LORD JESUS, HAVE MERCY ON ME A SINNER
AN ANCIENT CHURCH STILL TEACHING THE ANCIENT
TRUTH AND LIVING OUT THE ANCIENT FAITH
THE DIVINE SACRIFICE OF THE MASS AND THE DAILY PRAYING AND STUDY OF
SCRIPTURE ARE THE TWIN PILLARS UPON WHICH REST OUR HOPE FOR SALVATION
The Celtic Orthodox Church is
so Ancient it demands respect
is so Traditional it is refreshing
and so Conservative it is reassuring.
HOLY TRINITY CELTIC ORTHODOX CHURCH
A MONASTIC CHAPEL LOCATED IN THE RESIDENCE OF THE
CELTIC ORTHODOX BENEDICTINE FATHERS
1703 MACOMBER ST., TOLEDO, OHIO 43606
PHONE 419.206.2190 / E-MAIL firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
AS WE APPROACH THE CHRISTMAS SEASON, CERTAIN
QUESTIONS ARISE EVERY YEAR REGARDING THE
CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION. HERE ARE SOME OF THEM.
DID MARY SUFFER THE PAIN OF CHILD BIRTH?
WAS CHRIST BORN ON DECEMBER 25TH?
WAS CHRIST BORN IN A STABLE?
BECOME AN OBLATE BENEDICTINE
HOLY ORTHODOXY RESPONDS TO THE GAY LIFESTYLE
A DEACONESS IS NOT A FEMALE DEACON
THE TRADITIONAL WESTERN RITE
ORTHODOX BREVIARY / DIVINE OFFICE
MEET OUR PASTOR – BISHOP BRIAN J. KENNEDY
MEET OUR MASCOT – MISS MAGGIE
(She thinks people come to Mass on Sunday to visit her)
DON’T LISTEN TO FALSE TEACHERS
IS IT EVEN POSSIBLE TO PRAY TO THE DEAD?
DO NOT SURRENDER TO THE WORLD, THE FLESH AND THE DEVIL
FIGHT THE GOOD FIGHT, KEEP THE FAITH AND FOLLOW THE ANCIENT PATH
HISTORY OF THE CELTIC ORTHODOX BENEDICTINE FATHERS
THE BIGGEST NEWS STORY OF THE YEAR
The Byzantine Catholic Church is in union with Rome and the largest Eastern Rite Church. This is real news with a message we should all take to heart and on which to contemplate.
THIS IS BIG NEWS: The Byzantine Catholic Patriarch has just excommunicated 26 Cardinals, 134 Bishops and 99 Priests INCLUDING THE POPE AT ROME!!! The Amazon Synod was the breaking point. The Theology of the Byzantine Catholic Church and the Celtic Orthodox Church is virtually identical. DON’T ASK WHEN THE SCHISM WILL START BECAUSE THE SCHISM IS HERE AND NOW. IT IS A BATTLE BETWEEN TRUTH AND ERROR, GOD AND THE DEVIL.
THE DAILY SACRIFICE WILL CEASE
THE SACRIFICE OF THE MASS AND THE DAILY
PRAYING OF SCRIPTURE TOGETHER FORM THE TWIN PILLARS
UPON WHICH REST OUR HOPE FOR SALVATION.
THE PATER NOSTER PSALTER IS THE OLDEST
PRIVATE DEVOTIONAL AND ADDRESSES THE FATHER,
THROUGH THE SON BY THE ACTION OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
GIVE GOD YOUR TIME – GOD WILL GIVE YOU HIS ETERNITY
The Pater Noster Psalter dates back to Apostolic times and made popular in 5th Century Germany. Making Pater Noster Beads became a cottage industry in Germany due to the popularity of the prayer. The Marian Rosary was developed from the format of the Pater Noster Psalter. Including the Station of the Cross for the “mysteries” was not part of the original Pater Noster Psalter, being a unique contribution from Celtic Orthodoxy from the Celtic Orthodox Monastery in Bobbio, Italy in around the 13th Century. The Monastery of Bobbio was a Monastery of Celtic Orthodox Monks and established by St. Columbanus in 614. The Celtic Orthodox Monastery at Bobbio, Italy was forced to close in 1809 by French occupying forces.
