HOLY TRINITY CELTIC ORTHODOX CHURCH

CELTIC ORTHODOX BENEDICTINE FATHERS

1703 Macomber St., Toledo, Ohio 43606

Phone: 419.2062190 / E-Mail: amdg@bex.net

HOMEPAGE: http://www.celticorthodoxchurch.com

 

 

 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.

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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.

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 Lectio Divina of the Prophet Daniel

 

 

 TO DAILY PRAY THE PSALMS AND SCRIPTURE

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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)

 

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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 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.”

(Daniel 9:2)

 

THIS OLD TESTAMENT PRACTICE WAS CARRIED

ON BY THE APOSTLES AND THE EARLY CHURCH

 

Acts 3:1

 

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.

 

Acts 10:9

 

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.

 

Acts 10:30

 

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

(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 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.)

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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.

 

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.

 

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THE NUMBERING OF THE PSALMS ARE ACCORDING TO

THE ANCIENT SEPTUAGINT TEXT OF THE OLD TESTAMENT

For information on the Septuagint text,  see

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

 

 

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 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.

 

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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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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)

 

*PENITENTIAL PSALMS*

 

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

 

HISTORY OF THE CELTIC ORTHODOX BENEDICTINE FATHERS

 

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

 

   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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