ANGLO-CELTIC DIVINE OFFICE

 

(The term Divine Office means divine duty and refers to the

obligation of all clergy in the  

Celtic Orthodox Church to daily offer the

Sacrifice of the Mass and daily pray the Scriptures)

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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. 

 

http://www.celticorthodoxchurch.com

  

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

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Phone 419.206.2190

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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 Psalms 119-133 of the ancient Septuagint text or Psalm 120 – 134 in the modern Masoretic text. 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 94 IN THE SEPTUAGINT TEXT OR PSALM 95 IN THE MASORETIC TEXT.

 

THEN FOLLOWS THE FIRST STANZA FROM PSALM 118 (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 118 IN THE SEPTUAGINT TEXT OR PSALM 119 IN THE MASORETIC TEXT.  EACH STANZA OF

PSALM 118 (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 118 OR PSALM 119 IN THE MASORETIC TEXT.  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

http://www.celticorthodoxchurch.com/psalms

   WHY WE USE THE SEPTUAGINT TEXT

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

 

 

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