever actually called memorials (Lev. 5:12; 24:7; Num.
What Jesus did at the Last Supper was recognizable, but perhaps surprising and even shocking. The disciples did not fully understand that Jesus was God incarnate. Neither they nor His mother Mary nor anyone else could ever have dealt with Him if they had known that. They only knew that He was the Seed of the woman, the son of David, the Messiah. Only after His resurrection did they realize with awe that He was “my Lord and my God” as Thomas put it.
when Jesus calls down the Holy Spirit on the bread and wine and takes bread and
takes a piece for Himself first, calling it His own memorial, it appears that
Jesus is taking to Himself the very position that the Lord Yahweh had occupied
in the ritual system.
memorial was made to Yahweh, and Yahweh got the first part of the Tribute bread.
Now Jesus is saying that the memorial is about Him, and He takes the first piece
of bread for Himself. Then, having reminded these Jews of the daily Tribute
rite, Jesus gives them pieces of the bread. They had never eaten Tribute bread
because none of them were Aaronic priests. Now Jesus is treating them as
priests, a new priesthood with Him as the new Lord. Today the Priest
offering the Liturgy first takes of the bread Himself after it has been
consecrated and this bread, unleavened, and
blessed with the oil and the salt becomes the “Tribute Bread” of the New
Testament and Apostolic Church.
the bread is consecrated today the Priest blesses the bread with oil and salt as
a reminder of the covenant and as a statement that the Priest acts in the person
of Christ (a Bishop as a statement he is the Alter Christo). After
Consecration he takes of the bread before all others. The salt is the salt
covenant or covenant of salt and the oil is for the blessing of the
then Jesus does something even more radical. He takes a cup of wine, and having
given thanks, He gives it to the disciples and says, “Drink of this, all of you
for this is the covenant of my blood, the New and Eternal Covenant which will be
shed for you and for the many. Do this, whenever you do it, in memory of
the same, moving from bread to wine in this way, Jesus clearly was reinstituting
the Tribute rite in a new way, and the disciples would have recognized this
Jesus says that the wine is now to be drunk, and that it is a memorial, He is
telling the disciples that the end of the ages has come. The kingdom has come.
The rite that He leaves with them for us continues in an un-bloody manner the
fullness of the beginning with alpha bread, and then memorializes the fullness
of the completion with the omega wine.
was called Alpha food and wine Omega food. The bread was at the beginning
of the day and wine at night but the Priest never drank the wine in the Old
Testament Service but does in the New Testament which says the completion of the
ages of ages.
THE MASS AND THE DAILY PRAYING AND
STUDY OF SCRIPTURE ARE THE TWIN
PILLARS UPON WHICH REST OUR HOPE
FOR SALVATION. ST. BENEDICT CALLED
THE DAILY PRAYER AND STUDY OF SCRIPTURE
THE “OPUS DEI”, MEANING WORK OF GOD
TO PRAY AS DID THE EARLY CHURCH
“YOU ARE MISTAKEN, NOT KNOWING THE
SCRIPTURES NOR THE POWER OF GOD”
(Jesus Christ reported in Matthew 22:29)
THE LECTIO DIVINA OF THE PROPHET DANIEL
IS A GIFT FROM THE ANCIENTS TO US TODAY
AND OUR LEGACY TO A GENERATION NOT YET BORN
Now, when Daniel knew this, that is to say, that the law was made,
he went into his house: and opening the windows in his upper chamber
towards Jerusalem, he knelt down three times a day, and adored and
gave thanks before his God, as he had been accustomed to do before.
The Lectio Divina of the Prophet Daniel is designed to be prayed
three times a day. Three Chapters from Scripture with the
attendant Psalm is prayed in the morning, one at
mid-day and three at evening time. The practice of reading and
praying the Scriptures three times a day was a firmly established
practice in the Jewish community before and during the life of Christ.
To this day, the Orthodox Jews continue to pray three
times a day. This practice, evidenced by the
Prophet Daniel continues in the Celtic Orthodox Church today.
CHRIST AND THE APOSTLES PRAYED THREE TIMES A DAY
The first coincided with the morning sacrifice, at the 3rd hour of
the morning, at 9 A.M. The second was at the 6th
hour, or at noon, and coincided with the thanksgiving for the
chief meal of the day. The 3rd hour of prayer coincided
with the evening sacrifice, at the ninth hour (3:00 P.M.)
"Evening, and morning, and at noon, will I pray, and cry aloud, and he
shall hear my voice." Psalm 55:17
“Now when Daniel knew that the writing was signed, he went into his
house; and his windows being open in his chamber toward Jerusalem, he
kneeled upon his knees three times a day, and prayed, and gave thanks
before his God, as he had done before."
DANIEL PRAYED THE SCRIPTURES AND PSALMS THREE TIMES A DAY
“In the first year of his reign, I, Daniel, understood from the
Scriptures, according to the word of the LORD given to Jeremiah the
prophet, that the desolation of Jerusalem would last seventy years.” (Daniel 9:2)
Bishop Brian J. Kennedy, O.S.B.
Daily praying the Scriptures
is part of the faith as once delivered to the Saints.
