HOLY TRINITY CELTIC ORTHODOX CHURCH
CELTIC ORTHODOX BENEDICTINE FATHERS
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THE DAILY MASS AND DAILY PRAYER AND STUDY OF SCRIPTURE ARE
THE TWIN PILLARS UPON WHICH REST OUR HOPE FOR SALVATION.
Our Lord assured his disciples that he had come, not to destroy, but to fulfill,
the Law. It is not surprising, therefore, to find the earliest Christians,
notably the Apostles, conforming to the traditional customs of worship of
the old Covenant: keeping the Passover, or going up to the Temple to pray
at the appointed "Hours of Prayer," or keeping those hours as times of private devotion.
Likewise, we find St. Paul, wherever he might be, seeking out the local synagogue on the Sabbath, taking part in its worship and availing himself of its opportunities for teaching. At the same time we find Christians keeping strictly Christian observances, notably the First Day of the Week, with its Eucharistic Breaking of Bread as the distinctive act of worship. Even when the Church had overflowed the bounds of Judaism and was overwhelmingly Gentile in its membership, there was a survival of devotional practices of Jewish origin. Chief among these was the observance of the daily praying of the Psalms and the daily prayer and study of the Scriptures. The practice of daily reading and praying the Scriptures became part
of the faith as once delivered to the saints as it had been part of the practice of the Jewish people during the life of Christ and the Apostles. This Lectio Divina emulates the worship of the Temple in the time of Christ.
Lectio Divina of the Prophet Daniel
TO DAILY PRAY THE PSALMS AND SCRIPTURE
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 THE
PSALMS AND SCRIPTURE 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 54:18
“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.”
THIS OLD TESTAMENT PRACTICE WAS CARRIED
ON BY THE APOSTLES AND THE EARLY CHURCH
Now Peter and John went up into the temple at the ninth hour of prayer.
Acts 10: 3
This man saw in a vision manifestly, about the ninth hour of the
day, an angel of God coming in unto him and saying to him: Cornelius.
And on the next day, whilst they were going on their journey and
drawing nigh to the city, Peter went up to the higher parts of the
house to pray, about the sixth hour.
And Cornelius said: Four days ago, unto this hour, I was praying in
my house, at the ninth hour and behold a man stood before me in
white apparel and said:
THE PRACTICE OF PRAYING AT THE
3RD , 6TH , AND 9TH HOURS LIVES ON IN
THE CHURCH AS THE LECTIO DIVINA
THAT IS PRAYED THREE TIMES A DAY.
THREE CHAPTERS IN THE MORNING,
ONE CHAPTER IN THE AFTERNOON
AND THREE CHAPTERS IN THE EVENING.
THE DAILY STUDY AND PRAYER OF SCRIPTURE 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
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 DAILY MASS AND THE DAILY PRAYER AND STUDY
OF SCRIPTURE ARE THE TWIN PILLARS UPON WHICH
REST OUR HOPE FOR SALVATION
(Bishop Brian J. Kennedy, O.S.B.)
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.
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 NUMBERING OF THE PSALMS ARE ACCORDING TO
THE ANCIENT SEPTUAGINT TEXT OF THE OLD TESTAMENT
For information on the Septuagint text, see
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 119 – 133. Each psalm
starts with the ascription Shir Hama’aloth (Hebrew: שירהמעלות, 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 a repetition of the first line of the Psalm followed immediately by “Holy God, + Mighty God, + God Immortal + have mercy on me. One is holy + one is the Lord, + Jesus Christ, to the glory of the Father.” (the + indicates you make the sign of the Cross)
After praying the Psalms of Ascent as shown above,
Psalm 94 closes out the preface.
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.
THEN FOLLOWS THE FIRST STANZA FROM PSALM 118 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. EACH STANZA OF PSALM 118 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. THERE ARE SEVEN PENITENTIAL PSALMS AND YOU
WILL HAVE PRAYED ONE OF THE PENITENTIAL PSALMS AFTER EACH ONE OF THE
SEVEN READINGS FROM SCRIPTURE. *** (Note: The prayer said at the end of each Psalm, Holy God, mighty God etc is prayed after you repeat the first line of the Psalm, or part thereof.
The various sections of Psalm 118 are treated as if they were a separate Psalm)
HISTORY OF THE CELTIC ORTHODOX BENEDICTINE FATHERS
OUR APOSTOLIC LINE OF SUCCESSION IS ACCEPTED BY WORLD ORTHODOXY.
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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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