PROMOTION OF THE PATER NOSTER PSALTER IS A MAJOR
MINISTRY OF THE CELTIC ORTHODOX BENEDICTINE FATHERS
The Pater Noster Psalter begins with an Act of contrition for sin prayed on the Crucifix.
ACT OF CONTRITION
O my God, I am heartily sorry for ever having offended you, and I detest all my sins because they have offended you my God who are all good and deserving of my love. I resolve with the help of your grace to sin no more and avoid all occasions of sin.
The Pater Noster Psalter comprises 15 Decades of 10 Our Father’s, for a total of 150
Our Father’s. Any prayer beads can be used. The 15 Decade Prayer beads or a five
Decade Prayer beads are most common. Although the actual Pater Noster beads are unique
in that they have little crosses to divide the decades.
On the first ‘cross’ bead immediately after the larger Cross and on every other cross bead that separates the grouping of 10 beads is prayed:
Eternal Father, almighty and ever living God; God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob; God and Father of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, we offer to you Father of mercy the Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of your divine Son present in this mystery as a prayer of praise and thanksgiving, adoration and reparation and for my special petition which by faith I have already received from your bounty through Christ our Lord. United with the intercession and ministry, gifts and graces, faith and merits of your Divine Son I pray in the words our Savior taught us.
This prayer is repeated before each set of 10 Our Fathers for all 15 Decades. The Mysteries (Stations) for each Decade are as follows:
1. Jesus is condemned to death.
2. Jesus is made to bear His Cross.
3. Jesus falls the first time.
4. Jesus meets His afflicted Mother.
5. Simon Cyrene helps Jesus to carry His Cross.
6. Veronica wipes the face of Jesus.
7. Jesus falls the second time.
8. Jesus speaks to the women of Jerusalem.
9. Jesus falls the third time.
10. Jesus is stripped of His garments.
11. Jesus is nailed to the Cross.
12. Jesus dies on the Cross.
13. Jesus is taken down from the Cross.
14. Jesus is buried in the sepulcher.
15. The Resurrection.
At the end of each decade is prayed, “O Hail Theotokos and Virgin; Mary full of grace, the Lord is with thee, blessed art thou among women and Blessed is the fruit of thy womb, for you gave birth to the Savior of my soul”. After which is prayed “Holy God, + Mighty God, God immortal have mercy on me. One is Holy, + One is the Lord, + Jesus Christ, to the glory of god the father”. Then follows the “Eternal Father etc. above. (The + sign indicates where you make the sign of the Cross)
The Stations of the Cross (Mysteries) were codified by Francis of Assisi while he was in residence at the Celtic Orthodox Monastery at Bobbio, Italy. Feel free to substitute any other mysteries that speak to your faith. The use of the Stations of the Cross is most common, but not mandated.
This dates back to the early church and was as big in the middle ages as the Marian Rosary is today among Catholics. The Marian Rosary was modeled after the Pater Noster Psalter.
The Pater Noster Psalter dates back to at least the first Century and had become popular by the 5th Century, especially in Germany. In Germany a cottage industry was developed to manufacture “Pater Noster Beads”. These beads were often of precious stones but today it is mainly wood.
The Pater Noster Psalter is designed to be prayed in three intervals of 50 Our Father’s each.
Most commonly it is prayed 5 decades in the morning, 5 decades at noon and 5 decades in the evening.
PICTURE OF THE PATER NOSTER BEADS
PRAYERS OF THE PATER NOSTER PSALTER
Sign of the Cross
In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name; thy kingdom come; thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses; as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen.
The other prayers as noted above.
