CATHOLIC – BUT NOT ROMAN

ORTHODOX - BUT NOT EASTERN

HOLY TRINITY CELTIC ORTHODOX CHURCH

A beacon of light shining amid the darkness of error 

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 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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HOLY TRINITY CELTIC ORTHODOX CHURCH

THE MONASTIC CHAPEL FOR THE

CELTIC ORTHODOX BENEDICTINE FATHERS

1703 Macomber St., Toledo, Ohio 43606

Phone 419.206.2190

amdg@bex.net

 

WE KEEP HOLY THE SABBATH

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MASS SCHEDULE

SATURDAY - SABBATH MASS 9:00 A.M.

SUNDAY - THE LORD’S DAY MASS 9:00 A.M.>> 

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WHO ARE WE?

 

THE CELTIC ORTHODOX BENEDICTINE FATHERS ARE A TRADITIONAL WESTERN RITE

COMMUNITY OF STRICT OBSERVANCE, ITSELF A SACRED MYSTERY OF FAITH

CENTERED ON CHRIST PRESENT IN THE SACRED MYSTERY (SACRAMENT) OF THE

EUCHARIST. WE FOLLOW THE TRADITIONAL REVISED JULIAN CHURCH CALENDAR

AND ARE FAITHFUL TO THE FAITH, ORDER AND WORSHIP OF THE ORTHODOX AND

CATHOLIC FAITH. 

 

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

 

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

 

You already have friends here

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THE VATICAN LIBRARY RECORDS THE

HISTORY OF THE CELTIC ORTHODOX CHURCH

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 “Today’s heresy is tomorrow’s Orthodoxy”

(Helen Keller)

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It is popular among hedonists, pseudo intellectuals, Apostates and

recalcitrant schoolboys to question the existence of objective truth and moral values. 

They hold high the banner of relativism that reads “What is moral for you, may not be

moral for me”. This inanity bears the subtext, “What is true for you, may

not be true for me”.  They believe the world has no objective moral compass.

 

If they believe nothing is true, they must confirm nothing is false.  There can

be no evil because there can be no good; there can be no right because there

can be no wrong. Of course, this only is brought against those who disagree with

them.  If they are in agreement with an issue, then truth suddenly becomes absolute

and tolerates no other view.  If it removes the shackles of restraint and

gives free license to the animal instincts it is desirable, good and natural. If it

releases man from guidelines and from personal responsibility it is

lauded as a true doctrine of the dogma, “If it feels good, do it.”

 

The Creator has built into man the ability to determine objective

morality, it is called the Conscience.  There are three kinds of conscience:

 

1.  A true conscience

 

2.  A false conscience

 

3.  An indifferent conscience.

 

It is obvious to all, objective truths and moral values do exist but we suppress

this inner voice and perceivable reality and disregard the implausibility of

relativism.  True objective moral values exist independently of the desires and

rationality of human beings. We can righty call them moral facts. A fact is qualitatively

different than an opinion, which is a matter of personal preference. When we

say that objective truth and moral values exist, we mean that a statement like,

"Murder is evil," is making a claim about some objective moral reality in precisely the

same way that the statement, "I am male," is making a claim about an objective

physical reality that cannot be denied or changed.

 

One who disallows absolute values and absolute truth is in fact denying the

existence of God and His Word. God IS truth and His Word is absolute,

definitive and binding on all men. This statement is my premise.  This

premise is warranted because it cannot be disproven.  To address this issue without

reference to God’s Word is fantasy and self-delusionary.

 

While all objective moral values are based explicitly or implicitly on

God’s Word and their reality imbued into the human conscience and human

psyche, there exist some external evidence.   

 

1.  Objective moral values exist as basic standards in all cultures and

among persons of all ethnicity.

 

2.  The people who disallow the existence of objective morality still

act as if objective morality exists.

 

3.  There exists a universal human intuition that certain things are

objectively good or bad, right or wrong.

 

4.  The majority of philosophers recognize the existence of objective

moral facts.  It is obvious to all honest people objective moral values exist and all

humans have immediate, intuitive knowledge of their existence. To deny objective

moral values exist is an illusion.

 

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. 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

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THE DAILY MASS AND THE DAILY PRAYING

AND STUDY OF SCRIPTURE ARE THE TWIN

PILLARS UPON WHICH REST OUR HOPE

FOR SALVATION. 

THE MASS 

 

What 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” meaning “thanksgiving”.

