HOLY TRINITY CELTIC ORTHODOX CHURCH

CELTIC ORTHODOX BENEDICTINE FATHERS

A beacon of light shining amid the darkness of error 

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 WE ARE THE ANCIENT CHURCH STILL LIVING

THE FAITH AS ONCE DELIVERED TO THE SAINTS

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 WHY THE CELTIC ORTHODOX CHURCH

FOLLOWS THE REVISED JULIAN CALENDAR

Bishop Brian J. Kennedy, O.S.B.

HOLY TRINITY CELTIC ORTHODOX CHURCH

CELTIC ORTHODOX BENEDICTINE FATHERS

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The Celtic Orthodox Church and other Orthodox Churches reject the Gregorian Calendar date of Pascha (Easter).  The Roman Catholic Church and other Non-Orthodox churches act contrary to the injunctions of canon 7 of the Holy Apostles, the decree of the First Ecumenical Synod at Nicaea in 325 AD, and canon 1 of Ancyra. Easter would sometimes coincide with the Jewish Passover in the Gregorian calendar.

 

THE APOSTOLIC CANONS TEACH

    “If any bishop, presbyter, or deacon, shall celebrate the holy day of

    Pascha before the vernal equinox, with the Jews, let him be deposed.”

 

Those following the Revised Julian Calendar and those following the Julian Calendar have a shared date for Pascha.  Those who celebrate according to the Revised Julian Calendar, differing from the Julian Calendar, celebrate the Feast of the Nativity (Christmas) on the same day with Roman Catholics.  We compute Sundays from the Feast of Trinity Sunday for Mass. We use the Anglo-Celtic Orthodox Liturgy of the Mass. See: http://www.celticorthodoxchurch.com/liturgy.html

  

The Revised Julian calendar was adopted by the Celtic Orthodox Church and by the Orthodox Churches of Constantinople, Alexandria and Antioch, the Orthodox Church in Romania, Poland, Bulgaria.

 

Three canons of the Holy Orthodox Church deal specifically with the date of the Feast of Feasts (Easter) Pascha:

 

1) If any bishop, or presbyter, or deacon celebrates the holy day of Pascha (Easter) before the vernal equinox with the Jews, let him be deposed. (Canon 7, Council of Nicea, 325 A.D.)

 

2) Whosoever shall presume to set aside the decree of the holy and great Synod which was assembled at Nicaea in the presence of the pious Emperor Constantine, beloved of God, concerning the holy and salutary feast of Pascha (Easter); if they shall obstinately persist in opposing what was rightly ordained, let them be excommunicated and cast out of the Church; this is said concerning the laity. But if anyone of those who preside in the Church, whether he be bishop, presbyter or deacon, shall presume, after this decree, to exercise his own private judgment to the subversion of the people and to the disturbance of the churches, but observing Easter at the same time with the Jews, the holy Synod decrees that he shall thenceforth be an alien from the Church...(Canon 1, Council of Antioch, 341 A.D.)

 

3) If any bishop, presbyter, or deacon shall celebrate the holy day of Pascha before the vernal equinox with the Jews, let him be deposed. (Seventh Apostolic Canon)

 

The formula for the computation of the date of Pascha was set forth originally at the First Ecumenical Council, held at Nicaea in A.D. 325. The computation of the date of Pascha means that usually, but not always, Pascha or Easter falls on a date different from the Non-Orthodox Churches: Pascha must be held on the first Sunday after the first full moon after the vernal equinox. Pascha must always be held on a Sunday, as we know from the Scriptures that the Resurrection took place on that day: "Now on the first day of the week (i.e., Sunday) Mary Magdelene came to the tomb early, while it was still dark." (John 20:1)

 

The first full moon of the vernal equinox is known as the 14th of Nisan in the lunar calendar used to calculate the date of Pascha. Pascha is supposed to fall on the first Sunday after the 14th of Nisan.

 

HOW THE WESTERN RITE ORTHODOX MASS

DIFFERS FROM THE ROMAN CATHOLIC MASS

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CRISIS IN THE CHURCH – CAUSE AND CURE

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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

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