THE VATICAN CONFIRMS
THE HISTORY OF THE
CELTIC ORTHODOX CHURCH
AN ANCIENT CHURCH STILL TEACHING THE ANCIENT TRUTH
AND LIVING OUT THE ANCIENT FAITH
THE MONASTERY CHAPEL OF THE CELTIC
ORTHODOX BENEDICTINE FATHERS
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The Celtic Orthodox Church is
so Ancient it demands respect
is so Traditional it is refreshing
and so Conservative it is reassuring.
WE ARE THE ANCIENT ORTHODOX CHURCH
LIVING OUT THE ANCIENT FAITH AS ONCE
DELIVERED TO THE SAINTS
INTRODUCTION TO ORTHODOX BENEDICTINE SPIRITUALITY
SOURCE MATERIAL: ďECCLESIASTICAL ANNALSĒ BY
CURATOR OF THE VATICAN LIBRARY
Following the crucifixion of Jesus, St Joseph of Arimathea was driven from his
home and began a journey of conversion. He traveled to Glastonbury in an attempt
to bring Christianity to the Britons. Joseph was the owner of the tomb in which
Jesus Christ's body lay from Good Friday till the third day, Pascha (Easter).
Joseph was from Ramah that today is known as Ramallah. It was the birth place
of Samuel, the prophet, and is called in the Septuagint Arimathaim. Josephus
calls it Amartha.
Upon their arrival and tired from the journey, he and his 12
companions laid down to rest. As he did so, he thrust his staff into the hill.
When he woke up, the staff had taken root and begun to grow. It flowers every
Christmas (Old Style) and every spring. This became the site of the Glastonbury
The original thorn was cut down by a Puritan soldier in 1653 and he was blinded
when struck in the eye by a splinter. Many cuttings were taken from the original
before its destruction. The current thorn on the grounds of Glastonbury Abbey is
said to be a cutting from the original plant which was planted in secret after
the original was destroyed. Botanically, the Glastonbury Thorn is a hawthorn,
which usually blooms only in the spring. Blooming at Christmas that falls in
January is considered a miracle by God to honor the faith of Joseph of
Joseph of Arimathea was the Virgin Mary's uncle. It was he, along with St. John
who buried Jesus after the crucifixion. Joseph, in the tin trade, made a lot of
trips to Britain, where being a rich merchant made close contact with British
Royalty; namely Kings Beli, Lud, Llyr and Arviragus, who gave Joseph and his
companions some 2000 acres of land, tax free. On these trips to Britain, Joseph
took Jesus, as we know through many geographical, historical and traditional
references. The details of this study are taken mainly from "The Drama of the
Lost Disciples", by George F. Jowett.
Historians William of Malmesbury, (Born 1080 died 1143), Polydore Vergil (Born
1470 died 1555) and others all place Joseph of Arimathea at Glastonbury. Even
the four Church councils of Pisa 1409, Constance 1417, Sienna 1424 and Basle
1434, mention that "the Churches of France and Spain must yield in points of
antiquity and precedence to that of Britain as the latter Church was founded by
Joseph of Arimathea immediately after the passion of Christ."
Three Celtic Orthodox Bishops (London, Lincoln and York) were
present at the Council of Arles in 314 A.D.
Joseph, with many disciples traveled from the holy land by boat and
landed at Marseilles, in the Vienoise province of the Gauls
(France). From there he went on to England
where he established the church, sent out missionaries, and
helped in the conversion of the Royal family.
In his "Ecclesiastical Annals", Cardinal Baronius, (1538-1607)
Curator of the Vatican library, gives this account. "In that year the party
mentioned was exposed to the sea in a vessel without sails or oars.
The vessel drifted finally to Marseilles and they were saved. From
Marseilles Joseph and his company passed into Britain and after
preaching the Gospel there, died."
How many of the disciples were with Joseph of Arimathea during his
short stay in Gaul, before going on to England, is hard to say.
Various existing records agree in part with the Cardinal Baronius
record, naming among the occupants of the castaway boat Mary
Magdlene, Martha, the hand-maiden Marcella, Lazarus whom Jesus
raised from the dead, and Maximin the man whose sight Jesus
restored. Other records state that Philip and James accompanied
Joseph. Others report that Mary, the wife of Cleopas, and Mary, the
mother of Jesus, were also in the boat. Here's Baronius' complete
list of passsengers:
St. Mary, wife of Cleopas
St. Mary Magdalene
Marcella, the Bethany sisters' maid
St. Sidonius (Restitutus)
St. Joseph of Arimathea
True to God's way, Philip was waiting for the travelers in
France. There is a wealth of uncontroversial testimony asserting his
commission in Gaul, all of which alike state that he received and
consecrated Joseph, preparatory to his embarkation and appointment
as the Apostle to Britain.