THE MEANING OF THE “OUR FATHER”
BY ARCHBISHOP FULTON J. SHEEN
THE PATER NOSTER BEADS ARE MORE COMMONLY CALLED THE CHOTKI. THE TERM
PATER NOSTER BEADS MEANS THE CHOTKI USED FOR THE PATER NOSTER PSALTER
THE USE OF THE CHOTKI IN THE CELTIC ORTHODOX CHURCH
Bishop Brian J. Kennedy, O.S.B.
The prayer rope (chotki) may also be made of wooden beads, and is worn by all Celtic Orthodox Clergy and many or most other Orthodox Monastic’s in other Jurisdictions of the larger Church Catholic.
It originated in the monastic world as a tool to facilitate the prayer life and spirituality of the Monk. It finds its genesis in the love for the prayer our Savior taught us, the “Our Father”. The Chotki is also, in Celtic Orthodoxy, known as the Pater Noster Beads. It was simply a method to keep track of the 150 “Our Fathers” in the Pater Noster Psalter. The Chotki found an expanded usage in praying the “Jesus Prayer” and the Orthodox Marian Rosary. People saw the Monks praying all 150 Psalms daily and in emulation of this pious practice started praying the 150 Our Fathers daily. In the beginning, farm workers and laborers would place 10 pebbles in their pants pocket and transfer one bead to the other pocket for each Our Father they prayed. This practice gave birth to the Chotki.
The purpose of the monastic exercise of wearing the Chotki on their belt and black cassock is to train the mind to pray without ceasing in response to the commandment given by the Apostle Paul in 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 which is echoed in the New Testament writings of Matthew 9:27, Matthew 15:22, Matthew 17:15, Matthew 20:30, Matthew 20:31, Mark 10:47, Mark 10:48, Luke 16:24, Luke 17:13, Luke 18:38, Luke 18:39, Romans 9:15, Romans 11:30, Romans 11:32, 1 Corinthians 7:25, Philippians 2:27, 1 Peter 2:10.
The training and discipline of the mind is important in Celtic Orthodoxy. The mind was to become so conditioned through this spiritual discipline that no matter what the person was doing the mind would learn to automatically, and without conscious thinking, pray the Our Father as taught to us by Jesus.
Even subconsciously when the person was asleep, the Our Father would be on their mind and in their heart and prayed in their mind. The simple wearing of the Chotki, with faith, can be a good defense against the forces of evil that would destroy our soul by leading us into sin.
The Chotki (prayer rope or beads) developed during the first four centuries of Christianity into a practice not just done by the monastic community, but also by lay people who wanted to lead a life that would emulate the spiritual example of their Priests and bring them closer to God in the hope of salvation. The Chotki is the precursor to the modern day Rosary that the Roman Catholic Church implemented as a prayer rule for their Roman Catholic faithful after the Great Schism when the Vatican broke the peace and unity of the undivided church catholic in 1054 AD.
The Chotki is fitted with a Cross which is tied with a tassel. The tassel has its basis as being something to wipe away the “tears of sorrow” of the penitent as he/she prays the decades of the Our Father prayer.
The beads or knots are tied together of Lamb’s wool yarn. This comes from the Orthodox tradition designed to remind the penitent that Jesus is the Lamb of God. The Chotki Prayer Rope or beads are plain and not decorated to reflect the contrition of the person and to remind the person to be humble before the Lord. It is a perfect adjunct to the black cassock worn by Orthodox Monastics, to reflect the monastic view of being dead to the secular world and in mourning for the individual sins of the Monk and also for the sins of the whole world.
Lay people in the Celtic Orthodox tradition often elect to incorporate the Chotki into their secular clothing by wearing the Chotki on their belt, tucked into their pants pockets as an expression of dependency on Jesus and our Heavenly Father. By uniting with Jesus in this wise, we in a more God pleasing fashion, render praise to Jesus and through Jesus render praise to our Heavenly Father.
PICTURE OF THE CHOTKI
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT THE CELTIC ORTHODOX CHURCH
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.
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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