(Bishop Brian J. Kennedy, O.S.B.)
“IGNORANCE OF SCRIPTURE IS
IGNORANCE OF JESUS CHRIST”
Soul saving repentance is not possible apart from praying the Scriptures, as the Scriptures in a unique way convict us of sin. Through the Scriptures, the Holy Spirit speaks to our heart, soul and mind of the need for repentance and through the Word of God blesses us with the grace of conversion leading to salvation in Christ.
Without the Scriptures it is impossible to know Jesus or understand the power of God.
The Spirit in the words of Scriptures reverberates in the heart creating a closer union with Christ and through Christ with the Father. This “Synergy with the Father in Christ” is the product of the Holy Spirit and can only come to fruition through the abiding presence of the Word of God.
Christ continues to bring the love of the Father to His people and reveal His own love for us from the Tabernacle on the Altar. Christ continues to be our Savior, our Redeemer, our life, our sweetness and our hope. From the Tabernacle on the Altar Christ ALONE remains the gate of Heaven, the SOLE arbiter and dispenser of all God’s Graces and gifts; The Mediator of all graces. We are healed by the Sacred Wounds of Christ, we are redeemed by His Precious Blood and we are made clean by His spoken word. It is impossible to be sealed in the Blood of the Lamb without also experiencing the spoken Word of God by which we are made clean. (John 15:3)
St. Benedict calls the disciple to the school of the Gospel: “Let us walk in the paths of the Lord by the guidance of the Gospel” (R Prol). By these words the Father of monks expresses his intention to establish a life patterned after the Gospel. This is the only true foundation on which a community rests. St. Benedict was well aware that his work represented an embodiment of the Gospel. St. Benedict called praying the Scriptures the “OPUS DEI”, which is Latin for “WORK OF GOD.”
THE MASS AND THE PRAYING OF SCRIPTURE ARE
THE TWIN PILLARS UPON WHICH REST OUR HOPE FOR SALVATION.
(BISHOP BRIAN KENNEDY, O.S.B.)
HOLY TRINITY CELTIC ORTHODOX CHURCH
CELTIC ORTHODOX BENEDICTINE FATHERS
1703 Macomber St., Toledo, Ohio 43606
The Anglo-Celtic Lectio Divina
of the prophet Daniel
CELTS ARE ISRAELITES UNDER ANOTHER NAME
The word Celt is the Anglicized form of the Greek word Keltoi, which means "the people who are different." In Scripture, all nations, except the Twelve Tribes of Israel, are referred to as Gentiles (Foreigners), so the only people who are different are Israel. The word Celt is therefore another word for Israelite. The Celts are part of the Ten "lost" Tribes of Israel; as are the Tuatha de Danaan and Milesians. The Irish people are a mixture of Celts; Danaans; Milesians; Judah/Zarahites (of the "Red Hand" - Genesis 38:28-30); (Dan-ish) Vikings and Norsemen and are all racially cousins.
THE CELTS, ACCORDING TO GOD, ARE ISRAELITES.
The word British is not English; it is Hebrew.
Brit (Berit) means Covenant in Hebrew and Welsh
Ish means man or people of, in Hebrew and English
Therefore British means The People of The Covenant,
in other words, the People Israel of The Covenant.
However, the Celtish / Irish people are Israelites descended from Jacob/Israel's fifth of his twelve sons, who was called Dan and fathered the Tuatha de Danaan - the Tribe of Dan (the Irish and Danish). Therefore the Irish people are Celtish / British-Israelites by birth i.e. People of The Covenant in the Torah in the Bible and in The Ark, which is buried at Tara.
The Celtic Orthodox Lectio Divina opens with the “Songs of Ascent. The Songs of Ascent appear in Hebrew and English on the wall at the entrance to the City of David, Jerusalem, Israel.
Songs of Ascent is a title given to text Psalm 120 – 134. Each psalm starts with the ascription Shir Hama'aloth (Hebrew: שיר המעלות, meaning "Song of Ascent"). They are also variously called Gradual Psalms, Songs of Degrees, Songs of Steps or Pilgrim Songs.
The worshippers sang these psalms as they ascended up the road to Jerusalem to attend the three pilgrim festivals (Deuteronomy 16:16) or by the kohanim (priests) as they ascended the fifteen steps to minister at the Temple in Jerusalem.
Each Psalm ends with “Holy God, Mighty God, God Immortal have mercy on us”.
SO WE DON’T TRY AND CONTACT THE DEAD THROUGH PRAYER TO THEM
CAN GOD HAVE A MOTHER?
DIVORCE AND REMARRIAGE IN BIBLICAL ORTHODOXY
WE DO NOT ACCEPT THE EASTERN ORTHODOX PATRIARCHS
IS MARY THE MEDIATRIX OF ALL GRACE?
CAN CAPITAL PUNISHMENT BE A MORAL OPTION?
THE HOLY SPIRIT IS CO-REDEEMER
THE SCIENCE OF ABORTION
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.
LETTER OF RECOGNITION FROM ALEXANDRIA
LETTER OF RECOGNITION FROM THE GREEK ORTHODOX CHURCH
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.
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