Although there are some who would argue for France being first, most
records agree that Britain, at Glastonbury was the Root of the
Christian movement. One would expect that history would show that
the missionary activities would flow out of the well-spring of
Christianity. And well does history record this. The Gaulic records
state that for centuries the Archbishops of Treves and Rheims were
all Britons supplied by the mother church at Glastonbury-Avalon. St.
Cadval, a famed British missionary, going out from Glastonbury,
founded the church of Tarentum, Italy, A.D. 170. Did you notice that
this was four hundred years before St. Augustine? And as we'll see
later, even this date was at least fourteen years after King Lucius
Christianized all of Britain in A.D. 156.
Converts literally flooded into Glastonbury for conversion, baptism,
instruction and missionary assignment. Philip sent, from Gaul alone,
one hundred sixty disciples to assist Joseph and his team with the
crowds. And it is surely known that helpers were sent from other
places beside France.
One of the first to go out from Glastonbury was Mary and Martha's
brother Lazarus. He headed straight back to Marseilles where he held
the Bishopric for seven years. But that was only natural. France was
a Family thing for the Bethany household.
Many famous names are recorded as having been associated with
Sidonis, Saturninus, and Cleon taught and supported other
Missionaries in Gaul, then returned to Britain.
Martial's parents, Marcellus and Elizabeth were there along with St.
Zacchaeus. Many faithful Judeans moved to Britain.
Parmena, disciple of Joseph, was appointed the first Bishop of
Avignon. Drennalus, helped Joseph found the church at Morlaix.
He was then appointed to Treguier as it's first Bishop.
Beatus founded the church in Helvetia, after receiving his baptism
and education at Avalon. Beatus was baptized by St. Barnabas,
the brother of Aristobulus. Beatus was sent in advance
by St. Paul to Britain. He is referred to in scripture
as Joses, the Levite.
Mansuetus was consecrated the first Bishop of the
Lotharingians A.D. 49, with his See at Toul. He also founded
the church at Lorraine.
Mansuetus was a constant visitor at the Palace of the British at
Rome after Claudia had married Pudens. Mansuetus was a
friend of Linus, the first Bishop of Rome, and brother of Claudia.
At the age of 17, Claudia (former name Gladys (means Princess)
the Younger, married Pudens a Roman Senator.
Many Apostles especially Paul were frequent
visitors to the home of Claudia and Pudens. St. Paul was the half
brother of Pudens, the husband of Claudia. Priscilla was mother
to St. Paul and Puden. Eurgain (Claudiaís sister) was the first
woman Baptized in Britain and she was Baptized by St. Joseph of Arimathea.
Linus, the first Bishop of Rome who had been consecrated by St. Paul
was the Grandson of Joseph of Arimathea. In 66 A.D. Claudia,
her husband and children were able to claim the mutilated body
of St. Paul from the Romans and bury him on Pudens estate.
After the death of St. Clement, Mansuetus became
the third official Bishop of the British
Church at Rome. Thus we have three disciples of Avalon, instructed
by St. Joseph, to become, in succession, Bishops of Rome.
Iltigius, in "De Patribus Apostolicis", quotes St. Peter as saying;
"Concerning the Bishops who have been ordained in our lifetime, we
make known to you that they are these. Of Antioch, Eudoius, ordained
by me, Peter. Of the Church of Rome, Linus, son of Claudia, was
first ordained by Paul, and after Linus's death, Clemens the second,
ordained by me, Peter."
St. Joseph built a little chapel on the hills of Glastonbury
in southern England. The church stood on the same spot
until Cromwell had in torn down in 1665.
With the disruptions caused by the pagan Anglo-Saxons,
the Celtic Church was forced to the fringes of the Celtic Britain,
hiding in caves and on small islands.
It took on the monastic-style of leadership. There was
considerable monastic influence from the Coptic Church
(Coptic Orthodox who were Egyptian).
The Northern portion of the Island (Scotland and England)
was primarily Evangelized by the Celtic Church in Iona.
The Celtic Orthodox Church was also strong in Cornwall
and Wales. In the South, centering on Kent and Canterbury,
The Celtic Orthodox Church remains vibrant and committed
to the ancient faith and praxis of the early church. The Celtic
Orthodox church remains a church in resistance to modernism and
remains a member if the Catacomb Church Movement.
HOW ROME ATTEMPTED TO DESTROY
THE CELTIC ORTHODOX
Because the Celtic Church never submitted to the authority of Rome, the Vatican
was determined to destroy them and all of the Johannine branch of the church in
favor of the Pauline branch of the church.
