The Historic Celtic Church and Today’s Orthodox Celtic Church

The Celtic Church is a subject of much intrigue around the world. We have Saint Patrick and Saint Columba, and even Christ’s Uncle Joseph of Arimathea, and other first Century Saints who led Britain, like St. Aristobulus, St. Andrew, St. Paul, and St. Philip [some of the most ancient forefathers of the Celtic Orthodox Church]. We have a list of 200 more Celtic British Saints who led the church centuries before the Roman Saxon St. Augustine came to England. All of which are listed in the official histories of the Orthodox church.

These have brought us all much encouragement and inspiration in Christ. Most of all we see what a wonderful God we serve, that our God, the God of Israel, is a true and living God who honors His covenants with His bride called Christian Israel.

Read more about the short history of the Celtic Culdean Church and our reestablishment.

In the following section you will learn more about the fundamental aspects of the Celtic Church.

It was actually from the time of Jeremiah the Prophet that the Irish Celtic church began to take hold. His dated grave remains part of the history of Ireland today. He had successfully transplanted the Kingdom of Israel to the British Isles, just as God had foretold to him. David’s literal throne is a part of Irish, Scottish and English history that is known as the stone of scone. The many Hebrew practices remaining so long in the Celtic lands bears witness to this Israelite heritage. – His Eminence ++ Dr. Stephen Michael, Primace, OCC.

Here is a short selection from the Doctrinal Articles of our Culdean (Hebrew Celtic) Church:

  1. On Our Church:
    1. Short History of the Orthodox Church of the Culdees (Celtic)
    2. Succession of Our Book of Common Prayer, Our Primary Liturgy
  2. On the Celtic Calendar/Feasts:
    1. Honoring of the Sabbath in the Historic Orthodox Church ***FREE Online version of book by H.E. ++Dr. S. Michael, Primace, OCC.
    2. “The Celtic Church in Britain” by Leslie Hardinge.
    3. Columbanus and the Celtic Church’s, Quartodeciman (Nisan 14-20) Observance of Easter/Passover
    4. TABERNACLES (RATHER THAN DECEMBER 25TH) was highly popular for Christians in all Orthodox areas
  3. On the Celtic Traditions:
    1. The Liturgy and Ritual of the Celtic Church: By F. E. Warren by Frederick Edward Warren
    2. PDF: “ECCLESIASTICAL ANTIQUITIES OF THE CYMRY” OR THE ANCIENT BRITISH CHURCH ITS HISTORY, DOCTRINE, AND RITES
  4. On Our Ancient Heritage:
    1. “Spread of the Culdean Church” free Chapter from “History of the Scottish Nation” or The History of The Celtic Church (All Three Volumes): History of Civilization From Pre-historic Times To Medieval Times.
    2. THE IRISH POPE-KINGS FORMERLY THE RULERS OF BRITAIN
    3. Free Chapter from the book “Celt, Druid and Culdee”
    4. Hebrew Celtic Origins of the Christian Church
  5. On Hebrew Purity in the Church:
    1. Dietary Laws in the Orthodox Celtic Church
    2. Married Priests, Monks and Abbots Were the Norm in the Celtic Church
  6. On the Ancient Hebrew(Christian) Liturgy in the Church:

    1. Liturgical BCP Prayer, “THE SHAMA” A Prayer of Christendom and of the Culdees has been upheld from 450BC till this present day

    2. The (Apostles’ Didascalia) Amidah Prayers outline many of our existing prayer services of Christendom.

    3. The First Century “Didache” as is Accepted by TCAWW, the Culdee, and greater fellowship of churches.

A book we highly recommend is “The Celtic Church in Britain” by Leslie Hardinge.

It covers a plethora of proof that the Celtic church kept the Dietary Laws, the Feasts, and Sabbaths.

The Celtic Church was Hebrew and Orthodox

The Celtic Church which occupied Ireland, Scotland, and Britain, had the Syriac (Byzantine) scriptures instead of the Latin vulgate of Rome. The Celtic Church, with the Waldenses and the Eastern empire, kept the seventh-day Sabbath.
 
The hundreds of pre-schism Orthodox Saints of Great Britain bear the strongest testimony of these facts. Today the Eastern churches still venerate most of these. For Britain alone we have cataloged 130 official Saints of England who pre-dated Augustine. An example of the most popular pre-schism Orthodox Saints of England can be found online on such sites as: http://www.oodegr.co/english/istorika/britain/British_Saints.htm.
Our list of the 130 English Saints before Augustine can be found at: http://glastonburyculdee.org/130%20british%20Saints%20before%20augustine.pdf
 

Hebrew Celtic Law

 Not only was the Celtic church using a Syriac Byzantine Bible, but they were more successful in guarding the whole law of YAHWEH.
 
One example of the Hebrew Celtic Law is the Lieber ex Lege Moisi.
The Liber ex Lege Moisi, was distributed by Saint Patrick and his successors at every Celtic church, whether in England, Scotland or Ireland.
 
Summary of contents:
1.       The seventh day Sabbath.
2.       Slavery and the relationship of master to servants
3.       Various capital offences.
4.       Compensation in money of “kind” for different crimes.
5.       Animals’ offences against person and property.
6.       Animals used as food, clean and unclean, and slaughtering.
7.       Sex and marriage.
8.       Feminine hygiene.
9.       Tithes, first-fruits, vows, and offerings of all kinds.
10.   Justice, bribery, witnesses, traduction, and usury.
11.   Cities of refuge, asylum, and hospitality.
12.   Wizards and necromancy and human sacrifices.
13.   Inheritance, and the Sabbatical and Jubilees years, debts.
14.   Sights of a true prophet.
15.   Cursing and blessing.
 
This formed the basis of beliefs by the Celtic Christians.
 
The regulations of Adamnan, accepted that people could eat the unclean swine, but not if it was too fat. The pigs must be lean.
The dietary habits of Columba were clearly described as abstaining from meat and ale. (see “Old-Irish Life of Columba”, or “Amhra Chulimb Chille”.) 

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