 

The daily Tribute is set forth in Numbers 28:3-8, and consisted of raw wheat flour mixed with oil. The other varieties of Tribute, however, were baked in various ways, and some were broken up. All were divided, with the priest receiving a portion after the Lord had been given His. The part given to the Lord was called a “memorial” (Lev. 2:2, 9, 16). 

 

A 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. 5:15).



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.
 

 

So, 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.

 

The 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. 

 

Before 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 bread. 

 

But 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 me.”

 

All 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 immediately. 

 

When 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. 

 

Bread 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. 

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ANGLO-CELTIC DIVINE OFFICE 

 

The term Divine Office (Divine Duty) refers to the obligation of all ordained clergy

in the Celtic Orthodox Church to daily offer the Divine Sacrifice of the Mass

and daily pray and study the Scriptures.  Saint Benedict called the daily

praying and study of Scripture the OPUS DEI, which is Lain for WORK OF GOD.

 

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 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

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 Daniel 6:10

    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. 

 

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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”

(Saint Jerome) 

 

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

Phone 419.206.2190

amdg@bex.net

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The Anglo-Celtic Lectio Divina

of the prophet Daniel

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THE 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.

T
he 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. 

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Preface

 

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”.

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 THE TERM LECTIO DIVINA MEANS DIVINE READING OR LESSON AND REFERS TO THE PRACTICE OF DAILY PRAYING THE SCRIPTURES. THIS IS THE FORMAT USED BY THE PROPHET DANIEL, CHRIST HIMSELF, THE APOSTLES AND THE EARLY CHURCH. DANIEL DIVIDED THIS UP INTO THREE MOMENTS OF PRAYER EACH DAY.  YOU DIVIDE THIS UP INTO THREE CHAPTERS IN THE MORNING, ONE CHAPTER IN THE AFTERNOON AND THREE CHAPTERS IN THE EVENING. 

 

ESTABLISHED IN THE OLD TESTAMENT ERA, TERTULLIAN IN THE SECOND CENTURY CALLS THIS

PRAYER FORMAT A GIFT FROM THE ANCIENTS.

 

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AFTER PRAYING THE PSALMS OF ASCENT AS SHOWN ABOVE,

THE OPENING PRAYER IS PSALM 95.

 

THEN FOLLOWS THE FIRST STANZA FROM PSALM 119 FOLLOWED BY ONE CHAPTER FROM THE BOOK OF PROVERBS.  THE FIRST STANZA IS REPEATED EACH DAY AS A PREFACE TO THE CURRENT READING FROM PROVERBS. THE CHAPTER OF PROVERBS FOR THE DAY CORRESPONDS WITH THE DATE OF THE MONTH.  (EX: ON THE 3RD OF EACH MONTH YOU PRAY THE 3RD CHAPTER AND ON THE 28TH OF EACH MONTH YOU PRAY THE 28TH CHAPTER ETC) THE DATE OF THE MONTH DETERMINES THE APPROPRIATE CHAPTER FROM PROVERBS.

 

THE GOAL IS SEVEN CHAPTERS FROM THE NEW TESTAMENT ONE DAY, SEVEN CHAPTERS FROM THE EPISTLES THE NEXT DAY AND SEVEN CHAPTERS FROM THE OLD TESTAMENT ON THE THIRD DAY.  EACH CHAPTER FROM THE SCRIPTURES IS PREFACED BY ONE STANZA FROM PSALM 119.  EACH STANZA OF

PSALM 119 ENDS WITH “HOLY GOD, MIGHTY GOD, GOD IMMORTAL HAVE MERCY ON US” AND THEN THE READING.  AFTER THE READING FOLLOWS ONE PENITENTIAL PSALM.  THE PENITENTIAL PSALM IS READ IMMEDIATELY AFTER THE READING AND BEFORE THE NEXT STANZA FROM PSALM 119.  THERE ARE SEVEN PENITENTIAL PSALMS AND YOU WILL HAVE PRAYED ONE OF THE PENITENTIAL PSALMS AFTER EACH ONE OF THE SEVEN READINGS FROM SCRIPTURE.

 

PENITENTIAL PSALMS

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    WE DO NOT BELIEVE WE CAN CONTACT THE DEAD AT WILL

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

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 WE DO NOT ACCEPT THE EASTERN ORTHODOX PATRIARCHS

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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.

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LETTER OF RECOGNITION FROM ALEXANDRIA

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LETTER OF RECOGNITION FROM THE GREEK ORTHODOX CHURCH

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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.

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 CELTIC ORTHODOX BENEDICTINE FATHERS

IS A NOT FOR PROFIT CHURCH CORPORATION

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