Generations of Roman Catholic Irish have proclaimed loudly that the source of
Ireland’s woes is the presence of the English. The Emerald Isle, once famed as a
"land of Saints and Scholars," has been drenched in blood, as inhuman fiends,
posing as patriots, murder, maim, massacre, rebel and wage civil war, often with
the blessing of the Papal clergy, in the supposed cause of Irish "freedom."
However, the suppressed facts of history are that when King Henry II of England
landed with an army of 4,000 at Waterford in October 1171, he came at the Pope’s
behest, carrying as his authority the Papal Bull Laudabiliter, by which the
Roman Pontiff claimed the right to bestow Ireland as a gift to the English King,
on condition that he suppress the ancient Bible-believing Celtic Orthodox
and bring the island and it’s people into submission to Rome. We
reproduce herewith, the Bull Laudabiliter by which Pope Adrian IV gave Ireland
PAPAL BULL LAUDABILITER BY POPE ADRIAN IV
"Adrian, bishop, servant of the servants of God, to our well beloved son in
Christ, the illustrious King of the English, greeting and Apostolic Benediction.
Laudably and profitably does your Majesty contemplate spreading the glory of
your name on earth and laying up for yourself the reward of eternal happiness in
heaven, in that as becomes a Catholic Prince, you propose to enlarge the
boundaries of the Church, to proclaim the truths of the Christian religion to a
rude and ignorant people (the Irish), to root out the growth of vice from the
field of the Lord; and the better to accomplish this purpose, you seek the
counsel and goodwill of the Apostolic See. In pursuing your object, the loftier
your aim and the greater your discretion, the more prosperous we are assured
with God’s assistance will be the progress you will make: for undertakings
commenced in the zeal of faith and the love of religion are ever wont to attain
to a good end and issue. Verily, as your Excellency doth acknowledge, there is
no doubt that Ireland, and all the islands on which Christ the sun of
righteousness has shone, and which have accepted the doctrines of the Christian
faith, belong to the blessed Peter and the Holy Roman Church, wherefore the more
pleased are we to plant in them the seed of faith acceptable to God, inasmuch as
our conscience warns us that in their case a stricter account will hereafter be
required of us.
"Whereas, then well beloved son in Christ, you have expressed to us your desire
to enter the island of Ireland in order to subject its people to law (Papal
Cannon Law) and to root out from them the weeds of vice (the ancient
Bible-believing Celtic Orthodox faith) and your willingness to pay an annual
tribute to the blessed Peter (the Pope) of one penny from every house, and to
maintain the rights of the Churches of that land whole and inviolate. We
therefore, meeting your pious and laudable desire with due favor; and according
a gracious assent to your petition, do hereby declare our will and pleasure,
that with a view to enlarging the boundaries of the Church, restraining the
downward course of vice, correcting evil customs and planting virtue and for the
increase of the Christian religion (Roman Church) you shall enter that island
and execute whatsoever may tend to the honor of God, and the welfare of the
land; and also that the people shall receive you with honor and revere you as
their Lord, provided always that the rights of the Church remain whole and
inviolate and saving to the blessed Peter and the Holy Roman Church the annual
tribute of one penny for every house. If then you should carry your project into
effect, let it be to your care to instruct that people in good ways of
life...that the Church there may be adorned, that the Christian religion (Roman
Catholicism) may take root and grow...that you may deserve at God’s hands the
fullness of an everlasting reward and may obtain on earth a name renowned
throughout the ages."
After King Henry’s victorious conquest of Ireland, and reception of
congratulatory mail from Pope Adrian’s successor, Alexander III, one of his
first acts was to call the Council of Cashel in 1172 at which the ancient Celtic
Orthodox Church in Ireland was declared under the yoke of Roman bondage. The
Celtic Orthodox Church in fact had gone underground. Rome had killed off the
Celtic Orthodox Bishops and Priests and installed Vatican Bishops. A remnant of
the Celtic Orthodox Church survived as the catacomb church in resistance.
As for the Papal insults that the Irish, after the preaching of Patrick up to
the 12th century, were a rude, ignorant, uncivilized people; had not the
missionaries of Patrick’s Celtic Church brought the uncorrupted Gospel to many
parts of the British Isles and the Continent of Europe during this time? Could a
savage people produce the Book of Kells, and preserve the Christian faith in
their communities even under Viking attack, while Papal Rome was sunk in the
depths of vice and superstition?
HISTORY OF THE CELTIC ORTHODOX BENEDICTINE FATHERS
APOSTOLIC SUCCESSION OF BISHOP BRIAN J. KENNEDY, O.S.B.